Matchpoint – Elise Sax

cover30214-mediumMatchpoint (The Matchmaker #2) by Elise Sax
July 30th 2013 by Ballantine Books
Source: eGalley via NetGalley

Lovably troublesome Gladie Burger runs into sizzling danger and a fiery love triangle in the second installment of Elise Sax’s hilarious and sexy Matchmaker romance series.

Since joining the family matchmaking business run by her eccentric Grandma Zelda, Gladie is always looking for love. But when an unbearable toothache knocks her out of commission and into the dentist’s chair, she prays only for relief. No such luck. Emerging from an anesthetic haze, Gladie awakes to find that not only is her tooth still throbbing, but her dentist is dead—and the lead suspect in the murder, office receptionist Belinda, just so happens to be Gladie’s first real client. Now it’s up to Gladie to find Belinda a man and keep her from being locked up behind bars.

As if that weren’t enough distraction, two gorgeous men are vying for Gladie’s attention: Spencer, the playboy chief of police, and Holden, Gladie’s secretive, gorgeously muscled neighbor. Still, Gladie’s not complaining about having a helping hand or two when the case leads her to a dangerously bizarre cult. She may have met her match—and if she’s not careful, it could be her last.

I did not know I was requesting the second book in a series until I went to add it on my Goodreads and then it was too late! I decided to read this anyway and I have to say Sax did a great job of weaving in details from book one. There were a few points that were vague but none that caused a huge amount of confusion to the story.

This book was cliche at times but still enjoyable. Gladie felt very similar to Stephanie Plum and the overall story was very similar to Plum’s adventures. Of course there is a love triangle that contains the perfect, mysterious guy as well as the hot, suave douche-bag type. There is plenty of entertaining side characters, sometimes too many. I felt that some of these characters could have been combined because I found myself forgetting about them when they showed back up in the story.

I found that the “mystery” Gladie finds herself in the middle of was very predictable (I was able to identify the killer right away and that NEVER happens to me). There were a few moments where I did doubt myself a bit but overall I stuck to my original choice. Sax was very good at writing cliffhangers at the end of the chapter and I found myself wanting to keep reading. Sax has a writing style that I think will be a hit with chick-lit fans.

Overall this was an enjoyable read. If you enjoy “chick-lit”/mystery like Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) or Heather Wells (Meg Cabot) I would recommend picking this series up. I personally find most of these titles enjoyable but I also don’t find myself seeking them out often.



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