by Lauren Blakely
Series: 1001 Dark Nights
Published by Audible Studios on November 1, 2017
Source: Audible Romance Package
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Man seeking woman: Hot, rich, smart, witty, self-made multimillionaire Internet genius seeks classy, intelligent, sexy, fun-loving woman who’s interested in settling down and sharing all the good things.
There. Best. Ad. Ever.
I will absolutely find the woman of my dreams, someone who’ll love me for me.
Even if my sister thinks I need help dating, I’m confident I can pull this off, courtesy of the great worldwide web.
Let me just hit the upload button right now...
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No. Just no. As a woman and a professional matchmaker, I can’t let Dylan Parker run this ad. He’s the catch of all catches. That’s why his sister has asked me to help her ridiculously good-looking, insanely rich, but socially clueless brother find a woman. As a broker of happily ever afters, I’m known as the Stud Finder since I make a great living pairing wildly successful women with men who won’t fleece them but will adore them. After all, what woman in her right mind wouldn’t fall in love with Dylan?
I mean, besides me. It totally won’t be me.
I’m a big fan of Lauren Blakely’s novels because they’re packed with humor, banter, sexiness, and feels. Whenever I read one of her romantic comedies, I know I can expect that great combination. Sadly, Stud Finder missed the mark for me, in many ways.
Dylan is a sexy, tech geek millionaire who’s ready to get hitched, despite the fact that he’s currently single. Wait, what? I had trouble with this premise from the get-go. How many sexy, tech geek millionaires want to be married that badly, before the age of thirty, while currently single?
Evie is a professional matchmaker (aka the Stud Finder). With a great reputation and success rate on her side, she agrees to help out a friend, whose brother is in search of love. Evie agrees to take him on as a new client…and it happens to be Dylan.
Evie and Dylan hit it off right away, which leads to much flirting. But because Dylan’s technically her client (even though no money has changed hands), Evie has a lot of heartache over breaking the “matchmaker’s code” and potentially getting involved with Dylan. She waffles back and forth internally about the pros and cons of dating him, but ultimately the heart wants what the heart wants. And Evie’s heart wants Dylan.
The feeling is certainly mutual, but when they get together, it feels anti-climactic (no pun intended), simply because there isn’t any true conflict to overcome in order to be together. Despite Evie’s many misgivings, Dylan never becomes a full client and the arrangement is always more of a favor to her friend/Dylan’s sister than anything else. So her constant guilt over her feelings seems contrived, like a way of creating conflict or some kind of forbidden romance where they just isn’t one to begin with.
Additionally, the author does some odd editorializing throughout the book, mainly as bookends and midway through. It’s a strange way of telling versus showing.
The thing I liked most about the book is specific to the audio version: I liked Jesse Metcalfe’s narration as Dylan. However, I didn’t enjoy Grace Grant as Evie; I found her voice too mature-sounding for that character.
Because this is a novella, I think the story development suffered as a result and it just doesn’t hold up to the other novels by this author that I’ve loved so much. Ultimately, Stud Finder just didn’t work for me.
Rating: 2 stars