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Making the Match

By: Kristen Ashley
Narrated by: Wesley Paul,Jennifer Mack
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Kristen Ashley comes the new book in her River Rain series, Making the Match.

Decades ago, tennis superstar Tom Pierce and “it girl” Mika Stowe met at a party.

Mika fell in love. Tom was already in love with his wife. As badly as Tom wanted Mika as a friend, Mika knew it would hurt too much to be attracted to this amazing man and never be able to have him.

They parted ways for what they thought would be forever, only to reconnect just once, when unspeakable tragedy darkens Mika’s life.

Years later, the impossible happens.

A time comes when they’re both unattached.

But now Tom has made a terrible mistake. A mistake so damaging to the ones he loves, he feels he’ll never be redeemed.

Mika has never forgotten how far and how fast she fell when she met him, but Tom’s transgression is holding her distant from reaching out.

There are matchmakers in their midst, however.

And when the plot has been unleashed to make that match, Tom and Mika are thrown into an international intrigue that pits them against a Goliath of the sports industry.

Now they face a massive battle at the same time they’re navigating friendship, attraction, love, family, grief, redemption, two very different lives lived on two opposite sides of a continent and a box full of kittens.

©2022 Kristen Ashley (P)2022 Audible, Inc.

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🌻Please don’t ruin a good thing, KA!🌻

🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻V from Kansas🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

As always, I loved all the emotions and real life situations that KA, brings to the forefront. The reality of vast blending
Of lives, to build the modern family, is unfortunately, a reality. I’ve been happy that this Author has demonstrated, through this series, that good communication and empathy, almost anything could be accomplished. Im ver glad that Tom has finally gotten his HEA and that the author demonstrated that there will always be two sides for both a successful and unsuccessful marriage.

With that being said, I did not appreciate the author’s unfair jab she took towards the Conservative Party. These novels are not the appropriate place to make such statements. She stated that the far
right tells many lies; so does the far left, so making snide comments, and only expressing the truths or lies of one side, ruins the beautiful message, in this book.
I really hope this doesn’t happen again, I’d hate to feel compelled to remove KA from my favorite authors’ list!

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Once I got past the excessive wokeness .......

Once I got past the excessive wokeness and self flagellation, I really enjoyed the book. I realize that this series is heavy into the environment and social issues so I shouldn't have been so put off by the frequent political issues woven throughout this story. However, as a huge KA fan, I would appreciate smaller doses of it. It came across sanctimonious and these uber rich, famous, privileged (and dare I say Caucasian) characters were difficult for me to warm to. I loved the storyline and how a too often topic of infidelity was handled. This is what redeemed this book for me.

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Not my usual reaction…

I usually love KA’s books but this one, not so much. I always liked Tom, despite his mistakes, so I was hoping his HEA would be with a more suitable woman. I just don’t see him with Mika.

Now I do see Mika with Henry Gagnon from The Will (Magdalen Series)! Much better choice in my opinion.

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There is NO STORY

Very frustrated. There's no story here, there's no plot at all. I miss the older KA books. I'll read her dream team series and rock chick--those will always be autobuys for me, but the other series like this won't be autobuys anymore.

The male narrator did a great job. But KA usually picks a female narrator who can do a really good guy voice. I don't think the female narrator achieved that.

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Beautiful

Lovely story and narration. My heart melted when listening to this mature love story. KA gets me in the feels with every book.

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Great!

Wow! This was perfect. Tom's love interest was PERFECT for him! She was fantastic & the romance plot was just fitting!

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Great story

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Really great series

This kept me listening and involved the entire time. I wish the next book was available

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Making the Match

Kristen Ashley knows how to work some magic! I went into this story mostly blind and wasn’t sure the direction it was going to go. It definitely went in the right direction! I appreciate that the main couple weren’t barely legal college students, but real adults with real adult problems. This was the kind of family you wished you could be a part of. I felt all the feels and loved every bit of this!

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Love Match!

Loved it! I think this may have just become my favorite series of Kristen's! Tho that I can say about everyone of hers I just read! love how she blends old characters from other series into the fold. I could read about all of these couples and their families forever.. KA never fails to pull you in and wrap you up with the emotional journey! definitely going to do a reread but from the beginning... Hope you pick up this series and fall in love , as I have. oh and can't forget the narrative, great listen ,both talented and filled with depth!

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  • 10-16-22

2nd chance, steamy romance.

I’m loving this series. Mika (a interest artist full of attitude and independence) and Tom (professional tennis player turn commentator and sports doctor) first met when he was happily married and totally devoted to the mother of his 3 children. They connected but never even became friends due to their attraction and that they couldn’t go there. Lots happens in both their lives and they rekindle their connection much later on when they are both available. Their story includes lots of povs and the participation of their friends and family members. There are side plots too. All in all it’s interesting, steamy, sweet, unputdownable.
The narration was perfection, Wesley Paul and Jennifer Mack were outstanding and made you feel it all.

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  • jd66
  • 10-11-22

Amazing book

Once again Ms Ashley delivers an introspective but inspiring story of love and family. Not just blood family but also of the heart. This made me fall in love with Tom in a way I never thought I would or could. Blame is never one sided and that came through loud and clear but in a way that was emotional and enlightening at the same time. This love story had so many complexities it took my breath away. Wonderful book. I cannot wait to read the next book now.

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  • Debbie
  • 10-10-22

Amazing

Fantastic story. Really made me love the characters. Hope the next one is soon
Fabulous narration