TWO 5 Star and ONE 4 Star Review for Miss Match by Fiona Riley #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Miss Match
Author Name & Publisher: Fiona Riley (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 240 pgs


When Samantha Monteiro launched Perfect Match, Inc. a few years ago, she never imagined her matchmaking business would be booming while her own love life floundered. When her business partner drags her out of hiding to attend the wedding of one of their successful client matches, she meets a dancer with a dark past and a penchant for secrecy who excites her in a way she hadn’t thought possible. Samantha wonders if Lucinda Moss is the key to solving not one but two matches that have eluded Samantha since everything around her fell apart or if she is destined to find love for everyone but herself.
In a world where nothing is constant, Lucinda has learned to keep herself emotionally at arm’s length and given up on the chance to find true happiness. Can the notorious Miss Match help her forget her troubled past?

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Lucinda and Samantha meet at a wedding and  immediately hit it off.  Samantha runs a dating agency, Miss Match, and Lucinda is an advertising executive and both have sworn off relationships.  That is until they find they can’t keep their hands off each other and walls and barriers begin to fall.  When Sam asks Lucinda to help a client relax through dance they get to spend more time together and find they can’t be apart.  The steamy scenes between them were ultra hot and very descriptive.  This lady knows how to write erotic literature! I wanted them to be together and for a happily-ever-after, but there were a few hurdles in the way, namely some awful homophobic, misogynistic men who were determined to get in the way of true love.  They both had problems from the past to deal with and how they dealt with these really lifted this novel to a higher level.
This was a beautiful love story, chock full of love and emotion and I felt I had a big grin on my face the whole time I was reading it.  I adored both main characters as they were strong, independant women with good hearts and were just waiting for the right person to come along and make them whole.  I felt I smiled for days after reading this wonderful book.
 Kitty Kat
A blistering book, passionate, beautifully written, strong believable characters and plenty of hot spirited sex. A definite must read for all lesbians and any woman who believes in love.
All of the above with a great story line, one that keeps you involved from beginning to end. Just when you think you know whats happened and whose to blame, wham, Ms Riley’s entertaining plot proves you wrong!!!
Both character have strong personalities and hidden depths as well as closely guarded secrets and anguished past encounters.
The sex scenes are scorching but are an intricate part of the story, not just added for titivation.
A really delightful book, a pleasure to read and one I can thoroughly recommend.
This was a sweet romance, but missed the mark a bit. Lucinda and Samantha are drawn to one another, unable to stem the fascination each feels for the other. It makes them continue to get closer even when their pasts and fears tell them to run. Lucinda has abandonment issues, always losing those she loves, and she has to conquer her fear of loss to allow herself to become open to Samantha. Samantha has trust issues, as well as family issues, mostly stemming from a disapproving, overbearing mother. Each seems to complete the other, to fill up all the hollow spaces, but a part of me thinks it was too easy. Each of these characters has serious emotional scars, but there seems to be very little struggle to overcome them. We don’t really see a reason or a logical train of events that allows them to get past their fears; it’s almost like once they find each other, those issues cease to affect their decision making. I would have liked to see their strength of character show in how they got past those issues. That said, both Lucinda and Samantha are extremely likable and you can’t help but urge success for their relationship. I also really liked the dance aspect within the book. It made me want to dance along with them. Overall, I liked the book.


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Fiona Riley was born and raised in New England where she is a medical professional and part-time professor when she isn’t bonding with her laptop over words. She went to college in Boston and never left, starting a small business that takes up all of her free time, much to the dismay of her ever patient and lovely wife. When she pulls herself away from her work, she likes to catch up on the contents of her ever-growing DVR or take a walk with her dog.

Fiona’s love for writing started at a young age and blossomed after she was published in a poetry competition at the ripe old age of twelve. She wrote lots of short stories and poetry for many years until it was time for college and a “real job.” Fiona found herself with a bachelor’s, a doctorate, and a day job, but felt like she had stopped nurturing the one relationship that had always made her feel the most complete: artist, dreamer, writer. A series of bizarre events afforded her with some unexpected extra time and she found herself reaching for her favorite blue notebook to write, never looking back.

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