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Title: When the Marquess Met His Match
Written by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: An American Heiress in London #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: October 29th 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
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What happens when a carefree, disreputable, stone-broke bachelor is forced to find a wife in a hurry? He hires a matchmaker, of course. What happens when the matchmaker doesn’t want to help him? Well, that’s when the fun begins…
Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge, loves his life just as it is: dissolute, scandalous, and deuced good fun. His father, the Duke of Landsdowne is not amused, and when he cuts off Nicholas’ trust fund, the fun-loving marquess is forced to find an alternate source of income—in other words, he has to marry an heiress.
Every new-money American heiress knows Lady Belinda Featherstone is the key to social acceptance. Once a new-money nobody herself, Belinda discovered first-hand how heartbreaking the game of love and matrimony could be after a reprobate British earl married her for her money. Now a respectable widow, Belinda has become England’s most successful matchmaker, guiding young American heiresses through the hazards of the London season and helping them to find husbands worthy of them. To her mind, the Marquess of Trubridge is nothing but a fortune-hunting scoundrel and she has no intention of allowing him to charm his way into any American girl’s heart, including her own.
I love Laura Lee Guhrke and was excited when I found out that she would be featuring American Heiresses in her next series. Although I am a fan of her work (especially the Girl Bachelor series), I was a little bit disappointed about this one which is why I rated it 3.5 hearts.
I had a hard time warming up to Belinda Featherstone and a little bit put off my Nicholas. The heroine is unlike LLG’s heroines that I know and love. Belinda, being an American, is a widow of an earl who married her for her money, pretending to have feelings for her and revealing his true colors after their marriage. Once she became a widow (husband died in the arms of his mistress), she starts supporting herself as a matchmaker for American heiresses, making sure to find the right match for them and also making sure that they are matched with the right peer who will not marry them only for her money. This leads Nicholas, the heir to a dukedom, to hire her to find him an American heiress.
I enjoyed the chemistry between Belinda and Nicholas, especially their verbal sparring. The only thing that I did not like was Belinda’s low opinion of him despite him not giving her any reason to hate him other than being a scoundrel. I thought that was a little hypocritical of her.
The element that saved this book for me was the tension between the Nicholas and his father, the Duke. I also loved the selfless way Nicholas went about confronting his father and giving up everything just to marry Belinda. Of course, I also loved it when Nicholas found out that Belinda stormed the Duke’s residence and gave him a piece of her mind.
I also love that my ebook had a short sneak peek of the next book in the series, How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days, which features Edie, one of Belinda’s “failure matches.” Can’t wait to read that one!