THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH Review

Finding her is only half the battle Cyrus Ryland didn’t become England’s wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around his study during a grand ball enflames his curiosity. They share one dance, but when the clock chimes midnight, she’s nowhere to be found. So Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is.
Claire Mayhew is risking it all by forging Ryland’s signature. But the maddening man won’t lease properties to an unmarried woman. He stands in the way of Claire’s dream: running her own business. The midtown property fits her plans perfectly—a place to live as an independent woman of commerce. When she sneaks into his study and forges his signature, she never expects to be attracted to the stodgy bachelor. But if he finds out who she is, all of her dreams could go
up in smoke…

 

4 Stars

 

THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH gives a passing nod at the Cinderella fairytale. Our Cinderella, Claire, neither wants her shoe returned nor does she require rescue from a life of drudgery and servitude to her step relations by the King, of Commerce that is.

Claire is an independent woman during a time when such behavior was frowned upon and every step taken to stop such actions in their tracks. Women needed the firm guiding hand of a man, period. They certainly weren’t capable of operating a business or making their own decisions….Gracious, no!

I enjoyed Claire Mayhew. She was bold and audacious without becoming a caricature. She handled events with style and grace.

Cyrus Ryland is a hero you can’t help but love. He’s willing to meet Claire more than halfway and re-examine his thinking and beliefs. But first he has to discover who the witty, elusive masked temptress is.

Claire and Cyrus lead each other on a merry chase that’s simply delightful. The give-take and by-play are charming and a reflection of the strength and nature of both characters.

Another enjoyable facet of THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH is it’s portrayal of the emerging middle and upper middle class. Men, and women, making fortunes based on their skills, talents, and abilities rather than birth. Meritocracy versus aristocracy, a version of survival of the fittest done with a light, not preachy or hamfisted, touch.  It was a pleasant change to see a historical that didn’t revolve around and hinge on the Ton and their acceptance.

I fancied THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH so much that I bought the first book in the series before I was even halfway through.

THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH is a read to get lost in.

 

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