Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"make me a match" by melinda curtis, cari lynn webb, & anna j. stewart + giveaway

Make Me a Match: Baby, Baby\The Matchmaker Wore Skates\Suddenly SophieThree bachelors see a way out of their small Alaskan town when they make a bet with their high school hockey coach.

Make Me a Match
by Melinda Curtis, Cari Lynn Webb, and Anna J. Stewart
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Three bachelors turned…matchmakers?

One special night with Cooper Hamilton gave Nora Perry a precious gift. But no way is the sweet-talking salesman the right guy for her…or is he?

Former pro athlete Ty Porter could get burned when he falls for the beautiful reporter who ruined his career—and could now expose his most zealously guarded secret!

Gideon Walker has a long history with free-spirited flower shop owner Sophie Jennings. But when the banker-matchmaker fixes her up with potential candidates, he realizes he's made a terrible mistake…

Make Me a Match is an enjoyable novella collection centering on three best friends who are promised hockey jobs outside of Alaska if they can get six couples together before Valentine's Day. The premise is the stuff of Hallmark films, and it's great for a rainy day. (Or in my case today, a snow day!)

Baby, Baby by Melinda Curtis: When Nora shows up in town with a baby in tow, Coop is hesitant to believe she could be his. But soon Nora—and her baby—begin to soften Coop's heart. I really loved Nora, and I enjoyed her interactions with Coop's dad. It was Coop himself I didn't care much for, and the "happily ever after" ending came a little too quickly to be realistic. 3 stars.

The Matchmaker Wore Skates by Cari Lynn Webb: Journalist Kelsey ruined Ty's life once. When she returns to K-Bay looking for another story, Ty is determined to keep her away from his biggest secret. But the chemistry the two once had is stronger than ever, and Ty begins to wonder if he and Kelsey may really have a future. I definitely enjoyed this story, but I felt like I never truly understood Kelsey and her motivations. While the romance was believable, it also felt a bit rushed. 3-1/2 stars.

Suddenly Sophie by Anna J. Stewart: When Sophie asks Gideon to find her a match, he can't find anyone worthy of her ... because he wants her for himself. Of the three stories, this one was by far my favorite. I felt like it was the most complete of the stories, and I loved Gideon and Sophie's interactions. Also, it was quite funny! 4 stars.

While I enjoyed some of the novellas more than others, they all felt like they went together. Sometimes, novellas that are connected but are written by different authors don't feel cohesive, but in this case, the collection flowed seamlessly from one novella to the next. While I wouldn't call Make Me a Match a must-read, it is an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon. 3-1/2 stars.

Content note: The Harlequin Heartwarming line, of which Make Me a Match is a part, promises clean romances—no explicit sex or language and traditional values. These novellas do focus a little more on drinking than I'd have liked, and there are a few times where "God" is used as a curse word, rather than when someone is praying.

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Award winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the sweet romantic comedy Bridesmaid series. A Memory Away is Book 6 in the Harmony Valley series. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Wonderfully entertaining.”

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Cari Lynn Webb lives in Alabama with her family. If she isn’t at her computer, she can usually be found: picking up her daughters from school, dropping off at swimming or soccer practice or running into the grocery store for that one thing she forgot on her shopping list. She loves escaping into a romance and her e-reader can usually be found in her passenger seat. Visit her at: www.carilynnwebb.com.

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You’ve met Anna J. Stewart (or someone like her) before. She was the girl who spun in circles on the playground hoping her Wonder Woman costume would magically appear before playing cops and robbers a la Charlie’s Angels–as Sabrina (she was the smart one). Anna was the girl in the back of the class with a paperback romance hidden in her algebra book (and yes, she failed algebra).

Growing up in the 70′s and 80′s meant there weren’t a lot of YA books, so she ventured early into mainstream fiction and read Stephen King’s CARRIE at the age of 8. Discovering Nora Roberts and romance novels early in high school opened her eyes to the wonders of storytelling and the beauty of a happily ever after.

So here she is, many years later with an English degree from CSU Sacramento, an RWA Golden Heart nomination behind her, countless stories in her head, and a serious addiction to STAR TREK, SUPERNATURAL, and SHERLOCK. She recently wrapped up a nearly 8-year stint working as assistant to NYTimes bestselling author Brenda Novak where she helped run Brenda's annual online auction for diabetes research. When she's not writing or reading (which she never has enough time for!), she's working on dollhouse miniatures and tolerating her overly-affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her).

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
Tour Schedule

January 31st: Launch
February 1st: Heidi Reads... & I Am A Reader
February 7th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
Copy of Make Me a Match (print if in the US, ebook if outside the US)
Copy of A Memory Away by Melinda Curtis (print if in the US, ebook if outside the US)
Ends February 12th
Copy of The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor by Anna J. Stewart (print if in the US, ebook if outside the US)

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review through Prism Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Hi Becky! Thanks for hosting us today and taking the time to review Make Me A Match! We had a lot of fun putting this anthology together.

  2. Hey, Becky! Thanks for the review and shout out!


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