Matchmaker extraordinaire Kennedy Pepperdine has everything she could ask for — dream job, great friends, and a perfect boyfriend. But when she gets stuck in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she makes a startling confession — maybe her boyfriend isn’t all she hoped for. However, as the creator of a new matchmaking software with 99% accuracy, Justin has to be the right man for her. So thankfully, once the elevator doors open, Kennedy will never see her temporary confidant again. However, when the holiday season arrives, Kennedy heads home with Justin to meet his family, where to her horror she discovers that the handsome stranger is Justin’s own brother.
Matt Ellis is less than thrilled when he recognizes his brother’s new fiancée. Why did she agree to marry him after admitting doubts about their relationship? Nonetheless, for his mother’s sake, Matt is determined to be on his best behavior and keep an eye on the woman in the process. But the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more drawn he becomes to the beautiful and sweet woman. Suddenly, he finds himself warring between loyalty to his brother and his heart.
Hallmark’s A Very Merry Mix Up meets While You Were Sleeping in Jennifer Shirk’s Wrong Brother, Right Match. The story offers a light and entertaining read, perfect for those cold evenings when lounging with a hot drink and warm blanket. The cast, story, and setting are what one would expect in a holiday romance.
For the most part, I liked Kennedy and Matt, though their first encounter was too much and too fast. The whole situation set them up as shallow and unlikeable, detracting from the romance that would follow. But once I got past their initial introduction and reached the Ellis household, they seemed like two very different people from the ones I originally met in the elevator. Gone was the man who seemed to only want to get laid, gone was woman who drank too much champagne and flung herself into the arms of a man not her boyfriend. In their place stood a man who put family first and a woman caught between her heart and her head. Those characters I could root for. I enjoyed watching their growing feelings, empathized with their struggles to fight them, and cheered when everything finally worked out.
The quaint setting, fun banter, and kind family all added charm to the tale. While this is the third installment in the Anyone But You series, a fact I didn’t know until most of the way through, I didn’t have a problem following the events and didn’t feel like I missed things. I recommend Wrong Brother, Right Match to readers looking for a lighthearted, holiday story.
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley. Thanks!