Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Making the Match (River Rain, #4) by Kristen Ashley ~ Book Review


You don’t get to make decisions for me, Mr. Pierce.”
“You’re wrong, baby. I do.”

Making the Match, an all-new spicy, heartfelt and emotional second chance standalone romance in the River Rain Series from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!

If you love second chance, single parent romance, pining, a couple over 40, redemption and forgiveness, this is the book for you.

Decades ago, tennis superstar Tom Pierce and “It Girl” Mika Stowe met at a party.

Mika fell in love. Tom was already in love with his wife. As badly as Tom wanted Mika as a friend, Mika knew it would hurt too much to be attracted to this amazing man and never be able to have him.

They parted ways for what they thought would be forever, only to reconnect just once, when unspeakable tragedy darkens Mika’s life.

Years later, the impossible happens.

A time comes when they’re both unattached.

But now Tom has made a terrible mistake. A mistake so damaging to the ones he loves, he feels he’ll never be redeemed.

Mika has never forgotten how far and how fast she fell when she met him, but Tom’s transgression is holding her distant from reaching out.

There are matchmakers in their midst, however.

And when the plot has been unleashed to make that match, Tom and Mika are thrown into an international intrigue that pits them against a Goliath of the sports industry.

Now they face a massive battle at the same time they’re navigating friendship, attraction, love, family, grief, redemption, two very different lives lived on two opposite sides of a continent and a box full of kittens.

Fall in love with Tom and Mika!
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I've written this review several times already but it's so hard to do because there is a lot going on and I don't want to spoil anything....lets try this again.

In this forth book of the RIVER RAIN SERIES we have Tom Pierce a former Tennis Superstar, well I shouldn't say former because he is still in the game only he doesn't compete like he once did and now he is a commentator as well, and we have Mika Stowe whom people refer to as the "It Girl" because she has all of it going on, looks, smarts, depth, talent, and much more. While they are the main couple of this book we have many secondary characters that add a ton to the story line and I am sure many of them will have their own stories at a later date.

Tom and Mika have great chemistry and really click both in and out of the bedroom. I really enjoy the way they put things out there and don't let anything fester, they are grown adults and act as such. Tom's relationship with Mika's daughter, Cadence, was beautiful... she never had a father figure in her life so he was definitely stepping into the role nicely.

Imogen, Tom's ex-wife, surprised me in this book and not in a good way. Tom's daughter Sasha's finally opening up about things and so is his son Matt, I cannot wait to get their stories as well as Hale's. 

This was another great read in the series and it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I personally would recommend reading the series in order because Imogen and Chloe's stories have previously occurred and they play big parts in this one so you may want to know about them before you dive into this book.

If you enjoy Steamy Contemporary Romances, Adult Romances, Romances with MC's over 40, Second Chance at Love Romances, or Single Parent Romances I would recommend this book to you.

Happy Reading!!!

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over eighty romance novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold millions of books.
Kristen recently released GOSSAMER IN THE DARKNESs, a novella with 1,001 Dark Nights based in Kristen's Fantasyland universe.
In September 2022, she'll publish the fourth in the River Rain Series, the story of Tom and Mika, MAKING THE MATCH. She also has upcoming books in her Wild West MC romance series, and her romantic thriller series, Misted Pines.
Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana and was a fourth-generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.
Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community.
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