Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: A Matchless Man
SERIES: Lexington Lovers #2
AUTHOR: Ariel Tachna
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 01, 2016
None of the matches caught his eye as much as the matchmaker himself.
Growing up poorer than poor didn’t leave Navashen Bhattathiri many options for life outside of school. All of his concentration was on keeping his scholarships. Sixteen years later, he’s fulfilled his dream and become a doctor. Now he’s returning home to Lexington and is ready to prove himself to the world. In doing so, he reconnects with Brent Carpenter—high school classmate, real estate agent, all-around great guy… and closet matchmaker.
Brent makes it his mission to help Navashen develop a social life and meet available, interesting men. Unfortunately Navashen’s schedule is unpredictable, and few of those available, interesting men value his dedication like Brent does. Brent’s unfailing friendship and support convince Navashen he’s the one, but can he capture Brent’s heart when the matchmaker is focused on finding Navashen another man?
This is a really sweet story of childhood friends reconnecting after sixteen years apart. Navashen studied and worked hard to provide for his family, and now works as a doctor in the neonatal unit. I enjoyed the snippets into his career and even though the premmie-twins didn’t play a huge part, I was routing for the wee babes and my heart went out to their parents.
In the first half of this story, a great deal of page time is given to house hunting. The homes Brett shows to Navashen are described in vivid detail and will appeal to readers who care about real estate.
Navashen’s brother, who was born premature, is a central character as he moves in with Navashen. Even though it is stated he has the maturity of a fifth grader his character never came across as being mentally challenged. He speaks in a very mature manner, and had some wise words to impart when things went belly up between Nav and Brent.
Brent is a bisexual man, hung-up on the fact his in-laws interfered so much when he was married, therefore doesn’t want to repeat the experience. Coming from a traditional Indian family, not only is Nav’s mother homophobic but she also believes in arranged marriages.
When Nav’s grandmother falls ill and his parents have to jet away, for an undeterminable amount of time, he can finally be himself. This is a light fluffy read with some hand holding and kissing. There’s no real conflict until the 70% mark and the outcome is really sweet.
This story will appeal to readers who enjoy easy reads and/or need to take a break from heavy angst and conflict driven plots.