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Friday, May 8, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Matchmaking by Maggie Van Well (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

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Book Review

Crazy Little Thing Called Matchmaking by Maggie Van Well
Book 1: Live and Laugh in Seashore Cove Series
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: February 19, 2015
Format: Paperback - 240 pages
               Kindle - 2989 KB
               Nook - 558 KB
ISBN: 978-1620155318
BNID: 2940151251693
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

Is it possible to find two loves in one lifetime?

Dubbed “The Child Whisperer” by his peers, twenty-nine-year-old Jake Harris is a lollipop-sucking, video game-playing pediatrician, who moves to Seashore Cove, Long Island to start a family. What he finds is an immediate attraction to his new nurse, Kate, and a list of reasons why he has to keep his distance.

Kate Henderson is a grieving widow with two teenage boys, struggling to keep her head above water. She knows exactly why she must fight her growing desire for the new doctor, and nothing is going to change that.

But Kate’s sons think Dr. Jake is the perfect match for their mother. When they put their heads together, the duo comes up with crazy little schemes in the hopes of igniting a spark.

The teenagers succeed in throwing them together but is it enough to make their mom and the doctor tear up their lists and take a chance on love?

Book Excerpt:

Kate returned to the dining room and collected the rest of the dishes. “The boys will be right back. They went to get dessert.”

Jake jumped up and gathered the wineglasses. “Why did you do that? I have dessert at my house.”

“Of course you do. Several different kinds of anything sugary, I’m sure.” She walked into the kitchen and placed the dishes next to the sink.

Jake leaned against the counter. “Thank you for inviting me.”

Kate busied herself with filling the dishwasher, attempting to ignore the adorable way he arranged the utensils into groups. “Well, I’m a little upset with myself. I usually would’ve invited a new neighbor over long before now. I shouldn’t have waited just because you’re my boss.”

“Hey, don’t forget lunch and coffee. Maybe someday soon I can return the favor.”

She smiled at his offer. “That’s not necessary.”

“I know.” His gaze felt heavy on her face, but she wouldn’t—she couldn’t—look at him. Because she knew if she did, gooey things would happen to her, making it hard to speak. “You’re a very generous and caring person, Kate.”

Great. After all that, she felt gooey anyway. Change of subject. Fast! “You don’t go out much?” She finally braved a glance at him.

He shook his head.

“Not even with friends?”

“I don’t have any out here.”

She ran the dirty casserole dish under the stream of water. “I hadn’t realized.”

Jake shrugged.

“Well, I can think of least one person who’d love to go out with you.”

He gulped. “W-who?”

“I’ll give you a hint. She wears bright red lipstick that’s hard to get off.”

“Oh, God.” He lowered his face into his hands.

Kate grinned. “That’s really sweet.”


“The way you are with women. You have—I dunno—there’s kind of an innocence about you.” Finished with the pots, she reached for the coffee and set it up for dessert. “And you wonder why I treat you like a kid.”

“As your boss, I feel I should leave the conversation at that, but as a man, I must say there’s a point where my innocence ends.”

Kate raised her hands in submission. “Whatever you say, Doc.” She turned on the dishwasher. “The boys should be back soon. Do you want to sit by the pool?”


After grabbing a few bottles of water, they settled into lounge chairs. Damn, why did he have to pick the lounge right next to her? His hand brushed hers as he placed his bottle between them on the patio. Heat radiated up her arm. She jerked it away, staring into the sky. Fluffy pink and lavender clouds. Pretty, but not enough to get her mind off how close Jake was.

“Kate, can I ask you a question?”


“What’s a MILF?”

She gripped her bottle so hard it nearly burst. He can’t be serious. “You’ve never heard that term before?”

“I have, but I’ve never figured out what it meant.”

Relax, silly, you’re an adult. Stop acting like a shy teenager. “It means mother I’d like to, um…”

He quirked a brow. “Fuck?”

Narrowing her eyes, she studied the grin on his face. “You already knew, didn’t you?”

“I just wanted to see if you’d answer me.”

She unscrewed the bottle cap from her water. “That was a bratty thing to do.”

“Brattiness is for kids.” Jake swung his legs over the edge of the lounge and leaned closer to her. “I told you, there’s a point where the innocence ends.”

Her heart pounded as the sensual waves of desire washed over her. She fought like hell not to dump the contents of her bottle over his head. Or better yet, hers, if only to cool herself down.

“I can see that.” She focused her stare on the sky again. “Kiddo.”

Jake backed away with a sigh.

Crisis averted.

My Book Review:

Crazy Little Thing Called Matchmaking is a wonderful romance story about second chances.

Author Maggie Van Well weaves an entertaining tale set in Seashore Cove, Long Island, that follows the May-December romance between Kate Henderson, a forty year old widow, mom of two teenage sons, and a pediatric nurse, and Dr. Jake Harris, a twenty-nine year old pediatrician, who recently relocated from Brooklyn Heights to Seashore Cove to take over a retiring doctor's practice.

Written with a nice balance of humor, emotion, and romance, the reader is easily drawn into Kate and Jake's story. Kate is a grieving widow, her husband William passed away from cancer four years ago, and she is still having a hard time moving forward. Kate unexpectedly meets Jake at the local hospital ER, when her thirteen year old son Drew needed stitches to his shin. Kate can't believe that this sexy younger man is her new boss, and as for Jake, he has an instant attraction to the beautiful woman before him. With an undeniable attraction growing between Kate and Jake, a work-romance relationship slowly builds thanks to Kate's two teenage sons, who try everything under the sun to get them together!

Crazy Little Thing Called Matchmaking is an enjoyable and lighthearted second chance romance tale that will keep the reader thoroughly entertained. You can't help but really like Kate, Jake, and Kate's teenage sons Drew and Alex. I found myself laughing, smiling, and cheering Kate and Jake on as their May-December romance blossomed, and as they tried to find a way to merge their two worlds together. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved the two boys' antics, I found myself snickering as I turned the pages, bless their little hearts. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!


About The Author

Maggie Van Well lives on Long Island with her husband, four insane children (no idea where they get that from), and three entertaining Italian greyhounds: Rosie, Stripe, and Santa's Little Helper (yes, that's his real name). She also has two ringed-neck doves, because, ya know, who doesn’t like getting woken up at two in the morning by cooing?

She loves the ocean, and feels blessed to be able to go to the beach whenever she wants. She is addicted to cafĂ© mochas, Godiva chocolate, and hidden object games. Seriously, there’s an intervention in her future.

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Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule:

May 4 - Chick Lit Plus – Review
May 5 - JoonielObsesses Over Books – Excerpt
May 6 - Storm Goddess BookReviews – Review & Excerpt
May 7 - LivingLife With Joy – Review & Excerpt
May 7 -Terry’sBook Addiction – Review & Excerpt
May 8 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt


  1. This sounds like the perfect chick lit for me because I need some more of those in my life!

  2. If you enjoy love stories, laughing out loud and feeling those tugs on your heart strings, this is the book for you.