Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match, book 2)

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match, book 2)

by Rachael Anderson


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For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating-especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life's detours take you exactly where you need to go.

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ISBN-13: 9781941363096
Publisher: HEA Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

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Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match, book 2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: Sure! It was a HEA that left me with a smile. A great, fast read for the holidays. Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined picks up some time after Prejudice Meets Pride ends. (You can find my review of Prejudice Meets Pride here.) I enjoyed Noah and Cassie’s story. Noah is a fantastic father who is trying his best. Cassie is trying hard to get past her past. The beginning had me wondering and was a great way to start this book. I loved Noah’s wit and his easy way. He knew how to chip away at Cassie’s walls. I enjoyed watching them grow and change. Would I recommend it: Yes. And you don’t have to read Prejudice Meets Pride first; you can just jump right in! Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
Maari More than 1 year ago
Although this is #2 of a series, it can be read as a standalone.  This book was so cute!! Rachael did such a good job of a nice, clean, believable second-chance at romance! For those of us who have had to go through tough times in love, then to fight with everything we have to not go through the pain of 'finding' or having it find us again.. This story embraces that!! Not only from the main characters perspective, but we see how family/friends & extended family is about moving on also.. I truly felt as if I knew these people. Very good book! I will definitely be reading more from Ms. Anderson!  I received an electronic copy of this book from the author & Inspired Kathy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review! 
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This is a great contemporary romance! Cassie is finding herself again after a dysfunctional marriage ends, Noah has been grieving his wife for four years. Their first impressions of each other aren't favorable, but as Noah renovates Cassie's basement for a dance studio, they are given the opportunity to see the true person behind the walls they put up... which slowly come down. This author is skilled at giving her characters great scenes and dialogue- it's like watching a movie in my head! My favorite is when Noah catches Cassie lip-synching in her kitchen and she sees a whole other side of him as he joins in and encourages her to just have fun, while he sees the side of her that is yearning to let go and live passionately. This is the second book in Rachael Anderson's Meet Your Match series, and Noah and his daughters are minor characters in the first book, Prejudice Meets Pride which features his sister as the lead. I recommend reading them in order to fully understand the backgrounds of all characters in the books, but they are also written to be read as stand-alone novels. (Thank you to Ebooks For Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined is my first book by Rachael Anderson. I was very impressed with Ms Anderson's writing skill and story telling abilities. This book is a fast paced read with plenty of humor, drama and sexy bits. My favorite part of the book though, was the fantastic characters. I enjoyed Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined and would happily read more from Rachael Anderson in the future. Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined is book 2 in the Meet Your Match Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the Meet Your Match series by Rachael Anderson.  The first is Pride Meets Prejudice.  And Rachael has announced a 3rd book in the series called Stick in the Mud meets Spontaneity.  Rachael Anderson develops a wonderful group of characters in a Colorado town in the first book in this series.  In that book, we hear of Noah Mackie, but he is not a main character.  He takes the main role in this book.  He is a single father, but lives next door to his sister and her husband.  They are an important part of Noah's life and the lives of his daughters.  At the same time, they are getting ready to become parents and have their own lives to focus on.  Plus, there are many great supporting characters that literally support him in his efforts with his two daughters.  His neighbor, whom I love, is a matchmaker and pushes Noah in to meeting Cassie.   The relationship between Noah and Cassie is tough.  They each have issues coming in to their acquaintance.  The idea of dating each other is difficult.  The story explores their baggage as well as their willingness to let that baggage go for another chance at love.  It is interesting to read about each of their experience with shedding their preconceived judgments of the other person.  Each brings their previous life experience with their relationships in to meeting each other.  As they let their judgments go they allow themselves to see each other for who they really are. This is a clean, contemporary romance.   Warnings: Reference to death of spouse I would let my 17 year old daughter read this book.  
dutcheja More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. I loved all the characters and I was familiar with a few of them from reading the first book. This story is about a single Dad with 2 girls and a dance teacher with a few too many knocks in the head from life. She is extremely guarded and doesn't let anyone get too close, he is very open and full of fun and laughter. She is cautious and he throws caution to the wind. He has loved and lost but has moved on to be the best Dad he can and to give his girls a wonderful childhood and she has lost and never wants to let anyone close to her ever again. Her love story wasn't like his. Hers was bitter and polarizing and has taken too much from her. She doesn't trust herself to make good choices and isn't really sure she even knows who she is anymore. It's a wonderful romance and a definite must read.
JAB4422 More than 1 year ago
