ALMOST MATCHED                              A.O. PEART
Posted:  Jan. 29, 2014

Almost Matched by Angela Orlowski-Peart  Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits?


Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she’s cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills.

Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him—maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse.

Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did?

Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself?

Or will they settle somewhere in the middle—establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love?

This contemporary romantic comedy blends humor, sensuality, and angst, with zany characters and witty dialogue.

***Warning: contains sexual situations (some quite vivid!), profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and there is a lot of appletini and beer drinking.
May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prudes and killjoys with no sense of humor***

The Almost Bad Boys series are the stories of four feisty twenty-something women who refuse to let their past drag them down.


How do you suppose a relationship will go, when a man encounters you for the first time in a mini skirt and hot pink bra?  How can you command respect understand if that was the first showing of what you got so to speak?

     This is how Natalie Davenport, 25, business owner with her best friend, Ali, meets Colin Hampton.  His is the manager of the radio station, KZIX in Seattle, WA.  They are both attractive and attracted to one another but Natalie has been through this one many times.  Colin on the other hand finds running into her in the hallway looking like a Victoria Secrets model is eyeing her like a wolf looking for its next meal. 

     Ali tells Natalie all the time she needs to find herself a regular “F—k Buddy” like she’s got.  So, she can send him home when she’s done with him.  Natalie knows she’s not made that way.  Her heart always seems to get in the way.  In stop and go traffic she is next to Colin on the road and he tosses her his card and says for her to call him sometime. Can she do it?     

     They take it slow and a relationship starts to form.  He’s different for a, 27 yr. old, and other men she’s dated.  More invested in the two of them being together, yet there is a part of him he won’t or can’t seem to let her into.  She’s not sure if its fear or trust that is the issue.  Now though it is starting to scare her.  Could it be he is like all the others after all?  They have their first fight and he then becomes someone she doesn’t even know at all.  He seems distant and hardly calls.

     This book was moving along great on a funny note when it was at the beginning and centered around Natalie and her friends.  The relationship with Colin I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop but was not expecting that.  I think the twist even though it took a dark twist the way I see it, was still good, until it ended with no closer.  Now that is what got me.  I hate stories with cliffhangers.  I hate them a lot.

There are some that are so good you just can’t wait until the next.  I might do it to review for the blog but not if I had to buy for myself or a friend.  I’m glad it told us about what happened to faith though at least. 

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