Her Best Match: The Best Girls, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Feisty, 45, and bored with life in Texas, Anne Best is about to get more than she bargained for.
The lovely widow with two grown daughters heads off to the Big Apple for a job interview, expecting no more than a few days adventure in New York City, only to find herself with a new job working for the most infuriating man she's ever met.
Billionaire Steven Gherring is one of New York's most eligible bachelors, and he has every intention of staying that way. But Gram has other ideas. She's on a not-so-secret campaign to find a wife for her grandson. Passions rise along with hemlines as Gram joins forces with Anne, a veteran matchmaker, to find the perfect match for Steven.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 25 minutes|
|Narrator||J. Grace Pennington|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 17, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #178,643 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,766 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,673 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#13,660 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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Not only that, she bossed everyone around, forced them to match up the way she wanted and then pouted when it didn't suit her. This woman was supposed to be 45 and a sensible mother of adults? Quite frankly, the girls were more mature than she was. I can't see what the hero saw in her and he was - seriously - a gorgeous hunk of 50 - yes FIFTY - who'd never been married?
The dog, Gandalf, didn't have nearly enough of a profile in the book and he was the only sane character!
It was unbelievable how Anne would treat her new boss sarcastically from the interview on. I never liked a story where an author involves two men with one woman.
Anne's Matchmaking from the start of the book when she arrives in New York for her new job with total strangers including her new boss (Steven) drove me nuts. It went on until I finally had to give up reading at 67%. Steven told her many times to stop with trying to match him up with women which she ignored. Anne would blow up and get nasty with Steven over the slightest thing. From the beginning HE would apologize for upsetting her. For being a powerful Billionaire he was made into a weakling wuss when it came to Anne.
Be prepared this book repeats itself over and over again on how everyone has PERFECT bodies men and women! Steven has a hot body, rock hard muscles and a nice butt for someone 50 years old. The women eat large amounts constantly and have perfect bodies, especially Anne at 45 years old.
The poor me with Anne repeating over and over again throughout the whole book on how Steven feels about her also drove me nuts. It was her words not his. Every time he tried to explain his true feelings she would cut him off and leave. HE allowed it!!!
Steven is a Billionaire, has a gym in his apartment and one in the building yet he went to the YMCA to swim. 🙁 A billionaire that couldn't afford one in the building he owns and lives in. 🤔
Steven did so many thoughtful things for Anne and her daughters when they came to visit their mother in New York. Henri sends each woman a basket and you'd think it was filled with gold.
Let's not forget Henri who she'd srnd mixed signals to. When he'd act on them she'd declare he was moving to fast. He was flying her to Paris to be with him yet no sex. He was allowed to have another kiss. Henri is also a hunk, georgous and rich. Not once was it mentioned someone with normal looks and average body. The words hot bodies described everyone.
Anne Best is widowed, but she has two wonderful daughters who love her to bits. Then she gets recruited to one of the prominent companies in New York, and while she's quite confident of her accomplishments, she turns into an accident-prone executive assistant to Steven Gherring, the most eligible bachelor at the age of 49. At first, I thought Steven was a jerk, someone who thought highly of himself and believed that he was God's gift to everyone and that he could get away with everything. But my thoughts about him changed when he became a clumsy and insecure man in front of Anne. Their moments together are both laugh-trip and romance-filled. Definitely worth reading and sighing over.
The other characters who found each other, thanks to Anne's matchmaking skills, were really fun to read. It's like it was really meant for Anne to discover these people and let her do her magic like Cupid. The most fun in the book - Grams. She's a one-of-a-kind grandma who refuses to leave the Earth without seeing her grandson get married. She's a meddler, I know, but I found her cute and winsome. The whole story makes me cringe with delight. Tamie Dearen sure knows how to tickle my funny bones and bring stars to my eyes!
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After countless interviews to find a new executive assistant Steven Gherring is hoping that Ms Curson will just stay instead of leaving after she is married. But realistically that isn't going to happen. The last interview of the day and he is tired and grumpy - then Anne Best walks into his office and his life. Not only does she not know who he is but she counteracts his decisions and gives him a piece of her mind. But there is something about her that makes him offer the job.
