A Match of Wits

A Match of Wits

by Jen Turano


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After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home... until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they'll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics.

Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth--until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764211270
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Ladies of Distinction Series , #4
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 333,433
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jen Turano, author of three books and one novella, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.jenturano.com.

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A Match of Wits 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And this series. I grew to love all the characters. I'm sorry to say goodbye to them. I really hope the author will write stories about the children of these characters. I really want to see how the kids turn out :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a story that was 3 books in the making.  It was a great ending to a wonderfully comical series, which had me laughing out loud.  Jen Turano's scenes and the words she uses to paint them are truly remarkable.  I would urge anyone to read the entire series.  It is guaranteed to make you smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story love all the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Mrs. Turano didn't dissappoint. Very enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the other books in this series but felt that this one was abit over the top. The pig did not belong in this story. I also felt the maon character was somewhat unbelievable. Sorrry i wasted my my money on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with an interesting plot. The heroine was engaging, but the hero was never shown to be particuarly bright or emotionally astute. I gather that he was handsome and the heroine loved him, but given his actions one was left wondering if she would have been better off if he never came to his senses and she found someone else.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Match of Wits is a great read when you need a relaxing break from the hecticness of the world. It is a funny, light read that keeps you entertained. There is a pig that does not want to be called a P-I-G, trouble around every corner and a romance included. Jen Turano is known for her quirky , fun stories and she does not disappoint. I continue to look forward to reading her work. I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
I was so delighted to read the fourth in this romantic comedy by Jen Turano. Jen has a tremendous talent--quite possibly one of the best ever in this genre! Agatha Watson is in danger in New York, and her family and her employer send her far, far away. To California, no less. Where she finds a pathetic remnant of the man she used to admire most, Zayne Beckett. Her former friend had broken his leg and it had set badly, and then his erstwhile fiancee had dumped him for someone else. It was up to Agatha, her companion Mrs. Swanson, her protector Mr. Blackheart, and an intelligent and affectionate--sometimes--pig named Matilda to rescue him. Difficult, particularly since Mr. Beckett was not in the least bit interested in being rescued. Difficult, but not impossible. What was difficult was determining who should rescue whom and from what. Go get it. You know you want it.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
The fourth in the Ladies of Distinction series, another hit by Jen Turano. If you've read the previous books, you'll be used to the non-stop antics of the characters you've glimpsed before, each as endearing as the other. There's a mystery to be solved, by a Gilded Age lady of society - big hearted, clutsy and beautiful. And of course it wouldn't be a romance without a handsome gentleman from the same society and family connections, who is of course highly successful as well as daft when it comes to women and somewhat mixed up with his life. Oh yes, and this story includes a brilliant pig! The completely delightful style of Jen Turano is a pleasure to read. Never a dull moment, frantically paced and also Christian, with lessons interspersed. Sit back, unwind and be completely entertained!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Agatha is a newspaper reporter who finds herself in trouble because the people she writes about don’t like the attention and her life is in danger. She is sent out west with her bodyguards to try to wait out the threats. Who of all people does she run into but Zayne her best friend who also broke her heart when he left New York to marry his fiancée. Agatha finds him looking like a mountain man, not married and injured. Can she put her broken heart aside to help him heal and get him home to his family.      Zayne soon finds out that Agatha has gotten herself into some trouble since he has last seen her. His plan is to find her a husband to protect her but can anyone be good enough for his Agatha and can he figure out he is the best man for the job before it’s too late?      I was looking forward to this book and it did not disappoint. This is the 4th book in the series and the last I believe. What I liked: This book was great I loved it! Between Agatha getting herself into all kind of mischief and Zayne trying to find her a husband I was laughing a lot while reading this book. Along with the humor there was a good plot with a serious side as well which made this book flow really well. It was fun to see some of the other characters from the series in this book and I thought it did a great job giving us a peak into their outcome without taking away from this book. What I did not like: There was not much to not like in this book. The only thing that seemed a little far-fetched was Zayne’s light bulb moment towards the end of the book with his feeling for Agatha.      Over all this was a great book and a great series. I did not read all the books so I can’t do a review of the series but I highly recommend starting from the beginning and reading them all you will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alice_Knightly8 More than 1 year ago
