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Monday, June 18, 2018

Make Me a Match by Mackenzie Lucas - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Mackenzie Lucas and her new book, “Make Me a Match”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Mackenzie and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Make Me a Match
by Mackenzie Lucas


GENRE: Fantasy



Widower Mark Cage is rusty at relationships. He owns the micro-brewery that supplies the restaurant and bar at St. Augustine's premiere spa resort, Essence, with its award winning local craft beer. And he’s been focused on building his business and raising his teenage daughter ever since his wife died ten years ago. Nothing else.

When he runs into a sweet kindergarten teacher who is vacationing in St. Augustine and staying at Essence everything changes. A sudden, inexplicable encounter with a mystical tree known for its legend of bringing lovers together, convinces Mark the schoolteacher is his destined match. However, his encounters are disastrous.

His only hope of persuading the woman he wants to even consider a date with him is working with Essence’s on-site relationship guru, Athena Sullivan. A reknowned relationship coach, Athena is the opposite of everything Mark wants in a woman. She’s feisty, independent, and challenges him at every turn. Sparks fly between the two from their first meeting and flare into a blazing inferno as Athena helps him navigate the dating scene.

After a series of too-perfect, mis-queued dates, Mark realizes maybe the woman of his dreams is not a sweet schoolteacher after all. Maybe she’s a feisty, independent, sexy relationship coach who stands up to him and is everything he’s always wanted or needed in a woman.

If he opens himself up to true love, he might just find second chances at love are possible and that his perfect soul mate is closer than he thinks.



Meeting the Kindergarten Teacher

Sally, Mark’s best friend, waved when she saw him. “Mark, I want you to meet someone.”

He walked over, hands shoved in his jeans pockets. “Hey, there.”

Daphne extended her hand. “Hello, I’m Daphne Moore.”

He froze, mesmerized by the elfin features of the pretty woman.

Sally poked him hard in the ribs, giving him a not so subtle hint.

“Oh, hi. I’m Mark Cage.”

He hadn’t done this in forever. He was a little rusty. Sally poked him a second time and stared at Daphne’s hand just as she started to lower it, looking unsure of herself.

Mark recovered. Pulled his right hand from his pocket and grabbed hers.

But in his rush, he fumbled. Yanked a little harder than he’d intended to pump it in an exuberant handshake.

She stumbled.

He dropped her hand.

She smiled sweetly and rubbed her wrist and hand gingerly. Her face flushed pink. “Sally tells me you run a microbrewery.”

“Yes.” He nodded, at a loss about what topics to discuss with a kindergarten teacher. The silence stretched out.

Daphne looked between Mark and Sally. Her face flushed a deeper shade of pink. Almost as if she didn’t know what to say, either.


She sure was pretty. Mark liked the way her long skirt flowed easily over her slim hips. “You’re a teacher?”

“Yes, I teach kindergarten. Five-year-old kids.”

His daughter hadn’t been five for a lot of years. He could barely remember when she was five. “Learning to read and write,” he finally came up with after a long, painful pause.

“Exactly. Plus social skills. How to interact appropriately with others. How to play nice together. Those kinds of necessary life skills.”

Sally snickered and tapped his toe with her foot. “Maybe you should go back to kindergarten. Do you some good.”

Mark scowled, then turned back to Daphne. “What brings you to St. Augustine?”

“Vacation. A much-needed break.” She picked at the button on her sweater and her gaze skittered away from his. “I’m primary caregiver for my dad. He’s got terminal cancer.”

“I’m sorry. I lost my wife to cancer ten years ago. It’s never easy.” Now Mark really had no idea how to continue the conversation. “Were you waiting for someone?” His words sounded a little sharper than he’d intended.

Daphne hugged herself. “Actually, I am.” She glanced around like she was searching for a lifeline.

“Oh.” Shit. This was not going well.

She lifted a hand and waved at someone behind Mark. Her face split into a sunny smile and her shoulders sagged in relief. “Hello. Over here.”

“There you are.” The voice of the woman at the bar—the one who’d been coming on to Jason—sounded right behind Mark.

