Book Review Of “Playing With Matches” By Hannah Orenstein @TouchstoneBooks @simonschuster
In the tradition of Good in Bed and The Assistants comes a funny and smart comedy about a young matchmaker balancing her messy personal life and the demands of her eccentric clients.
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.
Fresh, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny, Playing with Matches is the addictive story about dating in today’s swipe-heavy society, and a young woman trying to find her own place in the world. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Touchstone Books for this free copy, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.
I am not a romance reader, as you can see from all my reviews. However, I enjoyed this book. It was funny, and quirky, and it reminded me of a reality show.
I loved that Sasha was spunky, and witty, and that she can adapt to her surroundings, and come out looking even better than before. While Jonathan wa a world-class jerky, Sasha was much better off without him. I loved that she had to fight her feelings, of right and wrong, regarding her feelings off someone who was off-limits to her.
I appreciated that this book was so fast paced, and easy to read. This is going to be a fun read for all you lovey dovey peeps, I think it’s going to be well received in the romance and comedy book community!
This book is out June 26th, I will include pre-order link below.