Aaah! This book had me laughing SO hard! Agatha is exactly the same with her tendency to wind up in trouble, and Zayne enjoys annoying her as much as ever. I really enjoyed hearing the conclusion to their story after seeing their relationship progress through the other books in this series. One character I enjoyed seeing in the spotlight more this time was the mysterious henchman- Mr Blackheart. Assigned to watch over Agatha when threats on her life begin to be made, his annoyance but fierce protectiveness over her is super cute and had me laughing many times. "Paid companion" Drusilla also kept me in stitches. ;) This story had an intense plot with lots of mystery, keeping readers guessing from the get-go.  I loved hearing about all the previous characters as they made appearances once again; Piper has a slightly larger role in this story than in the second and third stories, and her relationship with "Uncle Zayne" was adorable. The level of intelligence shown by the P-I-G was pretty unbelievable and slightly tiring at times; but then again, I've grown to expect the out-of-the-ordinary in Jen's work so I got used to it and wouldn't say it took away from the story at all. ;) Also, I was glad I had been prepared for Agatha's independent ways over the rest of the series, otherwise I would have been a bit more annoyed at how stubborn she gets (especially with men). It ended up nicely, though. ;) The continual appearance of "Charlotte's Invention" throughout the story was probably what had me laughing hardest, and most often! :D I recommend this to all historical fiction fans who love a good hearty laugh and sweet/clean romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first began reading this novel, I remembered little about the last book in the same series, ‘A Talent for Trouble.’ So when the first male character I encountered was Mr. Blackheart, I truly believed that Agatha’s stoic bodyguard would be the hero of the story. Then I went through the novel’s synopsis and realized that it was Zeke, the man who broke Agatha’s heart (keep in mind that I had no memory of these people in the last book), who was going to win her heart, and I got a little pissed off. Just a bit. Then I went back to my review of ‘A Talent for Trouble,’ and saw that I had written these exact words a little more than a year ago: "If there’s another book in this series, I’m hoping that it revolves around Agatha, one of Felicia’s best friends in ‘A Talent for Trouble’. In the book, her long-time crush is getting married to another person, and she’s just getting over it. While I’m hoping that Zayne is the main male lead for her – they seem so perfect t together! – I’ll be fine as long as she finds someone in the next book." Of course, I can’t really argue with myself, so I settled back into the book, content as a little pig eating chalk (it’s a reference to the story…I’m not actually calling myself a pig). To keep it short, Matilda is an adorable little pig who likes eating chalk and candy from the streets, hates the word ‘pig’, and ‘ham’, and will run snorting out of your home if you serve lamb (or ham). She’s also a great personal bodyguard. Can I have a Matilda please? The pig wasn’t the only adorable character in the book, however: Zeke and Agatha were cute in their own ways, Zeke because he knew almost absolutely nothing when it came to women, and Agatha because of her tendency to find herself in a troubling situation, as well as her tendency to annoy the heck out of everyone while still be loved by them. As stated in the novel many, MANY times, they really were perfect for each other. The plot was a bit more of a “best friend turns true love” type of story, and while they usually don’t appeal to me in contemporary romances, they work well in historical fiction for some reason. It was also refreshing that the heroine was a wanted woman, as in someone wanted her head. One of the things I found funniest about the novel is the fact that Agatha was her own, and Zeke’s, knight in shining armor. For you feminists out there, you may really enjoy this book since it totally disintegrates the idea that men are the stronger species, and that they must protect their women. If my memory serves correctly, I enjoyed reading the previous installment in the ‘Ladies of Distinction’ series more than this one, but that may be because the two books are so similar. There are more disguises and more brothels, though this time Zeke doesn’t have to shave off his chest hair. I loved how there were actually two romances in the book: the obvious Zeke & Agatha thing, but it turns out Mr. Blackheart aka Francis gets some romance too. I know I said in the beginning that I wanted Blackheart to get Agatha, but in the end I’m glad he didn’t. I still can’t figure out how old he is, though >.< ‘A Match of Wits’ is a great new addition to the ‘Ladies of Distinction’ series, and reading this book has only convinced me more that I must catch up on the first two books in the series. I’m not sure whether or not this will be the last ‘Ladies of Distinction’ book, but if it’s not, I only hope that the next book will be centered around a plot that differs from this and the last novel. Overall though, fans of the series will be delighted at Agatha’s story, and though the preaching about God was a bit less than normal (Zeke refused to pray to God when it seemed his leg would never work again, then when he was told his leg would heal perfectly, he had no qualms about prayer…not cool, dude), the storyline was almost exactly what I’d expected it to be.
