Met Her Match – Jude Deveraux

In small towns, no one lets the facts get in the way of juicy gossip…

Terri Rayburn is a girl with a reputation. She doesn’t deserve it, but having grown up on the outskirts of Summer Hill, Virginia, she knows how small towns work. The only way to deal with vicious gossip is to ignore it. So she keeps to herself as she runs the summer resort on Lake Kissel.

When she returns home from a short trip to find a handsome stranger living in her house, she smells a rat. Someone is trying to fix her up, and she has to admit that Nate Taggert is just her type. However, Nate is engaged to the daughter of the mayor and strictly off-limits.

Nate and Terri form an unlikely friendship while he throws himself into life at the lake. As Nate starts to hear rumors about Terri he’s confused. Knowing how smart, beautiful and strong she is, he’s determined to discover the source of the gossip. Terri doesn’t want to revisit the past, but Nate won’t stop until he discovers the truth—even if the truth might be more than either of them can handle.

My review

Of course I can’t turn down an offer to read and review a Jude Deveraux romance. Because with Jude you never end up with ‘just’ a romance. There is always something more.
And in Met Her Match there is so much more. Terri has lived all her life near the lake at her father’s resort Lake Kissel. All her life Terri has been the girl from the wrong side of town, the gossip always mean and tortuous. Therefore, even at thirty-one she doesn’t like to go into the town of Summer Hill. She prefers to help her father run the resort.
When suddenly a handsome stranger moves into her house during her absence, it appears her father’s friend Kit tries to set her up with his handsome nephew Nate. However, Nate is engaged to the mayor’s daughter Stacy! So Nate is definitely off limits if Terri wants the feud between Montagues and Capulets to be ended somewhere in the near future.
But since Nate needs a place to stay, she offers him a room until his fiancee returns home in three weeks. While Nate enjoys the life at the lake, he can’t help but admire Terri’s strength and courage. She practically runs the resort all by herself. But why aren’t people talking to her? And what happened to her mother all those years ago? Gossip and stories all don’t add up and Nate is determined to find the truth, in order to help his new friend Terry. Not because he is attracted to her of course… but because he cares…
Only maybe not everyone is happy with Nate digging in the past. Suspense and drama with a wonderful background of summer holidays and fun. Five out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.

Publisher: Harlequin – MIRA (US)

Published: September 2019

ISBN: 9780778351245

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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