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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. Whegossip…


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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. Whegossip…

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: ...his phone made a ding for a text message. It was from Kit. Ask Della about Leslie. Nate dropped the phone onto the bed as if it had caught fire. "No!" he said aloud, his frown so deep that his eyebrows were nearly touching. "No, no, no." He'd had all the mysteries he wanted in his lifetime. Twelve years of them! Digging and researching and finding out who was doing what and why. That was Kit's love, not his. All Nate wanted was peace. He wanted to marry the girl EXCERPT: ...his phone made a ding for a text message. It was from Kit. Ask Della about Leslie. Nate dropped the phone onto the bed as if it had caught fire. "No!" he said aloud, his frown so deep that his eyebrows were nearly touching. "No, no, no." He'd had all the mysteries he wanted in his lifetime. Twelve years of them! Digging and researching and finding out who was doing what and why. That was Kit's love, not his. All Nate wanted was peace. He wanted to marry the girl he was madly in love with, set up retirement plans for people and make some babies. Peace. No more midnight runs. No more danger. As he climbed into bed, he punched the pillow. He's thought Kit had put him in a house with a pretty young woman because of...What? Some temptation before Nate got married? But it looked like it had to do with some damned mystery. ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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. Set in the beloved fictional town of Summer Hill, Virginia, Met Her Match examines the tensions between the wealthy townspeople, the summer vacationers and the working-class people who keep the town and resort running. MY THOUGHTS: I haven't read a Jude Deveraux in years. She was one of those authors I loved who, for some unknown reason, just dropped off my radar. I still have several of her older books on my shelves at home. But I am glad I have rediscovered her. I enjoyed Met Her Match immensely. Deveraux's characters jump right off the page at you....they are so real! She captures the intricacies of everyday life and infuses them with humour and passion. She had me laughing out loud at times. And even though as we read, we all know how it is going to end up, she makes the journey absolutely delightful. And, there are a few little surprises along the way! #MetHerMatch #NetGalley **** delighted stars THE AUTHOR: Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher. She began writing in 1976, and published her first book, The Enchanted Land (1977) under the name Jude Deveraux. Following the publication of her first novel, she resigned her teaching position. Now, she is the author of 31 New York Times bestsellers. Jude has lived in several countries and all over the United States. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and has an additional home in the medieval city of Badolato, Italy. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harlequin MIRA (USA & Canada) for providing a digital ARC of Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system, please refer to my Goodreads.com profile, or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux A favorite storyteller. Immediate engagement. Always heart touching. Always sad when it’s over because it was so good. It’s like having a best friend in a book format. This story was lovely, sweet and wonderful. Of course, there is a bunch of worry while it’s all being worked out, but the HEA is worth the angst of the drama. The toy story shopping wish was so touchingly sweet. Loved the whole thing. Wanted to not like the fiancé or the twins but now hopi Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux A favorite storyteller. Immediate engagement. Always heart touching. Always sad when it’s over because it was so good. It’s like having a best friend in a book format. This story was lovely, sweet and wonderful. Of course, there is a bunch of worry while it’s all being worked out, but the HEA is worth the angst of the drama. The toy story shopping wish was so touchingly sweet. Loved the whole thing. Wanted to not like the fiancé or the twins but now hoping they get their own HEA. I’m gushing. This author does that to me. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I purchased a copy to share.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    This was the perfect summer romance to end my summer reading season. A fun and flirty small town friends to lover story with a bit of a mystery. This is the fourth book in the Summer Hill series, but it worked perfect as a standalone. Loved this small Virginia town and all its lovable and quirky residence. Terri comes home one day to find a hot man in her house. He’s not a burglar and she is pretty certain this is a set up, the thing is he is engaged to the perfect daughter of the towns mayor. W This was the perfect summer romance to end my summer reading season. A fun and flirty small town friends to lover story with a bit of a mystery. This is the fourth book in the Summer Hill series, but it worked perfect as a standalone. Loved this small Virginia town and all its lovable and quirky residence. Terri comes home one day to find a hot man in her house. He’s not a burglar and she is pretty certain this is a set up, the thing is he is engaged to the perfect daughter of the towns mayor. What follows is a sweet friends to lovers story full of lively banter and lovely chemistry. Terri was a great character who was smart and strong always combating The small town rumors. Nate what is a good guy who was trying to live up to the expectations of his fiancée and her family. At first I was a little uncertain, wasn’t really crazy that he was already in a relationship and falling in love with somebody else, but it all seem to work itself out. The Mystery added another dimension to the story, and made the ending even happier! This book and three emojis: 🚤 🏠 💞

