Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except...when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.
Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed "right match" might just be the wrong brother.
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Wrong Brother, Right Match
An Anyone but You Novel
By Jennifer Shirk, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Jennifer Shirk
All rights reserved.
Kennedy Pepperdine's life could not be more perfect.
Well, technically it could be, she supposed. That half-baked rival matchmaking firm that opened up six months ago could go belly-up, and then her life really would be set. But for right now, her business, Match Made Easy, was holding its own, she'd just delivered a successful presentation on her new matchmaking software, and — best of all — she was in love.
Thoughts drifting to her perfect boyfriend, Kennedy pulled out her cell phone as she made her way through the Chairman's Lounge of the Bellagio hotel. Since arriving in Vegas for the Creative Technology Developer Conference four days ago, she and Justin had only had time to exchange voicemail messages. Justin worked at the Briarwood Investments firm in Boston, and he had been adamant about it being the worst possible time to leave and that his workload simply would not allow it.
Although disappointed, she couldn't fault him for wanting to get ahead in his firm. She felt the same way about her own business. They were both workaholics, they both wanted 2.5 kids and a dog, and they shared the same Game of Thrones TV-watching obsession — which was why they were so perfect for each other.
Her matchmaking software was obviously a success.
She'd tested it on herself early in its initial phase, which was how she met Justin in the first place. It was just the break she needed for her company. The numbers proved Match Made Easy was taking a hit from the competition, so she'd needed to come up with something fast before her business was in real danger. However, now she needed to get back to her hotel room. Her feet throbbed, and her mouth was dry from speaking. All she wanted to do was share her day with Justin and take a long, hot bath. But as soon as she tapped his name on her cell phone, it rang once and went right to voicemail. Again.
She gritted her teeth. At this rate, she considered herself going steady with that stupid automated message.
"Hi, sweetie, it's me — Kennedy. Again." She winced at herself for adding the "again" part. She never wanted to be one of those petulant girlfriend types. "Um, I just finished my presentation and everything went great. Just wanted you to know my flight leaves early tomorrow morning. Can't wait to see you." And finally speak to you. "Hope everything is good. Miss you." She clicked her phone off and tossed it in her purse.
Not a big deal, she reminded herself for the sixth time this weekend. Lots of executive couples went days — weeks, even — without speaking to each other. A part of today's urban culture. It had absolutely nothing to do with him not missing her. Except ...
Wouldn't he have tried to call her in the middle of the night? Wouldn't he have needed to hear her voice at least once during her trip? Maybe even when he first woke up in the morning before he got out of bed and started his day?
No. No way. She refused to let any more doubt cloud her opinion of him or their relationship. He was handsome and driven and everything she was looking for in a man. So what if he couldn't find the time to call her?
She picked up her pace to the elevator and counted herself lucky — dang lucky — for even finding such a focused, hardworking boyfriend. The man was a complete prince and always there for her when she truly needed him.
She glanced around the spacious entryway. The elevators were off to the left. She hated elevators — actually, she hated small spaces in general. Much like airplanes, they were a necessary evil in life, so she dashed in that direction. She was already contemplating her exact room service order when she saw the up elevator doors open, but then they almost immediately began to close again.
Oh, no! "Hold the elevator, please!" She pressed her briefcase to her chest as her heels pounded the marble flooring as fast as her tippy toes would allow.
Just when she thought she'd missed her chance and would be stuck waiting, a large hand shot out, keeping the doors from closing. Thank goodness. The elevators were beyond slow because of the huge conference crowd. Huffing and puffing — she really should visit her cousin's gym more — she stumbled into the elevator with dizzying relief.
She caught her breath and finally looked up into the eyes of her saving grace, only to have her lungs deflate all over again. Oh, dear heaven above. She actually melted a little, grateful the wall of the elevator kept her somewhat upright. Elevator Guy was ridiculously gorgeous. So gorgeous that despite the jeans, sensible blue collared shirt, and blazer ensemble he was sporting, she still had to wonder if he was a headliner at the Chippendales show next door. He had sandy brown hair that was in need of a good trim and just a teensy bit of facial hair that was somewhere between a five o'clock shadow and a short beard. All that combined with the intensely serious expression on his face made him seem just a little bit dangerous. But dangerous in a good way.
A very good way.
That is, if she were into handsome, dangerous men and wasn't already in a fantastic relationship with a handsome man of her own.
The hunk suddenly shifted away and sent her a hesitant smile. That's when she realized she was gawking. Great, he didn't even know her, and she was already labeled a stalker. She could only hope drool wasn't glistening off her chin.
She cleared her throat and tried to rectify her first impression. "Um, thanks for holding the elevator."
"My pleasure," he said, his deep voice vibrating through her chest. "What floor?"
"Floor? Why do you want to know my floor?"
He simply raised a brown eyebrow.
Oh. Right. He was going to press the button for her. Duh. Heat rushed to her cheeks. "Twenty-four, please." Snap out of it, Kennedy.
