Breaking the Bachelor by Maggie Kelley

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 30th March 2015
Breaking the Bachelor by Maggie KelleyBreaking the Bachelor by Maggie Kelley
Series: Smart Cupid #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 24th 2015
Pages: 211
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four-stars

Goaded by her competition, matchmaker Jane Wright makes a very public bet that she can find the “perfect” match for Manhattan's hottest confirmed bachelor—sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman. Unfortunately, Charlie is also Jane's ex-lover, a man she broke up with on a cocktail napkin. With her company on the line, Jane has no choice but to convince the man of her most impractical dreams to dive back into the dating pool.
Charlie doesn't want to see Jane's business fail. He just wants a little revenge. Determined to prove to Jane that chemistry always beats compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive her crazy with desire...then walk away. And his plan is working. A little too well, actually. Because even as Jane scrambles to calculate Charlie's best match, the heat building between them combusts. But Charlie's been so busy outsmarting Cupid that he hasn't noticed he's the naughty cherub's next target...

A fun, very smart read, even with a well-trodden plot with a cast of characters so stereotypical that they can be sniffed a mile away in a rom-com set. Jane’s view of love is based on science and close compatibility matches – where algorithm tops chemistry. Charlie – NY’s sexiest bartender, old friend and most recently, ex-lover – is convinced that chemistry is the the thing that drives a relationship, yet shies clear of the big ‘L’ word. Both have issues, obviously and apart from the good sex, can’t take the final step to be together for various reasons, but I found myself really feeling for Jane and her fears (or maybe I’m projecting)…and cheered when Charlie beat her to making the grand gesture.

four-stars

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