JustShawna More than 1 year ago
A Match of Wits by Jen Turano Zayne Beckett and Agatha Watson are the main characters, who are constantly sparring (with words) against each other. Agatha stumbles upon him in her quest for a story during her travels as a reporter. Agatha decides she wants to get the man home and he wants none of it! When they finally reach home Zayne realizes that Agatha is in true danger and has gained her many enemies, when he decides that she needs his help saving her. The two go head to head in this dramatic, yet comical story that stands alone in this four book series. While everyone else sees that they are a match made in heaven, the two of them find that fact, further from the truth – until Agatha finds herself in some pretty hot water. Zayne Beckett and Agatha Watson are absolutely hilarious in this book. Mrs. Turano captured two extraordinary personalities in one amazing, hard to put down book! I had things to do in my house and just kept stalling because I wanted to read the book! There is adventure, laughter, tears, humility and more in this adventure packed book! I give Jen Turano five stars for her writing and I give the book five stars for its outstanding story line! I received this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for this my honest opinion.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I love this series! It's so much fun. In this book, we get Agatha and Zayne's story. It doesn't follow the exact story line of the other books, which I was very happy about. Even so, there are several familiar events that happen, such as a trip to jail, cross dressing, disguises, a botched proposal, and all around chaos. Agatha and Zayne have been some of my favorite characters in the series, so I'm happy they finally got their story. Agatha is probably my favorite heroine so far. She is feisty, impulsive, and hilarious. She takes matters into her own hands and doesn't wait around for anyone else to rescue her. Zayne's character is different because he spends the entire book with a bad or broken leg. He has to discover some things about himself and about Agatha, and you can't help but cheer for him as he tries to get it all figured out. If you like good, clean fun with plenty if chuckles along the way, you'll enjoy this series. It's lighthearted, silly, and will leave you smiling. Content: clean Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
"A Match of Wits" is an enjoyable read. Sometimes when you decide that you are done with someone and no longer have feelings for them you find yourself being unable to say no when they need help. Zayne is a person just like this. Agatha has decided that she no longer wants to plan a future with him and she is forced to see him home safe. Although others think that they should be together they don't. What does the future hold for them? Is being together part of their future. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review from The Book Club Network Inc. and all opinions are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Match of Wits by Jen Turano was an interesting blend of comedic action, bumbling romance, and a touch of danger. Agatha Watson, a reporter, has had numerous threats and attempts on her life, but this does not slow her down in wanting to report the truth about the downtrodden or helping her dearest friend and secret love Zayne Beckett. Zayne, angry his well made plans had been thwarted by his ex -fiancée, and with an accident that broke his leg leaving him with a painful limp, did not expect to run into his very dear friend Agatha after two years. What follows is a delightful romp, of two people who are perfect for one another yet do not see it do to their conniving plans to rescue each other from themselves. Meeting characters from the previous books, along with Agatha’s bodyguard, Mr. Blackheart, and her lady’s companion, Druscilla (who has secrets of her own), throw in an adorable pet pig, and you have the makings of a delightful story. This was my first read by Jen Turano and I look forward to reading and laughing out loud to more of her stories. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
Read-4-Fun More than 1 year ago
A Match of Wits By, Jen Turano A Match of Wits By, Jen Turano For the most part I enjoyed the book, but some of the words I had to look up to see what they meant. Not only is Turano’s book a book of adventure and mayhem, it is also a story about forgiveness and GOD’s grace. The characters all intertwine and mesh well. The main plot of characters has a long history behind them, which Turano tells without a lot of useless detail.   Agatha Watson is headstrong and stubborn, curious to a fault, and intrigued with anything that makes a good news story. Throughout the whole book, Agatha, thriving on her curiosity and adventure manages to stay in some kind of trouble. But, is this curiosity the cause of her running for her life, surrounded by bodyguards? Along life’s highway, she acquires an unusual pet which aids in her troubles at every turn.  In Colorado Springs, CO, she stumbles across Zane, her one true love, and decides he is her next project, and returning him to his hometown may take some doing. Will Agatha uncover the culprit hiring people to kill her, or will the dastardly menace complete the task? And what about Zane – will he come around to the realization Agatha is the woman he needs and loves?  I received this book through TCBN for my honest review, which I have given.
