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Saturday, February 20, 2016

ARC Review: Make Me a Match Anthology by Melinda Curtis, Cari Lynn Webb, and Anna J. Stewart

Make Me a Match is a short Anthology featuring three interconnected stories from Melinda Curtis, Cari Lynn Webb and Anna J. Stewart. Set in Alaska, Cooper, Ty, and Gideon take a bet to get back in to the hockey world. If they can match 6 couples that find real love, they will get jobs working for one of Coach's teams in the lower 48.

Baby, Baby by Melinda Curtis 

This one didn't work for me at all. It starts out with Cooper Hamilton being surprised with a visit from a one night stand that he does remember arriving in town with a baby she claims is his daughter. Cooper being a complete bachelor wants a paternity test, but the more time he spends with Nora and her daughter Zoe, the more he falls for the baby girl and her mom.

My biggest issue here was that I didn't like Nora. She was extremely judgmental and pretty awful to Cooper for the majority of their story. She showed up out of the blue with a baby and expected him to just accept it and that she would leave again once he handed over money. It really felt like she wouldn't have bothered to tell him at all if she hadn't needed financial support. I honestly saw no connection form between these two with Nora constantly having a negative attitude towards Cooper and making assumptions about him. Cooper was really good with Zoe, and he had been through so much. He came around really quickly for having his life turned upside down yet again, and I wanted Nora to see that. Unfortunately her abrupt change of opinion at the end of the book was too rushed to be believable for me. This one was a miss all around, though I liked Cooper a lot. 

The Matchmaker Wore Skates by Cari Lynn Webb 

I liked this story a little better than the first. Ty Porter is a former pro-hockey player. He was badly injured an a reporter ruined his career with a couple of features she wrote. Now years later as he and his friends have a shot at once again getting back into hockey, she returns looking for another story. Ty and Kelsey once had something together, but with her career on the line, she will do whatever it takes to get her story. 

Once again I had trouble liking the heroine. Kelsey was so determined to be on the top of her career, and she had little to no regard for who she had to step on to get her there. Yes she had some stories that helped others, but it seemed like she was very selfish and only out for her own success. I didn't like how she could do what she did to someone that she knew and had romantic feels for, it just felt like her feelings couldn't have been that genuine if she could turn around a do that to him. She ruined his career and never looked back. While things did feel pretty rushed at the end, I did find it more believable than the first story in this anthology since Kelsey and Ty had more history than Coop and Nora did. I wanted to like these two together since I am a huge fan of second chance romance stories, but it was hard to overcome my dislike of Kelsey. 

Suddenly Sophie by Anna J. Stewart 

This was my favorite story of the anthology! Gideon Walker has a history with Sophie Jennings. He hated having to turn her down for a loan to expand her flower shop, but he knew that her brother would find a way to take the money as he did everything else. But when Sophie comes to him asking to be a part of his matchmaking service, he sets out to find her a match. Except with each new date, he starts to realize that the only person she should be dating is him.

I really liked Sophie and Gideon. They were great for one another, and I liked that they had a bit of a connection going into this story. Sophie was sweet and caring, and loyal to her brother even when he didn't deserve it. While I didn't agree with her letting him get away with as much as she did, it was good to see her stand up to him at the end. He needed some tough love and I was glad she got there. Gideon had been doing his best to look out for her when he could, and I really liked that he had her best interests at heart even if it didn't seem that way at first. This one was cute, and I enjoyed it a lot. 


Overall, there were some cute moments and these were light and easy to read. If you are looking for a set of short and clean romance stories, this is one worth giving a shot. Coop, Ty and Gideon were a lot of fun and I think that readers will enjoy seeing these men try their hand at matchmaking.

**ARC Provided by Author**

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