Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match, #2)
Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined
by Rachael Anderson
(Meet Your Match #2)
December 14, 2014
245 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Content: Clean
Source: Amazon Prime
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.
I loved this book. I loved it even more than the first book. I fell in love with Noah's daughters in Prejudice Meets Pride, so I was very excited to get to know their dad. And Noah did not disappoint. This widower has not had the easiest of times since his wife's untimely death, but that hasn't stopped him from being a completely loving father. But this busy dad hasn't had even an inclination toward dating again. That is, until his helpful yet pushy neighbor decides to matchmake. 

Enter Cassie, who has had her own dose of hardships and changes in her personal life. She may like Noah's meddling neighbor and have a soft spot for his daughters, but she has less of a desire to date than even Noah has. But life, circumstances, natural chemistry, and ice cream have a way of making even those fighting fate have to stop, take notice, and even give in. 

I loved watching Noah and Cassie's relationship unfold. The pace was perfect. These were two people that I loved getting to know individually and as a couple. And they were likable! Noah is the ultimate great guy and Cassie, though slower to get on board, had such a genuine heart. I loved that while their relationship wasn't intentional on their part, it became a huge source of hope and healing for both of them. Then add the girls into the mix, and they became such a wonderful family unit. 

Truly, if you like clean romance, you'll love this book. I can't recommend it enough. And if you tend toward a steamier romance, I still say give this a shot. Noah and Cassie's story is truly sweet and special. I absolutely loved it!

Pride Meets Prejudice (#1)
Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (#2)

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