Perfectly Matched

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The eight novellas of The Matchmaking Chef Series

When Suzie Matthews (Bed, Breakfast & You) accidentally cooks up a scene that causes her sister to get back together with her high school boyfriend (Home for the Holidays), she wonders if she can help other singletons living in the small mountain town of Legend, Tennessee find the loves of their lives.

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The eight novellas of The Matchmaking Chef Series

When Suzie Matthews (Bed, Breakfast & You) accidentally cooks up a scene that causes her sister to get back together with her high school boyfriend (Home for the Holidays), she wonders if she can help other singletons living in the small mountain town of Legend, Tennessee find the loves of their lives.

Being a matchmaker isn't really on her list of things to do-after all, she has a bed & breakfast to run, cookbooks to write, and a television show on the Food Channel to keep up with. But baking is her thing, and perhaps matchmaking can be her thing, too. After all, there is a song going through her head that goes something like this...

Matchbaker, Matchbaker, bake me a match? No wait. Make me a match. Nevermind! You get the picture, right?

Welcome to Legend, Tennessee. And welcome to the matchbaking, er, matchmaking world of Chef Suzie Matthews.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622372577
  • Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2014
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 982,584
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines are always chasing one thing-the happily-ever-after. Whether they realize it or not.

Maddie is a Food Network junkie, a wannabe gardener, a by-the-seat-of-her-pants cook, and a closet hermit. She works/writes every day in her converted sunroom office, and wouldn't have it any other way. She frequently rescues stray pets and plants and an occasional antique wicker table. All of these quirky topics, and more, make their way into her books.

Her first book, THE WILD WEST, a Kensington Precious Gems romance, received a Calico Trails Cameo Award. RED: A SEDUCTION TALE, claimed first place as the Romance Book Scene's favorite novella of the year. A four time nominee for a CAPA/Psyche Award from The Romance Studio, she wonders if she is the Susan Lucci of romance, although she has received a number of Top Pick, 5 Star, and Best Read reviews from various reviewers. Her books have landed on Amazon Top 100 Paid Bestseller lists, including BROKEN, a #1 bestseller in western romance. Maddie is frequently listed in the Top 100 Most Popular Contemporary Romance author list at Amazon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014


    This story starts out at a good pace and an interesting story line of a local bed and breakfast owner taking up the task of match-maker. Her character and that of her husband are charming.
    From there it escalades into a scene between a star-struck fan and hearthrob country singer. It plays out like something a teenage girl would write.
    And if that seems a bit much it then moves into even a higher octave of the same but mixed with a stream of detailed sexual activity and some type of soul match up between these strangers.
    Mix in some more fairly tale, all the stars are in place eutopia and walla - there you have it.
    I view this type of writing as either cowardly or lazy. Is the author afraid to trust her skills and roll up her sleeves to craft us a story? I suspect she is capable but knows there are plenty of readers who sill soak up another piece of fluff and therefore doesn't try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013


    Sweet story. short only 62 pages

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    *Written by Raquel@TheGuiltyKitty* Suzie Matthews, a chef and b

    *Written by Raquel@TheGuiltyKitty*

    Suzie Matthews, a chef and bed and breakfast owner, tries her hand at matchmaking in this sweet, fun, novella about a supposed ‘plain Jane’ girl and the sexy country star she’s in love with. Having read nothing similar to this, I loved the ingenuity of the premise and the setting of the story. I’ve been to Tennessee and fell in love with their accents and music myself, so I could see the details Maddie James describes and read each character with that country twang that is sometimes hard to portray through writing.

    The pacing was a bit slow in the beginning, with us being introduced to each character and given their backgrounds. Instead of it picking up gradually, it all of the sudden throws you into the action. The relationship that builds between two of the characters was very fast and impulsive, which made it hard to believe the sincerity of it. I would have liked to be eased into it, more of a buildup, because there’s nothing better than that first kiss scene and the butterflies that accompany it. Unfortunately, I didn't’ feel those, and I definitely attribute it to the lack of buildup.

    Suzie and Mary Lou were very believable characters; women I could see myself having conversations and gossiping with. While Suzie was more headstrong and confident, Mary Lou was naïve and unsure, but somehow managed to be endearing instead of annoying. She was intelligent enough that she was able to make her own decisions, and thankfully, had none of the whininess that usually accompanies characters who are portrayed as ‘less experienced’. The men in the novella were hilarious, from Suzie’s husband Brad, to the famous, gorgeous Nash Rhodes. There’s just something about country boys!

    The writing was engaging, despite the length of the novel. I found myself wanting more once it was over, and more than once giggled out loud! The dialogue was realistic, once you remembered that they were southern and have different sayings. I could picture each of them speaking as they did and couldn’t help but smile throughout. It was grammatically sound as well, which is always refreshing in a self-published and/or small publishing house novel.

    I’m not sure which is the final cover, since Goodreads and Amazon both have different covers, but either one matched the book’s interior. While I don’t think they were necessarily eye catching, they did match the story, which was bright and sweet and fun to read.

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    Posted December 3, 2013

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