The Matchmaker by Jamie Denton


The dead always have a story to tell. All he has to do is wait for the truth to be revealed to him. The living trust him with their grief - and their dirty little secrets. Only then is he able to ensure that the dead are given the happy ending they'd been deprived of in life. Only then can he set about playing matchmaker, uniting the dead with their true soul mates ... for all eternity ...


Exhuming a body over a contested will is the last thing former FBI profiler Greer Lomax wants to do. Just the thought of it brings on the panic attacks she's fought for two years. Now, as deputy sheriff, Greer Lomax is going to have to face her darkest fears. Becaue the body she's exhumed isn't alone. He's joined by a young woman whose name is on a missing person's list.


The one person Greer can call for help is FBI agent Ash Keller. Ash hasn't forgotten the hot blonde with the too-sexy smile - the one who spend many sizzling nights in his bed - and he hasn't forgiven her for leaving him behind when she quit the Bureau. But he's not about to let her go solo on this one, not after last time. Working the case sparks the fiery attraction they've tried to deny for too long and unleashes a passion they can't control - one that could blind them to the most dangerous mistakes of the past ...

I was lucky enough to win an ARC of The Matchmaker from Jamie at Deadline Hellions.

I really enjoyed this book. It's got suspense, but it's also got a good dose of romance to go along with that suspense. Greer has come home after a FBI operation went bad while dealing with a nasty serial killer. She doesn't really want to have anything to do with law enforcement, but it's a small town and she was suckered into "temporarily" taking a sheriff's job. Nothing much happens in the town, so she figures she's safe from the things that bring on her panic attacks.

When a body has to be exhumed to be tested (family thinks wife poisoned husband, lots of money hinges on finding), it turns out that there's another body with dead guy. This happens in the second chapter, so I'm not really spoiling anything. Well, now Greer has to figure out who the second body is and of course, after some things go on, it turns out there's a serial killer on the loose.

We actually know who the bad guy is from the very beginning. The story really deals with is how Greer finds him and how she deals with Ash when he comes on the scene. She's got a past with Ash (and I won't tell you since the blurb doesn't and I was kinda surprised). I liked how that aspect of the story was handled, though at the end I thought things were patched up a little too pat, except that it also worked in that one couldn't really expect her to be back to normal so soon after the end of the action. So I suppose the story does really end in the right place.

I really liked it. Greer and Ash really have some things to work through in order to get together. Greer's definitely messed up, but it's shown in a way that you really think that she's getting the help she needs from all around her. Ash is a great hero and they work well together.

Thanks, Jamie. And I'm glad you finally get to see this book on the shelf after all that you've gone through.

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