Miss Match by Lindzee Armstrong, Narrator Tiffany Williams #SweetDelight

Miss Match by Lindzee Armstrong, Narrator Tiffany Williams #SweetDelightMiss Match by Lindzee Armstrong

Narrator: Tiffany Williams
Series: #1 No Match for Love
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Snowflake Press on December 21, 2015
Length: 7 hours 43 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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I just finished the prequel (which I would highly recommend reading/listening to first so the reader is up to speed) where I met the main characters and the situation.  It was cute, but also showed that there would be tough times for romance between the main players to win out so in I dove for the rest of the story.

This story takes place eight years after the prequel.  Some things haven’t changed while others?  Brooke has her friend rules clutched tightly before her keeping Luke at the distance she needs to keep him even though she refuses to discuss or analyze why.  He has to stay in the friend camp or it will destroy everything- or so she thinks.  Besides, Brooke has a fiancé and she loves him- loves him, she tells herself and everyone else who doubt this.  Antonio is perfect since the computer has them matched at like 70%.  And besides, Luke is a player just like her womanizing dad who is on his third marriage break up and more kids left hurt by a dad who cheats just like she.  Yeah, he’s a player because every time she turns around Luke’s with a different woman- and she won’t listen to everyone- and I do mean everyone- telling her that Luke is her perfect match and he can’t make a relationship work because he is hung-up on her.  She needs to grasp at the perfect match with Antonio and move with him to Italy even if the very idea of leaving Luke behind pierces her heart.

Luke’s latest public fiasco made the tabloids so that now his company board is threatening to remove him as head of the company and his competition has the edge.  Luke doesn’t have time to remain in grief with his life spiraling out of control.  Luke is forced to watch the woman he loves with another guy and then she comes to him for help to save Toujours, her matchmaking business, by letting her match him up.  Having a celebrity in the dating pool for Toujours will revitalize the business and bring in more clients.  Luke will do anything for Brooke so he agrees and at the same time he agrees to an all out effort to clean up his act and work hard for the company for himself, for his dad’s memory, and for Brooke.  He will fight to keep her until that moment she walks down the aisle.  If only he can break through her fears about love.

Alright, so this story went way past my expectation of how difficult it was going to be.  I got vested in these characters and seeing them happy while reading the prequel.  I didn’t want to see Brooke permanently broken by her dad’s infidelity and I wanted to see Luke get his dream gal.   And by the time I finished listening to this story, I was exhausted and had a lot of thoughts pinging around in my mind.

This was one of those stories that felt out of balance for me.  I wasn’t completely satisfied.  We all have thoughts on what makes a good romance for us.  With me, I enjoy seeing both characters grow as characters and I like seeing them grow together.  I don’t mind conflicts and barriers and enjoy a hard-fought romance.  But, I have to believe there is something worth fighting for and that both are vested in the romance.  I didn’t feel like I got that with this story.  I felt like Luke did all the romancing and the growing while Brooke was static.  Now, as to their friendship, that was different.  She was there for him and he was there for her, but my issue was seeing some evidence beyond friendship on her part.

The author did a good job of showing why Brooke struggled.  My heart went out to Brooke because she was so handcuffed by her past.  She has to make up rules and has to feel control.  Love doesn’t stay neatly behind the boundaries she has set and it terrifies her into playing it safe with a lesser love that has no chance of being more.   And because most of the book, Brooke is hung-up on her issues and pushed Luke away all the time, it would have gone a long way toward making me comfortable with their romance to see her get past her mistrust and make her own gesture of romance.  But she doesn’t.  Even when saying the words he wants to hear, she qualifies it.  The story was all about Luke trying to prove that he wasn’t her dear old cheating dad and Luke didn’t deserve that.  It might be more realistic that she would always have doubts, but it didn’t make for a satisfying romance.

The narrator, Tiffany Williams, continued to captivate me.  I felt she was a good pairing for this book and she got the characters, the emotions, and the timing down pat.  Look forward to more of her work.

So yeah, I wanted more balance in the romance.  That said, I do love the world the author created and her writing style was engaging.  The matchmaking element is fun and I love all that was going on with the Toujours dates.  I am intrigued by the supporting characters and the potential stories there.  I would recommend this one for those who enjoy sweet contemporary romance that like them emotional and hard-fought.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #39 CR
Literary Pickers #38 earrings
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I like sweet 😀

    • I love the matchmaker concept and it is fun to mix some sweet in with the spicy.

  • That’s interesting with how the prequel takes palce 8 years earlier than the first book. It must be nice to have that glimpse of their past before starting this one and then seeing what has changed and what not in that time. Luke and Brooke sounds like they would make for a great couple if only Brooke would give him a chance. The plot of this oen reminds me abit of a novella I recently read where the female had a boyfriend and didn’t give her best friend who is a player a chance, while they are perfetc for eahc other.

    And yes I know what you mean with how we all have things we look for in romance and I deifnitely need to feel that connection and feel like they are both invested and there’s something worth fighting for. It doesn’t make for a satisfying romance to me if the couple keeps fighting and I feel sorry for Luke in this book as it sounds like he tries so hard, but she can never fuly overcome her fears. It does sounds well written and sweet and I like the sound of the matchmaking business, but I think I would have the same issues as you with the romance. Great review!

    • Yes, this was a unique pairing between the prequel and first book. The prequel is written during their high school years and this one with them as adults. I liked having the before and after.

      Yes, you have summarized my thoughts about this one. At one point, I was so irritated with Brooke’s obstinancy that I actually wanted one of his match dates to work out. But, I guess the good side is that the author wrote characters that I was vested in. I would like to see what happens in the next book. It features the really nice gal that was helping Luke get Brooke.

  • It’s cool that this has a lot of heart and made room for Brooke’s character development. That said, this isn’t for me, too much drama! Hahaha lol

    • Yep, lots of drama. Probably not the book for you. LOL

  • Sounds like a lot of drama and I really don’t like that unless the ending is extraordinary.

    • That is a good way to look at the drama. I don’t tend to mind it if the end makes it worth it.

  • Nope not one for me. But I am glad for your honest review. I don’t think I would enjoy Brooke as a character at all!

  • Whew I can definitely see how that would be exhausting by the end. I’m with you. I’m good seeing them fight for their romance but I would want to see that on both sides instead of mainly one. That makes it much harder for me to get into if it’s that way for the majority. At the beginning is one thing but on and on I need it to change up really.

    • Yes, I’m the same. Give me some conflict, absolutely, but I need to believe there is something more making the conflict worth it.