Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Make Me a Match by Lori Brighton

Title: Make Me a Match
Series: The Matchmaker (#1)
Author: Lori Brighton
From: Netgalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: November 2013
Challenges: 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Teenager Emma Watts doesn’t believe in true love. After all, she’s worked for two years in her family’s P.I. business catching cheating husband’s in the act. Then Owen Emerson arrives (while she’s in the middle of a stakeout, no less) claiming Emma has inherited a deceased aunt’s ability to supernaturally match soul-mates. Emma wants nothing to do with her aunt’s powers, nor with the frustrating and perfectly handsome Owen Emerson. Too bad she’s stuck with both for the rest of her life. Owen Emerson is a Protector, a person fated to protect Matchmakers for eternity. A guy who does things by the book, Owen figures he’ll rationally explain to Emma her newfound abilities and they can have the professional relationship he’d had with her much older aunt. But as he soon finds out Emma Watts is anything but professional. Fortunately, when she has her first vision matching two friends she has no alternative but to believe Owen’s claims. But Owen isn’t the only one interested in Emma. When the supernatural world discovers how to exploit Emma’s matchmaking abilities for their own, she has no choice but to trust the man who holds her life, and her heart, in his hands.

Make Me a Match is a random pick from my Kindle (it has to happen sometimes when I just can't settle on something to read). It was a good read, though I wasn't blown away by it but it was a solid read and I didn't feel like I didn't want to finish at any time. 

The magic system in Make Me a Match was interesting. There was clearly a wider supernatural world out there than there was shown in the book, which was intrigueing and well thought out. The two main characters, Emma and Owen, had different types of magic and learning about those was interesting. 

One thing I really struggled with was the characters' ages. At the beginning of the book Emma is 17, her sister Lizzie is 16 and Owen is 19. They just all seemed to be more mature than their ages and while I was reading my imagination was making them that bit older. I realise that the three of them went through some rough things to make them that way, but it just didn't gel for me. 

While there was a romance between the two lead characters it was only a small part of the story, and they were both ridicolously stubborn on admitting that they liked one another. There were other issues in the way as well and I'm still a little unsure how they were worked out, but it was an interesting twist. 

I enjoyed reading, and would be interested in reading more for certain!