He pressed her floor number for her and — just out of curiosity, mind you — she noticed he was going to one floor above hers. Or most likely to his girlfriend's floor. A giant bottle of champagne was secured under his arm and two champagne flutes dangled from his left hand. He was probably heading up there now to surprise her.
She would have given anything to have Justin surprise her like that. He rarely did anything spontaneous. She was about to berate herself for thinking such negative thoughts when the lights flickered a few times then went out completely.
The elevator came to an abrupt stop, and she braced her hand on the wall to keep from losing her balance.
"Oh my gosh, what's happening?" she choked out. Her pulse skyrocketed. Immediate thoughts went to the chance there was a broken elevator cable or a possible fire. Or a terrorist plot! Unfortunately, being an avid movie watcher, she knew a little too well all the countless tragedies associated with elevators.
Her briefcase fell to the floor with a thud, and she held her head in both hands, trying to take deep, slow breaths. The air already seemed thin. Ohmygosh, she was going to die. She was going to suffocate if she didn't drop to her death first. She never had a chance to say good-bye to her family, her friends. To Justin. She had to escape.
Hands poised and ready to begin clawing her way out, she suddenly noticed Elevator Guy turn on the flashlight app on his cell phone and press the emergency button. Using the light to guide him, he flipped a small metal latch beneath the floor buttons and pulled out a hidden phone, as if getting stuck in an elevator was an everyday occurrence for him.
Oh, no. Maybe he 's the terrorist! She felt even woozier.
"Hello," he said into the receiver. He listened for a few seconds then began pressing each floor button in a slow, methodical sequence. "No, none of the buttons are working, and yes, everyone here is fine." With a raised eyebrow, he cast a wary side glance her way. "Relatively fine."
Hey! Now, what is that supposed to mean?
She planted her fists on her hips and bore a hole right through the side of his head with her glare. This guy wasn't nearly as handsome as she'd originally thought. Not at all. He was only marginally handsome at best.
"Okay, we'll sit tight, then," he said into the phone. "Thanks for your help." He hung up and turned to her. "The good news is they know that we're here and that the elevator is stuck."
Her shoulders wilted. "What's the bad news, then?"
"We might be here awhile until they figure out what the glitch is."
She blinked. "Glitch? This is a multimillion-dollar, five-hundred-foot hotel. We are stuck here with no food, water, or bathroom for who knows how long, and they're calling that a glitch?"
"Apparently so." Elevator Guy sank down on the floor, making himself comfortable.
This is so not happening. No, no, no. She shook her head. This would not do. She was not going to just sit here and wait as he used up all her oxygen. The walls felt like they were closing in like a trash compactor. She wiped her perspiring forehead. Surely somebody could pull some strings and get things moving quicker. She whipped out her cell phone and tried to call Justin again. He would know what to do. He was smart and reliable and — unlike her companion here — compassionate.
She held the phone to her ear, tapping her toe as she waited. Pick up the phone this time. Pick up the phone. His voicemail message — the one she could recite by heart — began to play. She swore under her breath.
Startled by his question, she frowned down at Elevator Hunk. She'd almost forgotten he was there. He sat with his legs straight out, ankles crossed. His eyes were closed. He wasn't aggravated at all that he was stuck in this hot metal death trap. In fact, it seemed as if he was actually enjoying the peace and quiet. "No," she grumbled. "No luck."
He opened his eyes and patted the space beside him. "Why don't you sit? Standing isn't going to make the doors open any sooner. And besides, you're making me anxious."
She wanted to laugh. The man looked anything but tense. She, on the other hand, was a tightly wound mess. She was already having trouble catching her breath. Stress-induced asthma. That's what her doctor had labeled it the first time she experienced it. Probably just a fancy diagnosis that meant: does not deal well with unexpected problems. He advised her to get enough sleep (she was working on that), do yoga regularly (totally would do once she found the time and the flexibility), and carry a paper bag with her at all times (done). Since a nap and downward-facing dog were obviously not going to happen, she pulled out a folded brown bag from her purse and began to slowly inhale and exhale into it.
The man looked up in horror. "What are you doing?"
"What does it look like I'm doing? Chest muscles tighten, caused by" — she breathed a few more times into the bag — "high stress and anxiety. I'm claustrophobic."
He squinted as if weighing her words. "You're claustrophobic?"
"Yes," she mumbled into the bag. "I need to get out." It was a control thing. Her mind knew that. It really did — even if her body and lungs did not.
"Okay, okay, relax," he told her, holding up splayed hands.
Ha! Easy for him to say. Sitting there like a cabana boy as if all he needed in the world was a pair of Oakleys and some sun-tanning oil. She took deeper breaths in and out. "I can't relax." The bag collapsed in. "I want out." The bag expanded out again.
He sighed, and this time his voice gentled. "Look, I want out, too, but we have to be patient. Just know that we will get out, so there's nothing to panic about." His gaze captured hers, direct and unwavering. "I promise you."
