Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except…when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.
Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother-it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator-the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months-his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed “right match” might just be the wrong brother.
Review: Once again I’ve found a new to me author whose books will be added to my always growing TBR pile. This is the first book of hers that I’ve read even though it’s the third book in the Anyone But You series and I look forward to reading the first two books, Fiance by Fate and Wedding Date for Hire.
Shirk’s writing was warm and playful in Wrong Brother, Right Match with a lot of underlying angst since Kennedy and Matt have briefly met before when both were far from home and unbeknownst to them both, he’s her fiance’s brother. They try to play it cool when they meet at his family’s home but both are ruffled and it doesn’t help that once she meets them she and Matt are thrown together over and over again. They had chemistry when they first met but it’s now off the charts. Her attraction to her fiance, Justin, seems to be brotherly – there’s no spark, no chemistry and very little attraction. And there’s so much that they don’t know about each other. The most they have in common is that they are both workaholics but while she put work in its proper place during their holiday vacation, he doesn’t! When their paths happen to cross fue to his work commitments it’s very ho hum.
I liked that Matt and his family lived on an island near Boston. It had a small town, community feeling to it especially at Christmas. It was reminiscent to me of Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series with it’s festivities. There are family and friends, coworkers, work, matchmaking, barbs, innuendos, misspeaks, sadness, tears, anger, hurt, calmness, reminisces, happiness, laughter, businesses, family traditions and the feel of Christmas. Kennedy, who is a matchmaker and runs her own business with twenty employees, has a good head on her shoulders but mainly when it comes to business. She has some quirks but they make her more lovable. There are a few twists and turns and a surprise ending that I didn’t expect. There’s a happily ever after in the offing and the epilogue that takes place one year later was heartwarming and apropos!
Favorite Quote: “Thank you, sweetie. You know how much I love hot chocolate.”
He frowned. “You do? I’m sorry. I got you a hot apple cider. The same as me.”