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Upon the request of Queen Marianna, Joss has traveled home with her to analyze the small group of men who are her closest friends. The men immediately resent the presence of a stranger intent upon asking personal questions, especially as Joss bears the title of Matchmaker and they are all quite available for matching......

Title : The Matchmaker
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ISBN : 9781936202133
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 58 Pages
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The Matchmaker Reviews

  • Exina
    2018-11-21 03:12

    The most infuriating story I’ve read lately. The characters are not engaging, I didn’t like to read their portfolios.The storyline is dull, the writing is repetitive and distant. The matches are undeveloped, especially the one between the Matchmaker and Sorrell. I couldn’t feel the attraction, there was no romance. The Queen was reported that Michael adores her, so she went “Oh, well, so I marry him.” It seems so stupid.

  • Cole Riann
    2018-11-19 23:08

    I loved this! Probably my favorite of Megan Derr's short stories.I love a story that deals with the political machinations of a large group of people (like here, at a royal court), the characters are always so interesting and layered, which is something that Megan Derr always does well, and excels at in short format. Here however, she has outdone herself with such a tightly contained story. Many authors could have written this story, but taken three times the length to do it, with brooding angst and narration cutting into the naturally tightly woven prose that makes every scene The Matchmaker really punch.I'll be keeping this one around for a long time!

  • Sala Bim
    2018-11-21 04:12

    Love this author, love her books, love her writing, love her non-explicit sex/nobels/royalty/enemies-to-lovers/opposites attract themes, but I didn't enjoy this story. I'm not a fan of "reformed sluts" so for obvious reasons this wasn't my cup of tea. I guess I just wanted the main character to stick to his principals, do his job, and go back home without seeking the validation of a man, but if need be, at least not a creep like Sorrell. There were literally no redeeming qualities about him and he had unashamedly and indiscriminately slept with EVERYONE in the court, men/women/jesters/idiots/sick & shut in.... I feel like there's a way to write a "bad boy", opposite type without making him deplorable. Ugh. It really made Joss seem pitiful, especially considering all his knowledge of psychology and romance andMatchmaking, I mean it's what he does for a LIVING, discerning creeps and all, so he sure picked a winner. I know, I know: Love is a crazy thing, right? This would have actually been a wonderful read for me if Joss had perhaps stuck to his guns, maintained some dignity (no kisses or anything) and gone home single (job completed) and found someone decent or if he had not even been looking for a man at all. Maybe he could have found another love interest and Sorrell could have just served as like an antagonist or an annoying but harmless meddler who pops up throughout the story, perhaps making the other person jealous (even though there wouldn't have been any reason) or something else to add some dimension to the story. Then I might have said that, here, Derr was a forward-thinking, daring, ballsy mastermind who looked out for her gay male readers (I was thinking that as I was reading before I got to the ending, which seemed kind of like a cop-out to me)....As it stands, I disliked this story in the end. I was intrigued, however, by the idea of a professional matchmaker. Now I may go in search of a better offering with that plotline.

  • Ravyn
    2018-12-10 05:18

    Ok, I'll just say I'm sorry in advance, but I've got to be honest...I really didn't like this story at all.I know, I know, it's MEGAN DERR. Who normally I love. The writing was good of course (as per usual). But this particular story and its characters were just a total miss for me.So what was the problem? Well, generally speaking, I really wasn't feeling the romance. At all. In any way. There are 4 different romantic couples that end up getting together in this short story, so you'd think there'd be some romance involved, right? Well, no. The main duo pretty much hate each other until the very end. And by "the very end" I mean that they only (sort of) get together in the very last sentence. Not romantic, not believable, especially with all the animosity between the two before then. I just didn't get it at all.Now I'm going to run and re-read The Jewels of Bangkok to make myself feel better.