She paused. Looked at him closely. "You promise?" she said into the bag.
"Okay." She nodded, and her shoulders relaxed just a smidgeon. There was something about the confidence in his "I do" that had her believing him, and it soothed her fraying nerves.
He held up the magnum of champagne he'd had under his arm from before and waved it in front of her. "I'm thinking you could use a drink."
"Great, that's all I need when there's no bathroom around."
The man pinched the bridge of his nose and sighed. "Okay, scratch that. Now I'm thinking I could use a drink." Shaking his head, he began removing the foiled top.
"Please don't take an eye out." She stepped back. "Or rather, my eye out."
He shot her a devilish grin. "Don't worry. I've handled my share of champagne bottles. The trick is in the number six."
"The number six?" Curious and a little bit thirsty, she sank down on the floor beside him.
"Yep. Six half-turns counter-clockwise of the wired cage here — also called a muselet in case you were wondering."
"I wasn't." She smiled at him.
"Right. Well, anyway, you ease the cork out with the left hand while rotating the bottle with the right. And then ..." Looking satisfied with himself, he presented the cork to her like a regular Lance Burton Master Magician wannabe. "Unlike TV, the true goal of opening champagne is to barely make a sound or spill a drop."
She pushed up her glasses and cocked her head. "Huh. You seem to know a lot about champagne. Are you a waiter or something?"
"Or something." He slowly poured the fizzing wine in each of the flutes he had with him then handed her one. "My family owns a winery."
He held out his glass, and they clinked. She tentatively took a sip and found it delicious. Elevator Guy definitely knew his wines.
"Thanks," she said. "I guess I did need this. I feel sort of bad, though. You obviously had other plans for this bottle."
He checked his watch and shrugged. "I'm sure she's given up on me by now and found new plans of her own."
"Oh. Sorry again."
"Not your fault the elevator got stuck. Besides, this bottle was a freebie. Got it at the Wine and Spirits Expo going on at the Paris across the street. This particular vendor, she loves me."
Kennedy didn't have a hard time believing that. The man looked like the type to be pretty popular with the ladies without even trying.
They both drained their glasses fairly quickly. "Might as well put this to good use," he said, picking up the bottle and topping them both off. "And I hate to even point this out, but you already stopped needing that thing." He motioned to her lap.
She looked down at the paper bag and brightened. Hey, he was right. She had forgotten all about being trapped hundreds of feet in the air ... by a few measly cable ropes ... with very little air ...
She gulped down the rest of her champagne and held out her glass again. "Better keep it coming."
He hesitated, looking slightly amused at her insistence. "Did you have anything to eat? You should slow down if you haven't."
"Oh, now I get the concern. Do you want the paper bag to come out again or not?"
He laughed. "Definitely not." He poured her a fresh glass then picked up his own and held it for a toast. "Here's to coming out exactly how we came in."
"Um ... straightforward if not a bit crude."
"Are you describing me or the wine?" He grinned.
She smothered a smile, clinking her glass with his, and drank. Perhaps she'd misjudged Elevator Guy earlier. He seemed sensitive to her plight. He'd also managed to divert her attention from the situation and even make her feel more relaxed. Plus, he wasn't so hard to look at, either.
She stuck out her hand, ready to extend the olive branch. After all, she might as well make the best of it. "My name's Kennedy."
"As in the president?"
"As in my mother's favorite president."
"Good choice, because you don't strike me as a Van Buren."
She laughed. "That's a relief."
He grinned back and took her hand in his. "My mother wasn't as political or original. So you can just call me Matt. A pleasure to be trapped with you, Kennedy."
* * *
Matt Ellis had his initial reservations about the pretty redhead with anxiety the size of Texas, but now that she'd loosened up and stopped hyperventilating into that lunch bag of hers, she was actually quick-witted and sweet. Plus, with those funky little glasses, she had a whole sexy librarian thing going that he kind of liked, too.
"So, explain to me again what you do?" he asked, still not sure he'd heard her right the first two times.
Kennedy hiccupped then took a sip of her champagne. "I can't remember. What did I already tell you?"
"That you own a matchmaking company in Boston, which happens to be where my brother lives."
"Bingo!" She poked her finger in his chest. "How did you know that?"
"How did I know where my brother lives?"
She laughed. "No. What I do for a living."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Characters likeable but I feel the Justin connection could have been explained more
Enjoyed reading this book. Great characters.
