Feb 20, 2014

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Review: A Matchless Romance by Christi Barth (Aisle Bound #4)

amatchlessromance3 star

Contemporary Romance
February 17 2014
174 pages
Carina Press
Received from publisher via NetGalley

Yummy Man – Drew Watson
Kick Ass Chick – Tabitha Bell

From Goodreads –
Tabitha Bell is the face of Chicago’s premiere matchmaking service. At least, she hopes it will be someday, once business really takes off. What she needs is more clients, so when she meets a sexy gamer in need of help, it’s the perfect opportunity.

His discomfort talking to women almost cost Drew Watson his job. He’d be happy holed up in his office, designing blockbuster video games, but his boss considers talking to investors a nonnegotiable requirement. Who better than a matchmaker to teach him how to be comfortable around the opposite sex? Trouble is, Drew wants to get more than comfortable with Tabitha, while she’s determined to keep their relationship all business.

Soon Tabitha learns that beneath the geek-chic hoodie lies six feet of sexy physique—and the more time she spends with Drew, the more she appreciates his brainy brand of charm. Will she succumb to his sweet-but-nerdy charm offensive or will it be game over before he can win her heart?


A Matchless Romance is the fourth and final book in Christi Barth’s Aisle Bound series.  This is a series that focuses on a group of friends who own or run businesses that have to do with weddings or romance.  I like this idea for a contemporary romance series.  To have the characters surrounded by love while dealing with love (or the lack of) in their own lives makes for interesting stories.

This latest installment is about the newest member of the Aisle Bound team, Tabitha.  She was hired as a matchmaker.  I like how she does her job.  You can really feel as though she cares about the people she is trying to help.  I did find her to be a solid character.  Her mother’s career choice is not something a daughter can easily get away from and this has definitely caused Tabitha to have some confidence issues.  But she is pretty good at faking it, coming across as a strong and very intelligent woman.

Drew is her HEA and he is great.  A video game designer, he is clueless around women.  He literally runs into Tabitha and immediately sparks fly.  He feels he is in trouble at work with his female boss so he asks Tabitha to coach him how to be around women so he won’t lose his job.  He’s not looking for love and of course that is when love comes to find you.  Drew had some seriously cute and awkward moments in this story.  His lack of social skills makes him completely charming.  I just absolutely loved him.

It was great seeing all of the characters from past book and it really fit this time as the main event in this book is Ben and ivy’s wedding, the couple from book one.  For those of you who like a series that keeps tabs on past couples, you’ll like this one.

The only thing that really caught me off guard was how quickly the ending came.  I was reading on my husband’s iPad via the Kindle app since this review copy didn’t work on my Kobo and I glanced down and noticed that I was, according to the app, going to finish this book in ten minutes.  Well, the couple had just had their mandatory fight (a fight I really didn’t get or see what the big deal was over) so I thought there was no way the book would finish that soon.  I mean, you need to have your discussions, your breakdowns, your resolve and your happy ending.  Well bang, the ending came almost out of nowhere.  Yes, it is an amazing ending.  Very sweet.  But still, I felt it was way too abrupt.

But overall, A Matchless Romance was a cute read.  This entire series is made up of cute and quick stories.  I would say these are good easy weekend or beach reads.  Christi is an author with tons of potential and her writing voice is getting stronger and stronger.  I will definitely check out the next romance series she writes.

3.5 stars

Books in the Aisle Bound series –
Planning for Love
A Fine Romance
Friends to Lovers
A Matchless Romance


  1. Nice review Julie, it does sound sweet, but I dislike rushed endings.

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