  • L-D
    2018-12-10 00:16

    Joss is a matchmaker whose intuition and ability to read people makes his matchmaking-skills highly valued within his kingdom. When the Queen of a neighboring kingdom requests his services, he travels to help Queen Marianna find a suitable marriage prospect among the men that she loves and trusts the most. When Joss arrives, however, he is disconcerted to find that all of Marianna's male friends are quite reluctant to be the focus of a matchmaker's attentions. Joss must use his powers of observation to find the perfect match for the queen while using his diplomacy to work with stubborn nobles who have secrets to hide.I really enjoyed this story and was very engaged in it. The only issue that I had was that the ending seemed quite abrupt. I didn't dislike the ending, I just think I would have liked a little more detail and closure.

  • Edina Rose
    2018-12-14 05:31

    Since I read "The Protector", this is exactly what I'm looking for when I read a Megan Derr story. Like "The Protector", this is an enemies-to-lovers story and the verbal match is to die for. They want to kill each other as much as they want to fuck each other and they do not pull their punches. Each time they meet, they fight, and they fight dirty! The only thing I regret is that the emphasis was put more on showing the hate than showing the lust, and when they finally got together the book ended rather abruptly. I wanted to see them hot and bothered for the GOOD reason this time, pouring all this hateful passion into raw sex. PS: One of the MCs is an asshole of the worst kind, but he has met his match in the matchmaker.

  • Anna
    2018-12-07 21:32

    Wow, I really really liked this one. I just love Megan Derr's world buildings in each book I read of hers. Her characters are also one of the aspects that really makes me like her books. They're each unique and really enjoyable to read about. As for this novella, I just wish it was longer, or that there'd be a sequel at least. I'd really like to know how things work out with Joss and Sorrel.

  • Dee Wy
    2018-11-30 01:14

    Delightful short story by Ms Derr. It seems matchmaking is hard work, but since Joss has the talent for it, he comes up with some very interesting observations. Really enjoyed how this all played out, especially for the matchmaker himself.

  • Emanuela ~plastic duck~
    2018-11-24 01:04

    Anticipation, anticipation, anticipation. The story has an opposite-attracts theme. Joss is a matchmaker: in his country he matches people, for love, interest, whatever reason upon which someone wants to find someone to share the rest of their life. He's so skilled that the widowed Queen of another country summons him to find a suitable husband for her. Among the possible matches, he meets a man who's his opposite: while Joss believes in love and works toward it, Sorrel believes true love doesn't exist and people will betray their lovers sooner or later.Joss is a sensitive guy who'd love to find someone, but he's building other people's happiness while neglecting his own. Sorrel is tempting and in his bitterness he seems impossible to redeem, but he hides behind his cynical behavior. The two clash and fight constantly, but also can't deny their attraction and the more they fight it, the more they reveal their true selves to each other, making themselves vulnerable and hurting each other.It was a very romantic plot, but be warned, it's mainly anticipation. If you read other reviews, you'll find why, but I didn't mind it personally, because it's the part of a love story that I like best.

  • Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
    2018-11-26 05:20

    I really loved this book. I know I say that a lot but this one has to be on my top ten list. The fact that Joss and Sorrel hated each other from the beginning appealed to me the most. The idea of a 'matchmaker' for the Queen was also interesting and the fact that it was set in a different world but still had a historical feel to it with no smexing made this something I'll be re-reading more than once. :-)

  • Lady*M
    2018-12-08 04:14

    I don't know how many times I've read this one. It's one of my favorite 'opposites attract' stories as well as comfort reads. I loved the concept of matchmaker and enjoyed seeing Joss in action - bringing the couples together. Of course, he had to find his own match in Sorrel. You would have to be cold as ice not to melt when Sorrel said he would pay Joss's price. Awwww! LOL. I also liked the witty dialogue and other characters. The story packs a lot for less than 60 pages. Highly recommended.

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2018-12-03 02:05

    I always enjoy Megan Derr's stories, this was no exception.Joss, a matchmaker is hired by the Queen to find a perfect match for her, but succeeds in doing much more.My only complaints would be, a bit more of Joss and Sorrel together, possibly without all the antagonism, and some spelling/word mistakes.