WonderousReviews More than 1 year ago
A Match of Wits by Jen Turano was a fantastically witty book that earned the title of wittastic (witty and fantastic), because it was so amazing! While I have been wanting to read all of Ms. Turano's books, this is the first (though definitely not the last) of hers that I have read even though it is the fourth in her series. I normally never read series out of order, but I got this one for review so I thought I would read it first, now I have to make time to read the first three before I read anything else! A Match of Wits was so good that I wanted it to be longer, so I have no problem with that! I've said this before and I'll say it again - witty banter can make or break a book for me. A book that wants to be amazing must have fantastic and witty banter and if there was an award for the author who writes the books with the best witty banter it would definitely go to Jen Turano! A Match of Wits had the best witty banter I have ever read, it had me laughing and smiling constantly! And Zayne and Agatha? Well, between Agatha's attraction to trouble and humorous situations she gets herself (and others) in, and Zayne's stubborn and complete blindness to his feelings, and her determination to be independent and his determination to be her knight in shining armor despite his leg, and their annoyance and arguing with each other, even if he didn't know it, they were so perfect for each other - the perfect match of wits! The characters (including the adorable and smart Matilda -A P.I.G.)all contributed to the story adding even more witty banter and humor. The characters from the first three books are present and interesting, I can't wait to read their stories! If you want a book that will entertain you for the entire duration of time it takes you to read the book, make you laugh, make you smile, take you on hilarious adventures, make you feel like you are the main character, introduce you to a fantastic guy named Zayne and a spunky woman named Agatha among many other characters, and make you smile more than you usually do while you read, this book is definitely the one for you! Keep on writing the wittiest banter ever Ms. Turano! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own. 
TSMathews More than 1 year ago
Jen Turano has once again piqued my interest and tickled my funny bone with this delicious tale of Agatha Watson and Zayne Beckett. If you have read any of the previous books in this series you will remember Agatha and Zayne and you will perhaps remember Agatha is an outstanding reporter with a penchant for getting into the most awkward and even more so, dangerous circumstances. So the story unfolds with Agatha far from her beautiful home in New York, roaming the Wild West with two bodyguards who are trying to keep at bay the person or persons that want Agatha dead. Agatha, no matter how hard she tries not to, will find trouble or maybe it's the other way around; but this time it just wasn't her fault. Who would have dreamed she would have been accosted by the cutest little temperamental piggy ever? Not wanting the little dear to be sent to a place that makes bacon out of temperamental little piggies, Agatha rescues Matilda and throughout the whole book she kept me in stitches with her antics!! When Agatha runs into a unruly, disheveled mountain man, she is shocked beyond belief to discover it's her old friend Zayne Beckett. After hearing his story Agatha is determined she is going to help him get back on the right track, even if Zayne doesn't want to be bothered. As only she can do, Agatha talks Zayne into going back home. She decides to accompany him even if it means she is making it easier for the person that is stalking her.  Once they get home the fun really begins between these two, especially when Zayne tries to play matchmaker and find the ideal suitor for Agatha. Will Zayne finally realize that this crazy, high strung, zany woman is his perfect match or will her enemy succeed in doing away with her before he has the chance? When I hear the name Jen Turano mentioned it brings a huge smile to my face. I have been a fan of Ms. Turano since I read the very first book in this Ladies of Distinction series. To my delight they have just gotten better and better; and how that can possibly be is beyond me when A Change of Fortune was sheer perfection in my humble opinion. If you haven't read one of her books you should grab one and get started. You might want to read them in order because all the young ladies in this series are acquaintances. Thank you Jen for another absolutely marvelous and uplifting read.  ***Thanks to the Publisher, Bethany House and to Net Galley for providing me a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.***
