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Ollie just wants one thing. The girl.
Things haven't been going so well with Anne lately, though; their relationship has become a perpetual study date, and Ollie's roommates are starting to worry about him. How to fix things? Why, with a marriage proposal, of course. Unfortunately for Ollie, his relationship with Anne has run out of gas. Life feels like it's counting down to one. And ...
Ollie just wants one thing. The girl.
Things haven't been going so well with Anne lately, though; their relationship has become a perpetual study date, and Ollie's roommates are starting to worry about him. How to fix things? Why, with a marriage proposal, of course. Unfortunately for Ollie, his relationship with Anne has run out of gas. Life feels like it's counting down to one. And that one is the only person in Ollie's life he really cares about: Ollie. Perhaps, then, he should get over himself.
But first Ollie has to deal with Sparks, the irritating little Yankees fan who invades his life in order to "help" him. And while Keith, his best friend, is doing all he can to help, Ollie's other friend Richie never fails to show up and threaten to ruin everything just by being himself. Never mind all the drama Sparks brings to the party by forcing Ollie to take a job actually helping people in need. Will Ollie meet the girl? Will it be in history class? On a road trip to Colorado? Can he get over Anne, or should he try to mend the relationship? Should he pursue the new girl Sparks is trying to set him up with? As the strings of the puppeteer tangle with the strings of the heart, only one person can sort out the mess Ollie has made. It seems that the harder he tries, the more Ollie messes things up. Is Sparks a cruel manipulator, or is he really going to help Ollie find his match?
Posted February 16, 2014
DNF - 0 stars
Where I stopped reading: Nook page 73.
Why I stopped reading: I just could not get into this book. It started slow and didn’t grab me. I didn’t like Sparks from the beginning. I thought he was kind of creepy and I didn’t want him to “help” Ollie.
With that said, Mr. Elkins has a great idea but it is one that has been done many times. This is the first time I have seen it from the male’s perspective and that had me excited. It just didn’t do it for me and I couldn’t finish it. chrissysig
What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Sparks the Matchmaker is 3.94 stars. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 4 stars. There were 5 4-star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the majority of the reviews were 4 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you may not.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Posted December 20, 2013
Sparks had quite a few good things going for it. The fact that the story was told completely from the male point of view was a first for me - at least that I can remeber. The fact that the matchmaker was a cute little animal or an annoying female friend was another. Ollie was an OK character - but I think that was the point. He was an everyday Joe with a broken heart that wished for a girl he could fall in love with. Along comes Sparks - with a promise to help him - because Sparks "knows things". And so the story begins. Of course Sparks can't just wave a magic wand and have everything work out the way Ollie hopes. Nope, he's going to make Ollie work for it - he wouldn't really appreciate it otherwise. The dialog between Ollie and Sparks was very humorous at times. The love story that follows is very subtle and it really sneaks up on you in the end - and then you realize that it was staring you in the face all along and you just didn't see it - sort of how love can sneak up on a person in real life. I loved that Sparks was out to help Ollie with more than just his love life - he genuinely wanted to help him have a better life and life outlook. This was a cute story - but parts of the relationships seemed a little forced - perhaps because it was a shorter book. Definately worth reading with some very memorable characters though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2013
I received the book from the Touring Host for an honest review.
This was definitely a different and unexpected romance story. A story of manipulation, selfishness and surprises. For the first time I am really struggling with rating this book.
It is well written, grabs the attention from a unique point of view. But yet it is a slow read, struggling to really connect with Ollie, the main character of the book. Maybe it is because it is written by a man, and I do not mean this in a negative way. Men can be very romantic and creative, but I think because of the way it was written, I really struggled with the book, at first. It was only the last 30 pages that I really could understand the author's writing, making sense of the plot.
Yes, the plot did surprise me at the end. When I first read the synopsis and saw the cover, I thought it would be a thriller but that was not the case. Far from it. It is written with the greatest of care and compassion actually. You enter the world of caregivers that helps disabled people doing the most mundane tasks just to cope in the everyday world, things that we take for granted, doing it without thought. You are touched by Marie and Greg's stories as it unfolds within the book, creating interesting scenes. Really getting to know Ollie and Lynn.
Ollie was a young man that was dumped by his girl friend, and on the very same day it happened, he met Sparks. Now this was a colorful fellow. I had no idea where to place him or what to think of him. But yet in his subtle way he steered Ollie into the right direction, helping Joy and Scott at the end and find much more than he bargained for.
An interesting story with many surprises in store for the reader and a book I can recommend.
Posted December 16, 2013
This novel was definitely different than anything that I had ever read before. This is a new genre to me than other Adult books that I have read. I liked the concept of it all and the fact that Sparks was like a ring leader for matching people together was kind of intriguing. He was in the business to make everyone happy and to find that perfect someone. The book leaves a lot open for the characters to experience and explore. I liked Ollie and all of the characters as they went through their journies. Sparks is a book and character that you will be introduced to and will never be the same after reading about.
I was quite satisfied that Ollie was not the perfect character. He could be selfish at times but that made him all the more human and relatable to the reader. There were definitely improvements that could have been made within him, but in a way, I am glad that the author did not choose to fix everything right away. Greg was another one of my favorite chracters. He was more my speed and made me laugh. He is a genuine compliment to the character of Ollie. Ollie and his roommates get along famously and so it made this an easy read for me. I love reading about friendships that seem like no matter what comes their way, they will stand the test of time. Shady characters are a turn off when friends go behind another’s back. I don’t like rooting for one person over the other, and I didn’t have to with this book. It was the perfect mesh of characters for me to get engrossed into the novel with and lose myself.
This was a quick and easy read, but it was not at all predictable. I am pretty bad at being able to get three quarters through a novel and know what the ending will be. This one was different than that. The ending took me totally by surprise. I loved learning about Sparks along the plot of the book. I can not wait for the next installment in the series and I would say that others would enjoy this clean romance just as much as I have. I give it FIVE stars and recommend that you pick it up!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book through I Am A Reader Book Blast and Tours. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.