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Loved this one! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ There was something about this book that I just really loved. I really don’t know why. I can’t put my finger on it. Was it the perfect story? No. In fact, the first few chapters seemed a little stilted. But I absolutely loved the unique characters she crafted. Friendship is an amazing thing. And when you can develop a close friendship with someone of the opposite sex, it truly can be special. Deveraux shows us exactly what it looks like to Loved this one! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ There was something about this book that I just really loved. I really don’t know why. I can’t put my finger on it. Was it the perfect story? No. In fact, the first few chapters seemed a little stilted. But I absolutely loved the unique characters she crafted. Friendship is an amazing thing. And when you can develop a close friendship with someone of the opposite sex, it truly can be special. Deveraux shows us exactly what it looks like to have the perfect partner, in friendship and eventually in love. The story was so heartwarming and touching in many ways. I loved Terri. She’s hard-working, tough, yet so tender with a heart of gold as well. And Nate was created to perfectly balance with her. Sweet, kind, with a servant heart. So for those reasons I’m giving us a five star because Met Her Match truly is a delight to read and it made me feel wonderful at the end. Isn’t that what we look for in a book? A classic romance that will capture your heart. Copy received for review consideration full review - https://amidlifewife.com/met-her-matc...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    I can't resist the Taggert and Montgomery families Jude has created. Jude has created a fun formula for a romantic story that doesn't go where you think it will. This would make for a light beach read. It stands alone but you appreciate it more if you know the other Taggerts and Montgomerys. *My honest review was made possible thanks to an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher.*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Terri Rayburn grew up on the outskirts of Summer Hill, VA and spends her days taking care of the summer resort on Lake Kissel. She keeps herself busy so she can stay out of the small town gossip - there're enough false rumors about her childhood already. However, when she returns home to find Nate Taggert, a handsome stranger living in her house, she thought she has met her match. Unfortunately, Nate is engaged to the mayor's daughter and is strictly off-limits. Nate starts to throw himself into Terri Rayburn grew up on the outskirts of Summer Hill, VA and spends her days taking care of the summer resort on Lake Kissel. She keeps herself busy so she can stay out of the small town gossip - there're enough false rumors about her childhood already. However, when she returns home to find Nate Taggert, a handsome stranger living in her house, she thought she has met her match. Unfortunately, Nate is engaged to the mayor's daughter and is strictly off-limits. Nate starts to throw himself into life at the lake and they become fast friends. As Nate starts to hear rumors about Terri, he’s determined to discover the source of the gossip. Terri doesn’t want to revisit her painful past, but Nate will stop at nothing to uncover the truth—even if the truth might be more than either of them can handle. Jude Deveraux is a household name when it comes to romances. Met Her Match is book two in the Summer Hill series. I haven't read the first one but the storyline is pretty standalone. I thought it was a good read with well developed characters. I loved the banter between Terri and Nate and how perfect they were for each other. I just wished he wasn't engaged. Technically he didn't cheat on his fiancee but the situation he put himself in made me uncomfortable. Can't wait to see what the next book in the series brings! Thank you to Netgalley and Mira Books for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Grey

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, MIRA Books; who provided this ebook in exchange for an honest review. I hadn't read a book by Ms. Deveraux since I was a little girl swiping my mom's and auntie's books from their bookshelves. In a way, this book gave me so much comfort to read...it was a light summery type of book; a little mystery, a cast of characters that were well-developed and written, humor, a story that has a definite beginning-middle-ending. I enjoyed Terri and Nate's story and Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, MIRA Books; who provided this ebook in exchange for an honest review. I hadn't read a book by Ms. Deveraux since I was a little girl swiping my mom's and auntie's books from their bookshelves. In a way, this book gave me so much comfort to read...it was a light summery type of book; a little mystery, a cast of characters that were well-developed and written, humor, a story that has a definite beginning-middle-ending. I enjoyed Terri and Nate's story and wish I had a 'Lake Kisses' of my own, haha! 3.75 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Met Her Match (Summer Hill #2) is full of small-town gossip, devilishly crafted characters, lots of secrets, and romance. There is mystery, and twists that round this book out and keeps the reader wondering what is going on in the seeming near-perfect fictional town of Summer Hill. I say near-perfect because there is lots of angst and tension between the three groups of people in the town, the wealthy townspeople, the summer lake people and the working-class people who run the resort of Kissel L Met Her Match (Summer Hill #2) is full of small-town gossip, devilishly crafted characters, lots of secrets, and romance. There is mystery, and twists that round this book out and keeps the reader wondering what is going on in the seeming near-perfect fictional town of Summer Hill. I say near-perfect because there is lots of angst and tension between the three groups of people in the town, the wealthy townspeople, the summer lake people and the working-class people who run the resort of Kissel Lake. Met Her Match is my first book by Jude Deveraux, and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. I did not have the pleasure to read the first book in this series, but I do plan to go back and fix that little misstep. I don't feel that you have to read the first book as the author did an excellent job in explaining the history of Summer Hill. Jude Deveraux's writing style is spot-on; she made me feel as if I was part of this small town, and I could be best friends with the main character, Terri Rayburn. Terri has had to deal with the cruel gossip about her missing mother her whole life. This gossip has in turn been put upon her. In spite of this, Terri has become a strong, self-reliant woman who held fast to her beliefs and morals. Terri returns from a short business trip to find the very handsome Nate Taggert living in her home. Together they figure out that Nate's uncle Kit was the one that arranged for Nate to live in Terri's house. Nate is the total package. He is a good looking, strong, intelligent man, with principles. After some very heated back and forth banter between the two Terri decides to let Nate stay in her house. There is an immediate attraction, but Nate being the great guy that he is tells Terri he is engaged. His fiancé happens to have gone to high school with Terri. But she is just not just any girl; she is the perfect, sweet, beautiful Stacy Hartman, who happens to be in Italy for two weeks. Over two weeks, Terri and Nate fall into an easy friendship that is full of sexual tension. Ahh, but don't be fooled, this book is so much more than a simple taboo romance. There are decades-old secrets, and twists and turns I didn't see coming. The supporting cast of "characters" were excellent, and I want to know more about them. The balance of tone is perfect in the book. At times the book had me smiling and laughing, and other times there was some intense darkness that had me wanting to give Terri a big mom hug. I look forward to catching up with the first book in this series, The Girl from Summer Hill, and looking forward to reading future books in the series. *** I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion. ***

