Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson

Summary from Goodreads:
For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.

4.5 Stars

Received an ebook in exchange for an honest review

My Review:
This is the 2nd book in the Meet Your Match series by Rachael Anderson.  The first is Pride Meets Prejudice.  And Rachael has announced a 3rd book in the series called Stick in the Mud meets Spontaneity.

Rachael Anderson develops a wonderful group of characters in a Colorado town in the first book in this series.  In that book, we hear of Noah Mackie, but he is not a main character.  He takes the main role in this book.  He is a single father, but lives next door to his sister and her husband.  They are an important part of Noah's life and the lives of his daughters.  At the same time, they are getting ready to become parents and have their own lives to focus on.  Plus, there are many great supporting characters that literally support him in his efforts with his two daughters.  His neighbor, whom I love, is a matchmaker and pushes Noah in to meeting Cassie.  

The relationship between Noah and Cassie is tough.  They each have issues coming in to their acquaintance.  The idea of dating each other is difficult.  The story explores their baggage as well as their willingness to let that baggage go for another chance at love.  It is interesting to read about each of their experience with shedding their preconceived judgments of the other person.  Each brings their previous life experience with their relationships in to meeting each other.  As they let their judgments go they allow themselves to see each other for who they really are.

This is a clean, contemporary romance.  

Warnings: Reference to death of spouse

I would let my 17 year old daughter read this book.