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When The Marquess Met His Match: An American Heiress in London [Kindle Edition]

Laura Lee Guhrke
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In the first of a dazzling new series, USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke introduces London's most renowned matchmaker—and a scoundrel intent on seducing his way to the altar.

She's the matchmaker . . .

Lady Belinda Featherstone's job is to guide American heiresses to matrimony, and away from men like Nicholas, Marquess of Trubridge. But the charming, disreputable marquess needs a wealthy bride, and he hires Belinda to help him find one. Her task seems easy: find that scoundrel the sort of wife he so richly deserves. But Nicholas's hot, searing kiss soon proves her task will be anything but easy.

He's the perfect match . . .

Nicholas plans to wed a rich, pretty young darling to restore his fortune, and he's happy to pay a marriage broker to help him. But one taste of Belinda's lips and Nicholas's sensible scheme to marry for money goes awry, and he yearns to show his beautiful matchmaker he's the perfect match . . . for her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6259 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006211817X
  • Publisher: Avon (29 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BATG25W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Llikeable Hero and Heroine 19 July 2014
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Our Hero - Nicholas, Marquess of Trubridge, heir of the Duke of Lansdowne: Nicholas has a very spotty past - perhaps not all his fault, but he has chosen to do his own thing and not allow Society to rule his life choosing instead to spend most of his time in Paris. Having been on the outs with his father - the Duke of Lansdowne for the past several years, mostly due to his cold father's manipulation in his life, Nicholas suddenly finds himself in dire need of a wife - a very rich wife. For indeed, his father has cut him off from the income due him from his mother's trust until he marries and marries well - to the point that his father has made up a list of all the qualities in a wife that will suit and Nicholas must follow these requirements in order to begin receiving any income. Nicholas will have none of it and decides to marry the wealthy wife he will choose and flaunt his choice in his father's face.

Our Heroine - Lady Belinda Featherstone: Belinda is considered to be the finest marriage broker in England by American wealthy families who are seeking a title for their marriageable daughters. Belinda's passion for her job comes from her own past - at the age of 17 she was a wealthy heiress living in her home land of American when she was sought out by her former husband, The Earl Featherstone. Belinda made the mistake of falling head over heels and accepted Featherstone's proposal only to have her heart broken when he took her to London, continued in his rakehell ways after marriage and spent all her money on gambling, mistresses and whatever - then died. He refused to leave her any funds in his will and she is determined that none of her protegees will suffer the same grief and heartache she suffered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 8 Feb. 2014
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I did enjoy this book but it was definitely missing something for me. Looking forward to the other American Heiress books and hope the LLG can get her mojo back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A recommended read 3 July 2014
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A romping good read by an author I like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A review from Bookworm1858 29 Sept. 2013
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Guhrke wrote one of my favorite romances of all time, one of the few I've actually bought for my Nook (rather than waiting for a free copy to become available): And Then He Kissed Her, read pre-blog so no review. I haven't followed her writing super closely since then but decided that I'd like to check out this newest because of how pretty the woman's dress is on the cover (what a lovely color!) and because it was about rich Americans coming to London to snag British peers for husbands, which is just a fun storyline.

So our first character here is Lady Belinda Featherstone (awesome last name) who was herself a young rich American who fell head over heels for a British lord only to discover after the marriage was consummated that he only married her for her money. This disillusionment has sustained her in her widowhood, serving as a matchmaker for other young innocent Americans, to provide a happier fate for them. Meanwhile she lives a life of absolute propriety, content as the marriage broker without love for herself.

Our male lead is Nicholas, Marquess of Trubridge, a shameless rake whose reputation was spotted from a young age and has lived an indolent life unrepentantly. Until his domineering father cuts him off, forcing Nicholas to seek a mercenary marriage to restore himself to his former fortune. However he intends to be honest about his need for money and seek a bride he has at least some affection for even if love will not be the foundation.