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Met Her Match is an easy charming read. Terri, like so many, has been the victim of unwarranted small town gossip. She chose to ignore the ridiculous nature of this, and live her life as she pleases running a resort. Through circumstances, she returns home from a brief trip to find a guy, Nate, in her house. The two come to an agreement about living arrangements and soon, become friends. Or maybe something more? It's a good story with a bit of mystery, romance and intrigue, plus likeable charact Met Her Match is an easy charming read. Terri, like so many, has been the victim of unwarranted small town gossip. She chose to ignore the ridiculous nature of this, and live her life as she pleases running a resort. Through circumstances, she returns home from a brief trip to find a guy, Nate, in her house. The two come to an agreement about living arrangements and soon, become friends. Or maybe something more? It's a good story with a bit of mystery, romance and intrigue, plus likeable characters who are dynamic together and warm hearted. Overall, I enjoyed this story for something light and easy. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I had a hard time connecting with this book. The characters relationship developed so swiftly that it was unbelievable. The character development was good and the setting fun but I could not get into this. I finished it but found it to be lackluster. This is a fluffy beach read with very little depth. Unfortunately not for me, but if you are looking for an easy romance set on the lake, then this is for you! Thank you @harlequinbooks for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    A sweet story of two characters drawn to each other as if pulled by an invisible thread. Terri was delightful, I loved reading about her. She had a tough life growing up which made her strong. Her day involved working at the resort and helping the guests. Entered Nate into her life and the resort to get married and start a new life. The two became friends abd roommates. The fiancée brought a new unexpected complication. My first book by Jude Devereaux, this was a fast read. This was a A sweet story of two characters drawn to each other as if pulled by an invisible thread. Terri was delightful, I loved reading about her. She had a tough life growing up which made her strong. Her day involved working at the resort and helping the guests. Entered Nate into her life and the resort to get married and start a new life. The two became friends abd roommates. The fiancée brought a new unexpected complication. My first book by Jude Devereaux, this was a fast read. This was a cute small town romance which its kooky residents. There was a charm in them and their secrets. Few things were oft repeated, and the relationship could have been deeper. But that didn't bother me as I wanted something to distract my mind. I read the book in between my thrillers as I didn't want to analyze much, just enjoy the story. Overall, this was a fun read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bev Walkling