  • Тамрико
    2018-12-01 04:28

    I love Megan Derr, but this one is pretty disappointing. There is no chemistry between the characters. Not between MC, not between other pairs, who are "romantically" involved. A very frustrating read for me.2.5 stars.

  • LWM
    2018-11-24 23:07

    A twist where the Matchmaker meets his match...This one kept me turning the pages, swiping as quickly as my reader allowed. I am so hooked on Derr's intricate turns and windings and twists, with her vivid, beautiful characters, each more lovely and engaging as the next. While I was cheering Joss on, I had been hoping Sorrel would fall for Joss to turn the tables on that fickle jerk, but in typical Derr fashion, he got under MY skin until I found I WANTED them to end up together. Great storytelling as usual for 4.5 stars.

  • Antonella
    2018-11-27 02:25

    3.5I liked the depiction of the intrigue-filled court. The relationship between (view spoiler)[Sorrel and Joss (hide spoiler)] came at the last minute and was left a bit underdeveloped. In fact also the other relationships that Joss helps to nurture are not very romantic or developed in the story, for ex. (view spoiler)[Queen Mariana has never contemplated Michael as a possible husband, but after Joss' assessment she just goes and propose to the Baron (hide spoiler)].

  • Jenn (not Lily)
    2018-11-20 03:13

    Very well written, parts of it truly delightful, but...3 of the 4 pairings are wonderful, but the last one just ended a little too abruptly for me -- it makes sense, but it was just a little too quickly completed for me to feel satisfied. And, wow, that was a huge number of times I've used the word 'but' in this review!

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2018-11-17 01:15

    This is ths story of Joss, a highly respected matchmaker in his own country where men of his profession are valued for their talent. He travels to Queen Marianna's court to help her choose a new husband from among her closest friends and advisors. They, of course, are not aware of this. Though he knew it would be difficult in this country where matchmakers weren't as highly respected, he encounters more hostility than he anticipated. He's especially shunned and treated with hostility and derision by the queen's cousin, Sorrel. What happens is what makes this story so interesting. No spoilers in this review, but I will say that Joss unexpectedly finds himself attracted to a rogue, despite their personal hostility and his adamant denial that he will ever find love for himself. I enjoyed the author's writing style in this one. She swept me along in the tale from the beginning and I couldn't put it down until I finished. Highly recommend if you are looking for a few hours of a highly entertaining romance.

  • Anna
    2018-12-02 00:30

    4,5 stars.Megan Derr makes our hearts beat a little faster with this book. Joss, an extremely good Matchmaker, is invited by Queen Marianna of a neighboring kingdom to help her find the best suitor to marry her, from among four of her friends. Reluctant to help at first, the men end up accepting Joss's presence in the castle, and even his help. However, one. The Queen's cousin, Sorrel, has been known to bed anyone we wishes with no regards to the person's personal engagements. Not believing in love but in lust, he sees Joss as a threat, not to the end of his long line of lovers, but to his own heart.Among much bickering, flirting, anger and hurt, these two men finally have their happy ending. However, I wish we could've read a bit more about it.

  • Lorraine
    2018-11-22 02:08

    I really enjoyed this book. Megan's Matchmaker, Joss made me smile with his little notes about the various possible candidates for marrying the Queen, and Sorrel was fantastic as a rake. But beneath the surface, each of the main characters, Joss, Marianna and the 5 marriage candidates are damaged in some way, they each have secrets, there are misunderstandings to be rectified, and Joss as the outsider into their network, sees what the others can't or don't want to acknowledge.A wonderful romance, but maybe a little epilogue of Marianna's wedding or a scene between Sorrel and Joss a few months in would have convinced me that HFN would become HEA.

