Contemporary Fiction, Review

Matched Online by Julie Jarnagin, Lacy Williams, Susan Crawford, Robin Patchen

Matched Online anthologyIn this four-book anthology, join four friends on a journey to find the perfect guy—online.

With their ten-year high school reunion on the horizon, four girlfriends make a pact to find reunion dates through online dating.

But nothing is simple when they are Matched Online…

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Dates by Lacy Williams

How to Lose a Guy in 10 DatesSingle mom Angela thought she was ready to date again, but several disastrous online matches have her reeling. And it turns out she’s more attracted to the handsome coffeeshop barista than any of her dates.

Drew Scheffield is only in town for the summer, looking for a distraction from debilitating grief. But as he gets to know Angela he discovers his heart isn’t as dead as he thought.

As Angela’s online dates continue to go wrong, she falls for Drew. Will Angela lose the perfect guy in 10 dates?

A Package Deal by Robin Patchen

A Package Deal by Robin PatchenIt’s been years since her cancer treatments, and Jo is finally ready to move past her illness and try dating again. Her first online match seems perfect, except for a mysterious call that has him ending the date early.

Carter should have been upfront with Jo about his five-year-old daughter. Now that he’s falling for her, he fears telling her will push her away.

When they learn the truth, can Jo and Carter accept each other’s package deal?

Rival Hearts by Susan Crawford

Rival Hearts by Susan CrawfordAfter a senior-year humiliation, the only thing that could’ve brought Morgan home is her passion to bring a much-needed food bank to town. Somehow, she got wrangled into being on the reunion committee. And into a pact to find a reunion date online.

Sparks fly when she’s paired with her high school rival—the man who ruined her life. Slater is not the same class jokester he used to be. When he sees Morgan again, he wants forgiveness—and something more.

Can Morgan open her heart to the former rival who might just be her perfect match?

Engaged by Friday by Julie Jarnagin

Engaged by Friday by Julie JarnaginCan a fake engagement lead to lasting love?

After her boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Mary Beth wants nothing to do with her ten-year high school reunion. Especially because if she shows up without a date, she’ll lose a bet with her high school nemesis.

Christian is too busy with his camping equipment startup to date—until his sister sets him up online. The chance connection could help his business—if he agrees to Mary Beth’s dramatic request that he pretend to be her fiancé.

But when make-believe becomes something more, they must decide if this new love can last…

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My Thoughts

Why do those high school insecurities cling to us for so long? They are dormant for years and yet they can flare back up at any encounter with a former classmate. These four small town friends are determined to bolster their confidence by finding dates for their ten-year reunion… even if that means online dating!

I’m not a single mom but I do recognize mom-guilt and Angela has a bad case of it! She’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders and it’s not hard for her friends to convince her that she needs some fun in her life. Unfortunately, Angela’s dates flop one by one at the small town coffeeshop.

Barista Drew caught my interest from the first time Angela met him and she might deny it but I think she noticed him, too! Drew is definitely denying the attraction but he can’t resist the drive to protect a vulnerable single mom and her little boy. He may look like a bad boy but Drew has a heart of gold.

Jo has a characteristic few leading ladies can claim, she has spent years of her life battling an illness. I especially enjoyed discovering the ways her physical weakness have inspired her fierce drive for independence. Sadly, Jo feels unworthy of a happily ever after.

Carter doesn’t want to risk his little girl’s heart on another person who will just break it and walk away. With his parents standing in the gap by providing loving care for his daughter while he works, Carter only plans to go on one date to appease his mother’s matchmaking.

Morgan sees herself as the black sheep in their small town and after graduation, she vowed to leave and never come back. She puts on a strong independent front but her artistic inspiration has fizzled as bitterness over a damaging prank took root.

When it was time to grow out of the “pick on the girls because you like them” phase, Slater was a late bloomer. His prankster ways earned him the opposite reaction his heart desired from a special one of a kind beauty. Slater seizes the opportunity to make it right, seek her forgiveness, and hope for something more.

Mary Beth is convinced she’s safe from the online dating pact until her boyfriend breaks up with her instead of popping the question. Bless her heart that’s bad enough but the rumor mill goes to town with news of the proposal and she has to find a home for a sweet rescue dog or risk being kicked out by the land lady.

A date with Christian is Mary Beth’s last chance to save face at the reunion but he just wants to focus on getting his business off the ground. He is a brilliant man yet he could learn a thing or two about matters of the heart. Mary Beth and Christian make a plan to benefit them both but falling in love isn’t part of the plan.

Sure, these stories are sweet and entertaining individually but why have one sweet when you could be enjoying a big delicious dessert? Plus books have zero calories so, get them all and indulge in the reading equivalent of having your cake and eating it, too!

I requested the opportunity to read and review these titles through the authors. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Authors

Lacy WilliamsLacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. She loves dogs, reading, hiking, and watching movies.

Her debut novel won ACFW’s prestigious Genesis award before being published. She promises readers happily-ever-afters guaranteed.

Lacy combines her love of dogs with her passion for literacy by volunteering with her therapy dog Mr. Bingley in a local Kids Reading to Dogs program.

Lacey Williams website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Robin PatchenRobin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ.

Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Robin Patchen website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Susan CrawfordSusan Crawford is an author of inspirational contemporary romance and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Susan lives in Oklahoma City, where she happily crams writing in between being a wife, mom, and small business owner.

Susan lives in Oklahoma City, where she happily crams writing in between being a wife, mom, and small business owner.

Susan Crawford website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Julie JarnaginJulie Jarnagin is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet and inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched.

These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Julie Jarnagin website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Have you ever been reluctant to attend a class reunion? 

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