He stiffened. What could she want with his sweet Daphne? To corrupt her? Oh, no. Not on his watch.

Sally turned, all smiles. “Athena. When did you get here?”

“Just now.”

Mark frowned fiercely at her. “Yeah, after a drink in the bar with Jason.”

She smirked. “Jealous?”

“Hell, no.” He barked the words. Daphne jumped. “Just thought that Sal should know what you’ve been up to.”

“Sally knows exactly what I’m up to here, don’t you, sweetie?” She smiled at Sally. “Plus, she bought me the drink.” Athena threw her head back and laughed, exposing the strong, tanned column of her neck.

In that instant, Mark had the insane urge to sink his teeth into the spot just below her ear. The tender one. Bite gently and scrape his teeth down along her skin. Make her moan and arch against him.

Fuck. Where had that come from?

Beads of sweat popped onto his forehead.

He glanced at Daphne who appeared as if she might take flight at any second.

He didn’t want Athena. So why the scandalous thoughts? Because Athena was the type of woman to inspire hot, dirty passion-filled thoughts. Not what he wanted or needed. Nope. He wanted Daphne. Sweet, kind Daphne.

Athena winked at Sally. “Jase and I go way back.”

“Yes, I’m well aware of what Athena’s job is here. And I welcome it. I am in no way threatened. I trust her. I trust Jason. She knows exactly what she’s doing.”

“What the fuck are you talking about?” They could not be talking about what he thought they were talking about. “She was just coming on to your fiancé at the bar.”

Athena rolled her eyes. “Men.”

Sally slapped a hand over her eyes. “You are a Neanderthal, aren’t you? Do you only think with your small head?”

Pissed, he squinted at Sally. Then he glanced at Daphne. She’d blanched white, almost like she could pass out. Fuck. Working with kindergartners, she wasn’t used to this kind of talk.

Athena moved in and put her arm around Daphne. “Let’s go, girlfriend. We’ve got weekend plans to make for you, darling. You’re going to love what I have in mind.” She herded Daphne around Mark.

“It was nice meeting you,” Daphne said, weakly.

Mark turned to watch them go, only to catch Athena turn her head and stick her tongue out at him.

What the hell?

Sally turned to Mark. “I like her.”

“You would.” Mark grunted. “But you shouldn’t. You can’t trust her.”

“I’d better be able to trust her. I just hired her, for a whopping salary, as the resort’s new relationship coach. She’ll be running dating events over the next couple of months. Hooking people up. It’s a trial run. See if it’s a value-added service our clientele would enjoy. Daphne is her first client here.”

Great, just great.

She was searching for a mate. And now Athena had her claws into the poor, sweet woman. He’d better ask her out soon, or he might just lose his chance. “I thought the meeting with Daphne went well, what do you think?”

Sally stared at him like he had two heads. “You’re crazy, right?”

“No. I like her.”

“Of course you do. She’s sweet and pliable and kind. And absolutely not the woman for you.”

“You said that before. And I disagree. I think she liked me.”

“Of course you do,” she repeated. “She had no idea what to think of you—as you outright accused her coach of hitting on my fiancé. Way to go, maverick.”

“Tell your Athena woman to seek no further.” Mark waved his hand in dismissal, because in his mind it was a settled deal. “I want to date Daphne. No need for that chick to hook her up with anyone else.”

“Uh-huh.” Sally rubbed her hand over her forehead, then peeked back up at him. “You scared the crap out of Daphne, you know that, right?”

Mark shuffled his feet. Yes, he was over six feet tall. He had a big build. Wide shoulders. He could intimidate lots of people. But Daphne hadn’t quailed when she first met him. “She didn’t seem to mind my size.”

“Had nothing to do with your size, doofus. Had everything to do with your mean-boy attitude toward Athena and the comments about Jason. Scandalized the poor teacher. She can’t handle the kind of in-your-face conflict you dish out. I understand you, but I’ve known you forever. I get there’s no bite under that bark. Daphne doesn’t know you yet. If you want a chance at all with her, you need to tone it down, bud.”

