Two years ago, Zayne Beckett's departure from New York City to meet up with his almost-fiance caused Agatha Watson no small amount of grief. So he is the last person she wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Looking worse for the wear, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and taken back East to his family. Even though she's over him, Agatha can't help feeling sorry for him and realizes she'll have to be the one to get the stubborn man back home.
Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere. Content to sit and mope over his recent bad fortune and the desertion of his not-quite-fiance, he's prepared to drag his heels all the way back to New York. That is, until he and Agatha find themselves slipping back into the strangely enjoyable bickering and bantering of their old friendship.
It isn't until they arrive in New York City that Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies. When his attempts to repay her for helping him go sadly awry, Agatha proves herself just as stubborn as Zayne. Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth--until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?
I skipped the book before this, so I was a little hesitant to pick this up, but holy cow I'm glad I did. This book was laugh-out-loud funny! It would have been helpful to have read all of the books in the series again (or at all) to remember who everyone was and what their relationship to each other was, but I still enjoyed it immensely.
Agatha is hilarious, and takes all her trouble in stride. Zayne really just doesn't understand much of anything, but I like him more and more as the book went on. Honestly, the pig was one of the best parts of the story. Totally unbelievable, but fun and entertaining, nevertheless.
I had no problem with the pig, but I did struggle with Piper a little bit. I know the book said she was mature for her age, and wise beyond her years and all that stuff, but really....what kid her age really knows the thing she knows.
I also found it a little hard to swallow that for the first half of the book, the men of the story were just tolerating Agatha, but by the end everyone loved her. It switched quite abruptly. It was almost like the author was like, "Oh, we need people to like Agatha now!" There wasn't anything gradual about it. However, that wasn't enough to ruin the story for me at all.
Title: A Match of Wits
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: June 2014
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.