Imperfect Match by Melanie Harlow and Corinne Michaels
Published April 26, 2019 by Love & Olives Ink
Average Goodreads Rating of 4.12 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Rule number one for a professional matchmaker?
Don’t fall in love with your client.
I screwed that up when I fell for my best friend, Reid Fortino. He’s gorgeous, successful, and sexy as hell. I figured it would be easy to find him a match—and save the family business at the same time.
But the more time I spend attempting to find the perfect girl, the more I realize how much I want him for my own. What’s the harm if we give in for just one night?
I should have known that would never be enough.
Now I’m on the verge of losing my job and my heart.
We were an imperfect match from the start, but I don’t know how to let him go.
I’m at the point where Melanie Harlow can just do no wrong, so I was excited to see that she not only had a new release coming out, but a new release that she co-authored with Corinne Michaels who I am new to.
I knew immediately after reading the synopsis to this book that I had to read it and that I’d love it. Imperfect Match was fun, it was sexy as hell and it also dealt with some pretty heavy, important topics as well..I love when a romance can balance different aspects and tie everything together nicely in the end.
“I’ve always dreamed of children, marriage, and the picture-perfect happily ever after, with a little chaos thrown in. The problem? I have the worst taste in men ever. I’ll think a guy is great, enjoy the first date, and then he asks for anal or something ridiculous on the second date…and boom, single again. Yet another example of how much I suck at matchmaking…I can’t even find myself someone worthy of a second date.”
Friends to lovers is casually making it’s way to the top of my favorite tropes list. There are just so many ways authors can be creative and spin it. I like how in Imperfect Match, Willow and Reid have been best friends for a few years now. I caught on pretty quickly that Reid, who may have a reputation for being a bit of a player, has secretly always had a thing for Willow though. With the hopes of taking over her mother’s matchmaking business, there arises this whole idea of if Willow can set Reid up with a girl he likes and can fall in love with, within 6 months, then the business is hers. I liked that this plan to find the perfect girl for her bestie leads to Willow realizing that there may be something a little bit more there as far as she is concerned as well. Reid was always pretty much crazy about her, but it really took some time for Willow.
“She picks up her head and looks down at me. Can she feel how fast and hard my heart is beating? For a moment, I feel like I can’t breathe, like I’m suffocating, like there’s not enough oxygen in the room and it’s affecting my brain, which must be true because there’s no other explanation for what I do next. I kiss her.”
I really like Reid and it is easy to get a little nervous that he’s perfect in the best friend zone..so why ruin it? He’s also pretty stubborn for a while. Willow really, really wants to have kids and for a big part of the story has an appointment with a fertility clinic. Reid however, is against having kids. With the crappy upbringing he’s had, he wants no parts in having children because he doesn’t think he knows how to be a good dad. I really enjoyed seeing how the authors explored just how real, and long lasting, the way you’re raised can affect you, your thought processes and the decisions you make. Seeing Reid have to deal with and overcome his family issues added a more serious element to the story that I thought fit perfectly.
“Please understand, you’re the best friend I’ve ever had, and I don’t want to lose that. I need you on my side for the rest of my life, and if I open myself up to you, and you decide I’m not what you want, I’ll never recover. It’s not worth the risk.”
I think this story did a fantastic job of capturing the nervousness and hesitation behind taking that leap with someone you’re already close to but also that moment you realize you already know so much about the person and all the reasons you do fit. I overall really loved this book. It was fun, perfect for spring. I loved the side characters *and am secretly hoping maybe we get Aspen and Leo’s romance, I just feel like they belong together!* I highly recommend checking it out.