The two are instantly at odds with Belinda particularly concerned about a young American friend and desperate to prevent other girls from falling into the same miserable marriage she had while Nicholas feels judged without understanding. Of course antagonistic sparks soon give way to friendlier passionate sparks as the two are powerless to fight their growing feelings for each other. This book had plenty of snappy banter and light moments to keep me easily engaged. I feel like it's a typical length for a romance and though I grew a bit tired of the baggage each character had, at least it is shed by the end for the HEA.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging plot and eloquent style couldn't make up for the uninspiring couple 31 Oct. 2013
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There's no question that Laura Lee Ghurke has a way with words. Her books are always a pleasure to read, and this one is no exception. It's just too bad the couple in this story left me with a luke-warm feeling at best.

The heroine was deeply hurt by her first husband: not only did he reject her tender feelings after marrying her for money, but ignored her altogether in favor of his mistresses and then left her destitute upon his death. Rather than become a victim of her circumstances, she came up with a way to amass a fortune of her own and retain her position in society, which would have been admirable if she hadn't turned into a bitter and judgmental prude in the process.

Since attaining his majority, the hero has made all his choices to aggravate his father, the manipulative duke. At thirty, he acts no differently than he had when he was twenty, and the only thing that prompts him to change his lifestyle is his father finding a way to cut him off his trust fund. He does have an estate which is independent of his father's fortune, but why bother with responsibility if one can simply marry money?

For the better part of the story, the heroine mistreats the hero for no other reason, but he reminds her of her late husband. He does nothing to correct her misconception and accepts her scorn as his due because wants her. He'd marry her too if only she were rich, but since she's not he'd hire her to find him a rich wife. And then, after they both have a reversal of opinion, they get together for no discernible reason other than physical attraction, but which they were calling 'love'.

Needless to say, I was disappointed with this book. But the next book in the series, How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days: An American Heiress in London is the best book Ms. Ghurke has written to date.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Guhrke has not lost her deft skill as a writer. 30 Sept. 2013
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Back in the days when I was voraciously reading all the historical romance novels I could get my hands on Laura Lee Guhrke was definitely one of my favorite authors. I liked the way she built her characters and situations so they didn't have the artificial feel some historicals seem to consist of. Reading too many books in the same genre led to major burn out for me. Luckily, when I saw this novel being offered something struck a chord and I was ready to read another historical romance. The "matchmaker" storyline is not new for the genre, but the excellent handling of both characters and plot development definitely set this novel apart. And, just to put some luscious icing on the cake, this is only the first in Ms. Guhrke's new American Heiress in London series.

Belinda Featherstone was a very innocent eighteen year old American heiress when she married into the English aristocracy. Her outwardly charming husband wasted no time in telling her she was important to him only because of her dowry and he promptly proceeded to show her exactly what kind of life she would be living. Having been a widow for many years, this twenty-eight year old woman is now well established as a matchmaker for young, wealthy American girls and English peers of the realm. When Nicholas, Marquess of Trubridge explains his desire to become a client Belinda realizes he is exactly the same type as her husband had been. The only difference is that Nicholas shows no hesitation in letting her know he must marry for money. His father has cut off the payments from his trust fund and the unrepentant rake has no money. After all, French mistresses don't come cheap!

Ms. Guhrke created an interesting give-and-take between Belinda and Nicholas which was a pleasure to read. The story is presented from the point of view of both lead characters and we watch as they both begin to understand themselves better when they feel an attraction growing between them. Problems continue to manifest to keep them apart for a goodly portion of the story, but this author is wise in not waiting until the final sentence of the book to show the reader how the situations will be resolved. There are several moderately explicit sex scenes in the novel so you need to be aware of that if you make reading decisions based on that information. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel for the lively repartee between the characters and the reasonableness of the circumstances they were working through. It is wonderful to see that Ms. Guhrke has not lost her deft skill as a writer while I've been away. Maybe it's time for me to explore what's been written while I was on hiatus.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lady Featherstone stuffy until she takes a leap of faith 10 May 2014
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This was actually my first Laura Lee Guhrke book. The book was well written, I will give it that. I had so much trouble with our heroine, Lady Featherstone,( Belinda). Throughout most of this book, she was a stone cold bitch to our hero. Supposedly, she is a successful matchmaker but when she meets Lord Trubridge, (Nicolas), she is unprofessional and judgmental. She felt he demonstrated too many negative behaviors that made her think of her deceased husband. Apparently, after her husband died someone made her GOD. Sarcastic of me, I know but it took until the end of this book for me to warm up to her.

