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TLC Review: The Matchmaker and the Cowboy by Robin Bielman

Title: The Matchmaker and the Cowboy
Author: Robin Bielman
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 354 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)USA (CA)

SummaryCallie Carmichael has a gift for making bridesmaid dresses, some even call them magical. Somehow, every person who’s worn one of her dresses has found love. Real love. And as long as that happily-ever-after is for someone else, Callie is happy. Because she’s fully over getting her heart broken…which is why her new roommate is definitely going to be a problem.

After being overseas for six months, Callie’s only choice is to stay with her best friend’s ridiculously hot brother, Hunter Owens. Cowboy, troublemaker, and right now, the town’s most coveted bachelor. Only, Hunter isn’t quite the player she thought. And if it weren’t for her whole “no more love” thing, their setup could get confusing really fast.

Now, Hunter wants Callie to make him a best man suit?a “lucky for love” kind of suit. But what happens if she makes the suit and he finds true love…and it isn’t her?

Review: This cover almost made me not read this book. I am, I hate to admit, someone for whom the cover matters and this one doesn't fit the look I usually go for. And the title. Hunter doesn't really seem like a cowboy to me. Callie is definitely an accidental matchmaker though.

I liked both Callie and Hunter. They are fun, sexy, coy characters who cannot really get their act together when it comes to one another. However, about two thirds of the way through this novel they (finally) admit their feelings and go for it. And I mean go for it. If you don't want to read sex scenes, either don't read the book or skip about 50 pages. Very well done.

I do have a complaint that bothered me throughout the book. Callie has recently returned from "Africa." Africa is a large continent, not a country. Her exact location is never mentioned, but "Africa" is a lot. And at one point, a character (maybe Callie, I can't remember) says she would go to country x, country y, Egypt, or Africa for him. Um... Egypt is in Africa. Ok, I'm over one of my pet peeves.

The nice thing about romance books is that we know they will end up together in the end, we just don't know how or when it will happen. I like that. Yes, they will be apart during the book and I'll worry (a bit) that it won't work out, but really, we know there will be a happy ending. It's why I keep reading them.

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