by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

August 2005
ISBN: 0-06-073455-8
Reviewer Graphic Button William Morrow

Susan Elizabeth Phillips fans better be sure that their beach tote is empty because her new release will be the perfect beach read. Match Me If You Can is the story of super star sports agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger a young woman on the edge of making her matchmaking service Perfect for You a huge success.

Heath is good looking, successful, and ready to give up his playboy lifestyle and settle into married life. Heath always tries to do things in the most expedient manner possible, so he has hired himself a matchmaker. The woman he hires is Portia Powers of Power Matches…not Annabelle. However Annabelle knowing that she needs a big name to help get her fledgling business off the ground decides that Heath could use two matchmakers, and is determined to do what it takes to sign him as a client.

Once Heath is signed, sealed, and delivered as a client of Perfect for You life begins to get really interesting. Heath has certain demands on his matchmaker, and while unconventional Annabelle finds herself agreeing more than she finds herself standing her ground and keeping the relationship strictly professional.

Heath isn’t the only man looking for a match. His friend/bodyguard Bodie Gray is also attracted to one of Heath’s matchmakers. Fortunately for him it’s not Annabelle but Portia who attracts his attentions. Their relationship is every bit as unconventional as Heath’s and Annabelle’s.

Ms. Phillips has written a story that has readers laughing, crying, and rooting for the underdog throughout. All too often the hero and the heroine seem to fall for each other and things neatly fall into place. With Match Me if You Can Annabelle and Heath have to work for love, and even when it’s staring them in the face still have their doubts. However readers know that their relationship is one that will last forever and encompass many great adventures.

It is also with great pleasure that I can say the subplot of Portia and Bodie is nicely settled. They are secondary characters who while powerful and could have easily had their own story, in the end are content to settle in their roles as supporting players.

Match Me If You Can will make a great addition to the shelves of Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s fans that have the previous Chicago Stars books on their keeper shelves.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Sandi.

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