  • Jage
    2018-11-26 05:31

    This was a decent read, the main character was likable and the plot was something I was in the mood for but I wish it had been longer and fully fleshed out the relationship of the main characters versus showcasing why they weren't compatible and then making us believe that the attraction they felt was based on love. It just felt like considering the content of the story it would've been more believable if we had seen them fall in love over time, this was a story that a slow build would've worked amazing with and delivered the full impact while wrapping up the little subplots the author had included.

  • Sherry
    2018-11-27 05:31

    More than 2 but not quite 2.5 stars. This is the 2nd story I've read by this author and have already noticed the formula. One of the MCs "rolls his eyes" constantly and is rather naive and sweet while the other is the strong one who does all the pursuing. So far, they've kind of reminded me of the books that Barbara Cartland put out every 3-4 months! Or watching a Disney movie.It's not bad but not great. Even for a very short story, the characters seem very flat and the resolution/wrap up rushed and too easy. I will give this author one more chance....

  • Kou Namiya
    2018-12-12 22:23

    I really enjoyed it! I love the rake/playboy type that gets 'tamed' (if done right) and in this case here I didn't think Sorrel was that hopeless a rake either, with his backstory and all. He just needed someone stubborn to convince him that love was still possible.I consider it a whole with the several short extras on the author's site: they satisfy anybody who might think the book ends too early, or who'd like to see more of the relationship that Joss and Sorrel would have!

  • Mandi
    2018-12-16 00:28

    This is one of my favorites by this author. Her world building is stunning (witnessed in every book I've read by her) and you fall in love with her characters. This book is no exception. Historical setting (but with the difference of same sex couples are common) witty dialogue, engaging characters. For such a short book, this one has it all. There's no sex, but you feel each characters emotions strongly. Really, I just can't recommend this one enough. :)

  • Kati
    2018-12-11 22:15

    Another sweet gay fantasy romance by Megan Derr. I loved all the couples, both het and gay, they were all different enough to be interesting. I think my favorite pairing was Lyle and Eustace - I have a weakness for professors ;)Yet I couldn't give it 5 stars, despite liking it very much, because of all the typos. The author really needs to get a better editor, the mistakes were quite annoying (and not just in this book).

  • Adrienne -kocham czytać-
    2018-11-28 02:12

    I have a love affair with Megan Derr's works, so this fit right into that special place in my heart, however this one felt really rushed and simplistic at the end. I would have liked that part to be stretched out a good deal and more hard-won--on the other man's part, not Joss's--but it was still a good short story, though. Funny, vastly entertaining (except for the disappointing ending), and I absolutely love these little worlds that Derr creates!

  • Kavisha
    2018-11-24 21:26

    hmmm, I felt that the book was incomplete. I wanted more. I mean Sorrel and Joss didnt even really start a relationship did they? So that was really annoying. I felt like I just read the begining of a story that had the words "fin" attached to it at the end of chapter 5 or something. Not my favorite.

  • Sarah LaGioia
    2018-11-25 23:30

    Cute short story with interesting characters. The writing style was smooth and engaging although there were some editing issues. I actually would have liked to see more of this, but what was there was satisfying. There were also several rather quotable conversations in the text, but I will not be putting those up as they are spoilerish.

  • Jane (PS)
    2018-11-18 22:11

    4.5 starsI love Derr's stories; and I loved the antagonist struggle in this story. It took time, even in this short story. My only gripe - no HEA. I would have loved to know how everything absolutely ended :)

  • Kathleen
    2018-11-23 01:09

    Delightful shorter story, but typical Megan-Derr lack of fundamental editing. Misspellings, missing words, and poorly applied punctuation that constantly kicks a reader out of the story. I find this lack of attention to quality very disrespectful.

  • Josephine
    2018-11-21 21:30

    Like all Megan Derr works, I loved this story. However, I felt a bit of discontent in this story. Oh, don't get me wrong. It's just that I wanted more lovey-dovey interactions between Joss and Sorrel, that's all.4.5 stars for me. ^_^