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- Publication date : September 1, 2017
- File size : 2239 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- ASIN : B01MUTQ6HM
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Harlequin Historical; Original edition (September 1, 2017)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #333,637 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Harriet has grown up in an unusual household. Nobody really payed attention to her and having a season is exactly what her mother didn't want for her daughter, but Harriet likes the beautiful dresses and having company for a change isn't so bad either. However, if she's happy with her new acquaintance Lord Becconsall is yet to be determined. Are they equally matched and will they eventually gain each other's trust?
The Major Meets His Match is a wonderful romantic story with a lovely hint of suspense. I immediately loved Jake, he's smart and audacious and I loved that even though he comes across as an arrogant man he's actually quite sweet. Harriet is a clever woman, but she doesn't know much about society. She quickly adapts though and I loved seeing her grow. She changes into a capable and brave woman with plenty of sass. I loved the amazing chemistry between Jake and Harriet and their dialogue is absolutely fantastic. I couldn't turn the pages of The Major Meets His Match quickly enough and read this terrific story in one sitting.
Annie Burrows has a great captivating writing style. She makes the time she writes about come to life in a magnificent way. I liked that her main characters have flaws and plenty of quirks, that makes them stand out and it kept making me smile. They're both endearing and easy to fall in love with. I liked that Annie Burrows constantly managed to surprise me with unexpected twists and turns, intricate plots and intriguing relationships. The Major Meets His Match is charming and entertaining and incredibly well written. I really enjoyed this fabulous book filled with beautiful people, mystery and true love and highly recommend it.
Their interactions are sharp, as they poke at each other but also allow themselves to be honest, something they haven't done with others in their life recently. I really enjoyed reading about them getting to know each other, and seeing them grow closer, then draw back, then get closer again, and so on. It's a very believable relationship, which is a huge plus in my book - so often, relationships seem rushed to the point that I can't bring myself to believe them, but the pacing in The Major Meets His Match is excellent.
I also loved the other relationships in the book. Harriet gets on well with her aunt and cousin, and really appreciates how her aunt is trying to help her, while still having a good relationship with both of her own parents. Of course we need a little bit of angst, which comes in the form of Jack's disapproving (and now dead) father, who thought his estate would be passed to one of Jack's brothers. Having never expected to inherit anything, Jack must deal with the pressure of learning to manage an estate, and the weight of expectations (or lack thereof) of the various staff tied in to the estate.
This is book one of a series, with the others to follow Jack's three friends, I think. There's an interesting theft plot that kicks off in The Major Meets His Match and isn't entirely solved, so I expect there will be more about that in the next book. I don't think I've read anything by Annie Burrows before, but I'm always looking for more well written historical romance, so I'm going to go and find her previous books now, and I'll definitely read the sequel to this one when it comes out. A believable romance with all the rogues and parties you'd hope for in historical romance, The Major Meets His Match was a great read. Annie Burrows is an author all fans of the genre should try. 8 out of 10.
[Review first posted on my book blog; link is in my profile. A copy was provided by the UK publisher in exchange for an honest review.]
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I've read nearly all Annie Burrows's historical romances and I think this is my favourite. I loved the good-humoured banter between hero and heroine - I always enjoy books where the main characters actually like each other! The story doesn't go in quite the way you expect either, another plus. Harriet is staying with her aunt and beautiful cousin but, instead of a Cinderella story where our heroine is treated appallingly, her relatives are really kind. Her aunt introduces Harriet to Society and even buys her new gowns. Unfortunately, Harriet has terrible taste in clothes - another funny twist.
There is a mystery running through the story, about stolen jewellery, carrying on into the next book in the series, The Marquess Tames His Bride. We're also given a fascinating glimpse into the sad/tragic lives of Jack's friends, who will feature as heroes in the remainder of the series.
If you like sweet, funny, warm-hearted, historical romances, then this is the book for you. Recommended!
The three novels in the "Brides for Batchelors" trilogy by Annie Burrows are
1) This novel, "The Major meets his match"
2) "The Marquess tames his bride"
3) "The Captain claims his lady."
At the start of this novel the heroine, Lady Harriet Inskip, who is staying in London with her aunt Lady Tarbrook for the season, is taking an early mornign ride in the park wheh she has an embarrassing encounter with a group of four drunken gentlemen. The four men, who Lady Harriet has not seen at their best, have been friends since their school days.
By the end of the series three of the four will have found their Happy Ever After and they will have put an end to the crimes of a vicious criminal mastermind, but the fourth will have met a less happy fate. I strongly recommend against reading these books out of sequence because the second and third books in the series contain massive spoilers for the preceding ones.
The book also contains a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" cameo for the hero of Annie Burrow's first published Mills and Boon novel and an amusing reference to the sort of woman he is likely to marry.
This is pretty much a standard Regency romance with most of the usual cliches. It's not Georgette Heyer, let alone Jane Austen, but the characters are likeable and their interaction is well written and amusing. An entertaining way to spend an hour or so.