Kennedy Pepperdine owes Match Made Easy. Her boyfriend Justin works for Briarwood Investments in Boston. She is at a convention in Las Vegas and has been calling him for the past 4 days and only getting his voicemail. Going back to her room she has to run to catch the elevator. She notices the guy who held the elevator was gorgeous. In her mind she thinks he is good enough to be working as a Chippendale dancer next door. She noticed he pushed the button for the floor above hers and was carrying a bottle of Champagne and two glasses. She thinks Justin doesn't do anything spontaneous like that. When the evelator breaks down Kennedy starts hyperventilating so the guy introduces himself as Matt and pours her some Champagne for her to have a drink to calm down. They start talking then Matt starts kissing her and Kennedy responses to the kiss. Once the elevator opens she runs away. Six months have passed and Kennedy and Justin are engaged and are going to Matt's family for Christmas. When she meets his Mother, sister and brother, she realizes that Matt is the elevator guy she hasn't forgotten. Justin gets called back to work and leaves Kennedy with his family. Kennedy not happy but plans on bonding with his Mom and sister. But Matt and Kennedy are thrown together and start discovering how much they like each other. Can Kennedy and Matt over look their feelings. Kennedy is torn since her program picked Justin as a perfect match for her. Matt is torn because he like Kennedy but doesn't want to hurt Justin. Wonderful story on how love can changed everything. This my first book from this writer and will be reading more. joy943
What a fun read full of drama, mixed emotions, family love, what is important and putting others first. Kennedy has a lot to learn about relationships she is sure she knows what it takes to make the perfect match after all it worked on her. What she finds is sometimes being so much alike might not be the right match. This is a story about getting to know yourself what you need, want and expect from your mate as well as finding the perfect match not only for yourself but for others. Yes her program works but programs can only be so right they don’t add in emotions and feelings. For Kennedy she will have a hard long road to find out which man is her perfect match as emotions and hearts battle will the perfect man please stand up. Kennedy was a character you could relate to easy she has had a hard life growing up and doesn’t want to have the relationships her mother had. She wants her children to have everything she did not and Justin looks like the perfect fit until one chance meeting, an elevator add a bottle of champagne with a hot man and tongues let lose in more ways than one has her rethinking everything in her life. Matt always does what is expected everyone leans on him and he takes care of all issues putting his life on the back burn. He is ok with this, loves his life that all changed with one kiss now he wants more. He does his best to put his family first even when he finds the perfect women for him at his home with his brother. The lady from the elevator is right before his eyes hanging on his brother lord can things get any worse. I thought this was a cute read that really pulls you in. Each try their best to keep things light but Justin just isn’t making things easy. I really didn’t want to like Justin but it is hard not to with all the emotional baggage he is carrying around after his father’s death he needs to rethink his life and put others before his self before he loses the women he loves. Matt tries so hard to walk away but it is just too hard with her being there at every turn. Kennedy has way too much on the line to even thing about changing men at this time. She can’t afford to be wrong or her business will go down the drain. I really felt for all these characters. No matter which ways she goes she loses putting a family at each other. What an emotional mess. I thought this was well written, believable, I had to trouble believing this could really happen. It was a cute fun read, at times I chuckled and other times I held my breath just waiting for the worse to happen. Kennedy’s speech really got to me as it did so many others. It was from the heart, painful but honest. I loved the supporting characters the family was just a delight. I love the humor between family members which reminds me so much of my own. There is no doubt this has a very emotional pull and leaves your torn at times. I am looking forward to see what else this author comes up with.
*3.5 Stars Rounded Up This was my first Jennifer Shirk book and it was just so darn cute and sweet! We start out with Kennedy, our heroine, and Matt, our hero, getting stuck in an elevator in Vegas together. She panics and he is Mr. Cool and calms her down, and she makes a confession that comes back to haunt her. Sparks fly when he plants a heck of a kiss on her... and then she runs away. Flash ahead 6 months and Kennedy is engaged and going to meet her fiance's family. And, yup, turns out her future brother-in-law is the guy who kissed her in Vegas and set her head spinning. They do not get along at all at first and then get stuck together, doing fun holiday things in a small town, on an island. This was a perfect story for this time of year, with plenty of adorable bonding moments happening not just between Kennedy and Matt, but also Kennedy and the rest of the Ellis family (minus her workaholic fiance). I really enjoyed all of the interactions between the whole family, including Matt and his sister, Caitlin. It was all very sweet and fun. Overall, I thought this was a wonderful story and one I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a lighthearted holiday read!
Lite-hearted holiday romance with loads of fun sprinkled in. The charm of one man makes you confess the ultimate of your foibles of life. The man that appears to be the perfect match for you is not. Time goes by and you feel safe that you have no problems from the tiny confession. That is until you meet the other man again and it happens to be the brother of the not so perfect match you are with. What do you do? This was a witty read that shows what it’s like to have the utter belief that you the man you thought was your future is not your future and the one that is your future is his brother. I was anticipating the love story and connection of two individuals that were perfect together. I got a lot of Kennedy being with the wrong man. The right man watching from the sidelines. When they did get together, I was so like that took too long. Holiday read that will incite your passion and laughter. This was a fun story on the wrong man you’re with and the right one you need. I needed more time of Kennedy and Matt together. Kennedy was strong, smart and intuitive but when she was with Justin. It was like her brain got turned off and when on hibernation. She was blinded or just chose not to show that she saw what he was like.