    I have been reading quite a few rather emotionally heavy books recently so it was nice to sit down for a few hours and focus on something a little lighter that would give me a happy ever after ending. This book is the second in a series about the fictional town of Summer Hill Virginia. I have not read the first book in the series, but the author did include some background information to help lay the groundwork for the story to follow. I suspect it would have been easier if I had read I have been reading quite a few rather emotionally heavy books recently so it was nice to sit down for a few hours and focus on something a little lighter that would give me a happy ever after ending. This book is the second in a series about the fictional town of Summer Hill Virginia. I have not read the first book in the series, but the author did include some background information to help lay the groundwork for the story to follow. I suspect it would have been easier if I had read the first book but overall it didn’t make a huge difference. There is an old adage that the sins of the father are visited upon the son. In this book it appears that the supposed “sins” of the mother have been visited upon her daughter, Terri Rayburn, for many, many years. Terri has learned to live with it feeling completely comfortable in her role of handyperson and general rescuer in the Lake community which her father helped to found. Visits to Summer Hill though leave her with a completely different set of feelings and insecurities. When Terri returns home from her time away on vacation, she discovers a strange (but very attractive) male has moved into her abode. Her initial instinct is to send him running, but there is something about him that appeals to her and she thinks she may have met a man she could develop a relationship with. She even believes that her relatives may have placed him there in an effort to matchmake. Imagine her shock when she finds out that he is engaged to be married to one of the girls that she went to high school with. She leaves in anger but when he sets out to change her mind by using the skills that he has developed working overseas for the government to lighten her workload, a friendship and working team develop very quickly. People around are thrilled to see Terri so happy and assume that the couple may be acting on the feelings that seem so obvious to others. In actual fact, they are both doing their best to keep things platonic but as time goes by, Nate discovers that the life his fiancé has planned out for him is not something he thinks he can live with. Mixed in with the romance of the story is a mystery – whatever became of Terri’s mother Leslie and what happened when Leslie was a teenager that got her suspended from school? Why did she break things off with her high school boyfriend and why did the town condemn her for doing so? Some of the answers were fairly predictable and I drew some accurate conclusions well before the mystery was resolved, there were however, still some surprises in store for me. Met Her Match draws a clear picture of how within a community there are ”the haves”, and the “have nots” and the tensions that run between them. The story ended fairly abruptly but left itself open for more to come with other characters introduced. I personally found both Terri and Nate very likeable characters and would be willing to read other books in this series. I was approached by the publicist to read this book based on my interest in their previous women’s fiction and romance titles. Many thanks to Mira Books and #NetGalley. What is above is my unbiased review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten #weloveyoualex

    Another wonderful read from Jude Deveraux. These books are like little vacations. Fun and good for the heart. The main characters were great and had good chemistry and the setup was interesting. She made the community around the lake come alive. The town and lake couldn't have been that far apart but they seemed like completely different worlds. Hope she continues this series. Books like this are great to read in between dark psychological thrillers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Another great addition to her Taggert series! This was a fast story, it began with a little romance and ended with a mystery. I thought it was well written and kept my interest to the thrilling end! I enjoyed the story! Thanks to Netgalley for the early copy

  15. 4 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    Picking up a romance from a familiar author is one of the best feelings. It has been a while since I last read anything from Ms. Deveraux. Coming back to her with this book is a treat. When it comes to romance, Ms. Deveraux creates a perfect blend of yearning, conflict and sexual chemistry. I loved this book. I really love Terri. Terri is the kind of friend that everyone can only hope to have. She gave up her dreams to help her dad out. In some ways, she allows the town to place an albatross upo Picking up a romance from a familiar author is one of the best feelings. It has been a while since I last read anything from Ms. Deveraux. Coming back to her with this book is a treat. When it comes to romance, Ms. Deveraux creates a perfect blend of yearning, conflict and sexual chemistry. I loved this book. I really love Terri. Terri is the kind of friend that everyone can only hope to have. She gave up her dreams to help her dad out. In some ways, she allows the town to place an albatross upon her very strong shoulders. Even the strongest can break with enough pressure. Terri is a strong woman who is living life to the fullest given her family constraints. She is the fix it all person for her dad's summer cottages. The people in the "outskirts" of Summer Hill love her. They know she is a straight shooter and can be depended upon. When a man is tossed into her way, she is taken off guard. Fighting an unjust reputation, Terri has to mind her Ps and Qs more than any other person. What I found most heinous about this story is the small minded pettiness coming from other women. Second is the cluelessness and enablement men allowed to degrade and marginalize Terri. I was so angry. I wanted them all to be shown up. Luckily for Terri, the man she doesn't want… Nate, is the man for this job. Nate's background is interesting. He comes with his own baggage and it is funny because his baggage is what causes the conflict. Luckily for him, his uncle knows better and steers him in the right direction with some underhanded maneuvering. What I love about Nate is his sense of right and wrong. He owns up when he makes a mistake and he wants to champion those who have been unjustly cast in a bad light. His determination to go after what he wants is both a strength and weakness. Weakness because sometimes he doesn't really understand what he wants and ends up with a mess on his hands. Such is the case of his engagement. The chemistry between Nate and Terri is fantastic. I think it is best captured when the duo work seamlessly to save a drowning person. That scene explains so much and gives a reader a pleasurable warm fuzzy feeling. There are a couple of collateral damages which makes this story more realistic. It is not always a win-win situation. There are consequences to actions and the consequences may hurt innocents. Terri and Nate know this first hand and almost sacrifice their happiness to avoid hurting others. I love them more for it. This contemporary romance is heartwarming and recommended to all readers who love a happily ever after. *provided by NetGalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux is the 2nd book in the Summer Hill series, and my first book by this author. I loved this romance, I really connected with the two main characters, Terri and Nate. Nate is engaged to the Mayor daughter, so he's not available. The town of Summer Hill, Virginia is divided into two parts, rich residents and the rest of the town. Once I started this book I could not stop reading it. I will definitely be reading more books by Ms. Deveraux. I highly recommend this book t Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux is the 2nd book in the Summer Hill series, and my first book by this author. I loved this romance, I really connected with the two main characters, Terri and Nate. Nate is engaged to the Mayor daughter, so he's not available. The town of Summer Hill, Virginia is divided into two parts, rich residents and the rest of the town. Once I started this book I could not stop reading it. I will definitely be reading more books by Ms. Deveraux. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderful romance. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Okay. I admit it. I'm a sucker for Jude Deveraux' Taggert/Montgomery books. Yep! I love them. However, this one was exceptional. Geez, I miss these! Great well developed main and secondary characters, wonderful slow evolving romance AND a terrific murder/mystery added into the mix. Nope. I never saw that one coming. Just an overall fantastic read that I devoured in one day. Loved it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    BookGypsy

