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You met star quarterback Kevin Tucker in This Heart of Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.

Annabelle's endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair's a mess! But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

Why does the wealthy, driven, and gorgeous sports agent Heath Champion need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she's entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of success -- the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?

Soon everyone in Chicago has a stake in the outcome, and a very big question: When the determined matchmaker promised she'd do anything to keep her star client happy . . . did she mean anything? If Annabelle isn't careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town.

Topics: Chicago, Illinois, Redheaded Characters, American Football, Love Story, Funny, Touching, Career Changes, and Matchmakers

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ISBN: 9780061795121
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I think this book is so good. but i can understand any word and sentences.more
Light, frothy, fun. The subplot though with Portia and Bodie was not really to my taste. I read romance novels for the romantic escapism as much as anyone, but sometimes I feel like it wouldn't hurt to have one happily single person included - still it is what it is and I love my brain candy.more
This book tell the story of Annabelle who desperately trying to find the perfect for Heath Champion who have no time to waste in finding one himself. This is also the opportunity for Annabelle to prove to her high achiever family members that she is not as useless as what they thought she is. Heath on the other hand, set a high expectation on who his perfect wife gonna be. With the engagement of Perfect for you, Annabelle's company and Portia, he thought that he would be finding her soon. However, unbeknownst to him, he seems to enjoyed Annabelle's company very much and valued her opinion on each candidates for his future wife very much..I like reading how the relationship between Heath and Annabelle developed. It make me feel cosy and warmth just reading them. And i also enjoyed reading about the other characters that have appeared in the previous book; It had to be you such as Phoebe, Dan, Molly and Kevin ;)more
Two things kept me from quite loving this book, both of a 'your mileage may vary' variety. The first is the book's treatment of Annabelle's transsexual ex-husband, which seemed a bit awkward at times. The second is the secondary romance, the male lead of which felt like a 'nice guy turned creepy, if only this were real life instead of a romance novel'.Aside from those two elements, I enjoyed this as a fun read, with lots of maneuvring and banter and will-they-or-won't-they UST that does get resolved a bit before the ending of the book, only to have the relationship get a set-back again, as Heath remembers what his dream wife was supposed to look and be like, again.more
Romances are not my idea of a good read, but this romantic comedy got me into it blind-sided, and I loved it. It isn't your usual cut and paste type of romance, with only the characters changed from book to book. Ms. Phillips is a wonderful writer, keeping the reader guessing until the end of the book as to the outcome. Readers can identify with the main character if their parents and siblings try to set the standards for them; Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. Suffering through family references to her dead-end jobs and broken engagement, she decides to take over her grandmother's matchmaking business. Annabelle has competition in matchmaking from Portia Powers and this adds to the fun reading throughout. Adding a luscious hunk of a catch such as Heath Champion didn't hurt the story line at all. This is a book I highly recommend to all readers interested in being entertained up through the last page. I was caught up in the drama until the very end of the novel, a first for me in many months. I'm now going to look up Susan Elizabeth Phillips on my computer to see what else this delightful author has written. She has a new fan.more
Favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel. Main character Annabelle Granger is very funny. There is a perfect chemistry between Annabelle and love interest Heath Champion that is lacking in many romance novels.more
Susan Elizabeth Phillips' penchant for humor and romance really shine in this novel. The reparte (sp?) between the two main characters delights, and the development of the secondary characters is equally appealing. For those who like to listen, Anna Fields talented narration adds additional depth to a great novel.more
Match Me If You Can is another Susan Elizabeth Phillips romance with zingy dialogue and fun characters. Many of her familiar characters from old novels are brought back too. Fans will feel right at home. Matchmaker Annabelle signs her biggest client ever in sports agent Heath Champion. It's only after he rejects every woman she introduces him to that he finally realizes who the perfect woman for him is. It's no smooth road to the altar though . . . The plot is a bit predictable, but it's pure SEP magic--you can't read one of her romances without falling a little in love yourself.more