I think the cover should have been sufficient indication that this book was verging on the saccharine sweet holiday novel. Kennedy gets trapped in an elevator in a Vegas hotel with a super hot stranger. When she starts to hyperventilate he tries to distract her and they end up having a scorching hot kiss. Fast forward a few months and Kennedy and her fiancée Justin are going home to his family's vineyard for the holidays, guess who is Justin's big brother? Yep hot guy from the elevator. Justin is such a workaholic that he almost immediately goes back to the city to deal with a work issue leaving Kennedy and Matt to spend time together. Maybe I would have liked this if I read it at Christmas, but two months early Justin was too much of a cardboard cutout and Kennedy and Matt were too noble. In fact Kennedy was just deluded. I'd be interested in reading the previous books in the series- I imagine they would not be so holiday orientated. I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
3.5 stars Wrong Brother, Right Match was a sweet, fun and entertaining read. I found Kennedy and Matt were both great characters, they were likable, relatable, they made me laugh, swoon and I enjoyed watching them connect and fall in love. Overall this was a beautiful, heartwarming contemporary romance that will leave you satisfied and with a smile on your face.
Kennedy Pepperdine strives for perfection in everything she does...but as much as she tries there is one part of her life that isn't as perfect as she had hoped, her love life! She thought her and her boyfriend Justin were meant to be, but the more time she spends with him the more she realizes their just not the match made in heaven she hoped they'd be... now this professional matchmaker must find a way to turn her luck around and finally find her one true love! Matt Ellis met the girl of his dreams in the most inopportune way, they were trapped in an elevator together, shared a few secrets and some great conversation and then she was gone. Now all he can do is think about her, and the fact that he made a huge mistake letting her walk away...but soon he will get the surprise of his life when she shows up for Christmas dinner at his parents house... with his brother! After reading the synopsis for this one I instantly knew it would be a fun little read, and I am happy to report that my instincts were spot on, it kept me giggling and smiling the whole way through!! This was my second visit to the series and I have to say I'm really starting to grow fond of Ms. Shirk's work, her story line was inventive and highly entertaining and her uniquely crafted characters captured my attention and heart almost immediately! If you like light-hearted romance stories with a touch of humor mixed in then this read will be right in your zone! This charming little read is sure to warm your heart and have you dying to make a return visit to the series!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Wrong Brother, Right Match was a fun romantic comedy. Kennedy created her own dating website. Part of the reason for that was her mom had been married five times and she wanted to help people find the right match. She put herself through the computer and found the perfect match for her which is Justin. Justin is a workaholic just like she is and they seem perfect for each other. However one day in Vegas after she's presented to some investors about her website software program and how great it works, she gets stuck in the elevator with Matt. They end up drinking an entire bottle of wine while they wait to get rescued. Just when they are about to get rescued he kisses her. She finds out six months later as she's going to meet Justin's family that Matt (the guy from the elevator) is his brother. Kennedy was hilarious with her quirks and you couldn't help but love her and her devotion to her company. She fit in so well with Matt and Justin's family. Matt had given up his career to run the family’s business. I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Shirk and this was another great read that I would highly recommend if you enjoy a fun romantic comedy. It's mostly clean there's only kissing but you also realize that she spent the night at his apartment and they were not married. Even though there are no details. This is a Christmas novel. I thought the author handled the ending very well. It was a lot more realist then some other stories I've read. I received this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
in this sweet holiday read, kennedy pepperdine is ready to launch her new matchmaking software. software that she developed expressly for her matchmaking firm, and that she's tested on herself. she's got the perfect match in justin ellis. everything should be perfect, except kennedy has never felt her life so out of control and nothing feels right. when she goes back home with justin for the holidays to meet his family for the first time, she realizes that she has a history with matt ellis. justin's older brother. months before at a conference in las vegas, she and matt had ended up stuck in an elevator together. they'd shared a kiss and kennedy had admitted some of the misgivings regarding her relationship with justin. matt had found himself thinking of that interlude often, so when kennedy shows up and he realizes that the woman he's been dreaming about, the woman he is crazy attracted to is going to be his future sister-in-law, he isn't all that sure about what he is going to do. this situation seems impossible, especially given that justin and matt may not be the closest of brothers, but there is still a lot of love in the ellis family. so falling for his brother's girl is kind of a problem. everything works out in the end, and wrong brother, right match makes the bro-code rule-breaking okay. even though you might have to suspend disbelief in that while you were sleeping kind of way, but it works. and since that happens to be one of my favorite movies ever, it's all good. **wrong brother, right match will publish on december 5, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (bliss) in exchange for my honest review.
3.5 Stars I receive this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Have you ever wondered how something can be too perfect? Well that is exactly what I wondered about Kennedy and Justin. It just didn’t seem to fit, like they were two bodies just passing the time rather than interacting. Then we have the elevator kiss that seemed to be a little to rattling if everything was so perfect. I also questioned Kennedy’s software, if you read the details it said that she had almost a 99% match rate. That just seemed a little extreme but I know nothing about dating software. The story is engaging, you find yourself bonding with Kennedy and I personally was upset with Justin. But I feel in love with Matt instantly. He is so giving, putting all others above himself. And the drama that unfolds is amazingly written. I recommend this story for anyone who is looking for a twisted story of two people that are right for each other but must fight their feelings because paper doesn’t match them.
