Book Reviews, RomCom, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Matchmaking A Grump by Angela Casella and Denise Grover Swank

Matchmaking a Grump (Highland Hills)

Matchmaking A Grump; Highland Hills #2
(#2 within a series)

Publication Date: November 3, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Holiday/Opposites Attract/Romantic Comedy

Author: Angela Casella and Denise Grover Swank

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


A big, kind-hearted grump and a sweet, lovey heiress who loves Christmas, this had all the making of a snuggle up with a blanket, hot chocolate, and turn every page until it was finished book. Matchmaking A Grump was a ton of fun.

Rowan and Kennedy may have grown up in two different worlds, but at heart they are very similar people. They both have big, beautiful hearts and have that deep need to help those less fortunate. While they both go about it in very different ways, their outcome is still the same and I think that is what their souls connected with when they met one another. However, the complication came in, and it was a big one, because Kennedy was only in Highland Hills to tape a show where she was to find her husband and Rowan was not on the cast list. He was the hired help.

Matchmaking A Grump has a great secondary cast, something Angela and Denise are really great at writing together. They have made returning to this town and discovering these family members love story fun over and over again. Rowan has been the big brother to all of his sisters, protective and sort of grumpy in the background for several books, so I really enjoyed having his story and this book did not disappoint. He was everything I was hoping for and more.

I wasn’t as familiar with Kenney’s family, I’ve missed those stories, but it didn’t make her any less enjoyable to read. Her enthusiasm over the holiday’s and her empathy over helping others is super sweet and she is a very likable character. I can see why Rowan loosened up on his grumpy ways and fell for her.

Fall for a sweetly, quirky holiday romance with a great cast of characters.

He wants to destroy her show. She wants to get on Santa’s naughty list with him.

No man wants to be nicknamed Cupid. My family’s run a matchmaking business for years, though, and my sister’s a romance novelist. You get the picture. To make matters worse, my narcissistic grandmother just sold a reality dating show to network television. Thanks to her, our small town is about to become a hotbed of tourists and opportunists.

Her show needs to be stopped, and I’m exactly the man to do it. Cupid, reporting for duty

The star of the show, Kennedy Littlefield, isn’t my type at all. She’s a wealthy heiress with an unhealthy obsession with Christmas.

There’s just one problem: I can’t stop thinking about her.

I’m lucky to be doing this show. Maybe I’ll start believing it if I repeat it enough…because I’m supposed to be dating eight men, and they all suck. I’m not here to fall in love—I’m trying to save a non-profit with the publicity from the show—but I’d hoped for a Christmas miracle.

I love Christmas, only it hasn’t come to the set because the show doesn’t air until spring, and no one—with the exception of me—wants to watch a Christmas show in March.

There’s only one thing I want more than Christmas cheer: the ornery grump who keeps hanging out around the set.

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