Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review: Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves

Title:  Heartstrings and Diamond Rings
Author:  Jane Graves
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Pages:  400
Published:  October 2011
Publisher:  Grand Central
Source:  NetGalley
Where to Buy:  Amazon



In a world full of frogs, Alison Carter is determined to find her prince. Maybe her dating past is more Titanic than Love Boat, but she's seen enough happy marriages to know that true love is possible. No matter what, she won't give up on happily-ever-after. If she can't find Mr. Right, she'll simply hire someone who can.


When Brandon Scott inherits a successful matchmaking business, he thinks his prayers have been answered. Set up a few lonely ladies, collect the fee, how hard can it be? No one needs to know he's not really a professional matchmaker-especially not his first client, the beautiful, spirited Alison. Soon he's falling for her-and her dreams of kids and carpools. But Alison is getting close to figuring out his secret, and if she learns he's deceived her too, she'll walk right out the door, taking Brandon's heart with her.

After a series of EXTREMELY bad dates and relationships Alison decides it's time for a change.  She recruits the help of a matchmaker to find her perfect someone.  When she goes to meet the woman she's hired, she's stocked to find out that she's actually a he.

Brandon has inherited his Grandmother's business and looking to make a few quick bucks he decides to try his hand at matchmaking.  Couldn't be that hard right?  Pick up a few files and introduce a few clients to one another for an easy paycheck.

Sadly for Brandon he's WAY off base and ends up getting himself into more "trouble" then he could possibly imagine.  With the help of his best friend and partner in a real estate venture they being sorting through the files to find Alison her future husband.  Oh, this is where the funny stuff starts!  Bad date after bad date, Alison is starting to worry that Brandon won't be able to make a match.

The banter between these two is amazing, and the budding chemistry that they are both fighting is great.  I loved the interaction between Alison and Brandon, how she helps him get his Grandmother's house ready for a house tour and recruits her father to pitch in.  I loved the secondary characters, especially Alison's father.

A great easy to read contemporary romance, this was the perfect curl up book on a snowy afternoon.  This is the second book by Jane Graves I've had the chance to read and I'll definitely been looking for more works by her.  For anyone who loves a fun contemporary, this is one you should check out.

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