Review + Interview || Miss Match by Laurelin McGee



Miss Match
by Laurelin McGee
Series: None
Release date: June 30th 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperback
Genres: Contemporary, romance
Age category: Adult
No. of pages:  336 pages (Kindle edition)
ASIN: B00R18GCP6
Synopsis:
Welcome to the sexy, crazy, wildly unpredictable world of modern matchmaking, where fixing up strangers is part of the job—but falling in love is an occupational hazard…

He's The Perfect Catch.

Blake Donovan is tall, handsome, rich, and successful—so why would a guy like him need a matchmaker? Andrea Dawson has no idea, but a job is a job. After being blackballed from a career in marketing, Andrea agreed to use her unique profiling skills to play matchmaker out of pure desperation. But when she meets her highly eligible—and particular—first client face to face, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into…

Is She His Perfect Match?

Blake knows exactly the kind of woman he’s looking for—and it’s the total opposite of Andrea. Though smart and undeniably sexy, she is simply too headstrong for a man who’s used to being in charge. Still, Blake’s blood pressure rises whenever she’s near him. How can he explain the smoldering attraction that sizzles between them? And how can Andrea deny she’s feeling it, too? Maybe, just maybe, they’ve finally met their match…
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My thoughts and whatnot

My rating: ★★★

First off, can I apologize? I was scheduled for a review (in a blog tour!) on July 2nd and I haven't posted this one yet. I'm not justifying this but it was a really hard day on July 2nd and yesterday. I'm sorry again.
*****
Premise - This book has a The Rosie Project vibe going on in the synopsis, but when I read it, it really reminded me of  Tangled by Emma Chase. And for that alone, it made it easier for me to read. I mean not because it has the same premise but because both books took the easy and funny approach to readers like me.

Character/s - Blake was probably the character that I could refer to as an asshole without feeling bad. I mean, he posted an ad looking for a matchmaker, in a condescending way might I add, for freak's sake! He's also vain and conceited. But let's be real here, he's also one of the most realistic character that I've read. He's really sweet, witty and honest, so that's a plus. Can I say that his povs are on point, too?
Andrea, on the other hand, was a force to be reckoned with. She's a perfect match to Blake's asshole-ness. (I don't know what to call you! Andy? Andrea? Drea?)

Together, Blake and Andrea, makes a pretty great couple. They're dynamic together; they also make a good team. And they knew how to push each other's button.
But what's up with the Plain Jane reference here? Not all girl named Jane are placid. It totally annoyed me, I took it a bit personally. 

Writing technique/style - This was done impeccably. They used dual point of views. This helps enhancing not only the story but also a reader's experience in reading. I wouldn't have done anything to change this. From the word choices down to the punctuation point, the way it was written was spot on. Great job, you two!

Misc. - The ending was a bit easy, for my opinion. The misunderstanding was solved the day they re-met again? I don't think so.
Is it a page turner? Yes, very much so. Blake and Drea is just a funny set of people.
Would I re-read it again? Hell yeah. It was a very fun experience, reading this one, why not repeat it? It left me giddy.



Excerpt

Chapter One

Personal Concierge, to start ASAP (Boston Area)
I am a successful businessman looking for a wife. Due to a busy career and lack of energy or interest to devote to the process, I am seeking someone to assist me in my search. I am outsourcing the entire process, job to start immediately.
The perfect candidate will be assertive, with excellent computer skills and a knack for reading people. She—I am only seeking women to fill this position—will be expected to:

• Meet me, get to know me. Spend a week or so in my company to find out my interests, what makes me tick. During this time she will come to understand the type of woman I expect to fall in love with;
• Do all searching activities on my behalf including online, in real life, on social media, networking, and so on;
• Once possible matches are identified, provide me with pictures and, upon my approval, arrange dates for us to meet.

I am attractive and financially secure. I do not have trouble finding women who are interested in me. It is finding women that I deem interesting beyond the physical that is the challenge.
While this job can be done at home, I’d prefer that several hours a week be spent in my company in order to keep a firm handle on what I expect in a love interest. I will have private space available in both my home and office for the right person to work.
Income will be determined initially by the experiences the candidate brings to this project. Additional income will depend on the quality of women found to date me as well as how far the relationship(s) progresses—both emotionally and physically. We can discuss a specific payment schedule during the interview process.
Serious inquiries only.


Author Interview

1. How and when did the two of you meet?
We were both in an online group for mother's who wrote books. We didn't discover we lived near each other in Colorado until we met at a book release in Kansas City. We started meeting once a month to write together and now we see each other almost every day.

2. Who are your writing inspirations?
Laurelin has a musical theater background, so she's often inspired by music and the classics. She's also a huge romantic comedy movie fan. Kayti loves Alexander McCall Smith's love stories, and epics like Love in the Time of Cholera. Both of us are fairly obsessed with Christina Lauren, Melanie Harlow, and Sierra Simone.

3. What was one (or two) of the most surprising things that you learned in creating your books?
We were surprised about how different it is to write a book with someone else. You think that it means half the work, but it can actually be more work. But it also is so helpful to have someone to bounce ideas off that is as invested in the story as you are.


About the author:
Laurelin McGee is the pseudonym of Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee.

Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters.

Kayti McGee is a Kansas City native who now calls Colorado home. When she isn't writing, she's making up recipes to go with her favorite books.


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