She finally comes to the conclusion that she has made a grave error in her perceptions of Nicolas. Ah, ya think!!?? How unprofessional is it to have a client come in for help and you go and judge them harshly because they remind you of your deceased ex- husband? Then because you were hurt in your past, you set him up with women that you know will not suit him just because you pride yourself for having stuck a feather in your cap. So NOT funny but childish.

I kept referring to her as Lady Featherbrain throughout the book because obviously, it took other people to point out to her that she should sop being so uptight and to notice things that she just didn't want to see. " There are none so blind as those who refuse to see." Definitely applies here. If I was Nicolas, I would view her as a matchmaker from hell.

Okay, so you are all probably wondering why I gave the book 4 stars instead of 3. In my opinion it was 3.5 stars but I rounded up because the writing was articulate. I could feel the angst between both H and h and Belinda did come through in the end after she took a leap of faith.

I couldn't stand Nicolas's father, the Duke of Control. Yep, that was what I named him. His whole goal in life was to try and control and ruin his son. He gave him no support at all, thwarting every effort Nicolas put his heart and soul into.

I have heard from trusted reviewers on here that the next book in this series is much better. I can't wait to see for myself and am very excited to see what I am missing. (LOL)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I will look for this author again. 25 Dec. 2013
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Although I have read hundreds of other romance novels, this was the first book I have read by Laura Lee Guhrke I will keep this short, as you can easily find other reviews that will give the details, characters, and general storyline for the book. In a nutshell, however, the main character Belinda runs a matchmaking service for rich American heiresses wishing to acquire a title (and respectability) and poor noblemen seeing rich woman who can enable them to run their declining estates. The main male character is the inevitable “rake” who has lived a dissolute life before becoming impoverished and turning to Belinda for help finding a suitable marriage partner. As can be expected in all romance novels, the pair initially hate one another, soon discover their passion for one another is irresistible, grow and develop emotionally, and finally they find a way to be together in “blessed” matrimony. More or less, this is the plot of nearly every romance novel I have ever read, and probably will ever read.

Still, I found this book to be a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read. Laura Lee Guhrke has enough skill as a writer to pull together a reasonable plot, to write witty (and sometimes funny) dialog between the two main characters, and to allow a degree of character development that is often missing in some of the cardboard cutout romance novels on the market. In other words, I found this book to be a cut above the usual “bodice ripper” and I will probably go back and read other novels by this author.

Some people complained about the modern “tone” to the language and conversation, and the inconsistent characterization of the time period, and the relevant details. And, yes, this is NOT excellent historical fiction. She wasn’t striving to recreate the time period or the language perfectly, but to write a fun book, with a entertaining narrative, and enough substance to leave you feeling like you actually READ something reasonable, and not just ate a particularly sweet candy confection.

A word to the wise: This book has explicit content. As far as explicit content, this book falls somewhere in the middle of the range of romance novels I have read over the years. Although the sex scenes are not frequent in the book, they are very intensely graphic, and would leave more sensitive readers wondering if they had pulled the book from the pornography section of the local library. However, there were only two areas in the book with any descriptive detail, and I found these sections far less graphic (or silly) than I have seen in other similar novels.

In short, I enjoyed the book, will look forward to other novels in the series, and will probably go back and read other books she has written.
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