Sunday, July 5

Audio Review: Miss Match by Laurelin McGee


Miss Match

Laurelin McGee

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Narrator: Angela Brazil
Date of Publication: June 30, 2015
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 10 hrs and 22 mins



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Blackballed from her corporate career, Andréa Grayson's luck at finding suitable employment has run out. Until her sister secretly arranges an interview for Andy with business mogul Blake Donovan. The job? Find him a wife. It's a despicable position, but she can't turn down the opportunity. It's the only one she has.

Blake Donovan is rich, successful, and too damn busy to find a suitable wife. He knows Andréa Grayson possesses the skills necessary for the task of matchmaker, even though her sass, confidence, and ambition represent everything he doesn't want in a woman. Yet as they work together, the smoldering attraction he feels for her can't be denied.

Has Blake finally found his match with his sexy and sassy matchmaker?
I typically like miss matched couples.  The more differences they have, the more sparks will fly when they come together, so I thought this one sounded pretty good. Plus, I totally had the ♪♫ Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match ♪♫ song from Fiddler on the Roof playing in my head when I read the blurb.

Which makes why I just couldn't seem to get into the book so disappointing. When I was listening to it, it was all right, but if I had to put it aside, I had no compulsion to go right back to it. I can't even really pin point why I was having problems with the book. Yes Andy was a bit whiny, and Blake was a bit boorish, but neither was totally irredeemable. Maybe it was their interactions with each other that just didn't do it for me. I mean, I liked each of their voices individually, but they each had better conversations in their own heads about the other person than when they were actually conversing with that person. It just felt... off to me.

Plus the big climax point of the story felt forced, stilted and unnatural.  When using the miscommunication/comedy-of-errors/misunderstanding plot device, don't talk each step out to death. We got it as soon as he began plotting out his big "plans" that things would go wrong, less would have ended up being more here.

Angel Brazil did a good job with the voices and personalities of the characters. Male voices can be tricky, but these were done well.  The emotions weren't overplayed and the pacing and diction were spot on.  I would listen to this narrator again.

Overall, the book wasn't horrible, and when I was in the moment, I enjoyed the story. It just ended up being too easy to walk away from. I gave this book 2 stars, it was okay, but just not quite my cup of tea.

Thanks to Audiobook Jukebox and Blackstone Audio for the opportunity to listen and review this book.




7 comments:

  1. Oh I think she was part of the duo that wrote the anti-romance reader heroine? Maybe? Bummer this one didn't do much for ya.

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    1. This is the name of writing duo Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee so it's possible it is them, but to be honest I have no idea what anti-romantic reader heroine you are talking about... lol sorry. I noticed that a lot of other people seemed to like the book, it just felt... off to me.

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    2. Ah yep then this is the one I was thinking about. I read them in an antho and the heroine was hateful about romance readers/books and how trashy we are. I was...less than thrilled. It had some that raved about it too though.

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    3. Wait, I do remember this. I read your rant on Goodreads and then on the blog, and Facebook too if I'm not mistaken... This is them? Well shit. Okay, at least I'm in good company if they didn't do it for you either, lol.

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  2. awww, too bad it wasn't more to your liking!!

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    1. Yeah, I had high hopes for it. It even had some great geek lover references to Star Wars, but I just couldn't connect with the story. But others seem to like it, so maybe it's just me. *shrugs*

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