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When the Marquess Met His Match

(An American Heiress in London #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,629 ratings  ·  330 reviews
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 Landsdo
Mass Market Paperback, 362 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

3.5 stars

When the Marquess Met His Match is the first story in Laura Lee Guhrke's An American Heiress in London series. It's fun, romantic, steamy, and a unique spin on historical romance's often told tales of the London marriage-mart.

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, Mar
✨ Gramy ✨
This is the introduction to the series American Heiress in London. It definitely reflected unique spin in regards to the hook-up of the H/H. Nicholas, Marquess of Trubridge finds himself in a pickle when his father dictates he must marry a woman of society that meets with his approval IF he wants to continue to be supplied with an income from the family and inherit when his father dies. Nicholas had always declared he would never marry and carry on the family name because of his father's const
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is a beautifully crafted love story from the talented pen of Laura Lee Guhrke. I particularly like Ms Guhrke’s books because they are set either in the late Victorian or early Edwardian eras. I love the Regency period but sometimes it’s just refreshing to read a book set in an era of social and economic change.

The late Victoria era saw the erosion of the wealth of many of the great country estates. American heiresses, who were shunned by New York high society because their family’s wealth c
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance/Gurhke Fans
4 Stars...A Hero Strong Enough to Be Her Man

Acceptance amongst the Knickerbocker New York ‘aristocracy’ wasn’t attainable for a New Money girl from Cleveland, Ohio. Miss Belinda Hamilton found love instead…or so she thought. She was swept off her feet by the Seventh Earl of Featherstone, settled in England, and fleeced of all her money to pay her husband’s debt. The widowed Countess of Featherstone learned a hard lesson. As a sought after matchmaker, she earns her living while protecting naïve A
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, ebooks, arc
I'm a relative newcomer to Laura Lee Guhrke's work, so perhaps more dedicated fans may be willing to extend Guhrke more leniency, but I did not enjoy WHEN THE MARQUESS MET HIS MATCH at all. It's not that the book is poorly written-it's definitely not-but I found the heroine, Belinda Featherstone, to be judgmental, mean, petty, and holier-than-thou all in the first four or five chapters. While she explains the way she is by the end of the book, it didn't make for a pleasant person to read about, ...more
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

When The Marquess Met His Match is a story that begins the An American Heiresses in London series. Now I have not read this series in order, but that is alright, but I was really eager to finish this series up and read Nick and Belinda's story. I will admit that this is probably not my favorite book of the series, though I really did enjoy it quite a bit just not as much as some of the other books in the series.

The story sets off when our
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Mini review: My first Laura Lee Guhrke book. Initially, I did not like the heroine for her rather high-handed morals, but I grew to like her. Not a bad read. I will be watching out for her later books.
Lesa Divine
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's a match maker.
He needs a rich wife in order to get from under i
His father grip.

But the match maker maybe just the one for him even if she's not rich.

The match maker determined to give Nichols a bad rep in getting the wife he wants. But then she her self starts to fall for all the charm all the other ladies fall for.

Intriguing story of love, laughter and so much fun.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“I fear that you encourage women simply by looking at them.”
“I shall take that as a compliment.”
She gave him a wry look as she began to put on her gloves. “I must have said it wrong.”

Lady Belinda Featherstone’s late husband taught her very well that rakes cannot be reformed, and as England’s most successful matchmaker she ensures that no young lady will suffer heartbreak like she did at the hands of fortune hunting scoundrels. And when the rakish Marquess of Trubridge asks her for help in f

Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
When the Marquess Met His Match-- clever title for a clever, engaging romance from one of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed how American heiress Lady Belinda Featherstone came about her matchmaking in an effort to protect other young heiresses from falling into the same marriage trap she did...thinking she married for love instead of her fortune. When the newly cut-off-from-his-trust-fund Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge, arrives at her doorstep she refuses to help him as he is exact ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published at All About Romance

I've read many historical romances featuring either a social climber or a fortune hunter. Usually these characters are paired with their opposite; the social climber falls in love with someone from the nobility, the fortune hunter pursues someone of wealth. In Laura Lee Guhrke’s When the Marquess Met His Match, the lovers are a social climber and a fortune hunter.

The social climber is Lady Belinda Featherstone. Belinda, years ago, married
Nadine Jones
Oct 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was deeply disappointing; especially so because Laura Lee Guhrke is one of my top 5 favorite romance authors.

It didn't get off to a good start: heroine Belinda is a flat-out stuck-up bitch, and it's super hard to sympathize with her. This is a case where one of those back-story prologues would have added so much to the story. If we could have experienced her pain when she realized her husband did not love her, and when he died in bed with another woman, and a little more info on his circle
Lady Belinda Featherstone is a matchmaker. She tries to make sure that America Heiresses in London get a marital match that is based more on mutual compatibility and the possibility of future love, than money and contracts. She was duped into her own marriage and now as a young widow vows to protect other young American hearts.

