Her supposed "right match" might just be the wrong brother.
WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH
Anyone but You #3
Releasing Dec 5th, 2016
Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except...when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.
Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed "right match" might just be the wrong brother.
WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH is a charming novella perfect for holiday romance reading. It's third in the Anyone but You series, but I just discovered the series and enjoyed the story anyway.
Kennedy is enjoying some success with her matchmaking service and even met her boyfriend when it was starting. She wants a family someday, but all she has is her cousin Trent who you meet in the previous book. While in Vegas, she is trapped in an elevator with a handsome and sexy stranger named Matt. He calms her down while she nearly panics and shares the bottle he had brought for a hot date. They talk for a bit while waiting for rescue, and being a little tipsy confesses that she has doubts about her relationship with her boyfriend. Moments later, they share an unforgettable kiss right before their rescue. When the doors open, Kennedy makes her escape.
Months later, who does Matt's workaholic brother Justin bring home for Christmas, but Kennedy, his new fiance. Then Justin is called back to work and he decides Kennedy should stay and get to know his family. And Matt's not too happy either. He doesn't trust Kennedy and he is protective of his family.
Kennedy is an adorable character. She's sweet and wants her business to thrive, but she wants love and family most. She told Justin about the kiss in the elevator and they worked thru that, but when she spends time with Matt while he's gone, she becomes confused. She cares for Justin who is a nice guy, but he takes her for granted and she lets a lot slide while ignoring her doubts. Matt is hard on Kennedy at first, but he hasn't forgotten the girl in the elevator whose glasses slid down her nose nor the kiss they shared. And as Justin's absence prolongs and Christmas approaches, the more they learn to care about each other.
The story touches the heart. It's about family life with it's up and downs, and the main couple eventually have to do some serious soul searching. And of course, it's about finding that someone who makes you feel like forever is within reach. Kennedy and Matt's story is a breezy holiday read filled with fun and engaging characters, sparkling chemistry, and the joys of finding love with the right somebody at Christmas. This is my first time reading Ms Shirk, but it won't be my last.
Kennedy grew silent again. She began chewing her bottom lip. His eyes automatically dropped to her mouth, and for the forty-eighth time since being trapped together, he thought about kissing some sense into that anxious brain of hers.
“You’re right.” Her words were so soft, he wasn’t sure she’d spoken them. “He’s wonderful. Really awesome. But honestly…” She gave him a sharp if slightly tipsy look. “I’ve never said this to anyone, so you can’t tell a soul.”
He gave her a droll look. “Who am I going to tell?”
She stared him down for several seconds as if judging his sincerity. “Cross your heart?”
“Cross my heart,” he repeated, making the motion against his chest.
“Okay.” She bit her lip. “It’s just that…sometimes I doubt we’re meant for each other.”
“Yes. I know it’s crazy,” she murmured. “Especially since I can’t afford for my software to be wrong.”
Before he could respond, the lights overhead flickered. Her head whipped up toward the ceiling. “Thank God!” The elated expression on her face reminded him of a child watching fireworks go off. “We’re finally going to get out of here,” she squealed.
“Yeah…awesome.” Matt swallowed hard. He should be happy, too. Why the hell wasn’t he happy? He’d finally be out of this cramped elevator and away from this anxiety-ridden woman with her boyfriend issues. But instead, all he could do was bank down a strange sense of disappointment at the thought of her walking through those elevator doors and him never seeing her again.
He stood first then held out his hand to help her up. Her palm met his, and he tugged just as the elevator began to move again, causing them to lose their balance. His back slammed against the wall, and she fell into his arms.
“Nice catch,” she said with a laugh, obviously still feeling the effects of the champagne.
Matt held on to her, his heart beating wildly. Having her in his arms ignited all kinds of thoughts, all kinds of feelings. Naughty thoughts. Good feelings. His gaze captured hers for a long moment until eventually her smiling face grew serious, too. Then his conscience tapped him on the shoulder.
What the hell do you think you’re doing? it said. You’ve both been drinking. And she has a boyfriend.
He’d always hated his conscience.
Matt didn’t move. The elevator was going to open soon. They would be free to leave separately or leave together. There was still a choice. Growing up, he had always been the one to toe the line. Do what was right for everyone else in his life. But so help him, he didn’t want to do that this time. Maybe it was the alcohol, but he wanted her. True, the woman had a boyfriend—a neglectful boyfriend—but still, there were rules for that sort of thing, weren’t there? Like what if…
He kissed her.
Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.
She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.
Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.