Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review ~ THE MARRIAGE MATCH by Tracy March

The Marriage Match (Suddenly Smitten, #3)
by: Tracy March
Series: Suddenly Smitten
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled Bliss via NetGalley

Hot bachelor seeks bride…

Resort tycoon Trent Hawthorne is looking for a wife. His all-business, no-nonsense grandmother (and the matriarch of the small town of Maple Creek) has selected three potential brides―all beautiful and approved. Each “fantasy date” will take place in a lush Caribbean setting, filmed like a reality show to promote the Hawthorne family’s chain of resorts. All of Trent's hopes for love combined with a clever marketing gimmick…what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, all it takes is a kiss. A sizzling, sweet-as-sin kiss. But Cynthia Sawyer isn't one of the bachelorettes, and she's definitely not supposed to be making out with her boss's sexy grandson. Not to mention it's strictly against company policy. But Cynthia has her own reasons for hooking Trent up with a bride who isn’t her as soon as possible. And losing her heart is a price that she's willing to pay…
Having loved the first two books in Tracy March's Suddenly Smitten Series, I was very much looking forward to seeing how Trent and Cyn's journey mapped out.  And whilst it was sweet, romantic and both were endearing characters, unfortunately it just didn't grab me in the same way Cole and Liza and Paige and Lane's stories did.

"Someone who captivates me with every little thing about her.  Someone who makes me want to be better than I am - perfect for her."

We've met Cyn and Trent before, although The Marriage Match can be read alone.  Cyn's the down-to-earth, fun, ex-goth daughter of a librarian and preacher, Trent’s the wealthy, thoughtful, unaffected, resort tycoon.  When his Gran, 'The Queen' decides it's time for him to settle down, she tasks, and incentivises, Cyn with finding him his bride whilst creating a marketing campaign for the resort at the same time, Bachelor style.  But with a mutual attraction and Cyn's need to complete The Queen's task, it's not necessarily going to be plain sailing.

"I got really carried away.  I blurred the lines between on-camera and off-camera and went way too far."

Together they had a lovely chemistry and you can't not want them to find their way to one another, but whilst certain parts of the story held my interest, mainly the growing feelings between Trent and Cyn, I must confess on the whole it struggled to hold me captive.  If I'm honest, I dislike reality TV in real life, so this may have contributed to why.  Plus, certain phrases began to niggle; 'for sure' and 'for real', just seemed too well used.  However, the last 30% was what I'd have liked to have seen much earlier and the ending was lovely, plus seeing our previous couples make small appearances, Paige in particular, added content.  Tracy March has wrapped the series up nicely, I just needed a little bit more earlier on.

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**

Rating: 3

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