The Match by Sarah Adams
Published: 5.30.20 via KindleUnlimited
Genre: Adult RomCom
Details: 284 pages – Paperbook, Kindle, Audiobook
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: It Happened in Charleston #1
Disclaimer: This book was read voluntarily by me via KindleUnlimited. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Having worked for Southern Service Paws for a few years now, I like to think I’m prepared for just about any client meeting under the sun. I am dead wrong.
The day I meet with single dad, Jacob Broaden, about potentially matching his daughter with one of our service dogs, I learn a few valuable lessons.
1) Always set my alarm clock.
2) Single dads are way hotter than I previously thought.
3) It is possible to go from fantasizing about kissing someone to wishing they would be run over by a truck in a matter of two minutes.
Unfortunately, I don’t hold that opinion of him for very long. Not when he shows me a different side of himself—one that’s sweet as maple syrup and hot as apple pie fresh out of the oven.
Too bad this guy is so far out of my league that I shouldn’t even be allowed to enter the game. Jake doesn’t seem to get that memo though. And after a few days of working closely with him and his daughter, he starts looking at me with fire in his eyes, making me dream of something I probably shouldn’t…
I started this book as my nightly read when I’m falling asleep. I sometimes struggle with enemies to lovers tropes because sometimes the characters can seriously be nasty to each other and it frustrates me. This book had so much balance. The tension is mainly from misunderstandings but are quickly resolved – one the the things I love about sweet romances!
Evie is strong, independent, and determined…. until you get her around her parents. She comes from a well to do family and she’s trying to break away. She loves working with service dogs and matching them to families and yet they refuse to support her. I don’t honestly know if the author needed to make Evie so tortured by them emotionally. She does things so out of character that it just didn’t make sense (spoilers below). Jake was pretty on brand as the misunderstood bad boy but it made it better because we got his POV as well. We could see that his motives were strictly to protect his daughter ad even when he was being an absolute dipshit, it made you go “aww Jake no!!” I rooted for Him and Evie through the whole thing!
Overall, this sweet, quick enemies to lovers romance is sure to sweep you away! This book is not smutty but it does have some steamy moments and lots of flirting!
There is one main critique that I need to add. There is like ZERO diversity. I went into this hoping that a 2020 book would have some diverse characters and alas, everyone is basically straight, white, and rich. Boo.
Okay, Evie’s parents can go jump off a bridge. The way that she catered to them after knowing they were toxic garbage made me so mad. It went against everything that Evie was working hard to overcome. At one point, her mom invites herself to a benefit for the service dogs, after trying to force her to marry this douche Tyler.. she says:
“Now that I think about it, it was selfish for me not to invite them in the first place.” She got so worried that she wouldn’t impress them that she said, “Might as well play the game and blend into their lifestyle.” NO! You don’t need their blood money! You want to get away from them! Why dress up to be like people you don’t want to be? She even told Jake to not talk at dinner – she says it was because she didn’t want him to have ammo used against him but that’s still bullshit!
Jake: “Did you say keep my mouth shut? Surely I didn’t hear that right.”
Evie: “Yep, seal it up.”
WHAT? I would be fucking furious y’all. FUCKING FURIOUS. Then Jake for whatever reason got all butthurt like he’s not good enough for Evie which to me was just a plot device because he’s a pretty confident guy but what the fuck. He was all breaking up with her because his man-ego got hurt. LOL Pass
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SARAH ADAMS (AUTHOR)
Born and raised in Nashville TN, Sarah Adams loves her family, warm days, and making people smile.
Sarah has dreamed of being a writer since she was a girl, but finally wrote her first novel when her daughters were napping and she no longer had any excuses to put it off.
Sarah is a coffee addict, a British history nerd, a mom of two daughters, married to her best friend, and an indecisive introvert. Her hope is to always write stories that make you laugh, maybe even cry; but always leave you happier than when you started reading.
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