Miss Match

cover61907-mediumAuthor: Laurelin McGee

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel 

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Welcome to the sexy, crazy, wildly unpredictable world of modern matchmaking, where fixing up strangers is part of the job–but falling in love is an occupational hazard…

HE’S THE PERFECT CATCH.

Blake Donovan is tall, handsome, rich, and successful–so why would a guy like him need a matchmaker? Andrea Dawson has no idea, but a job is a job. After being blackballed from a career in marketing, Andrea agreed to use her unique profiling skills to play matchmaker out of pure desperation. But when she meets her highly eligible–and particular–first client face to face, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into…

IS SHE HIS PERFECT MATCH?

Blake knows exactly the kind of woman he’s looking for–and it’s the total opposite of Andrea. Though smart and undeniably sexy, she is simply too headstrong for a man who’s used to being in charge. Still, Blake’s blood pressure rises whenever she’s near him. How can he explain the smoldering attraction that sizzles between them? And how can Andrea deny she’s feeling it, too? Maybe, just maybe, they’ve finally met their match…

 

Review: When I started this book, I was imagining Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s “Match Me If You Can,” which I absolutely love. However, this book was totally different–and it won its very own place in my heart for many reasons. Let me explain…

Andrea Dawson had a very unique set of job skills. She could tell what people would be good for particular jobs. She’d spent eight years working for a banking industry executive and had made darn great money doing it. Until he hit on her and she rejected him. Naturally, he didn’t take the rejection well and was a HUGE a$$. So she retaliated against him in a stupid, childish way that felt GREAT at the time but… caused him to sue her. She lost lots of money and lots of time and was really really embarrassed. And was without a reference for the last eight years. She’d been unemployed for almost nine months and the sister that she’d been mooching off needed her to GET.A.JOB.

STAT.

So she takes one she found on Craig’s List. Makes sense, right? She’s going to find this executive a wife because he doesn’t have the time or inclination to look. Plus, he doesn’t really care WHO it is as long as they meet certain criteria and can get along with him and meet his expectations. Doormat, anyone?

Blake Donovan is incredibly handsome but also incredibly arrogant and condescending. He’s had a ten-year plan for his life as long as he can remember and he’s stuck to it and hit all the points–except for wife and family. He’s been unsuccessful finding one himself, so he’s delegating it to someone else. So far, the only applicants have been applying to BE his wife, not find him one. So disappointing, but what can you do when you’re so fabulous? But then Andrea shows up. She refuses to let him call her “Drea,” she decides she can’t do the job, doesn’t want it, and she actually tells him he’s a pompous a$$. He’s in! He wants her for the job of finding his bride, and as you can imagine, it soon turns into him just wanting HER, period.

As Andy stumbles and slides through this process of finding dates for the strangely unwilling Blake, she starts regretting her past behavior at her previous job–understanding that while her boss was a jerk she didn’t have to be one as well. She’d let him pervert her abilities to read people into a negative thing, using her talents to seek out negative traits instead of fostering the positive in those she worked with. Determined to take a new direction now, she starts with Blake and the people in his office and soon finds her life taking a different, better direction.

But will it be with Blake? Since neither of them are being honest about their feelings, who knows?

Maybe they need a matchmaker?

I loved these two, and with the fighting and sexy times, it was hysterical and sweet and hot and funny all at once. Good times!

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