Cassie is an Irish dance instructor and two of her students are Kajsa and Adelynn. They are daughters to single dad, Noah. His neighbor, Becky, keeps trying to set the pair up but Cassie and Noah are not cooperating. Noah is a contractor who refinishes Cassie's basement. Sparks fly when they slowly get to know each other and not pushed. The character development is wonderful in this story. Noah lost his wife a few years ago and is doing everything he can to make life good for his daughters who are his entire life and he likes it that way. Cassie is also a widow but she had an unhappy marriage so was not terribly saddened by her husband's death. Neither are looking for love again but for very different reasons. Noah was a great dad doing everything he could for his girls like cooking (though he wasn't very good at it) and taking them to dance classes. Even when he lost his job, he kept the girls first and never let them know how difficult things got for him. I found Cassie to be annoying when she was holding back from a relationship with Noah because of the way her ex-husband treated her. By about 3/4 of the way through the book she irritated me so much that I wanted to yell at her to wake up and smell the roses! I liked the way the neighbors and family tried to help Noah with his dating life. He wanted them to leave him alone but they knew it was time for him to move on so they kept setting up dates and babysitters. The way Cassie and Noah got together was so sweet. It was nice that they did it themselves and didn't feel the pressure that they would have if it had been an setup. I received a complementary copy of Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined by Inspired Kathy in exchange for my honest review.
btrx71 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! It is a heart-warming story about love and taking chances. The characters are so well developed. I couldn't help laughing and even shed tears for them. The dialogue is funny. The story is easy to read full of emotion and humor. I read this book in one day. I really enjoyed reading along as they faced their fears and uncertainties and opened themselves up to possibilities and each other. Noah is a single father who has love and patience to spare. He gives it all to his girls, his friends, his family, but has stopped looking for more for himself. Cassie, his girls' dance teacher, is a woman afraid of losing the self she has just started finding again. This book uses humor and honesty to help these two find what they didn't even realize they needed.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
You don't need to read the first book to enjoy this one. It stands alone just fine. I do recommend reading the first book though. This author writes lovely, clean romances full of chemistry and anticipation(my two favorite things in romance). I think both Noah and Cassie were pretty rough around the edges in their own ways. Before they met, they both thought they knew what they wanted, and they both had emotions they needed to work through. This was a second chance for both of them, and I enjoyed their story. The ARC of Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Noah in Prejudice Meets Pride.  He was this dad who had just really had a rough go of it. I loved that he really seemed to find a person who was his equal in this story and someone who loved his girls.  I also loved that he seemed to really be finding his place and landing on his feet. I loved the story line and how it developed in this one, but felt it dragged a little more than in Prejudice Meets Pride. I did love that we got the continuation of the the characters from the first story! 
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Cassie is trying to escape her past disastrous marriage. Noah is trying to just get by as a single father of two daughters. When their friends try to set them up, neither of them are interested. However, each of them has a skill that the other one needs. When they begin to work together, they begin to feel a pull towards each others. The real question is whether they will let their pasts overcome their potential future. This book was a great read. I loved that Cassie was an Irish step dance teacher. That was really fun the way that was incorporated into the story. I thought Noah was a great guy too, but I could see why Cassie's past was really holding her back. I've known people coming out of abusive marriages (and let's face it, that's what Cassie had), and it is truly difficult for them to get away from the mindset they had while being abused. I felt like that part of Cassie's story really rang true.  I felt like Noah really handled the situation well, as much as possible anyway. Watching these two work through everything was fun. There was just enough conflict to be interesting, but not enough to bog the story down in unnecessary problems. This is a sweet romance, and a fairly quick read. It will make you cheer for these two characters to get together too. Review provided for review.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. THIS SERIES! FUN! CLEAN! WITTY! FANTASTIC! Cassie's husband recently passed away and has left some deep scars. She doesn't want to repeat the past and has vowed to never marry again. She has a chance for a fresh start and she is devoting all her time and money and talents in teaching dance. Only one problem... She wants to teach dance from home, but her basement is unfinished. Calling on her friend Becky for help... Cassie is surprised to open the door to not only Becky but Noah too. Noah is Becky's neighbor and also the father of two of Cassie's dance students. Becky quickly explains that Noah has to skills to turn her basement into something spectacular. Noah just lost his job so he is grateful for this opportunity to work. He is a single dad with two darling girls and the memories of his late wife filling up his life. He is not looking to move forward in his love life. But Becky has other ideas for both of them :) Sometimes friends can push you "exactly where you need to go." Don't plan on doing anything else until this book is finished, because you won't be able to put it down. SO. SO. SO. GOOD!
