Rating: 4/5 stars
Length: 388 pages
Series: No Match for Love, Book 1
Genres: Romance, Chick Lit, Womens Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary
Publication date: May 4, 2015
Brooke massaged her temples. Think! “There has to be something. Maybe if we start a refer-a-friend program with existing clients. Or what if we implement a free trial? Or maybe get a celebrity client to attract notice?”
Charlotte froze, her eyes locked on Brooke’s. “What did you say?”
“A celebrity client…” Brooke’s Brooke’s eyes widened. “Someone like Luke Ryder…”
Luke Ryder, CEO of Ryker Communications, doesn’t want to hire hist best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. But when the matchmaking company Brooke works for threatens to close, he’s willing to put aside the eight years he’s been in love with her to help her try and save it. Brooke being engaged to another man just further confirms to Luke that she doesn’t see him as relationship material, yet he isn’t willing to give up hope and do whatever it takes to stop her from moving to Italy with her fiancé.
Meanwhile, Brooke’s dream career is going to crumble around her if she doesn’t do something about it. She’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep Toujour in the black. But when signing Luke as her big shot client ends up working better than she hoped Brooke wonders if she’s chosen the right man. Maybe it’s time to look past Luke’s playboy image and see that he really has changed like he claims. She just needs to decide if she’s willing to risk her heart.
I went into this story not having the highest hopes based on my impressions of Strike a Match and was pleasantly surprised. Each novel in this series can be read as a standalone, and this installment was certainly more my taste than the first I read. I liked what Armstrong did in this novel, the way she created the world and the characters within it. As this is the first book in the series, it does a great job at laying the foundation for the rest of the stories to take place.
Luke and Brooke certainly aren’t perfect, but that makes them feel more human. This book touches on issues such as loss and hitting rock bottom, with the corresponding rise from the ashes. Living without a loved one isn’t easy and some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get through it. Whatever vice you might choose to take, it’s not always easy to overcome it. Sometimes a little bit of love and a whole lot of conviction can go a long way. The people in your life can sometimes be the greatest tools to help you get over your loss – you just have to let them help you.
While still mostly a light hearted romance novel, I really did enjoy my time in this world. I wish Brooke and Luke all the best now that they’ve become more than just friends.
Other reviews in this series:
- Strike a Match (Book 5)