Series: Aisle Bound

Review: A Matchless Romance by Christi Barth

Posted February 17, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 3 Comments

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Review: A Matchless Romance by Christi BarthA Matchless Romance by Christi Barth
Series: Aisle Bound #4
Published by Carina Press on February 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 127
Source: Author
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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?

This was a bittersweet story for me as it marks the end of a series I’ve very much enjoyed. Though it was short, it packed a lot in the final conclusion.


The setup
Tabitha Bell is a matchmaker with an extraordinary family history (I’ll leave that for your discovery). She’s new to Aisle Bound and her services are a perfect fit for the wedding planning and romance business. Drew Watson is the creator of one of the most popular video games on the market. He’s just signed on with a company to help bring his current brainchild to retail shelves but the handsome, geeky nerd is flailing because of his social ineptness.


The issues
When Drew literally runs into Tabitha on the streets of Chicago (after he turns off an important investor), it doesn’t take long for both of them to figure out karma is at work. As she puts together a plan for him, Tabitha struggles with her own attraction to Drew and staying professional to get the job done in time for an upcoming investor meeting.


What worked for me
The story is hilarious and the romance gets steamy pretty fast. I loved how Tabitha could immediately see beyond Drew’s geeky-ness and appreciate his wonderful qualities. And, she had no desire to change him…just bring out the best of him. Even when he starts being a “babe magnet”, he only has eyes for Tabitha.

The ending was wonderful as all of the couples from the entire series had a role in the story, complete with what was next for them.


The bottom line
If you like geeky/nerdy heroes, you’ll enjoy this book. Drew’s very special (he is no slouch in the bedroom) and Tabitha was the perfect match for him. Typical of Christi’s stories, they were two extremely appealing characters. It was a fitting end to a funny and romantic series.




About Christi Barth

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance.

Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

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Posted February 13, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted April 5, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted April 5, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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