Title: Match Me If You Can (A book in the Chicago Stars / Bonner Brothers series)
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. Even her hair's a mess! But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town. Nothing is going to stand in her way -- not the drunk lying comatose under her car, not her family's disapproval, and certainly not the lingering effects of a broken heart.
With his money green eyes and calculated charm, Heath Champion is the best sports agent in the country. He's wealthy, driven, and gorgeous, so why does he need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she's entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of his success -- the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?
Thin, rich, utterly fabulous Portia Powers has spent her career making matches for everyone but herself. Her take-no-prisoners attitude has built Power Matches into the top matchmaking agency in Chicago. So what if she has more enemies than friends and she's one breath away from a nervous breakdown? Neither an upstart like Annabelle Granger nor Heath Champion's menacing, but oddly intriguing, bodyguard, will keep her from getting what she wants -- a Power Match for Heath ... the city's very own Jerry Maguire.
Soon everyone in Chicago has a stake in the outcome, right down to Annabelle's overprotective book club. When the matchmaker promises she'll do anything to keep her star client happy ... does she mean anything? If Annabelle isn't careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town -- a man who's beginning to ask himself: Exactly how perfect does perfect have to be?
Thoughts on the Book:
I'm really addicted to SEP's books. I just love her stories. Event though the stories tend to be similar with her other books. But that is understandable since they all belong to a series.
So this is my third SEP book. She's created another gorgeous character again and this time it's Heath Champion or Harley Davidson Campione. Her heroes are all so drop-dead gorgeous! First there was Dan Calebow, then Bobby Tom Denton, and now Heath, the Python. What makes him different from the first two characters is that he is not a football player. He is an agent - a sports agent specifically.
As usual, her female character is a damsel in distress. She lacks self-confidence and she feels suffocated by her family's love and support for her. Then as the story progresses, she began to gain her courage and built some self-confidence.
At first, I was questioning why Boddie and Portia were included in the story. Even without them, the flow of the story won't be affected. It's good that SEP put the characters to goo use at the end of the story. They became the reason for the couple - Anabelle and Heath - to be back at each other's arms again.
Overall, the book was very good. The story was cute and romantic. It's a quick read too. Four books to go and I'll miss the Chicago Stars!
Quotes from the Book:
"The discipline turn the dream into reality."
"You're beautiful, every part of you. I love your hair, the way it looks, the way it feels. I love touching it, smelling it. I love the way you wrinkle your nose when you laugh. It makes me laugh too, every time. And I love watching you eat. Sometimes you can't shovel it in fast enough, but when you get interested in a conversation, you forget there's anything in front of you. God knows. I can'e even talk about that without wanting you."
Rating: 5/5"Sometimes knowing when to give up is the real test of character."