Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.
With his money-green eyes and calculated charm, Heath Champion is the best sports agent in the country. He's wealthy, driven, and gorgeous, so why does he need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she's entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of his success: the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?
If Annabelle isn't careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town, a man who's beginning to ask himself...exactly how perfect does perfect have to be?
©2005 Susan Elizabeth Phillips; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks American & ©2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Captivating romance....Phillips has once again created a delightful page-turner. (Publishers Weekly)
"Dazzling contemporary romance." (Booklist)
Of course we could guess the outcome right away, but it was still fun seeing how it got there. Interesting characters kept it going. My only complaint is that the ending seemed to drag on.
This is my first book by Phillips and I was very impressed. My interest was held the whole time and the narrator did a great job with the different charactors. Although the some of the scenes are indeed predictiable it is still a refreshing book. This book gives a true meaning to the saying that love is blind....sometimes it is right under your nose.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I think it is one of those books better heard than read...especially with this reader. She is wonderful with great comedic timing and delivery. I laughed out loud listening to this on a plane the other day and several people turned to see what was so funny. Light and predictable but absolutely delightful anyway!
What I wanted was a funny, romantic comedy to listen to while I ran. I got what I wanted. Isn't it nice to get exactly what you expect out of a book? The narrator is very good, she does a pretty descent job of a male voice. And that's really the hard part of listenning to a book, isn't it? The voice you may have applied to a character is decided away from you, your imagination slightly handicapped by anothers impressions. But that's okay, the narrator did a splendid job of reading this story.
The story is cute, the characters are adorable (even the flat ones)and it is a great escape.
Loved it. Laughed out loud and enjoyed the writing and the narration was great. A romantic escape. Excellent dialog. I have 3 of her audios and loved them.
A true chic lit
Romantic but not sickeningly sweet. several laugh out loud funny parts.
I enjoyed it so much, I would rewind and listen to dialogue over again.
If you enjoy romantic comedy, this is a must read.
P. S. My name is Deborah, my husband Tom did Not write this review.
I wasn't really expecting too much from this listen, but was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I liked the characters as well as the plot, though the ending is a bit perdictable. A very entertaining and enjoyable listen
Not a bad beach book, but I found this particular narrator's rendition annoying and distracting. She read men's words in a "deep" voice, like if you were reading to a child, and children's voices in a "tiny" voice; again, like you would read a bedtime story to a child, trying to do the voices yourself. The narrator of the Harry Potter novels carries this technique off well, but not this narrator. Read it instead.
"Funny and Romantic what more could you ask??"
I usually only listen to my audiobooks in the car but this story was good enough that I had to just sit on the settee, turn off the tv and listen to the end. Nothing groundbreaking I'm just a big softy who loves a happy ending and knew this wouldn't disappoint. Lovely story for true romantics.
I enjoyed this book... listened to it most whilst decorating my house as it helped to relieve the monotony of painting. 4 stars as I found it a little too descriptive at times and it took a while to get into the story at first but after that I was engrossed and had to keep listening to the end.
"Ok but with a few niggling flaws"
If this was a book by someone else, I would probably have rated it a bit higher! But I have come to expect a lot more from SEP and some parts of this book bothered me a bit.
I loved the chemistry and repartee of the book and I also loved the sub-plots involving other characters, but I was annoyed that the hero of the story loved the family of the heroine and failed to see how demoralising and upsetting she found their constant criticism. I realise that due to his upbringing he just failed to see the family dynamics and instead just saw the positive aspects, and I know the family did, in their wierd way, love the heroine and want the best for her, but their treatment of her was a big part of what made her what she was and I though this issue was just not addressed properly.
I also found it difficult to respect the heroine who has flitted from job to job, and in her thirties has still not managed to achieve anything of much note and is now living in an inherited house with an inherited car, and an inherited business. I know this is fantasy romance and I like that, but she was the very definition of an underachiever and it was a real stretch of the imagination to believe that the overachieving hero would have any respect for her very definite lack of success at anything.
However if you can put aside these niggles, you have a book just full of that classic SEP dialogue that will have you laughing out loud as you listen to it. The last few chapters and the epilogue are excellent and show all characters at their very best and show how they have all developed and learnt from their past mistakes. So I would recommend you give this book a try - it had many very funny moments that do make up for the bits I didn't like!
"lovely story, but male voices badly done"
a lovely story, one of my favourites in paperback, but the way the narrator does the male voices is really off-putting and I haven't been able to finish listening to it because of this.
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