Series: Almost Bad Boys, #1
Author: A.O. Peart
Publication Date: November 7, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Humor
Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits?
THEIR HEARTBREAKING PAST WILL MOVE YOU. THEIR PASSION WILL MAKE YOU BLUSH. THEIR ANTICS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD.
Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she’s cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills.
Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him—maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse.
Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did?
Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself?
Or will they settle somewhere in the middle—establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love?
This contemporary romantic comedy blends humor, sensuality, and angst, with zany characters and witty dialogue.
***Warning: contains sexual situations (some quite vivid!), profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and there is a lot of appletini and beer drinking.
May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prudes and killjoys with no sense of humor***
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
I’m really sad that I’m giving Almost Matched 2 stars. First, because it was written by a local author. Second, because it had so much potential. The first two chapters were cute and funny. I loved the way Natalie and Colin met and their traffic run in. But then the story started to fall flat for me.
I didn’t really find Natalie and her friends’ conversations funny. It wasn’t the sexual nature of their joking around, but the forced feeling of it. It didn’t feel natural. It also felt like the author was including a bunch of information about Natalie’s friends for future stories about them, but the information didn’t really add anything to Natalie and Colin’s story.
Natalie and Colin’s chemistry was apparent in the first part of the book, but then it kind of fizzled toward the end. I blame it on the change in the tone of the story. Almost Matched went from romantic NA comedy to angsty NA romance. The shift just didn’t work for me. I also found it weird that their first sexual encounter was an entire chapter by itself, titled “BONUS CHAPTER: A PEAK INTO COLIN AND NATALIE’S FIRST NIGHT TOGETHER”. I’m not sure why there would be a bonus chapter in the middle of a book or why their first encounter wasn’t just included as a regular part of the story.
It makes me sad to say this, but I didn’t enjoy Almost Matched enough to want to read the next book in the series, Almost Broken Up. I’m happy leaving Natalie and Colin where Almost Matched left them.