Fresh Fridays: On Friday, I review a brand new series (ie. only has one book released so far) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Here is this week’s offering:
Playing Dirty Series
Other books in the series:
Synopsis for The Client (from Goodreads):
I was an underpaid assistant working at a matchmaking agency, surviving on Insta-Ramen and dreams. How was it possible that I made a love match that resulted in the society marriage of the year?
Christmas season was upon us and I planned on enjoying this gorgeous wedding by drinking too much Champagne, eating 5 star food, and relaxing for a change.
I didn’t plan on running into the smoking hot, tuxedo-clad brick wall of a man.
I didn’t plan on him stopping my fall by grabbing onto my boob and Not. Letting. Go.
I most definitely didn’t plan on this gorgeous man being my new CLIENT.
Joe was heir to the Delacroix Hotel fortune, whip smart, hilariously funny, and so yummy. I was tempted to… good God I wanted to… but sleeping with clients was a big, fat ‘No-No.’
It wasn’t fair that our chemistry was through the roof. Not possible that a guy from his side of the tracks wanted someone as broken as me. Practically a sin that we couldn’t be together.
Weren’t some rules meant to be broken?
Series: Playing Dirty
Author: Pamela DuMond
# of Books: 2 (The Client, The Matchmaker)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: No, The Matchmaker is to be published in Februrary 2018
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Comedy
Heat Rating: Hot
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: September 2017 – ongoing
Source & Format: Read It & Review It–eARC
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
I was drawn to the premise of The Client for two reasons. 1) I love when couples meet in bizarre ways and 2) forbidden romance. The tension is always thick, the banter is always on point and I just find myself thoroughly entertained by the whole thing!
What I Liked:
I loved the banter between Charlotte and Joe. I’m always wary when a book says it’s a comedy because I usually find myself not laughing at the jokes. But I definitely had a few chuckles as I read this. If I wasn’t laughing at the witty back-and-forths between them as I was chuckling at the various situations they found themselves in. They had such explosive chemistry the instant they met and I loved every time they were together.
It wasn’t that Charlotte was necessarily a matchmaker that I loved; it was how she interacted with her clients by doing things that were out of her element or being an unexpected badass at whatever activity they were doing. I just found the whole thing to be entertaining.
I thought the character development was pretty solid. I’m glad we got to delve into their respective pasts a bit; it just rounds out their characters a little more.
What I Didn’t Like:
—Slightly Misleading Synopsis–
I will say that I thought the synopsis was slightly misleading. When I read it, I thought that these two had one meeting and then the next day, she learns he is her newest client. And that’s not the case at all. There’s a little more build up to that “Oh No!” moment and I actually liked that a whole lot more because you get a little more familiar with the characters before the real magic happens.
My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:
I’m so excited to see what happens in The Matchmaker. I was immediately drawn to Violet’s character in this story and I can’t wait to see the hi-jinks that will ensue during this match!
My Rating: 4/5
The Client 4/5 | The Matchmaker TBP
This is the perfect pick-me-up for contemporary romance fans who like a little fun to their romance reads!
Read if You Like: in love with client stories, comedic romances
Avoid if You: dislike lighter contemporaries
- Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken (Wingmen Inc. Series #1)
- Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (Cocktail Series #1)
- Until It’s Right by Jamie Howard
- Memories of a Broken Girl by Harley Maye (Memories Series #1)