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined, the second book in the Meet Your Match Series, author Rachael Anderson weaves another wonderful lighthearted romantic tale of opposites attracting and finding love. Two wounded people meet ... but can they let go of their past, learn to trust, and open up their hearts in order to get a second chance at love? Noah Mackie is a widower raising two little girls. His rough around the edges appearance can be deceiving ... and he doesn't have time for his neighbor's matchmaking attempts ... that is until he meets his daughters' dance instructor, Cassie Ellis. Cassie Ellis is a widow, who is relieved to be out of an abusive marriage. With a dance studio to run and a chance to rediscover who she really is, Cassie isn't ready to test the dating and relationship waters ... that is until she meets Noah Mackie, the father of two of her dance students. Can two broken people learn to reach out towards each other, find a way to heal, and let love back into their lives? Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined is a clean romantic tale that has a great mixture of romance, humor, drama, family dynamics, and life lessons. The author easily draws the reader into Noah and Cassie's and story, you can't help but embrace them and enjoy the development of their relationship: from their awkward meeting, to gradually forming a friendship and overcoming their differences, to discovering that there is something more growing between them. It was fun to watch how they learned to overcome their fears, rough edges (Noah) and refine nature (Cassie), and discover that opposites really do attract, and that their differences actually make them perfect together. This story has a nice mixture of humor and sweetness that will simply make you smile. I look forward to reading Stick In The Mud Meets Spontaneity, the third book in the series. If you are looking for a fun, flirty, and lighthearted romantic feel good story, then look no further, Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined is the book for you. Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined is the second book in the Meet Your Match Series. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
GReba More than 1 year ago
This addition to the growing Perfect Match series is the perfect blend of everything you'd expect.  It starts with the introduction of a leading lady (Cassie) that's been lead a bit too much, lost more than anyone could know, and is just trying to find her bearings once again.  Next, we meet our leading man (Noah), or at least our potential leading man if he can ever get her answer to his all important question of what her favorite flavor of ice cream is.  Trust me, it's important.  ^_^  Following the intros, we get to know each where they were, where they are, and where they each believe they are going.  Yeah...BELIEVE is the operative word here because life as we all know can only be anticipated, prepared for, but never TRULY expected.  Case in point proven here and what neither was looking for, just might be found if they can get on the same page, push past their insecurities and uncover what they want before the moment passes them bye.  Do they in fact?  Well now, I can't tell you that.  That's like spilling the beans on the ending before the show has even begun!  Suffice it to say that you'll enjoy every minute of it....because I know I sure did. **review copy received in exchange for my honest review...full post can be seen on my site***
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I liked it! Both lead characters have been through death of their mate. But they had very different marriages. Noah had a happy marriage and has two cute girls. Cassie had a bad one. Neither one is looking to try it again. I have been their. Noah has been laid off because construction jobs have not been had. He is a single father with lots of help from his Sister and good neighbors. I really want to know does the vacuum really work on pony tails. We met Noah's sister, his two adorable daughters Kajsa & Adelynn , & neighbors in Prejudice Meets Pride (Meet Your Match, #1) and I can't wait till I can read the next book in the series. Cassie has been isolated from her family for two years. She had a unhappy marriage. She is teaching Irish dancing and working part time. I like her family. Kajsa and Adelynn get given four months of dance lessons from Cassie as a birthday gifts. Adelynn loves dancing. Kajsa tries but she loves horses. I really like both girls. This is a clean read, I loved reading it. I wanted to see more of their lives. Maybe I will have to go back and read Prejudice Meets Pride again. I was given this ebook to read from the author so I could give honest review of it and be part of Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined blog tour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book can stand alone, as it follows the story of a secondary character from Book 1. Noah is a single, widower father, raising two young girls. He's a manly man--a man who works hard and is hands on. He can't do a decent ponytail, until he figures out a way to use the vacuum to suck the girls hair tight; he's not a great cook, but does enough to get by; and he's not looking for love again. He appears to be a little rough around the edges--ripped jeans, paint-splattered shirts, and slightly unorganized, yet appearances can be deceiving. Noah's girls are adorable! They're so different from one another, yet they are best friends. One is into dance and girly things and the other is into horses. They unknowingly bridge a gap. Cassie is a widow--one who is relieved to be a widow because of her unhappy marriage. She isn't looking for love either. Her marriage left her with the need to rebel--to an extent: pink everything, pizza delivered, a basement finished in a way that pleases her, etc. Cassie feels she needs to move slowly in her relationships in order to rediscover herself. Cassie is a dancer and really feels emotion through her movements and music. She's very outwardly refined, but she has insecurities, just like everyone else. I love the way she handles and treats Noah's girls. I love the journey these two took to finding themselves, learning to compromise, and realizing their true hearts desires. I loved the ice cream/personality analysis. What a fun way to look at life! I loved seeing familiar characters in side roles, supporting their loved ones. The story engaged me and drew me in and I found myself cheering Noah and Cassie on. There were a few unexpected twists, but I was satisfied with the results. Content: Only kissing. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Old_Tome More than 1 year ago
Rachel's books are so fun to read! Her flawless style and entertaining prose draw you right in and make the main characters some of your newest best friends. Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined is super cute with romance sweet enough to melt your heart and want to cheer on Cassie and Noah. The renovation made me happy, I thought the bit about the ice cream was cute, and I adored the song lyrics. And doesn't it have the most adorable cover?