Book Review

ARC Review: Miss Matched by Wendy Million

When matchmaking software pairs a woman with her worst ex, she gets a unique second chance to connect with the love of her life.

After years of bad dates, Tayla Murphy has decided it’s finally time she found her ideal partner, so she pays a hefty fee for a cutting-edge “soulmate” matching service. But the infallible algorithm must have a serious glitch, because it pairs her with the one man on Earth she never wants to see again: Simon—the man who left her heart in pieces when he broke off their engagement six years ago. Tayla would rather cut her losses, but if she’s going to move forward with her life, she needs the money back.

Then Simon shows up on her doorstep, promising Tayla he can get her a refund by showing the service that the match was wrong. But he wants her to really prove they aren’t meant to be—by dating him for the next month. Even though he thinks the service is a fraud, Simon has been desperate for a second chance with Tayla ever since he messed up their shot at happily-ever-after. They still have an amazing connection, but a lot has happened in the time they were apart. So is this a mismatch or a perfect match?

Tayla once thought Simon was her forever, but the very moment she expected him to get down on one knee, he dumped her instead. The break-up came totally out of left field, she thought they were happy together. She thought he was going to propose at dinner, but he walked out on her instead. Simon knew he hurt Tayla, but when he finally worked up the courage to make amends, she slammed a door in his face and that was it. They were irrevocably done.

Fast forward six years. Tayla’s life is perfect, but she’s lonely. She really hasn’t clicked with anyone since Fucking Simon (as her friends call him) so she turns over her entire savings to an expensive matchmaking service that’s supposed to guarantee results. They have scientific data, they make all kinds of promises, they have so many happy customers who found true love. Tayla has even witnessed their success firsthand, watching her BFF find love. So while the price is steep, it’s worth it to fill the one void in her life. She’s always wanted a family of her own and this is the best way to find her soulmate. Or so she thought, until they matched her with Fucking Simon.

Tayla wants nothing to do with her ex. She doesn’t want to see him, listen to him, talk to him or catch a whiff of his manly scent. She doesn’t need another reason to avoid him but if he doesn’t respond to the email, the matchmaking service will actually refund half of her money so she really REALLY doesn’t want to interact with him at all. But Simon knows he made a huge mistake walking away from Tayla and he’s determined to get another chance. He makes an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll refund the other half of her money if she’ll just hear him out.

I really liked these characters and enjoyed their story. Simon and Tayla are fun and sweet together, when she’s not ready to murder him at least. Her friends are hilarious and I just loved Tayla’s attitude in general. The author is new to me, but I definitely want more. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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