    This is a good read. I haven't read her in a long time. I really liked it and I liked the character and could relate to what she was going through. Nice heart felt read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Met Her Match was a read I really enjoyed. It has lots going for it. The heroine Terri is just delightful, she pretty much runs the show and the lakeside area her Dad is responsible for. She sorts problems, rescues people and generally has a heart of gold. She is very competent, and can swim wonderfully well.  Terri isn't popular in the town area. Supposedly as a teen she's beaten up boys and ruined relationships. Well that's according to the town gossip. Believe what you will.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    So once upon a time, someone had this great idea to set up Nate's brother with a wonderful woman...only the brother didn't act interested at all so Nate decided she was meant for him.... Funny how fate plays a role in things (Or Uncles...) I enjoyed this story of how Nate meets and how he is drawn to Terri... Her attitude, her self reliance is attractive to him but so is her appreciation of him. Fun beach read with a kick of a mystery as well! I love the dynamics of the small town, th So once upon a time, someone had this great idea to set up Nate's brother with a wonderful woman...only the brother didn't act interested at all so Nate decided she was meant for him.... Funny how fate plays a role in things (Or Uncles...) I enjoyed this story of how Nate meets and how he is drawn to Terri... Her attitude, her self reliance is attractive to him but so is her appreciation of him. Fun beach read with a kick of a mystery as well! I love the dynamics of the small town, the gossip, the character, and the attitudes that are revealed once things everyone has known as facts are found to be false. Terri has had a rough road, but she is still hard working and loyal to her dad. Because her mom skipped out on her and her dad when she was two, the whole town thinks bad things about Terri. She lives under her mom's shadow. It doesn't help that she hurt two guys in high school. Nate has had many years of secret adventures that has helped develop his inner strength and integrity. There are several characters I want to know better including Nate's brother, Terri's dad, the main gossipy woman of the story... I could continue on, but let me just add most of the characters are people I want to know better. There are times when the book is really lighthearted and fun...but there are times when the tone is darker, deeper with the insecurities of the main characters. I requested to review this title from NetGalley because I found the story line to be interesting and fun. Thank you to Jude Deveraux, NetGalley, and Harlequin - MIRA for this advanced reader copy for me to read, enjoy, and review. As always, my opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.75 stars My husband and I are going to vacation next summer at Lake Kisses! I haven’t read but one or two books by this author and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one but I really liked it! The Chemistry was dreamy and the mystery was good. I didn’t want to put it down. This book had a little bit of everything. And I loved Nate. ♥ Things I liked: • Good paced • Entertaining • Standalone • Mystery • Romance • Funny This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are m 3.75 stars My husband and I are going to vacation next summer at Lake Kisses! I haven’t read but one or two books by this author and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one but I really liked it! The Chemistry was dreamy and the mystery was good. I didn’t want to put it down. This book had a little bit of everything. And I loved Nate. ♥️ Things I liked: • Good paced • Entertaining • Standalone • Mystery • Romance • Funny This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori Jorgensen

    Set at Lake Kissel, Summer Hill, Virginia. Small town, gossip, vacationers, well to do Towns people and the working class. What a better setting for romance, and mayhem.