Annabelle Granger is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement (her ex wanted to be a woman). But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town. Nothing is going to stand in her way, even the fact that she doesn’t really have the right client (she uses a married, pregnant friend to get Heath to sign the contract because Annabelle knows that Gwen has exactly what Heath is looking for in a wife), and when he finds out!!!With his money green eyes and calculated charm, Heath Champion is the best sports agent in the country. He's wealthy, driven, and gorgeous, so why does he need a matchmaker? He is too busy taking care of business to look for himself, but it is now time to get married so he is searching for the ultimate symbol of his success -- the perfect wife and to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right? He now has 2 extraordinary ladies working for to find his perfect match, Annabelle and Potia Powers.Heath asks Annabelle to sit in on the dates, because he was once stuck with a bad date he couldn’t get rid of, so they have deal that after 20 minutes Annabelle finishes the date. Little by little she falls in love with him and he doesn’t realize but he is falling in love with her too!!I absolutely loved this story and the relationship between Annabelle and Heath and also the relationship with Portia and Brodie. It was at times very funny and was entertaining from beginning to end. I loved all the characters – even Portia.more
This was my second time reading Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I have to say, I loved it just as much the second time as I did the first. I laughed out loud several times and I also genuinely liked the characters. I especially loved the relationship that Annabelle had with the elderly characters in the book. She is such a sweatheart!! It was nice to touch bases with characters from the earlier books in this series. This book isn't moving or life altering, it was just good and fun to read!!more
Annabelle Granger inherits her grandmother's matchmaking business ('Matches by Myrna') that she now calls 'Perfect for You.' She is determined to make her business a success and figures the best way to do that is to land wealthy, gorgeous and successful Heath Champion as a client. Heath, nicknamed 'The Python' (stupid name BTW) is a ruthless sports agent (think 'Jerry Maguire') who is looking for a wife and doesn't have the time to look for one on his own. You know the type. He works 24/7 with a cell phone glued to his ear. So he contracts with Annabelle and rival matchmaker, Portia Powers of 'Power Matches', to introduce him to likely candidates. He is looking for the perfect wife which Annabelle describes as "athletic, domestic, gorgeous, brilliant, socially connected, and pathologically submissive." It takes him a long time but he eventually figures out that none of these candidates are as perfect for him as Annabelle.Annabelle is a wonderfully charming character; red-haired with a big heart and a snappy sarcastic wit. It took me a little while to warm up to Heath but after the 'Princess Party' I fell in love with him. No sappiness there, just pure delight. The gruff exterior hid a heart of marshmallow but it still takes him a while longer to work through his emotional baggage from his childhood to reach an epiphany about Annabelle and what makes the 'perfect match' for him.I loved the dialogue between Heath and Annabelle and the scenes where they trade insults were sharp and witty and had me laughing out loud which I rarely do. Heath and Annabelle's final confrontation was very emotional and sizzling. The secondary love story between Portia and Heath's 'bodyguard', Bodie, was hot and intense and was excellently done. Phoebe Calebow (from It Had to Be You) plays a prominent role with appearances by other characters from the 'Chicago Stars' series. The real scene stealer is Molly's (This Heart of Mine) little 3-year old daughter, Pip, and her interactions with Heath were priceless. Normally, I'm not too fond of children in romance books but Pip is not too babyish or too precocious and was a perfect foil for Heath's arrogance and she cuts him down to size. I loved the epilogue too. (Grade: A)more
Annabelle is determined to succeed in her latest business venture-a matchmaking service called Perfect for You. All she has to do is find the perfect match for Heath Champion, a sports agent and the most eligible bachelor in Chicago. Even though Annabelle is definitely not Heath's type, things get complicated as their lives start entwining.more
This is the story of Annabelle and Heath. Annabelle is trying to start her own match making business and Heath is a sports agent. These two characters were wonderful. Phillips gave them personalities that make you love both of them. It was also wonderful that characters from her other Chicago Stars series had parts in this book also. It tied all the books together.more
This was a fun, modern romance. Lots of character development with spunky, strong female protagonists. Really liked it for a romance, some steamy scenes.more
I listened to this on as a book on CD. It was a nice change from the more serious books I had been reading. Anabelle is searching for herself and finds something else instead.more
Susan Elizabeth Philips only recently made the leap from the romance shelf to the mainstream fiction shelf. I think this has to do with 'chick lit' becoming financially viable, because some of her earlier books like /Honey Moon/ or /Hot Shot/ were far less formulaic than the newer work. To be honest, I don't really care if her contemporary romances are formulaic from a plot standpoint. The characters are usually pleasantly quirky and complex, and I almost always laugh out loud when I'm reading them. I wouldn't call this one the high point of SEP's career, but it's exceedingly pleasant.more
I really enjoyed the heroine in this book, she put herself out there. Love SEP!more
This was very cute with a great story line. I truly enjoyed her writing style.more
Could not put this book down. Takes place in Chicago and romance hits a lovely girl who is in the match making business.more
