Exactly the light and sexy read that I was looking for! I read this writing duo’s first book a few years ago, and I remember thinking that I’d have to check them out again once they got into a writing groove… and dropped the third person perspective. So I was delighted when I sampled this and discovered that it’s first person (major YAY), and that the vibe is right up my alley. The low angst, small town feel is just what I was in the mood for, and the sweetheart of hero sealed the deal. I loved how steadfast and determined he is to show that he is ALL IN, and the unique storyline held my interest with ease. It’s got a definite instalove vibe, which proved to be troublesome for this couple… considering the fact that the heroine is contractually obligated to set the hero up with other women. What made the story work is the hero, plain and simple. He is not the typical arrogant billionaire; he’s a genuinely nice guy who knows when a great woman is in front of him. Watching them figure things out was a lot of fun, and there was just enough tension to keep things interesting without overwhelming it with angst. I really enjoyed it.
The story follows Bryn, a woman who works at the family business – a matchmaking service. After a breakup left her reeling, Bryn has lost her passion for helping others find love, and her Nana’s not-so-fun meddling certainly hasn’t helped either. So when the town’s famous new resident, tech billionaire Rory, comes in with a business proposition, Bryn isn’t sure what to think. Somehow she gets wrangled into matchmaking the sexy stranger in exchange for his assistance in developing a dating app, and the situation quickly spirals out of control. Because Rory has decided that the only woman he’s interested in dating is Bryn… and she’s convinced that he’ll lose interest as soon as he’s matched up with someone else. As the two spend time together on and off the clock, they realize that they might just be a perfect match after all.
I went into this with low expectations, and it certainly exceeded them. I also kinda/sorta thought that I knew how the story would go, and it surprised me there as well. So this was a major win for me. Rory was really the best part; he wastes no time in falling for Bryn, and it was refreshing to see a guy who is SUCH a catch and also so ready for commitment. That paired perfectly with the small town vibes and the low angst, rom com feel. The only major friction is the matchmaking aspect, which could’ve gone horribly wrong – and didn’t. I’m typically someone who avoids OW drama, and I was completely okay with the scenario; Bryn is the only one bringing the drama, lol. The matchmaking gives this a forbidden feel, but I also loved the lighthearted, sexy vibes. There’s also a great cast of characters, who are involved in a way that didn’t feel overwhelming to this series newbie. I can definitely tell that some of the love stories have already been told, but it left me wanting to read more – and that’s always a great thing.
He’s everyone’s dream man but hers.
I used to believe in what we do at Mayberry Matchmakers, but now? Love is just another four-letter word.
Too bad my grandmother hasn’t gotten the memo. When tech billionaire Rory Byrne approaches us, wanting to develop the matchmaking app my sister and I dreamed up (and Nana shot down), she jumps at the chance. My grandmother is nothing if not opportunistic.
Of course, there’s a catch. She’ll only do it if Rory lets us matchmake him the old-fashioned way.
He’s going to say no.
Please God, let him say no.
The last thing I want to do is matchmake an entitled rich jerk…especially one who looks like sin and talks a good game.
I’ve screwed up in love a few times, but I never screw up in business. Mayberry Matchmakers has the idea for something amazing, and I have the money and the experience to make it come to life.
I should deny Nana Mayberry’s condition. If I let them matchmake me, it’ll be all over the news, and making headlines has never interested me…especially not after the personal betrayal that nearly broke me. But I’m having trouble caring about what I should do, because Bryn Mayberry is smart, snarky, and not the slightest bit impressed with me.
Actually, this may be Mayberry Matchmakers’ easiest job yet.
About the Authors:
Angela Denise is the pen name for Angela Casella and Denise Grover Swank.
ANGELA CASELLA loves writing romcoms, particularly with the lovely Denise Grover Swank (they write together as Angela Denise). She also writes the Fairy Godmother Agency series. Her hobbies include herding her daughter toward less dangerous activities, stress baking, and marathon watching TV shows, preferably ones that are not stressful. She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, daughter, and two geriatric dogs. You can find out more about Angela at www.arcdgs.com.
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became nomadic, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe. You can find out more about Denise at www.denisegroverswank.com
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