  23. 4 out of 5

    JP

    3.5 ⭐ I liked this and it was very entertaining with mystery and romance. A fun, light summer read in my opinion. This was a ARC from Netgalley and I gave an honest review. 3.5 ⭐️ I liked this and it was very entertaining with mystery and romance. A fun, light summer read in my opinion. This was a ARC from Netgalley and I gave an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. In small towns, no one lets the facts get in the way of juicy gossip… Te When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. 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 rumours 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. Set in the beloved fictional town of Summer Hill, Virginia, Met Her Match examines the tensions between the wealthy townspeople, the summer vacationers and the working-class people who keep the town and resort running. Told with humour and heart, Met Her Match is the perfect summer escape. What I like about Jude Devereaux is that although she writes romances, they are not treacly or stilted - they always have a good plot. (Don't believe me? Read "Knight in Shining Armour" or "Princess"!) Summer Hill is a typical small town - full of people that can kill you with rumours and insinuation. The story is well crafted and the characters are memorable: I would love a sequel as these people are worth spending time with! This is a lovely book to spend some time with - and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a sweet story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    LOVED! As I do all of them, but really didn't want to stop reading the other night, even if I did have to get up and drive 2 1/2 hours to see my new granddaughter ;)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen Fan

    Tbh, when this book was offered to me, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. But then I remembered that I had read a few of Jude Deveraux’s books and always enjoyed them, so I thought what the heck. I am so glad I did! I started the book and could not stop reading until I finished, which is a few hours before I’m suppose to get up. The story draws you in, but characters she builds keep you wanting more. Parts of this I was able to guess, but it was still a welcome surprise when they were confirmed Tbh, when this book was offered to me, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. But then I remembered that I had read a few of Jude Deveraux’s books and always enjoyed them, so I thought what the heck. I am so glad I did! I started the book and could not stop reading until I finished, which is a few hours before I’m suppose to get up. The story draws you in, but characters she builds keep you wanting more. Parts of this I was able to guess, but it was still a welcome surprise when they were confirmed as I read. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

  27. 5 out of 5

    AES

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Met Her Match and was totally captivated by this amazingly, wonderful romance story! I am a huge fan of Jude Deveraux’s brilliantly written and enchanting historical romances. Having read most if not all of her historical romances, I was thrilled to read her newest contemporary novel. This book was everything I was hoping for! The story and plot pulled me in from the very start. The charming and entertaining romance completely held my attention and the mystery and in I thoroughly enjoyed reading Met Her Match and was totally captivated by this amazingly, wonderful romance story! I am a huge fan of Jude Deveraux’s brilliantly written and enchanting historical romances. Having read most if not all of her historical romances, I was thrilled to read her newest contemporary novel. This book was everything I was hoping for! The story and plot pulled me in from the very start. The charming and entertaining romance completely held my attention and the mystery and intrigue made it difficult to put down. I absolutely loved this story and I highly recommend it. Met Her Match is the second book in Jude Deveraux’s Summer Hill trilogy. Although I did not have the pleasure of reading the first book, I definitely feel that the author provides enough background information so that this story can easily be read as a standalone. This book is a contemporary romance with some mystery. It is written in the point of view of various characters and it takes place in the small town of Summer Hill, Virginia. It clearly depicts the struggles between the wealthy townspeople, the summer lake tourists and the working class who are often caught in the middle while trying to keep everything running. This story also deals with typical small town issues like popularity, rumors, quick to judge gossipers, and a whole lot of unsavory secrets. Terri Rayburn has lived her whole life on the outskirts of Summer Hill, Virginia. She runs a summer resort for her father on Lake Kissel and is responsible for taking care of everything, including