3 1/2 stars Wrong Brother, Right Match starts out really well. Kennedy Pepperdine, who has started up a Matchmaking company gets onto an elevator and it shuts down. It so happens that there’s a handsome man with a bottle of champagne and two glasses on it as well, which is fortunate because Kennedy has claustrophobia and stress-related asthma. The man opens the champagne. There’s a little buzz and a romantic kiss and then the elevator is back in business. And, unfortunately, Kennedy and the mysterious man part ways, and both leave the excitement of Vegas. As events unfold, we learn Kennedy is engaged to Justin, a workaholic, who happens to have an older brother, Matt, and you guessed it: Matt is the one Kennedy kissed on the elevator. Matt, a vintner in Massachusetts, hasn’t been able to get Kennedy out of his mind. So, first, if you are a huge fan of Hallmark Christmas movies, forget my review. You will love this novel. It is super sweet, has all of the ingredients for holiday goodies, decorations, and sentiment. Wrong Brother, Right Match should have worked or at least worked better. I pinpoint the character of Kennedy as the part of the reason why the novel didn’t work for me. For a woman who’s supposed to be the CEO of a company, Kennedy is kind of silly and not very smart. Not until the very end does she question whether Justin is right for her when it’s so obvious that he’s wrong by the mere fact that they never see each other or seem to know anything about each other. But he was her match from her 99% reliable computer dating program and she can’t let that be wrong! Also, Kennedy really never came across as driven so why would she want to make the mistake of marrying a man who she barely saw just so that her company could be successful? She came across as indecisive and flighty, not exactly business competent attributes. Because Kennedy is a bit deluded, she stays with Justin far too long, which means for the reader that Kennedy and Matt are not together for most of the book. The author has admittedly written Wrong Brother, Right Match to be like the Hallmark Christmas movies. I haven’t seen one in a few years, so perhaps this is the kind of formula that works for those movies. The writing is good. The author’s heart is in the right place. I feel that this may be one novel where it is apt to say: your mileage may vary. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Kennedy had a computerized matchmaking business called Match Made Easy and the business was holding it’s own. Kennedy was at the Creative Technology Developer Conference in Las Vegas she had given a talk there. Kennedy’s boyfriend was Justin who sadly couldn’t get away from work to be with her at the conference. Kennedy and Justin both wanted 2.5 children and a dog and had been the first people she had tested her software on. Both Kennedy and Justin were workaholics also. For the sixth time that weekend Kennedy had tried to call Justin and just got his voicemail with no return calls. Kennedy told herself it was not a big deal and had nothing to do with missing her. Kennedy refused to let anymore doubt cloud her opinion of Justin or their relationship. Kennedy was claustrophobic which met she didn’t like things like elevators or airplane or elevators but the were a necessary evil of modern life. She went to catch an elevator to get back to her room but almost missed it until a man stopped the doors from closing on her and she got inside. Then all a sudden the elevator jolted to a stop. The guy in the elevator was Matt and he had champagne with him and two flutes. Kennedy was having trouble with her anxiety related asthma and was breathing into a brown paper bag that she always carried with her.Matt opened the champagne and poured some into both glasses and gave Kennedy one to try to help her relax a little and it did help. Kennedy ended up telling Matt about her business and how proud she was of it she also told him she was having some relationship problems and doubts about her boyfriend. As the elevator door was opening Matt kissed Kennedy and they both felt it and Kennedy kissed him back. Then once the door opened she ran off and the paramedics blocked Matt from following her. Six months later Kennedy and Justin are engaged although he hadn’t taken time to get her a ring yet. Justin is finally taking two weeks off and going to his moms so she as well as his sister and brother can meet Kennedy for the first time. As the family goes to meet Justin he introduces Kennedy as his fiance. Matt cannot believe the girl he kissed and admitted to relationship doubts and problems was his brother’s fiance Matt instantly feels protective of Justin and wanders what Kennedy is up to. Matt realizes Kennedy remembered him and their kiss just like he did. He hadn’t stopped thinking about Kennedy. I loved this story. It kept my interest from the first couple pages to the last one. I loved Kennedy as a character she was such a good and caring person. Justin not so much he was selfish, uncaring person who only cared about what he thought was important and what he wanted to do even make his mom hurt as he really couldn’t be bothered with her or his sister and brother or Kennedy for that fact for the most part. It was so sad the way Justin just overlooked Kennedy and what she needed and wanted. Then to leave the day after he gets to his mom's and to leave Kennedy there . and then to call Matt to have him tell Kennedy and the rest of the family he would be longer than he thought just thoroughly irritated me. But I guess he had to be that way for the story to flow right. I loved the characters and how they interacted and especially how Justin’s mom and sister readily accepted Kennedy. I also loved how Kennedy when on the New Year's Eve special told the truth even though her business would probably suffer from it or maybe even close. The plot was great and
Jennifer Shirk writes awesome books filled with romance, comedy, and lots of sparks between characters. Her characters are well written and while reading the book we become friends. Wrong Brother, Right Match stars Kennedy who is looking for perfection in her business and her life. While in Vegas on a conference she meets hottie Matt in an elevator and sparks fly. She returns home to her perfect match boyfriend, Justin who is striving for perfection in his own life and career. Justin and Kennedy become engaged and he takes her home to meet his family for Christmas. When Kennedy is introduced to Justin's brother Matt, the hottie from the Vegas elevator, Kennedy feels the sparks fly again, sparks she has never felt for Justin. Putting his career first as Justin always does, he returns to the city for a job meeting, leaving Kennedy at his family home, with his mother, sister, and brother Matt...... I received an advanced copy of this book and loved it. I plan to order several copies for gifts for friends!
