One thing I’ve come to expect from Jen Turano is a little bit of mischief mixed in with a whole lot of laughter. The final book in her Ladies of Distinction series, A Match of Wits, fights the bill perfectly and was a lovely book to finish it off. I’m sad I don’t have anymore books about this circle of friendship to read!
After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiance 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?
The story of a guy and girl who are best friends and the road it takes for them to fall in love (or perhaps finally admit it!) is often wrought with mishaps, misunderstandings, humor and of course adventure. With her classic humor, Turano’s final installment once again had me laughing as well as turning the pages as quickly as I could. Plus he has such a fun name. I mean Zayne? Love it!
There were some moments that reminded me of Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet interactions (you know that tension where you just wanted them to WAKE UP and ADMIT IT). Turano also included the previous characters perfectly and even some of the new characters were surprisingly fun. Like Matilda. Such a fun addition to the story. As with all of her stories, I also appreciated how faith is weaved in. Not overpowering, but natural. Whether it’s for a character learning all over again what it means to trust and follow faith or the examples of holding on steadfast, even when you don’t understand the why, the character’s faith are wonderful reminders of His goodness!
If you enjoyed any of the previous in this series, you’ll enjoy this one just as much, if not a little bit more. After closing the final page, I felt like saying “Mischief Managed!” Such a great series of all the wonderful ladies and friends who constantly found themselves in some kind of mishap on the streets (or a bit further away) of New York.
Have you read any of Jen’s books? What are some of your favorite series I should try?
(Thank you Netgalley for the copy in exchange for my honest review)