rescuing tourists when they fall in the lake. She’s strong, hard working, has a heart of gold and is fiercely loyal to her father. She is completely comfortable with herself and her life at the lake. Unfortunately, Terri has a bad reputation that began the year her mother suddenly left town. Although she doesn’t deserve to live under the shadows of her mother’s supposed betrayal, she prefers to stay away from the town to avoid the conflict and rumors. Knowing how small towns are when it comes to gossip, Terri is determined to just ignore it. After spending the past 12 years traveling in the Middle East and working as a diplomat with his Uncle Kit for the CIA, Nate Taggert wishes to settle down. He decides to relocate to his fiancée’s hometown of Summer Hill, Virginia and is planning on opening his own business. When his fiancée unexpectedly decides to go to Italy for three weeks, he’s left with little to do. Totally aware that his future in-laws wholeheartedly dislike him, he allows his Uncle Kit to make arrangements for him to spend the next few weeks relaxing in a private home on Lake Kissel. However, Nate is totally unaware that his life is about to be turned upside down by the beautiful, “all American girl” responsible for running the resort. Met Her Match begins with Terri Rayburn coming home from a short trip to discover a very attractive man living in her house. Her first inclination is to kick him out but she finds herself immediately drawn to him. Although she suspects that this might be a set up arranged by her father, she realizes that Nate Taggert is definitely her type- handsome, built and manly. From the very beginning, everything about Nate appeals to her. Unfortunately, she soon discovers that he’s also engaged to the mayor's daughter. Completely aware that she does not need another reason for the town’s people to judge her and afraid that her reputation will permanently be ruined, Terri is determined to keep her distance. Hoping to get rid of her unwanted house guest, Terri goes to her father and unapologetically insults Nate’s character. After overhearing Terri’s insults Nate sets out to prove her wrong by taking care of the many chores and repairs at the resort. After proving he’s fully capable of running Lake Kissel the two of them make a deal that allows Nate to stay with her at the house for the next three weeks. Forming a comfortable relationship of working together, the two of them attack the many responsibilities of running a resort. Nate’s kind, outgoing personality attracts the attention of many of the vacationers and soon everyone at the lake, including Terri and her father, adores him. As Terri spends more time with Nate and the two of them becoming close, comfortable friends will she be able to keep her distance and protect both her reputation and her heart? As Nate spends more time at the lake, he begins to hear rumors about Terri that just don’t fit with the smart, strong, beautiful woman he’s come to know. He’s determined to discover the source of the rumors and hopefully clear Terri’s name. As he digs into the rumors and uncovers many dark secrets, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Terri’s mother becomes dangerous. Will Nate get to the bottom of the rumors and find out what happened toTerri’s mother? As he considers the plans his fiancée is making for them, could he really be happy living in town? Will he be able to leave Terri and the resort behind when the three weeks are up? I completely enjoyed reading Met Her Match! Jude Deveraux is an amazingly talented author who is well known for her epic romances. She always delivers a wonderful story with a realist plot, well developed main characters and extremely entertaining supportive characters. What I truly love about her descriptive writing style is that her stories completely capture your attention in such a way that you feel pulled into the story as if you’re a participant in the story. As a reader you feel a deep connection to her characters which ultimately makes letting them go at the end of the story very difficult. I enjoyed the mystery which was somewhat predictable but still had some unexpected surprises. Lastly, I truly enjoyed the many humorous aspects of this story. Everyone saying, “Nate did it” and of course the Bikini picnic with the twins were both totally hilarious! I highly recommend this story to readers who love a great small town romances with a strong plot, real to life characters, some mystery and intrigue and of course a happily ever after ending! I will definitely be reading the first book in this series and I look forward to reading the third book when it is released! I know that this is one of those stories that I will read again! I would like to thank MIRA books and Goodreads for providing me with this free advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased review! I truly appreciate the opportunity to read and experience this wonderful romance by Jude Deveraux!