Annabelle has taken over her grandmother's matchmaking company and has landed her biggest client ever. Well, she shares him with another matchmaker and is trying to find the woman that Heath (a superstar sports agent) will marry, only problem is she falls in love with him herself. She knows that she is not what Heath is looking for in a wife so she continues to set him, but no one is right. Until he realizes that his little firebrand matchmaker is the perfect woman for him, but is it too late?more
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I think this book is so good. but i can understand any word and sentences.more
Light, frothy, fun. The subplot though with Portia and Bodie was not really to my taste. I read romance novels for the romantic escapism as much as anyone, but sometimes I feel like it wouldn't hurt to have one happily single person included - still it is what it is and I love my brain candy.more
This book tell the story of Annabelle who desperately trying to find the perfect for Heath Champion who have no time to waste in finding one himself. This is also the opportunity for Annabelle to prove to her high achiever family members that she is not as useless as what they thought she is. Heath on the other hand, set a high expectation on who his perfect wife gonna be. With the engagement of Perfect for you, Annabelle's company and Portia, he thought that he would be finding her soon. However, unbeknownst to him, he seems to enjoyed Annabelle's company very much and valued her opinion on each candidates for his future wife very much..I like reading how the relationship between Heath and Annabelle developed. It make me feel cosy and warmth just reading them. And i also enjoyed reading about the other characters that have appeared in the previous book; It had to be you such as Phoebe, Dan, Molly and Kevin ;)more
Two things kept me from quite loving this book, both of a 'your mileage may vary' variety. The first is the book's treatment of Annabelle's transsexual ex-husband, which seemed a bit awkward at times. The second is the secondary romance, the male lead of which felt like a 'nice guy turned creepy, if only this were real life instead of a romance novel'.Aside from those two elements, I enjoyed this as a fun read, with lots of maneuvring and banter and will-they-or-won't-they UST that does get resolved a bit before the ending of the book, only to have the relationship get a set-back again, as Heath remembers what his dream wife was supposed to look and be like, again.more
Romances are not my idea of a good read, but this romantic comedy got me into it blind-sided, and I loved it. It isn't your usual cut and paste type of romance, with only the characters changed from book to book. Ms. Phillips is a wonderful writer, keeping the reader guessing until the end of the book as to the outcome. Readers can identify with the main character if their parents and siblings try to set the standards for them; Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. Suffering through family references to her dead-end jobs and broken engagement, she decides to take over her grandmother's matchmaking business. Annabelle has competition in matchmaking from Portia Powers and this adds to the fun reading throughout. Adding a luscious hunk of a catch such as Heath Champion didn't hurt the story line at all. This is a book I highly recommend to all readers interested in being entertained up through the last page. I was caught up in the drama until the very end of the novel, a first for me in many months. I'm now going to look up Susan Elizabeth Phillips on my computer to see what else this delightful author has written. She has a new fan.more
Favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel. Main character Annabelle Granger is very funny. There is a perfect chemistry between Annabelle and love interest Heath Champion that is lacking in many romance novels.more
Susan Elizabeth Phillips' penchant for humor and romance really shine in this novel. The reparte (sp?) between the two main characters delights, and the development of the secondary characters is equally appealing. For those who like to listen, Anna Fields talented narration adds additional depth to a great novel.more
Match Me If You Can is another Susan Elizabeth Phillips romance with zingy dialogue and fun characters. Many of her familiar characters from old novels are brought back too. Fans will feel right at home. Matchmaker Annabelle signs her biggest client ever in sports agent Heath Champion. It's only after he rejects every woman she introduces him to that he finally realizes who the perfect woman for him is. It's no smooth road to the altar though . . . The plot is a bit predictable, but it's pure SEP magic--you can't read one of her romances without falling a little in love yourself.more
Annabelle Granger is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement (her ex wanted to be a woman). But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town. Nothing is going to stand in her way, even the fact that she doesn’t really have the right client (she uses a married, pregnant friend to get Heath to sign the contract because Annabelle knows that Gwen has exactly what Heath is looking for in a wife), and when he finds out!!!With his money green eyes and calculated charm, Heath Champion is the best sports agent in the country. He's wealthy, driven, and gorgeous, so why does he need a matchmaker? He is too busy taking care of business to look for himself, but it is now time to get married so he is searching for the ultimate symbol of his success -- the perfect wife and to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right? He now has 2 extraordinary ladies working for to find his perfect match, Annabelle and Potia Powers.Heath asks Annabelle to sit in on the dates, because he was once stuck with a bad date he couldn’t get rid of, so they have deal that after 20 minutes Annabelle finishes the date. Little by little she falls in love with him and he doesn’t realize but he is falling in love with her too!!I absolutely loved this story and the relationship between Annabelle and Heath and also the relationship with Portia and Brodie. It was at times very funny and was entertaining from beginning to end. I loved all the characters – even Portia.more
