Matchmaker – Lauren Landish


347 pages

4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Full-time nanny slash part-time student, Emily, is looking for a little drama in her life. When she sees an opportunity to try out for some television show she jumps at it. She’s surprised when she’s chosen, but is overwhelmed when she discovers it’s for a reality dating show similar to the Bachelorette called the Matchmaker. Male model, Hayden, isn’t getting many gigs thanks to his ‘professional behavior’. Without his permission, his agent gets him an audition for The Matchmaker. He begrudgingly goes, but once he gets a look at the woman he’ll be competing for, he’s all in.

The plot is steady but frustrating. I’ve never watched The Bachelorette or anything similar and this book shows exactly why. It exposes the fakeness of such shows and it kinda enraged me. As I’m sure is somewhat accurate to real-life, the producers manipulate the contestants and Emily to get the results they want.

Hayden and Emily were wonderful together. Emily’s sweet as pie but a little too naïve for me at times. Hayden was pretty much perfect and *wooh* he talked just the right amount of dirty. Some of the secondary characters were a bit stereotypical, especially Brad, but he was easily the funniest character so I can’t complain too much.

Even if you’re not a fan of reality shows like the one depicted in the book, you may very well still enjoy the book. I took a chance and was glad I did.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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