When Nicholas, the Marquess of Trowbridge, approaches Belinda and asks her to aid him in his quest for a rich bride, Belinda refuses him. After all he is exactly the man s
BJ Rose
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Could have been a 4*, but proofing/editing errors pulled me out of the story too often - I tried to ignore them, but they just got in the way of the story ('she was in high dungeon' - really?!) But when Belinda's hat got removed twice in the same visit (she removed it, then Nicholas came in the room and removed it), I decided I couldn't award that 4th* - a strong 3.5 for the story, but 3* overall.
Lady Wesley
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
For the second time this week, I have listened to a book that I had rated four stars, only to be so disappointed in the narration that I'm giving the audiobook a three-star rating. I've listened to Susan Eriksen before but don't recall disliking her style. In this book, however, her voice grated on me. During romantic encounters, when the couple becomes excited, she virtually shouts. Moreover, there were times when I had to rewind to ascertain whether the hero or the heroine was speaking. An ina ...more
A bit on the slow side, but cute.
Look for this review and more at my blog, Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews.

I was so excited when I learned that Laura Lee Guhrke was starting a new series, An American Heiress in London. Her writing style is very different due to her interest in late Victorian/Edwardian England and I have missed her. I did like When the Marquess Met His Match and am interested in the rest of the series, but I did have some issues with the romance itself.

Lady Belinda Featherstone is a American-born widow who married a
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: group-reads
This was enjoyable from beginning to end. It's everything I want in a HR- plausible, not too anachronistic, cute and fluffy (though with enough substance to feel solid), with likeable and well-matched MC's who are well-developed and fun to read about. It's a Victorian, which is nice for a slight change of pace, and it allows the idea of an American matchmaker paired with a marquess to feel more realistic. Belinda is strong and smart, and while she started the book a bit prim and frosty (she was ...more
Whitley Birks
Mar 20, 2018 marked it as dnf
Dude needs to wed a wealthy heiress.

Dude goes to a matchmaker and gets turned down.

Dude says 'fine, I'll just find one my own way, which will be both expedient and highly improper.'

Matchmaker assumes that means he'll seduce a girl, get caught with her, and force her to marry him. His past actions make this seem even more likely.

Dude is INFURIATED that Matchmaker would assume this of him, despite his words and past actions making it a pretty obvious conclusion.

Dude proceeds to have nary a though
When the Marquess Met His Match
4 Stars

After his father cuts him off from his trust fund, Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge, is forced to curtail his rakish ways and find a bride with a large dowry. Enter Lady Belinda Featherstone, matchmaker to the haut ton, who has gained a reputation for pairing wealthy American heiresses with penniless peers. Naturally, Nicholas is eager for her services, but Belinda is having none of it. Now if only she can ignore the undeniable attraction between the
Stephanie  G
Aside from an earlier book this month, my not so hot streak with historical romance continues. This time, it’s with a writer whom I quite like, but both the story and the characters left me wanting. Laura Lee Guhrke’s When The Marquess Met His Match does have some charming moments, but is for the most part, rather bland and forgettable.

Lady Belinda Featherstone is an American heiress that married young and somewhat rashly. While her marriage wasn’t exactly a success, she still managed to make a
Lady Wesley
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, amz-rev, arc-rev
23 November 2013

I'm a big LLG fan, and it had been long time since her last book, so I was excited to finally get my hands on this one. Lady Belinda Featherstone is the first heroine in the American Heiress in London series, and she is the widow of an earl who married her for her fortune. She, poor thing, was madly in love with the man, and was crushed when he (1) died in the arms of a mistress and (2) turned out to have spent all of her money. With ingenuity and absolutely proper behavior, Beli
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are certain authors whom you--as a reader--have high expectations of. For me, Guhrke is one such author. Luckily, she has yet to disappoint.

The basics without giving too much away...Nicholas, the marquess of Trubridge is in quite a predicament. His father, the duke, has completely cut him off financially unless he finds a wife. He asks for the help of Lady Belinda Featherstone, a highly respected matchmaker.

However, to Nicholas' surprise, the matchmaker isn't interested in helping him. A
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Not my favorite story by the author, but even so, it turned out better than i was expecting, considering the beginning...

This time, the author decided to give us a romance between a matchmaker and her client.
The idea was good, but the characters and the story could have used more development.
The whole: I saw her, and immediately became in lust" is kind of old...plot-wise.
Now the second one in the series seems really good!
Keeping my fingers crossed ;)
Susan Ericksen is a very talented narrator and a huge favourite with many, but I’ve not always been completely convinced by her performances. I admit, my experience has been limited to her narrations of historical romances set in Britain (such as Celeste Bradley’s Fallen, Cecilia Grant’s Blackshear Family novels and Anne Stuart’s House of Rohan series) and in those, she always adopts a British accent for her character voices and for her reading and she maintains the accent quite well mos ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Belinda, an American, married for love, but she finds out quickly that's not the reason her husband married her. All he wanted was her money so he could do as he pleased...until he drained her dry before he died. Naturally this leaves Belinda to pick up the pieces. She goes to England and starts a matching making service.

Nicholas, Marquess of Trubridge needs to marry, and marry well. He goes to Belinda to find a wife and is up front about his need to for a marital trade....his title for h
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This is not the first time that Guhrke has written about an American heiress and an English peer and it's interesting to see how she is exploring the dynamic of these two cultures meeting and marrying at such an interesting period in history.

The talking point is that these alliances really were a commercial exchange: American money for an English title -- in very blunt terms, one is a social climber and the other a fortune hunter. The challenge, then, for a writer, is to convince us that love is
Jessica Robbins
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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From the publication of her very first historical romance, Laura Lee Guhrke has received numerous honors and critical acclaim for her novels and her writing style. She has been honored with the most prestigious award of romance fiction, the Romance Writers of America Rita Award, and she has received additional awards from Romantic Times and All About Romance. Romantic Times has proclaimed her, “On ...more

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