  28. 4 out of 5

    AES

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Met Her Match and was totally captivated by this amazingly, wonderful romance story! I am a huge fan of Jude Deveraux’s brilliantly written and enchanting historical romances. Having read most if not all of her historical romances, I was thrilled to read her newest contemporary novel. This book was everything I was hoping for! The story and plot pulled me in from the very start. The charming and entertaining romance completely held my attention and the mystery and in I thoroughly enjoyed reading Met Her Match and was totally captivated by this amazingly, wonderful romance story! I am a huge fan of Jude Deveraux’s brilliantly written and enchanting historical romances. Having read most if not all of her historical romances, I was thrilled to read her newest contemporary novel. This book was everything I was hoping for! The story and plot pulled me in from the very start. The charming and entertaining romance completely held my attention and the mystery and intrigue made it difficult to put down. I absolutely loved this story and I highly recommend it. Met Her Match is the second book in Jude Deveraux’s Summer Hill trilogy. Although I did not have the pleasure of reading the first book, I definitely feel that the author provides enough background information so that this story can easily be read as a standalone. This book is a contemporary romance with some mystery. It is written in the point of view of various characters and it takes place in the small town of Summer Hill, Virginia. It clearly depicts the struggles between the wealthy townspeople, the summer lake tourists and the working class who are often caught in the middle while trying to keep everything running. This story also deals with typical small town issues like popularity, rumors, quick to judge gossipers, and a whole lot of unsavory secrets. Terri Rayburn has lived her whole life on the outskirts of Summer Hill, Virginia. She runs a summer resort for her father on Lake Kissel and is responsible for taking care of everything, including rescuing tourists when they fall in the lake. She’s strong, hard working, has a heart of gold and is fiercely loyal to her father. She is completely comfortable with herself and her life at the lake. Unfortunately, Terri has a bad reputation that began the year her mother suddenly left town. Although she doesn’t deserve to live under the shadows of her mother’s supposed betrayal, she prefers to stay away from the town to avoid the conflict and rumors. Knowing how small towns are when it comes to gossip, Terri is determined to just ignore it. After spending the past 12 years traveling in the Middle East and working as a diplomat with his Uncle Kit for the CIA, Nate Taggert wishes to settle down. He decides to relocate to his fiancée’s hometown of Summer Hill, Virginia and is planning on opening his own business. When his fiancée unexpectedly decides to go to Italy for three weeks, he’s left with little to do. Totally aware that his future in-laws wholeheartedly dislike him, he allows his Uncle Kit to make arrangements for him to spend the next few weeks relaxing in a private home on Lake Kissel. However, Nate is totally unaware that his life is about to be turned upside down by the beautiful, “all American girl” responsible for running the resort. Met Her Match begins with Terri Rayburn coming home from a short trip to discover a very attractive man living in her house. Her first inclination is to kick him out but she finds herself immediately drawn to him. Although she suspects that this might be a set up arranged by her father, she realizes that Nate Taggert is definitely her type- handsome, built and manly. From the very beginning, everything about Nate appeals to her. Unfortunately, she soon discovers that he’s also engaged to the mayor's daughter. Completely aware that she does not need another reason for the town’s people to judge her and afraid that her reputation will permanently be ruined, Terri is determined to keep her distance. Hoping to get rid of her unwanted house guest, Terri goes to her father and unapologetically insults Nate’s character. After overhearing Terri’s insults Nate sets out to prove her wrong by taking care of the many chores and repairs at the resort. After proving he’s fully capable of running Lake Kissel the two of them make a deal that allows Nate to stay with her at the house for the next three weeks. Forming a comfortable relationship of working together, the two of them attack the many responsibilities of running a resort. Nate’s kind, outgoing personality attracts the attention of many of the vacationers and soon everyone at the lake, including Terri and her father, adores him. As Terri spends more time with Nate and the two of them becoming close, comfortable friends will she be able to keep her distance and protect both her reputation and her heart? As Nate spends more time at the lake, he begins to hear rumors about Terri that just don’t fit with the smart, strong, beautiful woman he’s come to know. He’s determined to discover the source of the rumors and hopefully clear Terri’s name. As he digs into the rumors and uncovers many dark secrets, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Terri’s mother becomes dangerous. Will Nate get to the bottom of the rumors and find out what happened toTerri’s mother? As he considers the plans his fiancée is making for them, could he really be happy living in town? Will he be able to leave Terri and the resort behind when the three weeks are up? I completely enjoyed reading Met Her Match! Jude Deveraux is an amazingly talented author who is well known for her epic romances. She always delivers a wonderful story with a realist plot, well developed main characters and extremely entertaining supportive characters. What I truly love about her descriptive writing style is that her stories completely capture your attention in such a way that you feel pulled into the story as if you’re a participant in the story. As a reader you feel a deep connection to her characters which ultimately makes letting them go at the end of the story very difficult. I enjoyed the mystery which was somewhat predictable but still had some unexpected surprises. Lastly, I truly enjoyed the many humorous aspects of this story. Everyone saying, “Nate did it” and of course the Bikini picnic with the twins were both totally hilarious! I highly recommend this story to readers who love a great small town romances with a strong plot, real to life characters, some mystery and intrigue and of course a happily ever after ending! I will definitely be reading the first book in this series and I look forward to reading the third book when it is released! I know that this is one of those stories that I will read again! I would like to thank MIRA books and Goodreads for providing me with this free advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased review! I truly appreciate the opportunity to read and experience this wonderful romance by Jude Deveraux!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Despina

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review. In Met Her Match we go to the small town of Summer Hill were Terrie has been the outcast for many years because her mother was said to have run off with another man. I love stories about small towns because they can be sweet and irritating at the same time. Nate has come to Summer Hill to be with fiancee but she left for Italy for a few weeks and Nate ends up staying at Terrie's house. This story had a slow burn romanc I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review. In Met Her Match we go to the small town of Summer Hill were Terrie has been the outcast for many years because her mother was said to have run off with another man. I love stories about small towns because they can be sweet and irritating at the same time. Nate has come to Summer Hill to be with fiancee but she left for Italy for a few weeks and Nate ends up staying at Terrie's house. This story had a slow burn romance and a mystery tied together. I did struggle with the beginning of this story because I couldn't see how it would work out between Nate and Terrie but the author cleverly worked in the story so that it unfolded into a truly interesting tale.

  30. 4 out of 5

    ROBIN RUIZ

    Small town, romance, gossip, lies and mysteries, welcome to Kissel Lake! Terri Rayburn has a bad reputation and lives her life to avoid further gossip, she lives in the shadow of her “harlot” mother. The last thing she expects is Nathaniel Taggert ( Nate) , to be “living” with her while engaged to town royalty ! Nate and Terri has fantastic chemistry, such an ease to their relationship and are perfect for each other ! This town and it’s people, made for a great read, add the towns myst Small town, romance, gossip, lies and mysteries, welcome to Kissel Lake! Terri Rayburn has a bad reputation and lives her life to avoid further gossip, she lives in the shadow of her “harlot” mother. The last thing she expects is Nathaniel Taggert ( Nate) , to be “living” with her while engaged to town royalty ! Nate and Terri has fantastic chemistry, such an ease to their relationship and are perfect for each other ! This town and it’s people, made for a great read, add the towns mysteries and secrets and this is a book not to miss

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