Kennedy likes her life neat and tidy. She runs a matchmaking company and wrote a program to help find the perfect match for her clients. She knows the software works because she tried it on herself and found the 'perfect' man for her, Justin Ellis. Both Justin and she are driven to succeed and their relationship seems perfect. Matt Ellis is Justin's brother and he runs the family's winery. He hasn't been able to get the woman he met while trapped in an elevator out of his mind. When it turns out that woman is Kennedy - his brother's fiance - he struggles to keep his feelings to himself. And while Kennedy knows that Justin is perfect for her, there is something about Matt that calls to her. With her company on the line, Kennedy needs to decide whether her relationship with Justin is perfect, or if a computer program can't find everything. Ms. Shirk has written an enjoyable cast of characters. Kennedy is adorable with her little quirks. Matt's love of family and protectiveness comes through and Justin tries his best. The secondary characters are memorable as well, and I enjoyed meeting Barbara, Matt and Justin's mom, and Caitlyn, their sister. Above all, I loved that no one was a bad guy. This is a story about relationships: familial, romantic and work. No one is perfect and everything takes work. What a brilliant message to send. NB: I received a copy of this book from the author. I have voluntarily chosen to read it.
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.loved from the first page,I will definitely recommend this book and look for more books from this author in the near future.
WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH is a cute, funny and heartfelt Christmas read that won’t fail to keep you warm! This is my first read by Jennifer Shirk and I was completely enchanted! I loved the premise of the story, but I was worried that lines might be crossed, because I don’t like and will easily discard cheater books. This had none of that. Well maybe a stole kiss between two strangers in an elevator. But the author kept it classy. Kennedy and Matt are obviously meant for each other but Kennedy is loyal to her boyfriend Justin, as well as her employees, her cousin and everyone else in her life. And Matt is responsible, a little broody and completely dreamy. Even though he was developing feelings for Kennedy, they both were able to keep themselves in check and remember that Kennedy is Justin’s fiancé and Matt is Justin’s brother. And sometimes it sucked to remember that! Both characters have their baggage but always seemed to put others in front of their own happiness. Which is admirable, but not healthy for either of them. Kennedy and Matt paired beautifully together and I greatly enjoyed their story. I also enjoyed reading about the secondary characters. I loved Matt and Justin’s mom and sister. They were fun-loving, strong women with soft hearts and unconditional acceptance towards Kennedy. Even after things started getting messy! Overall, the book is delightful and everything you want in your Christmas read! I highly recommend it to all readers! ***I’d like to thank the publisher for generously offering me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
This is the first book I read by Ms Siri, and I can say it will not be the last one. The plot kept me interested , and the characters were not only well developed, but also complex , The story centers around Kennedy, owner of a matchmaking company and software, Justin, her fiancé, and Matt, Justin's brother, whom Kennedy met in Vegas in an elevator and both were clueless the connection that existed. They were shocked when they meet again at Justin's family home. Kennedy is a planner and wants the perfect partner, Justin is a workaholic that puts Kennedy after work, and Matt ,is a man that has given up a lot for his family, and knows that life is messy and full of surprises. The plot thickens , unexpected feelings and attractions blossom. Suffice is to say that this book will be enjoyed by everyone not only during the holiday season, but anytime. A reminder that life is full of surprises and that what you plan and belief is the right thing for you, just might not be. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Kennedy, while away in Vegas at a convention, runs to make an elevator and finds herself stuck with a dark and handsome man. I mean what could go wrong when you are claustrophobic and to help pass the time, have drunk a bottle of champagne with no food? There's something about Matt (the guy in the elevator with her) that she seems to be at ease with. And so she confesses to the stranger, that things aren't as perfect as she would like with her boyfriend Justin. When the two are thrown together, literally, sparks fly and the two share a kiss. A kiss that neither will be able to forget for sometime. Now months later, Kennedy is back home and things are better between her workaholic boyfriend Justin and herself. In fact, they are getting married and will be spending two weeks with his family over the holidays. Kennedy is beyond excited to finally have a family. Until she walks in and is greeted by Justin's brother Matt. Matt can't believe the woman from the elevator is his brother's fiance and he hasn't forgotten everything she said about her not so perfect boyfriend. But as Justin has to run back into Boston for a work event, leaving Kennedy with Matt to take care of her, the two start to see that maybe she picked the wrong brother to begin with. But what can Kennedy and Matt do? They don't want to hurt Justin, but can they deny what is happening between the two of them? Although I'm not one for triangles (mainly due to the cheating aspect) there is no cheating to be had in this book. I found the book full of hope and love and a good romance read full of holiday fun.
