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Meeting His Match
by: Katee Robert
Synopsis: A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s brand new Lovestruck imprint…
When New York matchmaker Addison St. Claire is tasked with matching her best friend’s new brother-in-law, she almost refuses. But the sexy southern CEO turns out to be a challenge she can’t resist, because if anyone needs to meet his soul mate, it’s this man. And if matching him with someone else removes the temptation of being near him? Even better.
The last thing Caine McNeill needs is a matchmaker—especially a gorgeous redhead who spouts nonsense about soul mates, critiques what he drives and how he dresses, buys him a dog, and pesters him about a million little things he couldn’t care less about. It’s a crying shame he has to keep his hands off because chemistry like what’s flaring between them ought to be explored. Thoroughly.
And so the battle begins. Addison is determined to stick to her plan of setting him up on dates with other women, and Caine is equally determined to ignore these women and seduce her.
Meeting His Match by Katee Robert was so much fun to read! Addison and Caine are both such strong personalities, and watching them verbally spar with one another was fantastic. There were a lot of really funny scenes like this one:
“What the hell is that monstrosity?”
“Shh.” She put her hands over the dog’s ears. “Don’t call her that. You’ll hurt her feelings.”
God forbid. “Fine. What is that massive dog that I don’t remember owning doing here?” He hoped like hell he had misheard her when she said pups, because one giant mop of a dog was more than enough to deal with right now.
“She’s here to help.” When he just stared, she smiled harder. “We talked about this.”
“No, we didn’t. I would remember agreeing to get a dog.”
“You’re letting me work on your image. Gollum will improve it.”
He eyed the animal. “Tolkien’s Gollum was male.”
“Well, this Gollum is female.” She patted the dog’s head. “She’s quite nice once she gets used to you.”
He doubted it. The animal looked more likely to take his hand off at the wrist than cuddle up with him. So much for dogs being man’s best friend. “That’s wonderful to hear, but I never agreed to any of this.”
Addison sighed. “I won’t be able to successfully match you if you don’t work with me, Caine.”
The fact that he hadn’t volunteered for this matchmaking business seemed lost on her. He stepped forward, but stopped when the dog growled again. “What does successfully matching me have to do with a damn dog?”
“Gollum will make you more approachable. You need that—desperately.”
“There’s not a damn thing approachable about that beast.”
“Something you have in common.”
What Caine and Addison don’t realize right away, though, is that both of them are completely miserable in what currently passes for their lives. Caine’s life has become nothing but an unending cycle of work and never being able to please his father, and Addison is no longer able to find the satisfaction she used to in matching up her clients.
Whether they want to admit it or not, they’re also both desperately lonely.
Caine realizes way before Addison does that matching him with anyone but her is futile, which was a refreshing change. I loved his single-minded determination where she is considered, and his ultra-sexy way of saying darlin’. 😉
Addison, however, has taken her one-true-soulmate-for-everyone belief and let it rule her life–an idea that’s okay for a dedicated matchmaker, but not so okay when the matchmaker in question was widowed at twenty-one and therefore believes that’s it for her.
Katee Robert gave Addison a decent reason for holding on to her belief so tenaciously, even with Caine right there in front of her–though it did seem to go on just a smidge too long. That said, it was absolutely wonderful to have a widowed character find love again without having to turn the dead spouse into a villain, or at least a major “less than” by comparison. (That alone is worth three stars in my book, right off the bat. But that’s just me and my minor pet peeves, I know.)
I absolutely loved Meeting His Match, and can’t wait to read more in the Match Me series as well as more from the Lovestruck imprint. If they’re all going to be in the same vein, we’re going to get along just fine. 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back. Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way, as it often does, and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.
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