Maddie McCarthy is single, between jobs, and (oh, the shame) lives with her mother. To make matters worse, she's the maid of honor for her sister's wedding, and desperately needs a date. Then she sees her salvation—Match Made Easy, a service for women in Maddie’s exact position. If she can't find a boyfriend, she'll do the next best thing... Hire one. Trent Montgomery isn't actually part of Match Made Easy. He's just doing a favor for his cousin, but one look at the blonde who hired him, and he's totally hooked. Now Maddie thinks that the attraction sizzling between them is just “part of the package.” And Trent is running out of time to prove to her that her date-for-hire might just be her happily-ever-after...
Maddie McCarthy is:
2. Single and (supposedly) cursed
3. Living with her mother (the horror) at almost thirty-one
The end of her shame isn’t anywhere in sight. To top it off, her little sister is getting married in a week, which means Maddie will have to endure the jabs and pitying glances from her family members—her cousin, Veronica, being the worst.
Trent Montgomery is:
1. A retired football player and now-struggling gym owner
2. Single and a wedding Scrooge
3. His cousin’s newest escort for her business Match Made Easy
Somehow, Kennedy convinces Trent to escort her newest client, Maddie, to her sister’s wedding. Only problem is that Trent is falling for the girl he ignored in high school, but Maddie thinks it’s all a ruse and not going to let her heart get broken again.
I confess: I read this book out of sequence. For those who know me, that is not something I do. I just can’t. It’s, like, sacrilegious, or something, to me. But this book is the second in a series, so cue the incessant need for the first book. Furthermore, you do not have to read the first book to know what is going on.
New Adult literature is fairly new to me. I kind of have an obsession with Entangled Teen, but while I was perusing NetGalley one day—dangerous territory for book lovers—I found this lovely book, also from Entangled Publishing, in it’s subcategory, Entangled Bliss. Immediately, my mind went to Hallmark. All of those movies that I obsess over have now been condensed into a slightly spicier book; however, there’s nothing vulgar or raunchy, and the book is a fairly clean read. For those who’ve seen “A Bride for Christmas,” download this book immediately—you’ll be sucked in before you even realized what happened.
Maddie was that girl that girls (maybe not all) secretly fear they will be. She found herself single and jobless, and she had to move in with her mother to not end up on the streets. Hiring a wedding date, especially after she had told everyone how wonderful and enamored the imaginary guy was with her, only knocked her farther down. The curse weighted heavily on her shoulders, but the book switched between her and Trent in third person, so I got to see her through his eyes as well.
Every girl deserves a guy like Trent in her life. He changed from the boy he had been in high school into an irresistible and handsome guy. Maddie couldn’t help falling for him and neither could I.
Maddie and Trent made each other better, stronger. She had a fierce relationship with her family, whereas Trent barely spoke to his parents and only had Kennedy to count on (hence, how the two are thrown together). The curse that supposedly hung over the family, like a bad smell, made Maddie who she was, and Trent defined himself by the negative things that had made a way into his life. Together, they changed into two slightly updated people, which grabbed my attention and made it impossible to put down my Kindle in the late hours of the night.
A dash of trickery, a pinch of family curses, and a splash of romance, Wedding Date for Hire had a Hallmark feel and a storyline that Entangled Publishing has become so well known for. Add Jennifer Shirk’s newest book to you TBR list, and fast, because it’s worth the read.