Mark stared at the toes of his shoes. Was she right? Had he come across too strong? He’d forgotten how to play this game. How to put his best foot forward. He lifted his chin. “I’ll try. Talk to Athena, okay?”

“Deal. But I can’t promise anything.”

“Just talk to her.” With those words, Mark stalked out of Essence, certain Athena-the-shrew had just ruined his whole future love life. Damned if he’d allow that to happen. Not when he’d just found the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.

Oh, hell, no. Not gonna happen.



This book was such a fun, enjoyable, quick read that was hard to put down!

This book is about widower Mark Cage and his not so lucky life in the romance department.  However, all that is about to change when Mark’s teenage daughter, who is about to leave for college is worried about leaving her dad all alone.  So, in an attempt to find him a love interest, she purchases a matchmaking package with sexy relationship guru, Athena Sullivan.  Little does she know that Athena is the last person her dad would ask for help – especially in matters of his love life.

Although Mark is not thrilled about having to work with Athena, he knows his daughter’s heart was in the right place.  Athena teaches Mark the dating basics for him to use on his crush, a sweet, kindergarten teacher.  However, after spending so much time with Athena he realizes he misjudged her.  Furthermore, Mark realizes the attraction and chemistry he has for Athena.  Will Athena also share these same feelings?  Are these two soulmates and destined for true love?  Sorry – no spoilers here!  But you’ll definitely want to find out how this one ends!

This book was a super quick, easy, fun read at only 133 pages!  I was able to finish this book in just two sittings!  It would have one if I actually didn’t have to sleep lol.

I liked the main characters, Mark and Athena.  They were likable, relatable, and genuine.  Mark is strong-willed, determined, grumpy, and at times naturally humorous.  Athena is tough, confident, fearless, sassy, and at times a bit cheeky.  I really enjoyed the scenes where Mark was stewing over having to work with Athena and vice versa.  Also, since both characters are quite stubborn it certainly made for some fun and witty banter between those two!

The writing style is fluid, well developed, and at a steady pace.

I like that this book touches on many topics such as love, romance, friendship, second chances, determination, devotion, growth, faith, hope, fantasy, magic, moving on, starting over, new beginnings, overcoming obstacles, and so much more!

This book is book five of the Soul Mate Tree Book Series.  Each book in this series is written by a different author, but all of them tie in to the Soul Mate Tree theme.  Therefore, each book can easily be read on its own.  This was my first book in the series and I did not have any trouble reading it or get lost in the story.

I will be reading and reviewing additional books in this series and look forward to sharing my take on those books with you soon!

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book to all romantic, fantasy readers!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Mackenzie Lucas is an avid reader of genre fiction. She writes contemporary and paranormal romance, and listens to an eclectic mix of music. She loves a good story, whether it’s an erotic short, a full-length romance novel, or the narrative slice-of-life found in country music. In any story, emotional integrity and authenticity are most important to her as well as a big dose of romping hot sexual tension. She enjoys smart-mouthed, sexy heroines, hunky alpha heroes who know how to take care of their women, and plot twists that surprise her, but most of all, she just wants to experience the satisfying emotional arc of a character falling in love and finding what he or she needs most in life.

Mac is a small-town country girl with a world-traveler’s heart. She grew up in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and she’s lived in Dublin, Ireland, within spitting distance of New York City in Long Island, and now in the Washington, D.C. area. She obtained her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Dickinson College and received her M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s currently an author for Soul Mate Publishing and is represented by Otis and Mackintosh Literary Agency.

With Mackenzie Lucas—whether you’re reading her light paranormal romance or her small-town-based contemporary romance—you’ll always find a heart-warming love story about connectedness, community, and emotional authenticity. And, no, it doesn’t hurt that all her heroes are panty-melting gorgeous alphas and all their sexy, sensually aware heroines know how to stand up to them, give no quarter, and love them just as they are.

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  1. Mackenzie ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. I just loved your excerpt and cover.