Lucky Match, Hearts for Hire #1 by Raquel Riley

Lucky Match gives us fake dating, mild kink exploration and a whole lot of sweetness

From the blurb:

After one date, I realized that would never be enough…

Lucky Maguire
I started Lucky Match, a dating service, as an enjoyable way to earn some extra cash. That’s how I ended up on a date with my super hot Economics Professor.

Here’s my three step plan to seduce my teacher:
Convince Hayes to fake date me.
Inform him that we were never fake dating; it was always real.
Make him fall in love with me.

How many dates will it take for Hayes to realize I’m his lucky match?

Hayes Brantley

After my divorce, I decided it's time for a change. After missing being with a man for the past twelve years of my loveless marriage, I'm finally free to make up for lost time.

I called Lucky Match to hookup with someone who looks like the sexy student I can’t stop fantasizing about. I had no idea I’d end up with the real deal.

Is a second chance at love worth risking my career and another broken heart?

Lucky Match is a gay male escort romance with an HEA. This sweet heat, teacher/student story includes college roommates, meddling brothers, fake dating, a wise aunt full of Irish wisdom, an epic karaoke battle, and a pride parade.

Jacquie's Review:

Lucky Match is a cute, low angst story with some steam - Hayes is exploring his bisexuality so we are taken through his first times doing some things. There's also a scene with feet, which wasn't my thing, but may appeal to others. I liked how the fake dating was only ever fake to Hayes but it isn't drawn out. The dates they went on were super cute. The book starts out with some serious homophobia and that thread is picked up later but there wasn't any sort of resolution for it, perhaps in further books though. I'd like to see some sort of punishment there. The side characters were all interesting and clearly have stories to tell. I look forward to them.

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

First off, I'm a sucker for books that are based in Charleston, SC, so I was immediately drawn to trying to figure out where the characters were, even tho it was fictionalized... and I'm also a sucker for an insta-love, smooshy romance... and this book delivered on that too.

I would have liked to have seen a little more interaction between Lucky and Hayes by email as Lucky built his business - the missed opportunity to hint at building a business in the service industry and setting more of a stage for their relationship... but what is there did set up well for the power dynamic of the relationship.

Lucky Match had good flow, sweet steam and I look forward to seeing more of Lucky and Hayes as the other characters find their HEAs.

Rating: 4 Stars

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