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Preview — When the Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee Guhrke
When the Marquess Met His Match
Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge, loves his life just as it is: dissolute, scandalous, and deuced good fun. His father, the Duke of Landsdo ...more
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…...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 fin...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ;)
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 ...more
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 ...more
Laura Lee Guhrke has written some of my favorite historical romance but her last few books haven’t wowed me. I hoped When The Marquess Met His Match would make me fall in love with this author again but it fell short. The book was a pleasant read but neither the characters, nor the setting nor the premise seemed fleshed out. The details were there but they didn’t create the right picture.
You will probably say that I’m being obnoxiously negative in this review because overall, I enjo ...more