Title: A Matchless Man (Lexington Lovers #2)
Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 1, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 224
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
None of the matches caught his eye as much as the matchmaker himself.
Growing up poorer than poor didn’t leave Navashen Bhattathiri many options for life outside of school. All of his concentration was on keeping his scholarships. Sixteen years later, he’s fulfilled his dream and become a doctor. Now he’s returning home to Lexington and is ready to prove himself to the world. In doing so, he reconnects with Brent Carpenter—high school classmate, real estate agent, all-around great guy… and closet matchmaker.
Brent makes it his mission to help Navashen develop a social life and meet available, interesting men. Unfortunately Navashen’s schedule is unpredictable, and few of those available, interesting men value his dedication like Brent does. Brent’s unfailing friendship and support convince Navashen he’s the one, but can he capture Brent’s heart when the matchmaker is focused on finding Navashen another man?
This book started off really well and at a good pace, but somewhere after halfway through it started to slow down and fizzle for me; and unfortunately, I’m not talking about the good fizzles you get from eating Pop Rocks.
What I did like about the book:
- The flow of the story was fine; that is up until the end. (see below for explanation)
- I enjoyed the cultural differences between the two characters and the seemingly real life family stress.
- I really like the story line involving Navashen’s brother, Akshat; it is really sweet and endearing. I truly think that is what kept in reading this story. I wanted to know how things would work out for Akshat, and see him strive towards independence despite his mothers’ overprotectiveness.
What I didn’t like:
- In certain areas throughout the book I felt like the author was being redundant.
- I felt like the author rushed the ending in regards to the conflict and resolution.
- The chemistry between Navashen and Brent was… meh.
- The blurb made me believe that Brent was a matchmaker (with supporting stories to back it) and unfortunately, that is not the case. There is possibly one case of his old college roommate. Other than that, he was just introducing Navashen to his friends.
- IMO it was the antagonist and plot that killed it for me. It was their mother of course! She’s set in her ways and then you throw in her Indian culture and you have a PITA! However, most of her bitchiness is directed towards Akshat. Therefore, for her to put her two cents in about Brent and Navashen’s relationship, and for him to immediately break things off with Nav, was too much.
This book could have been really good instead of dying off like it did in the end. I just didn’t understand Brent’s reasoning of why he breaks up with Nav, especially since the author doesn’t go into great detail. I know it has something to do with his ex-wife not standing up to her mother when she was talking shit about Brent. Other than that, the author doesn’t give any explanation. So, I have no idea what his ex-mother-in-laws’ problem was with him. Maybe if the author divulged some of that, then I might have understood Brent’s reaction better. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
In the end, while I was happy that both Brent and Navashen get their HEA, I was left with a feeling with: “Seriously, that is it?!?”
Just an FYI: If you are looking for a book that is hot and steamy, this is not it. To give you any indication, we have hand holding…I repeat hand holding at 71%. It is only until around the 90% mark that they finally get physical, and since it was so close to the end… that is all folks. I am not saying that a book needs the physical aspect of things to do well. In fact, I have read many books that don’t have it and do well without it. With that said, those books have a great plot; this one does not, at least not for me.