This was my second time reading Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I have to say, I loved it just as much the second time as I did the first. I laughed out loud several times and I also genuinely liked the characters. I especially loved the relationship that Annabelle had with the elderly characters in the book. She is such a sweatheart!! It was nice to touch bases with characters from the earlier books in this series. This book isn't moving or life altering, it was just good and fun to read!!more
Annabelle Granger inherits her grandmother's matchmaking business ('Matches by Myrna') that she now calls 'Perfect for You.' She is determined to make her business a success and figures the best way to do that is to land wealthy, gorgeous and successful Heath Champion as a client. Heath, nicknamed 'The Python' (stupid name BTW) is a ruthless sports agent (think 'Jerry Maguire') who is looking for a wife and doesn't have the time to look for one on his own. You know the type. He works 24/7 with a cell phone glued to his ear. So he contracts with Annabelle and rival matchmaker, Portia Powers of 'Power Matches', to introduce him to likely candidates. He is looking for the perfect wife which Annabelle describes as "athletic, domestic, gorgeous, brilliant, socially connected, and pathologically submissive." It takes him a long time but he eventually figures out that none of these candidates are as perfect for him as Annabelle.Annabelle is a wonderfully charming character; red-haired with a big heart and a snappy sarcastic wit. It took me a little while to warm up to Heath but after the 'Princess Party' I fell in love with him. No sappiness there, just pure delight. The gruff exterior hid a heart of marshmallow but it still takes him a while longer to work through his emotional baggage from his childhood to reach an epiphany about Annabelle and what makes the 'perfect match' for him.I loved the dialogue between Heath and Annabelle and the scenes where they trade insults were sharp and witty and had me laughing out loud which I rarely do. Heath and Annabelle's final confrontation was very emotional and sizzling. The secondary love story between Portia and Heath's 'bodyguard', Bodie, was hot and intense and was excellently done. Phoebe Calebow (from It Had to Be You) plays a prominent role with appearances by other characters from the 'Chicago Stars' series. The real scene stealer is Molly's (This Heart of Mine) little 3-year old daughter, Pip, and her interactions with Heath were priceless. Normally, I'm not too fond of children in romance books but Pip is not too babyish or too precocious and was a perfect foil for Heath's arrogance and she cuts him down to size. I loved the epilogue too. (Grade: A)more
Annabelle is determined to succeed in her latest business venture-a matchmaking service called Perfect for You. All she has to do is find the perfect match for Heath Champion, a sports agent and the most eligible bachelor in Chicago. Even though Annabelle is definitely not Heath's type, things get complicated as their lives start entwining.more
This is the story of Annabelle and Heath. Annabelle is trying to start her own match making business and Heath is a sports agent. These two characters were wonderful. Phillips gave them personalities that make you love both of them. It was also wonderful that characters from her other Chicago Stars series had parts in this book also. It tied all the books together.more
This was a fun, modern romance. Lots of character development with spunky, strong female protagonists. Really liked it for a romance, some steamy scenes.more
I listened to this on as a book on CD. It was a nice change from the more serious books I had been reading. Anabelle is searching for herself and finds something else instead.more
Susan Elizabeth Philips only recently made the leap from the romance shelf to the mainstream fiction shelf. I think this has to do with 'chick lit' becoming financially viable, because some of her earlier books like /Honey Moon/ or /Hot Shot/ were far less formulaic than the newer work. To be honest, I don't really care if her contemporary romances are formulaic from a plot standpoint. The characters are usually pleasantly quirky and complex, and I almost always laugh out loud when I'm reading them. I wouldn't call this one the high point of SEP's career, but it's exceedingly pleasant.more
I really enjoyed the heroine in this book, she put herself out there. Love SEP!more
This was very cute with a great story line. I truly enjoyed her writing style.more
Could not put this book down. Takes place in Chicago and romance hits a lovely girl who is in the match making business.more
Annabelle has taken over her grandmother's matchmaking company and has landed her biggest client ever. Well, she shares him with another matchmaker and is trying to find the woman that Heath (a superstar sports agent) will marry, only problem is she falls in love with him herself. She knows that she is not what Heath is looking for in a wife so she continues to set him, but no one is right. Until he realizes that his little firebrand matchmaker is the perfect woman for him, but is it too late?more
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