Author(s): A.O. Peart
Series: Almost Bad Boys #1
Also in this series: Almost Broken Up
Published by Three Graces Publishing on November 7, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
NEW ADULT/ADULT CROSSOVER ROMANTIC COMEDY NOVELLA**Warning: contains sexual situations (some quite vivid!), profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and there is a lot of appletini and beer drinking. May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prudes and killjoys with no sense of humor**
Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits?
Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she’s cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills.
Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him—maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse.
Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did?
Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself?
Or will they settle somewhere in the middle—establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love?
**Almost Matched is the first installment in the Almost Bad Boys series. The books in this series should be read in order. They are not stand-alone books**
Almost Matched contains a BONUS EXCERPT from Almost Broken Up, the second installment in the Almost Bad Boys series.
This was my first time reading this author’s work as such I was not sure what to expect. After reading the blurb and a few of the reviews I thought this sounds like an interesting read.
Almost matched started out rather interesting. I thought it was rather funny the way that Colin and Natalie met. I give Natalie props because that were to happen to me, I would be totally mortified and probably would not show up for that meeting knowing that the source of my embarrassment would be present.
It was easy to relate to Natalie and her problems when it came to finding the right guy. What’s ironic about her situation though is the she is the co-owner of a successful matchmaking company, but she was unable to find her perfect match.
What I loved most about this story is the interaction between Natalie and her friends. The bond that existed between these friends appears strong. It’s obvious they care about each other and they had each other’s backs.
I also loved the author’s writing style as it made me feel as if I was on the sidelines looking in.
My only problem with the story is that the romance between Natalie and Collin felt a bit stilted. There were times it was bit boring and I felt it was not going anywhere. It’s clear that Collin had a secret and his failure to reveal to Natalie was having a negative impact on their relationship.
In spite of this I found Almost Matched somewhat enjoyable and I can’t wait to start book two as I would love to know what’s going to happen next.