Miss Match by Laurelin McGeeMiss Match by Laurelin McGee
Published June 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
four-stars
Format: eARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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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…

Andrea Dawson‘s unique talent of being able to read people like a book lands her a job as a matchmaker to an IT-executive looking for a wife. And, no matter how much of a jerkface Blake Donovan is, she needs to look past his antics and jerky attitude, she needs a job. Desperately.

Blake needs a woman because it fits into his personal 5-year plan and even though the handsome millionaire has no issues getting laid, it would be convenient to have someone to come home to, who’d automatically be his +1 at business events and galas, someone to make sure his family doesn’t get their hands on his money after he’s gone etc. The less personality, the better. Needless to say, Andrea will have a whole lot of work on her hands finding a wife for Blake.

What I loved about this book:

  • The main character
  • The humour and banter between the two characters
  • The one unexpected twist in the story

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The predictability

I was granted an ARC of this book via Netgalley, but I had never heard of the author before, so this fun and lighthearted read came as a really pleasant surprise to me.

I very much liked Andrea as a heroine given that she had more backbone than your usual heroine, and she definitely was a strong character. She knew how to deal with Blake from the beginning and figured him out pretty fast. And she has absolutely no issues with pointing out his misogynistic and prejudiced flaws to him at any given occasion.

“She imagined the ad headline – Wanted: Attractive, preferably Asian, woman to date sleazy bachelor and ignore his lack of humanity in exchange for an account at Nordstrom. No personality desired. Serious enquiries only.”

I also very much enjoyed Blake, even if in the beginning he is indeed made out to be a big a-hole, who is looking for a wife so that he can get on with his 5-year-plan that has every detail of his life mapped out. And he’s not looking for a soulmate or to fall in love: he basically wants a trophy wife… Someone who only speaks when spoken to, with a low-maintenance personality, and no ambitions at all.

“She wasn’t even remotely his type – between the curves and the all-American coloring, not to mention ambition. Ambition in a woman had always struck him as one of the least attractive things on earth. (…) She was obstinate and ballsy – two major turn-offs.”

But as I said, Andrea manages to make him see the light. And turns out that the arrogant, conceited and self-absorbed millionaire is (and actually was all along) a sweet guy with many endearing personality traits he’s actually afraid of showing, thinking that they would make him look ridiculous.

Yet as the story goes on, Andrea is really finding it difficult to match Blake up with someone, and even her most hopeful candidates end up as a disaster. And that’s when a really unexpected twist come completely turning around the storyline, and makes Andy and Blake’s relationship even more awkward than it was before. And making the story all the more enjoyable with a lot of humorous banter going on between the two.

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As far as the writing goes, I was very positively suprised – and pleased. I am always wary of 3rd-person POV style, but Laurelin McGee totally masters it. And what I enjoyed most was that the narrative alternates between Blake and Andy’s POV. It’s kind of a shame since it gives Blake’s intentions/feelings/attraction away too quickly, but that didn’t keep the story from being really nice and enjoyable.

However, what I was missing with Miss Match, was a bit more anticipation. It becomes fairly clear pretty early on in the book (at their first meeting, actually) that Andrea and Blake are mutually attracted to each other despite the fact that they are both nowhere near each others’ ideal. I believe that if this would have been less straightforward, and if either Andrea or Blake had fought a little more against their feelings and butterflies (instead of just shyly giving in to them), it would have made the read a tad more interesting. But it did make up for some really fun banter.

“The semi he’d been sporting since she pressed against him was merely a standard male response. That it only seemed to grow more uncomfortable when she got feisty meant nothing, either.”

I was also missing some more background around Andy (her past, her life, her family). We know she has a sister she is very close to, but other than that (and the history around her previous job and special skillset) we have virtually no information on her. This is just a detail and it didn’t bother me hugely, but maybe it would have made Andy’s character more tangible and easy to connect with.

But still, Miss Match was a light and very enjoyable read I would definitely recommend!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
4 Stars
Characters
4.5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: four-stars