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When a Rogue Meets His Match

(Greycourt #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  759 ratings  ·  238 reviews
The second novel in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt's Greycourt Series features an enemies-to-lovers romance with her signature blend of captivating characters and sensual romance.

Ambitious, sly, and lethally intelligent, Gideon Hawthorne has spent his life clawing his way up from the gutter. For the last ten years, he's acted as the Duke of
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Forever
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Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
EDIT Jan 7 2021: I would rate this 2.5 stars and here's why:
(this part of the review will not have super intense reactions, just some things I liked and things I didn't).

What I liked:

The Characters: Messalina and Gideon have great personalities and they are super likable. I liked some of the side characters that were introduced, especially her siblings who have personalities.

The Premise: I really liked the plot and the way it all started. I love when the hero is assigned to do something dang
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's official: Elizabeth Hoyt cured my terrible historical romance slump. Was this book perfect? No, but the romance was my EVERYTHING 😍

When a Rogue Meets His Match is the second book in the Greycourt series, but it can be read as a standalone. The series follows two families who were torn apart by a tragedy. The mystery surrounding that tragedy is an overarching arc that will continue to unfold throug
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, historical, 1700s
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

But that was the point: Messalina was his weakness. There was no way he could've let her go.

Second in the Greycourt series, this picks up where the first (Not the Duke's Darling) ended, Gideon Hawthorne spirits Messalina Greycourt to London on her uncle's orders. Gideon has been the Duke of Windemere's factotum for the last ten years and is rumored to do al
4.5 Stars

Gideon’s comes off as an uncaring rogue at first, but as the story reveals he’s anything but. His past broke my heart! He’s longed for Messilina, watching her from afar, wanting her out of the clutches of her villainous uncle. He’s a horrid man! Don’t think we’ve seen the last of him, unfortunately.
Gideon takes on a Devil’s bargain to marry her.

I do love the forced marriage troupe. Messilina and Gideon are enemies-to-lovers because of it, well on Messilina’s side, anyhow, but oh! When
Maureen Carden
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Hoyt joins a short list of sister authors who write smart historical romances. Some authors write super steamy, some super romantic romance. The really smart HR authors add great plots and fascinating characters to their books. When a Rogue Meets His Match, the second book in the Greycourt series is no exception. As an additional treat, Hoyt sets her books seventy to fifty years before the Regency period, in the Georgian years.
The characters delight, starting with an evil uncle, the Du
12/1/2020 : I READ IT TOO FAST :((( Review to come

Edit 10/6/2020 : I just read another excerpt... and it keeps getting BETTER and BETTER.

After reading the first two scenes released in Elizabeth Hoyt's newsletter, I say to her:

Barbara Rogers
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Series: Greycourt #2
Publication Date: 12/1/20
Number of Pages: 496
*** Maybe 3.5 Stars ***

The first book in this series, Not The Duke’s Darling, was published in December of 2018. That means this book has been a long time coming! I have read and devoured all of this author’s other works – especially the Maiden Lane series – so I always look forward to anything new she’s written. I’m sad to say this book (series) just doesn’t ‘feel’ like an Elizabeth Hoyt book to me – you might feel differently. It
ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]
Messalina must have one of the most unfortunate heroine names that I've come across (Messy, anyone?? *facepalm*) but damn gurl, I luv ya! :-* ...more
This is the second book in the Greycourt series. It was a marriage of convenience-opposites attract-enemies to lovers with a dash of Beauty and the Beast and it was an absolute delight. I devoured it in one long plane ride.

Gideon Hawthorne is a hitman for the Duke of Windermere. Assassin heroes are my catnip because they are a cornucopia of emotional issues and Gideon didn't disappoint. Gideon wants to free himself from the old evil duke's clutches. For reasons I didn't quite understand the Duk
Barb in Maryland
I was disappointed. The rating is rather generous, thanks to a timely appearance by the heroine's sister Lucretia.
When I finally get my thoughts on this sorted out I may write a real review.

I will mention that Messalina's insta-lust for Gideon had me rolling my eyes--a lot! She has just been forced to marry him; she wants nothing to do with him, but still manages to think he's hot.
:::gag me with a spoon:::

FYI, I thought the Kelly Bowen story that shares the volume was better than Hoyt's novel. I
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging, seductive, and entertaining!

When a Rogue Meets His Match is set in London during the late eighteenth century and features the spirited, intelligent Messalina Greycourt who after reluctantly agreeing to wed the dangerous, yet roguishly handsome Gideon Hawthorne finds herself inadvertently falling for his hidden charms and tender nature.

The prose is witty and sharp. The characters are tough, feisty, and passionate. And the plot is a delightfully scandalous blend of familial drama, Georgi
book bruin
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forever
What an enjoyable historical romance! I am always a fan of the grumpy hero who only shows his tender side to the heroine and Elizabeth Hoyt got it exactly right with Gideon Hawthorne. This is my first book by the author, but it certainly won't be my last. When a Rogue Meets His Match is book two in the Greycourt series, but it can be enjoyed as a standalone. I didn't read book one prior to jumping in and though I was able to figure out what was going on easily, I think there would have been a lo ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had all the drama and romance I needed.

This is my first Elizabeth Hoyt book and I am hooked for the masterful writing in this historical romance genre.

Hoyt’s writing is truly immersive and includes important issues during 18th century which addresses gender roles and social issues through realistic characters you heart will be invested in.

Get ready to swoon in this lush and steamy love story.