Could the irony of this tale be any more delicious?! Kennedy is the owner of a software-based matchmaking company, but the "ideal match" made by that same program is anything but! Justin, the "perfect match", is a workaholic who's relationship with Kennedy comes in a distant second to his own ambitions. Isn't that he's a bad guy, per say...more like an oblivious lunkhead! Frankly, she's a bigger lunkhead for putting up it, especially after meeting, getting stuck and kissing a smoking hot guy in an elevator. And confessing that Justin might not be "all that"! So, fast forward six months and our "perfect" love birds are engaged and on their was to spend the holidays with his family. Any guesses to who Justin's brother turns out to be? That's right...smoking hot Matt the elevator guy! Talk about awkward, especially since they both still feel the attraction. Justin leaves Kennedy alone with his family, because of course there's some big business emergency. I'll let you read what happens from there and judge for yourself. I immediately loved Matt. He's a good guy, self-sacrificing, if not a little bit of a door mat compared to Mr.Executive Justin. Kennedy needed a good smack on the head; her search for perfection was a little delusional and she wasn't really fair to either brother. Maybe Justin could be a different man if he met his own "perfect match" but I feel he might have been written into a one dimensional corner for my tastes. A sweet Christmas romance; I enjoyed it very much!
If you love funny, light hearted, yet complicated, romances, you will love Wrong Brother, Right Match. Kennedy Pepperdine has just developed a software program that has a 99% perfect-match rating. In fact, it even matches her with the perfect guy. However, his brother so wisely points out “The only certainties of life are 1) that it’s not perfect and 2) that it’s messy.” From the beginning of the book I was laughing out loud at Kennedy’s reaction to the elevator hunk and her need to breathe into a paper bag. Midway through I wanted to strangle her (you’ll have to read the book to understand why). And by the end of the book my heart swelled with the promise of a happy ending for all. Jennifer Shirk has written a wonderful city-girl-meets-country-boy, opposites-attract, funny, messy love story that I couldn’t put down. I look forward to reading more!
I'm in love! One of my favorite movies of all-time is While You Were Sleeping and this story has that vibe. Kennedy is the mastermind behind a matchmaking agency and everything in her life is perfect. Or is it? A little sparky incident on a stuck elevator in Vegas leaves her wondering if her perfect fiance is really the perfect one for her. Imagine her surprise to find that dream man is her fiance's brother! Kennedy just wants to be loved, have some roots and traditions, and to be happy. Because of her unstable upbringing, she comes off as being a little rigid at times, but she still puts people first. It takes a pretty amazing person to do what she did. Justin, the fiance, is pretty aggravating. Work, work, work--that's what drives him. Matt, the brother, has got to be the sweetest guy ever. I love the friction between him and Kennedy, as their interactions made my heart sing. That said, there's an obvious love triangle, but that doesn't bother me. There's also a complete cast of adorable characters in this book. The whole plot moved at a steady pace and engaged me throughout. I love a good chemistry and the emotional tugs are perfect. This is the type of story that makes me feel good and happy, especially with the heartwarming Christmastime activities and the magical miracles of the season. This is definitely one to re-read every year. Content: mild-moderate swearing; one very mild moment of violence; mild romance (kissing). *I received a copy through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.*
"Wrong Brother, Right Match" by Jennifer Shirk is book number three in the "Anyone But You" series. This is Kennedy Pepperdine and Matt Ellis' story. Kennedy's life is perfect. She has started her own matchmaking company that uses a software program she created to help people find their perfect match. She has the perfect boyfriend that she was matched with through her software program. Kennedy gets stuck in an elevator with a stranger and pretty much confesses that her boyfriend isn't as perfect as she would like. No harm done they will never see each other again. It is Christmas time and Kennedy is going to meet her boyfriend Justin's family for Christmas. Well, Kennedy is in for a shock. The stranger from the elevator is Justin's brother Matt. Needless to say Kennedy and Matt are both surprised. Matt has not been able to forget her. Kennedy is definitely off limits since she is his brother's girlfriend. This is a funny, sweet, heartwarming, and clean romance. You will fall in love with Kennedy and Matt. Get comfortable because you will not be able to put this book down. This was a fun read and is great when you need a little escape from all the holiday rush or just life in general. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.