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Perfect Match

Perfect Match - J.J. Ryan 2.5 Stars

This book started with an interesting premise and I was initially eager to see what happened with the main characters. Unfortunately for me, as the story unfolded, it did not live up to the intrigue I felt while reading the first chapter excerpt on the publisher’s site.

The story is told in alternating POVs between Patrick and Trevor. Both guys, for differing reasons, have decided to try an on-line match making site as a way to meet compatible men to date. Patrick is a very busy ER doctor who needs someone who won’t resent his unpredictable schedule. Trevor has not lived in Seattle for long and he left behind a less than understanding ex-boyfriend in Chicago. Trevor and Patrick end up exchanging e-mails and developing a nice familiarity between them before setting up an actual meet. I really enjoyed the dynamic here, the use of message exchanges worked to establish banter between the two of them in a manner that had me looking forward to their first actual date. Both characters were likeable, and I had a good sense of where they “were coming from”.

Sure enough, Patrick’s schedule gives them grief before they can even meet, but Trevor is really sweet about their first date being cancelled. They actually meet for the first time when Trevor has a somewhat tragic day at work and ends up calling Patrick, who rushes to be at his side. The pair were able to get away for an entire day the following weekend and it goes amazingly well for them. Wish I could say the same for the remainder of the story because here is where it went downhill for me. Once Trevor and Patrick did actually meet, their dialogue struck me as stilted and missing in depth. I generally enjoy alternating POVs, however these two seemed to cover the same events excessively without conveying a uniqueness or freshness in their thoughts....

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