Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
(William Morrow, 2005, 400 pages)
Annabelle is revamping her grandmother’s matchmaking business. She’s hoping to get a high profile client so she can establish her presence in Chicago. Thanks to the fact that her friend’s husband is a client of one of Chicago’s most famous sports agents Annabelle finds herself with an “in” as she gets a meeting with The Python, otherwise known as Heath Champion. Heath is ready to settle down and get married. He has a timeline and he intends to follow it – this is just the next thing he’s ready to “accomplish.” Heath knows what he wants in a woman: beauty, intelligence, patience (she has to deal with a lot of high-maintenance athletes), and a good pedigree. Annabelle is willing to do whatever it takes to try and make Heath’s match happen, but she has no problem putting him in line when she tries to explain that it’s not as simple as making a list and finding the girl.
There’s no denying Heath’s an attractive man. While Annabelle is lusting after him she assures herself it’s only because it has been a while since her last “romantic interlude.” At the same time Heath finds that when he’s on the dates Annabelle sets up for him – all of which she has to be a part of – he has more fun talking with her than the potential matches. She’s nowhere near the woman he envisions himself ending up with, but he can’t deny that there’s an attraction there…
Will Annabelle ever be able to find a successful match for Heath? Will Heath ever be able to realize that if he wants to be in a relationship he’ll have to put his work second?
This was a really fun, quick read for me. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is definitely an engaging writer who pulls you into her stories quickly. I don’t know how I haven’t picked up more books by her, yet 🙂