Thanks so much Touchstone Books for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.
Sasha Goldberg has a lot going for her: a recent journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a relationship that would be amazing if her finance-bro boyfriend Jonathan would ever look up from his BlackBerry. But when her dream career falls through, she uses her family’s darkest secret to land a job as a matchmaker for New York City’s elite at the dating service Bliss. Despite her inexperience, Sasha throws herself into her new career, trolling for catches on Tinder, coaching her clients through rejection, and dishing out dating advice to people twice her age. She sets up a TV exec who wanted kids five years ago, a forty-year-old baseball-loving virgin, and a consultant with a rigorous five-page checklist for her ideal match. Sasha hopes to find her clients The One, like she did. But when Jonathan betrays her, she spirals out of control—and right into the arms of a writer with a charming Southern drawl, who she had previously set up with one of her clients. He’s strictly off-limits, but with her relationship on the rocks, all bets are off.
This is the perfect palate cleanser to balance out those heavy reads. It’s easy-breezy, quickly paced, addictive, and so much fun to read! I kept flipping through the pages to see what decisions our main protagonist would make next. The story centers on Sasha Goldberg, a recent college graduate living in New York City, who is desperate to find a job. She is the product of divorced parents as her mom was a Russian mail order bride. So needless to say her parents didn’t make the best match. She soon finds herself working for an elite matchmaking service, in the midst of the dating scene trying to pair people together. Of course, things start to go wrong when her own love life gets entangled with her clients.
I am not usually a romcom reader, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I especially appreciate the realistic elements and how not everything is neatly wrapped up in a bow. And I’m obsessed with the eye-catching cover!! PLAYING WITH MATCHES is the perfect summer read with well-thought-out and complex characters that will keep you totally engaged. This is a debut novel, so I’m very interested to see what Orenstein comes out with next!
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars!
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