{Review} Almost Matched by A.O. Peart

March 24, 2014 New Adult, Reviews 3 ★★★½

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Almost Matched by A.O. Peart
ebook, 111 pages
Published November 8th 2013 by Three Graces Publishing
Genres: New Adult Contemporary
Series: Almost Bad Boys #1
Source: ecopy from Author

Summary:

Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits?

THEIR HEARTBREAKING PAST WILL MOVE YOU. THEIR PASSION WILL MAKE YOU BLUSH. THEIR ANTICS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD.

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?
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This contemporary romantic comedy blends humor, sensuality, and angst, with zany characters and witty dialogue.
***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***

THE SERIES:
The Almost Bad Boys series are the stories of four feisty twenty-something women who refuse to let their past drag them down

My Thoughts

Almost Matched turned out to be different than I initially thought it would be. I thought it would be about bad boy players hanging out in bars and taking home different women every night, but the guy in the story Colin, is so much more than that. I really liked him. He is haunted by his past, and I feel like in the second half of this book we really got to know him and I loved that. This book set up a different kind of story than I was expecting but one that I think I will like even more. I am super excited for the second book.

Natalie is co-owner of a successful business and her business partner is a very causal relationship type of person. That just isn’t who Natalie is. But she is in her mid 20s and she has been hurt multiple times before by guys. She figures she is ready for some fun. Enter Colin. Of course, it turns out to be more than just fun for either of them. Colin turns out to be such a sweetie. He was courting Natalie hard core. It made me swoon just a bit.

Almost Matched is a foodie’s dream. I loved how on all of their dates, everything about their meals and wine were detailed down to the very last side dish and sauce. It was really detailed. Angela’s writing was very vivid. I felt like I could taste the food and wine. Actually everything about her writing had a very realistic, every day life feel. Natalie and Colin’s relationship seemed like so many new relationships. The honeymoon phase started to wear off and Colin started to act different, which started to cause Natalie to start over thinking things. And so on and so forth. But Natalie would never have guessed what the real reason behind his “off-ness” was.

Almost Matched started out great for me, and then around the 20% mark it got a little slow for me. But once I hit the halfway point of the book, I was out of the story slump and Almost Matched just kept drawing me more and more in. I got wrapped up in Natalie and Colin’s story and it just kept getting better and better. I can’t wait to read the next book. Now that the foundation has been laid and it ended up going in a different direction than I initially thought, I am super intrigued to see where the next book is going to go.

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About the Author

Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as European born, American by choice. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English and translate her favorite Polish fairytales.
Angela is the author of the Young Adult and New Adult fiction novels. She writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and short stories. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington Chapter (http://www.scbwi.org), and several authors’ and readers’ networking groups on Facebook, Linkedin, and Goodreads.
Angela speaks with Polish accent, and loves listening to the Southern drawl. She is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, environment, and organic food and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her family and a chronically curious cat.

Find Angela here:
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3 Responses to “{Review} Almost Matched by A.O. Peart”

  1. Ari T.

    A Seattle radio station? That’s interesting! I like that you described the writing as realistic and it included descriptions of food! Love little details like that! Thanks for the review, I’ll definitely have to read this one!

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