I enjoyed this one!
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I've been reading excerpts of this book via Hoyt's email newsletter, and when an ARC showed up, I snapped it up like a hog at feeding time.

So here's the good news about this book: it's MUCH better than the first one. The interplay between the characters is great-- you can feel the tension from page 1, as these two are in a real battle of goals and wits. The family members and other random characters add interest and depth to the story.

The plot boils down to this: Messalina wants to save her sis
Julie - One Book More
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When a Rogue Meets His Match has everything I love in a story – romance, mystery, suspense, dynamic characters, and a well-layered plot. Much like Not the Duke’s Darling, the first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Greycourt series, this story gripped me from the first pages when Gideon and Messalina are pushed into an arranged marriage by Messalina’s dastardly uncle. Messalina determines not to fall for Gideon, one of her uncle’s most-feared henchmen and a man she loathes. Instead, she plans to obtain h ...more
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

This was unsatisfying in every sense of the word.

Too many loose ends, the constant pull and tug, which I originally loved, between the characters was overused and annoying. This started off so strong and the slow burn romance had me swooning but there were too many unresolved issues/loose ends that ultimately affected my reading experience. From the would be ‘assassins’, the heroine’s dowry, Uncle Augustus Greycourt who is the Duke of Windemere true intentions, what happened whe
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Mr. Hawthorne wasn't a particularly big man. One didn't immediately think on first glance, Here's a fellow I should avoid at all costs if I value my life. It was the second look that did it."

Did Messalina Greycourt made a deal with the devil? And now he's her new husband! Well, it's not as if she really had a choice anyway. Her uncle, who's her guardian, gave her hands in marriage, in exchange for a favor that his henchman will only learn about after they're wedded.

Gideon Hawthorne was born
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Messalina Greycourt is outraged when her odious uncle summons her and forces her to wed his henchman. She reluctantly agrees in order to keep her sister safe, but she has plans to get part of her dowry and escape. Gideon Hawthorne has spent his life clawing his way up from the slums. What he wants more than anything is marriage to the beautiful Messalina and entry into society in order to make business connections. The more time the pair spends together, the more Messalina begins to soften towar ...more
ARC kindly provided by the publisher, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

*3.5 stars*

My first book from Hoyt and a pretty solid one at that.

Gideon and Mesalina get into an arranged marriage/ marriage of convenience and start to fall for each other although she initially intended to leave him and he, who works for her evil uncle, is tasked to murder one of her family members.

I liked Gideon but Mesalina lacked just a bit for me. I really liked he
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After I read the first of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Greycourt series, I was hooked. When a Rogue Meets His Match is an outstanding addition. It is filled with passion, mystery, betrayal, and humor. A heart thumping love story, intriguing plot, the smarmiest of villains, and incredible characters you love rooting for.
Gideon and Messalina were such wonderful characters. They needed each other to achieve their goals. They saw each other as a means to an end. But once they wed and got to know each other, th
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-paperback, arc
3.5 stars

Born and raised in St. Giles, Gideon Hawthorne has spent his life climbing out of the streets and into a better life. He’s ruthless and resourceful and has used his skills in the employment of the Duke of Windemere for the last ten years, taking care of risky problems without hesitation. But the duke is depraved, and Gideon is weary of the tasks he’s forced to complete. He’s eager to leave the duke’s employ and work on his own business ventures, but the duke wants Gideon to do one last
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Tracy Emro
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Gideon Hawthorne was born on the streets and clawed his way out of the rookeries, his break came when the Duke of Windemere hired him as a henchman. But after years of servitude and clever investments, Gideon wants his freedom. He is ready to break with the duke when he is offered a reward he can’t pass up – marriage to Messalina Greycourt, Windemere’s niece, that will give him the connection to society he needs to advance his businesses along with her substantial dowry – the catch? He
Ashley Dang
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 5/5
First off, let me start by saying you can read this as a standalone! The story is very sweet and definitely had my favorite trope, aka, ENEMIES TO LOVERS YALL ( though the enemies thing is one sided, BUT it still counts). I really liked how Gideon and Messalina both were discovering each other and falling in love with each other. They both had to deal with difficult situations and trust was not easy but they worked on it. There were so many twists and turns and obstacles in their rela
Reading this book felt like coming home! Gah, I totally loved everything about this story!!!

Messalina was a heroine with fierce loyalty and protective instincts particularly regarding her sister. These character traits lead to her initial scheme when confronted with her uncle’s plan for her. I loved the way she slowly began to separate herself from those intentions as she began to see there is more to Gideon Hawthorne than what she thought.

My Love is forever...

I love a hero that is hard and coarse on the outside as
Dec 04, 2020 added it
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Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

A lovely and determined woman discovers there is more to the lethal and cunning man she’s married than she thinks in When a Rogue Meets His Match . Strains of Beauty and the Beast flow through Messalina and Gideon’s story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Elizabeth Hoyt excels at creating captivating heroes who start out morally ambiguous at best and Gideon is a perfect example. The dark and brooding man fought his way out of the gutter and is obsessed with
Three and a half stars.

Gideon is the Duke of Windermere's fixer and bully boy, born in the slums of St Giles he has done whatever he has to in order to claw his way out of the gutter. Now, he's ready to quit but the Duke has one last request, and the reward is beyond Gideon's wildest dreams, the hand in marriage of the Duke's niece Messalina.

The Duke of Windermere is vicious and conniving but he has blackmailed Messalina into accepting Gideon's hand by threatening to force her younger sister int
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Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.

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