Title: Miss Match by Laurelin McGee
Publisher: St. Martin’ Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 336 pages
Book Rating: B+
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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…
Miss Match by Laurelin McGee is a super cute and downright fun novel with a delightfully unique premise. This charming and rather unconventional romance has plenty of witty banter and giggle inducing inner dialogue that will keep readers laughing out loud as Andrea “Andy” Dawson and Blake Donovan unexpectedly fall in lust while Andy tries to find Blake a wife.
Andy is in desperate need of a job when her sister Lacy convinces her to answer Blake’s ad for a “personal concierge” aka matchmaker. Andy really has no intention of taking the job but once all her other leads fizzle out, she reluctantly accepts the position. She has a very unwanted attraction to her new boss, but his less than appealing attributes make it easy for her to resist the sparks between them. But once Andy jumps to conclusions about his dates, Blake proposes they indulge in a no strings fling while she continues trying to find him his perfect match. Much hilarity and extreme hotness ensues but a will a misunderstanding destroy their chance at happiness?
Andy is a tad bit annoying at first but once she starts working for Blake, she becomes a much more enjoyable character. She has a very unusual ability to read people and this skill was the basis for her previous job. She might be attracted to Blake but his cold, businesslike approach to marriage makes it difficult for her to like him, and she does not hesitate to point out his character flaws. She is exasperated by his ridiculous qualifications for a wife but she has a job to do, so she begins the onerous task of finding prospective brides for him while at the same time trying to make Blake appear more interesting and approachable.
Blake is rather unlikable when he is first introduced, but thankfully, any misconceptions about him are quickly cleared up. He comes across as a little cold and calculating with a side of chauvinist thrown in, but first impressions can definitely be misleading. Blake really does have softer side but he goes to pretty extreme lengths to keep his more endearing traits hidden. Although he wants a submissive, serene bride, he cannot help but appreciate Andy’s feistiness and he surprises both of them by immediately changing the rules of her employment so he can spend more time with her. Andy keeps Blake off balance right from the start and he gradually begins envisioning a different life than the one he thought he wanted.
Miss Match by Laurelin McGee is a sweet but sexy read. Andy and Blake are beautifully developed quirky characters that are very easy to like. The chemistry between them is palpable and their sex scenes are scorching hot. The storyline is quite distinctive and outrageously entertaining with a few unexpected twists and turns. It is an absolutely hilarious and very heartwarming love story that is sure to be a hit with fans of contemporary romances.