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
A Match of Wits is a humorous romp which takes the reader from the gold mines of Colorado to the lives of the rich and famous to the seamy streets of New York City. The frolic includes female assassins, intuitive attack pigs, crazy inventions, and lady spies. Agatha Watson is an investigative journalist who seems to have made more than her share of enemies from the stories she has written. To protect her, her editor sends her out West accompanied by a bodyguard. Agatha has a penchant for getting herself into dangerous situations. When she finds her old friend, Zayne, crippled and broken in Colorado, she decides it is her mission to return him to his wealthy family in New York City. Upon returning to New York, the attacks against Agatha heat up. Will the true criminal be discovered? Will Zayne and Agatha realize their love for each other? Will Matilda, the pig, adjust to life in New York City? If you are looking for a good, clean lighthearted novel, this is the one for you. Every chapter takes a different turn which the reader is not expecting and you end up with one amusing situation after another. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
A Match of Wits by Jen Turano is a most delightful story that had me laughing out loud several times in each chapter. Agatha Watson is an investigative reporter for the New York Tribune and is now in Colorado hoping to outwit someone in New York who wants her dead. To Agatha’s dismay, the newspaper has provided her with a bodyguard and she tries daily to shake him and go off on her own. Her dear friend, Zayne Beckett, is also in Colorado but neither of them wants to run into the other. Agatha does run into Zayne in a saloon where he is drunk and looks as if he has not bathed, shaved, or washed his clothes in months. She know that she is the one that must get him back home to New York and his family. Zayne does not want to go home but Agatha insists and when they arrive in New York after many trying situations, he finally realizes that Agatha is in real danger. He tries to become her protector but she rejects his efforts and what follows is a royal battle of wills that makes for some exciting moments and sometimes a good laugh. Jan Turano did an excellent job in developing all the characters in this story. They were so well written that they definitely came to life on the pages of the book. They were so realistically portrayed that I was right there beside them in every adventure. The description of the scenes made them come to life and pulled me right into the middle of what was happening. I cannot remember reading any book in which the dialogue gave me so many laughs. And there were many twists and turns to the plot line and these kept me guessing until the end of the book. There was enough suspense to keep me reading when I should have been doing other things. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an historical novel that is filled with lots of laughs. I also think that men might also enjoy the book. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
New Yorker Agatha Watson is a lengthy train ride away in Colorado. She has had death threats related to articles she writes, which is why she’s in Colorado with moody bodyguard, Mr. Blackheart, and her paid companion, Mrs. Drusilla Swanson. While in Colorado she discovers Zayne Beckett, whom she hasn’t seen for two years. A disastrous situation – accidentally caused by Agatha – sends them all back to New York, much to Agatha’s delight and Zayne’s chagrin. But danger soon finds Agatha back in New York. Her investigator’s nose will have her digging up news to locate her would-be assassins, and Zayne will do his best to keep her out of further harm’s way. But it’ll literally be difficult to stay one step ahead of her. Fortunately, the rest of the crew is around, like his older brother, Hamilton, their sister, Arabella, and top private investigator, Theodore Wilder. I love that Turano creates women with strong voices. Agatha is a strong female character, and she is not the only woman of strength in the story, which I appreciate. She has a big personality and an equally big heart. Zayne is dense when it comes to strong women (and women in general, it seems), but he also has a good heart. This Christian historical fiction novel is full of heart, solid faith, struggling faith, bumbling steps, big oopsy-daisies and love mixed with an investigative spirit. Zayne and Agatha can certainly match wits! I do recommend this book, but as this is the fourth one in, potential readers may want to start from the second book, if not right from the beginning. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.