A Messed-Up Match by Jessica R. Patch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This novella was a breath of fresh air because its premise was unique. I don't think I've ever read anything with a storyline equal to this and I love that while it did have some typically predictable moments that go with a romantic themed book it also had a few surprises. I'm normally not a fan of novellas because they can come across as shallow and underdeveloped. Not this one! I really loved Neeley's character. She went to some fairly extreme measures, but she wanted to put herself outside of her comfort zone. And even though Pax is out to sabotage matchmaking weeks, I love that we got to know him in spite of his career.
This book almost reminded me of reality television, but without the video cameras on the couples the whole time. The whole idea of meeting the love of your life in a weeklong matchmaking session is very interesting. And while I don't personally love going to the beach, I loved reading about all of the activities in the Bahamas. I can't imagine anyone would ever get bored there.
Overall this was a fantastic read. Interesting characters, a unique plot, and an adventuresome setting. But what captured me the most was how much there was to this story compared to most novellas. I never felt rushed or cheated in the story. I also found myself more connected to the characters than I am in some full-length novels.
The author provided me an advanced copy of this book. This is my honest review.
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