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Publisher's Summary

Return to New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt's signature drama and intrigue, where two enemies will discover if their marriage of convenience can survive—'til death do they part.

Ambitious, sly, and lethally intelligent, Gideon Hawthorne has spent his life clawing his way up from the gutter. For the last ten years, he's acted as the Duke of Windemere's fixer, performing the duke's dirty work without question. Now Gideon's ready to quit the duke's service and work solely for himself. But Windermere tempts Gideon with an irresistible offer: one last task for Messalina Greycourt's hand in marriage.

Witty, vivacious Messalina Greycourt has her pick of suitors, so when her uncle demands Messalina marry Mr. Hawthorne, she is appalled. But Gideon offers her a devil's bargain of his own: protection and freedom in exchange for a true marriage. Messalina feigns agreement and plots to escape their deal. Only the more time she spends with Gideon, the more her fierce, loyal husband arouses her affections. But will Gideon's final deed for Windemere destroy the love growing between them?

©2020 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Historical romance fans will be gratified by the way Hoyt highlights social issues, focusing on Gideon and Messalina's struggle against poverty and 18th-century gender roles. Credible characters, steamy romance, and heart-pounding action set this romance apart." (Publishers Weekly)

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Even better than the first book!

Gideon’s comes off as an uncaring rogue at first, but as the story reveals he’s anything but. His past broke my heart! He’s longed for Messilina, watching her from afar, wanting her out of the clutches of her villainous uncle. He’s a horrid man! Don’t think we’ve seen the last of him, unfortunately.
Gideon takes on a Devil’s bargain to marry her.

I do love the forced marriage troupe. Messilina and Gideon are enemies-to-lovers because of it, well on Messilina’s side, anyhow, but oh! When the lovers part begins it’s deliciously hot!

Other reasons to love this story: Lucretia’s and her sweet obsession! Cute little seven-year-old Sam. His relationship with Messillina and her puppy, a male dog named Daisy by the youngster!

I’ve been a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt for quite some time, so I was thrilled when she came out with a new series. I enjoyed this installment even more than the first book, and I don’t think it’s necessary to read the books in order. When a Rogue Meets His Match works quite well as a standalone.

I’m hoping the next book centers on Elspeth, Freya’s younger sister and kind of clueless bookworm! Well, not clueless, just a little unaware of the world. I think it could be a lot of fun pairing her with someone like Julian Greycourt, he’s so jaded.

Ashford McNab did a fabulous job with the narration, both male and female voices. I listened at 1.5x.

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Great Listen

I didn’t care for the first book in the Greycourt series,so I debated buying this one . I’m glad I did and now hope to hear Julian,Lecretia,Quinn,and the other Demoray siblings stories

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Intrigue and a Puppy

Gideon Hawthorne has raised himself from the gutters of St. Giles. He is ambitious, cunning, and ruthless in his quest to better his life. Messalina Greycourt is the daughter, and now the niece of a Duke. She is bright, outgoing, intelligent, and independent. Marriage between these two opposites proves to be an interesting journey.

This is an action-packed story with a dark, brooding hero and a smart, independent heroine. There are painful memories, secrets, and murder plots. Falling in love will not be easy for Gideon and Messalina. Lucretia is a sassy little thing. Gideon’s men, as tough as they are, are like family. Sam and Daisy the puppy are sweet. The intrigue is tense, and romance develops slowly. Together it makes this one you can’t put down. Ashford McNab's narration is great. She is one of my favorites. Good read. I recommend it.

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Hoyt doesn’t disappoint! Wonderful

A woman loved for being strong, stubborn, & brave. A man hated for being cold, ruthless, and cruel. And yet... knowing where someone comes from can make all the difference in how we see them. A wonderful sensuous, surprising, love story. I hope there are more Greycourt novels.

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Good story and I really liked the characters. The narrator’s male voice, however, sounded robotic. This totally ruined the book for me. The robot voice made it impossible to understand the hero’s change from brute to prince.

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Book and story great not so narration

Ashford McNab is a good narrator....except with macho men. The story was creative and entertaining as were the characters. Both needed a narrator who could add zing to the characters.

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Can’t listen anymore- too upsetting!

This is an upsetting book! I can’t stand the forced marriage scenario and treating women like sec objects! I can’t listen anymore!

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WHEN A ROGUE MEETS HIS MATCH by Elizabeth Hoyt

Opinion: Good read overall - Not Hoyt's best but an engaging and romantic story nonetheless.

Best Part: Gideon - Once again EH has written a seemingly anti-hero who is anything but... I adored him!

Narrator: Ashford McNab was great. Some voices were too high pitched and her male ones took some getting used to but at least it was easy to tell everyone apart and her expressions and emotions made the characters seemingly come alive. The standard reading was a little too slow and had long pauses so I listened to it at a speed of 1.25 which was much more to my liking. It ended up taking 9 hours 27 minutes to complete which saved me more than two hours of time too... 😊

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When A Rogue Meets His Match

GOOD. I'll be sure to recommend this book. Romantic, funny, suspenseful, family, evil. Thanks

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Full of Passion

Extremely intriguing, exciting and full of passion. I loved it! I would highly recommend it!