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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Matchmaker Club by Kayley Wood - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Kayley Wood and her new book, “The Matchmaker Club”!  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 Kayley and to increase your chances of winning!

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

The Matchmaker Club
by Kayley Wood


GENRE: Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit



How do you loosen up a rigid, brooding billionaire with a broken heart? Nothing a game of Spin the Bottle, a skinny dipping dare, and poison ivy couldn't fix!

This feel-good rom-com is quickly becoming another fan favorite in the hilarious and sweet Club Series.

"I couldn’t put the book down. The story was great."
~ Jillian 5 Stars

"OH THE FEELS! A great read!"
~ littleboodamommy 5 Stars

"If you like heartwarming romantic comedies then you’ll definitely enjoy this book!"
~ Amanda Beaumont 5 Stars

"There are several moments that will leave you giggling, and even more that will leave you sighing in content. You cannot go wrong when you click a book in this series."
~ Des 5 Stars

Hilarious. Sweet. Sassy.

It is an indisputable fact that Reed women are not marriage material.

The great-granddaughter of a famous burlesque dancer, the granddaughter of an ex-hippie, and the daughter of an eccentric artist, Taylor quickly learns the heartbreaking lesson of her family curse after her first love ends in rejection.

Apparently, Reed women are not girlfriend material either.

Nestled in a small town in Maine, Cedar Gardens is the worn-down estate which the Reed women call home. But there’s one catch: It doesn’t belong to them. Almost seventy years ago, Mortimer J. Freeman bought the place for his long-lost love, Marlena Reed. Now, his great-grandson—and heir to billions—Lucas Freeman is in town with an agenda: to quietly reclaim the estate and Mortimer’s old love letters to Marlena while avoiding a family scandal. But Taylor’s grandmother has another plan: to play matchmaker with Taylor and Lucas before all three Reed women are kicked out of the only home they have ever known.

The problem? Taylor can’t stand the brooding billionaire, who doesn’t understand the gravity of a triple dog dare or the fun of blowing bubbles in your milk. Responsibility, reliability, and routine are Lucas’s mantra. That is, until the fiery Taylor schemes up a hilarious to-do list to break him out of his habitual shell and, in the process, turns his world upside down.

But falling in love wasn’t part of any of their plans.

Does Cedar Gardens have enough magic to bring Taylor and Lucas together, or will the Reed family curse win out in the end?

THE MATCHMAKER CLUB is the heartwarming, yet hilarious third installment in the Club Series. A New Adult Romantic Comedy full of lol moments, lovable characters, strong female bonds, and gives all the feels!



I slipped off my shoes and curled up into the side chair. The windows were open and the crickets were going full force under a clear night sky.

“Have you looked into any houses yet?” My grandmother pulled a needle through fabric meant to add to her collection of bed pillows.

“No,” I said.

“Have you changed your mind about what we talked about?”

“The man lives and breathes rules and routine. I couldn’t get through to him if I tried.”

“He’s been through a lot recently. Sometimes routine can be a comforting way to deal with it.”

“What do you mean?”

“Do you know he was engaged not so long ago?”

Probably a business merger.

She pulled the needle up and through the fabric again. “Beautiful woman. Vibrant. She’s a fashion buyer who travels all over the world.”

That did not sound like someone Lucas would end up with.

“What happened? Did he call it off?”

“From what the tabloids said, she did, and not long after he proposed.”

“She probably realized how uptight he is and decided to save herself a lifetime of misery.”

A creak sounded from the staircase, and we all turned to find Lucas standing there, his stare even more brooding than usual.

Oh no.

I turned away and sunk down in my chair.



Wow!!!  Wow!!!  Wow!!!

I absolutely loved this book!!!

This book was super cute, sweet, fun, romantic, realistic, intriguing, and ever so satisfying!

I really enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down!!

Although, early in the year, this book has easily become a favorite and I know will be one of the top books I will have read and reviewed this year!!!

This book is a great example of the enemies to lovers and the opposites attract themes.  And although not necessarily a new concept, the author found a way to keep the story line refreshing, exciting, and entertaining!!

Taylor was constantly told that Reed women are not wife or girlfriend material.  After her first love ends in heartbreak, Taylor starts to believe her family curse.  But all that is about to change when Lucas arrives to evict the Reeds from his family’s estate.  His visit not only causes stress, frustration, and chaos – but also confusion when Taylor and Lucas start to hit it off.  Is Lucas really the enemy?  Will Taylor and Lucas end up together?  Can a Reed woman actually find true love and have a HEA?  Or are the Reed women truly cursed?  No spoilers here!!  But you will definitely want to read this book to find out what happens!!

I really enjoyed the main characters, Taylor, her grandmother, her aunt, and Lucas.  They were likable, relatable, and genuine.  I really liked Taylor!!  I felt an instant connection with Taylor and was able to easily relate with her.  She was sweet, smart, sassy, caring, considerate, passionate, determined – the friend you’d turn to and want on your side!  Lucas was the more stubborn, closed-off, stuffy, strict, smug, and arrogant jerk at first – but over the story line he changes – for the better and is a guy you’d not only approve of, but also root for!  I loved Taylor and Lucas together!  I loved how opposite they were in so many ways, yet so alike in others.  It really made them seem so raw, realistic, relatable, and well-developed.  I enjoyed their witty back and forth banter and how passionately heated their conversations got, and those many in between LOL moments and adventures.

Taylor’s mom passed away when she was only three years old after battling breast cancer.  This definitely made Taylor even easier to click with and a stronger, deeper character, as I’ve had to watch my mom suffer from multiple cancer diagnoses, surgeries, chemo and radiation treatments, etc., over the years.  Thankfully my mom is finally in remission.  However, it’s only temporary, as it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when she will get another cancer diagnosis.

I really enjoyed that the author created flawed and damaged characters that really showcased her writing style and ability to push her characters to reach their full potential over their arc.  This is especially so with Lucas, as his character had such significant growth, development, and improvement over the course of the book.

A strong character development journey to root for and enjoy watching it unfold!

This book has a creative story line, excellent writing style with vivid scenes, relatable characters, is evenly paced, and keeps you entertained through the last page.

Again, I would like to point out that I really liked the character arc progression as I felt both Taylor and Lucas had quite a bit of growing and maturing to do at the beginning of the book.  And, it was quite impressive to see their overall development and success together at the end.

This book is book three in The Club Book Series.  It can be read as a standalone.  I had not previously read the other two books in this series before reading this book and was not lost or confused while reading this book.  However, there seems to be character and story line overlaps.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!  I think all romantic comedy and chick lit readers will like this book too – and this book series!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**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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1.)  Surround yourself with some incredible, kick-ass women you call friends.

2.)  Don’t worry about failure or mistakes. It’s how you respond to them that makes all the difference.

3.)  An appletini is never complete without two cherries.




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  1. Kayley ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! 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. Hi Ally, Thanks so much for such a thoughtful review! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. :) This one is my personal favorite of the series and near and dear to my heart. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to your mom. She sounds like an incredibly strong woman!

  3. I've really enjoyed following the tour for The Matchmaker Club and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way!