Review of MATCH ME IF YOU CAN by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (see her website)
William Morrow, August 2005
Super-agent Heath Champion has decided to get married by the time he turns thirty-five. With only a few months left and a schedule too busy for casual looking, Heath has engaged Chicago's most successful matchmaker. But Annabelle Granger, probably the city's least successful matchmaker, knows that she could get her business off the ground if only Heath would hire her, too. What Annabelle doesn't count on, though, is falling for her sexy client.
Annabelle and Portia (the successful matchmaker) vie to bring a string of Chicago's most beautiful, articulate, and intelligent women for Heath to choose among. But something seems wrong with all of them. Unfortunately for Annabelle and for Heath, the agent has issues he needs to deal with--and his success as an agent gives him exactly the wrong skills with which to face his problems.
In an interesting subplot, Portia finds her life falling apart at the same time as she faces an irresistable challenge from Heath's bad-boy assistant. Portia has always prided herself with control, but nobody controls Bodie.
Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Phillips) writes a consistently superior romance and MATCH ME IF YOU CAN is no exception. Annabelle and Heath are both interesting, damaged characters who need to learn to trust themselves and those around them. The matchmaker falling for her client is a pretty well used plot, but Phillips makes it fresh and special. In contrast to last year's AIN'T SHE SWEET (see our review), Phillips doesn't take as many chances or stretch the genre in MATCH, but that doesn't keep this from being an enjoyable addition to her work.
Long-time fans will also enjoy seeing the return of characters from earlier Phillips novels.
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