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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ARC Review: A Matchless Romance by Christi Barth

Format: .pdf (provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: February 17, 2014

Tabitha Bell is the face of Chicago's premiere matchmaking service. At least, she hopes it will be someday, once business really takes off. What she needs is more clients, so when she meets a sexy gamer in need of help, it's the perfect opportunity.

His discomfort talking to women almost cost Drew Watson his job. He'd be happy holed up in his office, designing blockbuster video games, but his boss considers talking to investors a nonnegotiable requirement. Who better than a matchmaker to teach him how to be comfortable around the opposite sex? Trouble is, Drew wants to get more than comfortable with Tabitha, while she's determined to keep their relationship all business.

Soon Tabitha learns that beneath the geek-chic hoodie lies six feet of sexy physique—and the more time she spends with Drew, the more she appreciates his brainy brand of charm. Will she succumb to his sweet-but-nerdy charm offensive or will it be game over before he can win her heart?

A sexy but shy, geeky gamer in need of a makeover? Yes please! For once it's the man who is getting the makeover and not the woman, how refreshing!

Poor Tabitha, she comes from such a controversial and difficult background. As much as she wants to, Tabitha can't completely distance herself from her upbringing and that often brings her into conflict with people, especially men. I have to admit that her background lent and interesting and unusual spin on the story and how it affected not only Tabitha but Drew and their budding relationship.

Author Christi Barth manages to make Drew sexy while still showing his shortcomings in social scenes. Drew's a closet alpha male disguised as a geek, complete with bad conversation skills around women and general awkwardness. No one likes a seemingly invincible man with no flaws or weaknesses, too dull and boring and Drew is anything but boring. He's got a few surprises up his sleeve too that definitely earn some brownie points for Team Geek.

At times A Matchless Romance wandered into sugary sweet, borderline too cliche territory but to balance it out were some hot and heavy moments between Drew and Tabitha that had me fanning myself (Again, Team Geek earns some major points). Though it is shorter than the previous book (Friends to Lovers), I didn't feel deprived of anything and there was even time to squeeze in appearances by previous characters and meet some of Tabitha's rather interesting friends. Watching Drew and Tabitha fall for each other and stumble through the obstacles in their relationship was interesting and heart warming. The story flowed easily and the pace was brisk but not hurried.

Final Verdict: A Matchless Romance is a sweet and spicy romance with a cast of likable and funny characters.

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  1. LOL Team Geek. Love it. I'm such a fan of geeky heroes that have some surprises in them. Sounds like a fun one. I did enjoy the last one in the series :)

  2. This one is fun too. I really did like the role reversal with Drew being the awkward one and Tabitha being the confident one. It's shorter than the previous books so it's a quick read, at least to me it was. Lol.


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