March 3, 2016

Review | Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Review | Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsMatch Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Series: Chicago Stars, #6
Publisher: Avon, January 1970
Pages: 388
Format: Audiobook, Paperback

You met quarterback Kevin Tucker in Nobody's Baby but Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.
Annabelle's endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair's a mess! But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.
Why does the wealthy, driven, and gorgeous sports agent Heath Champion need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she's entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of success -- the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?
Soon everyone in Chicago has a stake in the outcome, and a very big question: When the determined matchmaker promised she'd do anything to keep her star client happy . . . did she mean anything? If Annabelle isn't careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town.

Remember the last time you read a book that left you breathless? Left you with the need to flip back to the front and start all over again? I’ve read Phillips’ Match Me If You Can entirely too many times, and each time, I have the urge to start all over again and dive back into Annabelle and Heath’s story.

All Annabelle wants to do is carry on her grandmother’s matchmaking business, but to get a foothold in Chicago’s matchmaking world, she needs to land a big client: Heath Champion. Heath is the top sports agent in the country, a self-made man’s man who is looking for a wife to finally earn the perfect life he’s always dreamed about. He usually only hires the best of the best, but there’s something about Annabelle’s hairbrained scheme that pulls him in.

I loved how their relationship developed in Match Me – instead of an immediate, hot romance, it’s a slow friendship, finding a kindred soul inside another. Due to the nature of their relationship (falling in love with your client won’t do to begin with, but especially not when you’re a matchmaker), both ignore their feelings and send the tension of the book skyrocketing.

Match Me made me laugh. I found myself looking forward to my commute every day when I got to listen to Heath and Annabelle battle it out, or Annabelle try to convince the neighborhood bum, Mouse, to come out from under Sherman (her car. Yes, I’m serious). There’s a lightheartedness to the narrative that lifted my spirits.

The depth of each character – not only Heath and Annabelle – was extraordinary. Phillips developed out the side plot of Portia (Annabelle’s competition in the matchmaking business) and Bodie (Heath’s go-to guy) to create an oddly sweet contrasting story. Even other characters from the Chicago Stars series, making brief appearances, played a role in the plot.

It’s the focus on happily-ever-after that keeps me coming back to this story time after time. It’s sweet, endearing, funny, and wistful, a.k.a. the ultimate romance.

5 Stars

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