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The Matchup – Alice Ward – Book Review

In the long and steamy book, The Matchup, we meet aspiring fashing designer Ava and the dominate Lucas. Lucas may be dominate but Ava is no submissive. With an entire company hedged on his success with Ava, will Lucas find a way to let his guard down?

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THE MATCHUP by Alice Ward

Publication Date: January 8, 2018
Source: Purchase
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica,
Length: long
Purchase: Amazon 
Story Rating: 5/ 5
Romance Rating: 5/5


A dark pleasure competition. An enemy for an opponent. A woman who may be my match.

My absurd tycoon of an uncle is retiring. Finally, my dream of being CEO over his publishing empire, including his coveted BDSM website, is nearing reality. But Uncle Harvey won’t hand over the reins so easily. He’s pitted me against my enemy… my cousin.

Best man wins it all, according to ol’ Harv. Fine. Because the best man is going to be me.

But we can’t do it alone. For fun, Unc matched us with a woman.

He chose Ava for me. She’s sweet, courageous, sexy… and vanilla to her very core. Since I’m a Dominant, that’s a problem. I don’t compromise, but she has me twisting my commands into requests, and thinking of her desires before my own. As the competition advances, we’re both pushed beyond our limits.

Worse, my cousin has plans of his own. Has desires of his own. And he always desires what is mine.

He wants Ava, and when I see him touching her, the contest explodes into violence, with consequences I couldn’t have imagined.


Firstly, take a moment to appreciate the cover. Hot guy, beautiful colors. I’m a bit of a cover whore if you ladies haven’t already realized. I have been known to read books for no reason other than the cover. I’m sure you can imagine sometimes that works out better than others.

Now, for the story. This book was engaging and moved at a pace I enjoyed. It was well written. I couldn’t seem to put it down, I just needed to know what would come next for Ava and Lucas.

The Matchup is about two people, Ava and Lucas, forced together by his medling uncle. With a lot on the line they set out to win a series of challenges. Challenges that push both of them outside of their comfort zone (both in and out of the bed).

This book had steamy scenes, lots of steamy scenes. Some light BDSM, it didn’t get too crazy, but my goodness it was hot. There’s certain times my reading habbit (*cough* addiction *cough*) drives my husband mad, there’s other time when he really appreciates it, if you know what I mean. This book is the latter.

As much as I love reading erotica and sexy scenes, I’m usually very engaged with the characters. It’s never a problem for me to put myself in thier shoes and see the scene through their eyes. Which is probably why I often find myself uneasy when reading scenes about domination. I’m happy to say this book didn’t make me uneasy at all.

He was certainly dominate, that was never a secret, but he was always so honest and caring in his interactions with Ava. I connected with the characters, although I think Lucas has a secret he hasn’t shared with the reader and I want to know what it is.

I feel more in love with Lucas every time he trusted Ava and let her take the lead. I loved that Ava was such a strong, ambitious woman who had no intentions of submitting to anyone. I also love that Lucas didn’t push the issue too much.

It was their chemistry and emotional connection that really made this story standout for me. Their honesty with each other, the way they interacted outside of the bedroom, the way they compromised in the bedroom made me so ridiculously happy.

Ovarall, The Matchup was an awesome read that left me with a smile on my face. It was naughty without being vulger, something I absolutely appreaciate. I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a book that’s a little bit dirty but still give you the warm fuzzys of a romance novel.

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If you enjoyed this you might also enjoy my review of Moonlight Sins by Jannifer L. Armentrout.

Have you read The Matchup? Did you enjoy it as much as I did?

Are you reading a wonderful book right now? Tell me about it, I’m always looking for amazing books to read and review.

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