A three-month trial and a new life in New York, Anne brings a slice of Texan welcoming with her and suddenly she is making friends wherever she goes - with a slice of matchmaking too. She can't quite work out Mr Gherring though, he appears grumpy and lonely, yet sweet too - maybe she just needs to find him a wife.
A laugh out loud read, watching the spark and banter between Anne and Steven and just wait until you are introduced to Grams!
Anne claims to be naive but more often than not she comes across as stupid. She can’t seem to make rational thoughts or arguments. She claims to have a temper but that didn’t gel with what was written. The only trait she claimed she had was being stubborn, she stubbornly refused to believe in her own abilities or that Steven loves her. She never let him get a word in when he tried to talk to her. No boss would put up with that.
Steven just seemed inept, manipulative and controlling as did Rayna.
This book just made my head hurt and I felt so frustrated with the way it was written.
Totally juvenile read,
Tamie Dearen’s ‘Her Best Match’, however, has presented me with a puzzle. I suppose there are some aspects that might be described as weaknesses, e.g. a successful mother of 45 years of age who cannot walk in high heels. Seriously? She is such a klutz that she keeps falling over her boss. Once is bad enough, but Anne repeats the feat a couple of times more for good measure. She tends also to over-analyse situations almost ad nauseam. And the book itself is perhaps a little longer than it needs to be.
BUT…and it’s a big BUT… do these minor flaws matter in the context of this book? Is not the story the thing? I do not normally read romance stories. I love thrillers and mysteries. But this book has grabbed me. I couldn’t put it down and found myself reading long into the night, trying to find a place where I could naturally stop reading but unable to do so. It ticks every box there is. The story is brilliant, the characters are enchanting and engaging (I almost said ‘enDearen’) and there are plenty of events and episodes that are of genuine interest for the reader to enjoy. We wait for the naive Anne to become aware of the effect she is having on Mr. Gherring while he seems too stuffy to be able to express his feelings, for all the world a Mr. Darcy to his Elizabeth Bennett. All the stuff of romance and the same delayed denouement that one finds in Pride and Prejudice (a book I devoured several times as a sixteen year old.)
And yet, I knew there was something else, an extra ingredient that sets this book above the norm and plays havoc with the reader’s emotions. Then it struck me. Good writing is like good acting. Great actors do not act a part; they become the person they are playing and the acting never intrudes upon the spectator’s involvement. And now I know what is so appealing about Her Best Match. Tamie is not just writing about Anne. She becomes Anne, and is clearly enjoying every second of it, a joy so infectious that the reader cannot but be involved, enthralled, and empathic.
Most people, regardless of the genre they normally read, will enjoy this book. Readers of romance fiction will absolutely love it.
The heroine, Anne is too clumsy for my liking & doesnt even seem to realise what is so obvious to the reader: Mr Gherring fancies her. I found it difficult to believe she’s on such friendly terms with Steven Gherring’s Gran after one meeting. Not very realistic: the ex comes back & asks Anne to put in a kind word & she agrees??? The ex is her “rival”. Why would she agree to that? Obviously she wasn’t in love if she was willing to do that!
The other thing I didn’t like about Anne was she kept interrupting & cutting Steven off mid sentence. I found that very annoying, & for a boss who is supposedly quite hard(?), he was really a pushover. He had plenty of opportunities to tell her off & tell her the truth, but he didn’t.
I liked Henri & wish he’d had a bigger part. I hope he gets his happy ever after, both romantically & with his niece’s health. I also liked Spencer & Emily & hope they do get together, especially if she moves to New York.
It was a pleasant change to make the heroine a widowed 45yr old with 2 grown up daughters. Anne had some insecurities over her body, looks, & abilities, which I do understand as I’m quite similar to Anne (same age, science degree, work PT, rarely in heels etc), but I’m definitely not as clumsy as her.
For someone who’s supposed to be a “seasoned” matchmaker, she couldn’t see what was right in front of her. I did like how the author wrapped everything up & involve people from Anne’s hometown. Didn’t spot that!