A Match of Wits  -     By: Jen Turano
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Two years ago, Zayne Beckett's departure from New York City to meet up with his almost-fiance caused Agatha Watson no small amount of grief. So he is the last person she wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Looking worse for the wear, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and taken back East to his family. Even though she's over him, Agatha can't help feeling sorry for him and realizes she'll have to be the one to get the stubborn man back home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere. Content to sit and mope over his recent bad fortune and the desertion of his not-quite-fiance, he's prepared to drag his heels all the way back to New York. That is, until he and Agatha find themselves slipping back into the strangely enjoyable bickering and bantering of their old friendship.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764211277
ISBN-13: 9780764211270
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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?

Author Bio

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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  1. memakf
    Ephrata,PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun, Flirtatious, Wild Caper
    August 25, 2014
    memakf
    Ephrata,PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This story is set in the old west as towns were still a bit rough and there was much distinction between classes. The main female character of the story is outrageous for her time, but full of fun and heart-felt caring for the people in her life. She is always getting into fixes and has the men in her life running to keep up and trying to help, but she manages to come out alright in the end each time. There are times where I thought, Really? Not again!, but it was fun to read, and I didnt want to put the story down til I reached the end. I loved the wisdom of the young niece that helps to get everyone on track and thinking clearly! This is a great story for men and women, alike, as well as young people. It has enough excitement and intrigue for the men, enough romance for the women and enough innocence for the young adult! It was a fun story to read as the characters kept me laughing with their interactions and adventures. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will enjoy this entertaining tale.

    I received this book from BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review
  2. Pamela Jo
    Bucks County, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Expected More Based on Previous Novels
    August 23, 2014
    Pamela Jo
    Bucks County, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    A Match of Wits is the latest in Jen Turano's Ladies of Distinction series. I have read all of the previous books and really loved them. I was disappointed in this one. The plot was not bad, but the story was just not very believable.

    The characters of Agatha and Zayne were introduced in earlier books, were attracted to each other, but did not want to admit that they cared for one another. Zayne moved west to marry a woman he promised to wed many years ago. Agatha traveled west in order to escape death threats back home in New York. Zayne and Agatha crossed paths and returned to New York together, with a pet pig named Matilda in tow. Wild antics abound, but the story has no depth, in my opinion.

    I know from reading Jen Turano's other books that she is a talented writer who enjoys adding humor to her stories. A Match of Wits seemed to have too much humor, even slapstick in nature, and simply did not appeal to me. I had high expectations when I picked up this book, as I really liked Agatha and Zayne in previous books. I felt their romance could have been better developed and less comedic. As I read the book, I couldn't help but think that it was way over the top. I enjoy more touching romances.

    When I reviewed Jen Turano's other novels, I gave each of them 5-Stars. I wish I could do the same with this book, but I simply can't. I will continue to look for new releases from the author and will purchase them. However, I do hope this book was just a bit off compared to her others, and that future books from the author will be more in keeping with her earlier books and with her writing talent.
  3. Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    wit for wit
    August 23, 2014
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the 4th book in the Ladies of Distinction series. However it is a stand alone book. I would recommend reading the other 3 just because they are good reads. They will give you some history on some of the sub characters in the story, yet it is not necessary to understand this novel.

    Agatha Watson is an independent, opinionated, reporter for the New York Tribune. Trouble just seems to follow her where ever she goes. Now that someone wants her dead and she is traveling with a body guard you would think that would help. Yet, when she stumbles upon a childhood friend, she seems to be getting into more trouble and not just the physical kind. Can she keep her heart from getting broken, again? Will they figure out who is trying to kill her before it is too late?

    Zayne Beckett is just trying to forget his past, yet when he is faced with Agatha again and her relentless need to 'save' him, he just can't seem to not do what she asks. They have always been great friends, yet is that all?

    I love the way Jan Turano writes with such fun, feisty, and humorous dialogue. I look forward to reading more from her. I would defiantly recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading Historical Christian Romance Fiction, especially if you like a large dose of humor. I was given this book from bookfun.org (TBCN) for my honest opinion.
  4. KGD history teacher
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Humorous Romp
    August 19, 2014
    KGD history teacher
    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.

  5. SusanP
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loaded with humor, danger and suspense!
    August 18, 2014
    SusanP
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a fabulously fun story! This tickled my literary funny bone in many ways. I love a good suspense and danger story, but riddled with so many quips and dry humor this just tops them all! The added fact of an unusual animal addition to this action packed story makes it a very enjoyable read.

    I think the author did a remarkable job of blending a strong personality heroine with a well matched hero. The dialogue between the two of them, actually between ALL the characters, is spot-on moving and entertaining. The danger they all encounter while trying to keep Agatha safe from whoever is trying to kill her was the highlight of the book! Many twists and turns in the plot create for great suspense. You never know who will be in danger and who will end up saving Agatha. Mr. Blackheart, the bodyguard, I have to admit, was one of my favorite secondary characters. If you are in need of a very entertaining, danger filled, action packed story, then I highly recommend this for you!!

    I received this book from bookfun.org for an honest review.
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