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Heartstrings and Diamond Rings (Playboys #4)

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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  986 ratings  ·  109 reviews
HE'S THE MAN OF HER DREAMS . . .

In a world full of frogs, Alison Carter is determined to find her prince. Maybe her dating past is more Titanic than Love Boat, but she's seen enough happy marriages to know that true love is possible. No matter what, she won't give up on happily-ever-after. If she can't find Mr. Right, she'll simply hire someone who can.

SHE JUST DOESN'T KNO
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Forever (first published January 1st 2011)
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Rachel (BAVR)
Sweet mother Mary, now I remember why I typically won't touch contemporaries with a ten-foot pole these days. My generation is really taking a beating in the self-worth department, if this book is any indication. I remember being bombarded with cheesy "Girl power!" testimonials and Oprah telling me I don't need a man to be happy in my youth.

Far be it from me to call the Spice Girls liars, but if Jane Graves says so ...

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Heartstrings and Diamonds Rings is the story of dried-up spinster - I
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Lisa Kay
This is a very “readable” book with a dialogue that was spot on, making it a fast read. Some amusing scenes that were LOL funny that still managed to be realistic. For a contemporary romance, it had a chick-lit-ish feel to it. I found the ending a little unbelievable, especially in this economy, (view spoiler). What I really would have liked was a little more “heat” between the hero and heroine, bu ...more
Anna
I almost stopped reading this book in the first 15 pages, I disliked the female protagonist so much. Her desperation to get married was just too much, especially considering this was written in the 21st century. It's like women's lib never happened. (Maybe it just never happened in Plano, Texas? I find that hard to believe.)

Alison is dating a guy that she clearly isn't in love with. What she does love is the idea that he might propose the night he takes her to a fancy dinner. When he proposes so
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Alycia
Alison Carter wants nothing more than to find a nice, normal man get married, and have a family. She'd even settle for a little boring if that was the sure path to her supposed happiness. But after several dating disasters she is persuaded to try a personalized match making service.

Brandon Scott inherits his grandmother's matchmaking business as well as her house with the caveat that he can stay in the house as long as he wants, but if he moves, it is donated to a local church. Brandon is only
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Mary Gramlich
Will love lead me to my soul mate or do I have to settle for the right mate?

When you have been looking for love as long as Alison Carter has, you have kissed an excessive amount of frogs, and you start to wonder if there is just something wrong with you. Alison has been successful in every aspect of her life but one – relationships. She wants so much to build a life surrounded by children, married to a man who will share her dreams and light up the night with passion.

Brandon Scott wants none of
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Ami
I like Jane Graves's stories before but this one is MEH!!! Let me list down the a couple things that I dislike (so I can say what I like later) but is very important on why I give my rating.

+ The whole plot is everything about Alison trying to find a guy and she goes on and on and on about how she wants to get married and doesn't want to live alone. Hasn't Bridget Jones's era gone?!? I think this is why I give up on contemporary romance *sigh*. Not to mention, that Alison doesn't even try to lov
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Becca
Seriously, what is wrong with the author? How is the hero or heroine suppose to be likable in any fashion?!? This book has some major fat phobic and LGBTQ issues. I'm sorry, but I just can't believe the heroine is a 'good, sweet girl' when she describes her overweight co-worker as a vulture hovering over a candy bar OR later on in the story, bribing said co-worker with Godiva chocolates in exchange for darn good graphic design work. Why not just describe this co-worker as a great graphic designe ...more
willaful
After a series of astoundingly bad relationships, Alison is feeling desperate enough to try anything -- even a male matchmaker. Brandon, who recently inherited his grandmother’s business, seems to almost be able to read her mind, so it seems likely he’ll be able to find her just the right man. There’s just a few things that Alison doesn’t know... like that Brandon is just borrowing the matchmaking business to scam money for a big real estate deal. And that the men he finds are going to make her ...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
Okay, I am officially sold... I think that I now officially qualify as a Jane Graves fan. OMG, this book was so sweet and such a wonderful read!! This book is the personification of what I love about contemporary romance.


Brandon works at flipping properties, but with the recent economic downturn, things have been really tight. When he inherits his grandmother's matchmaking business, he sees a quick way to make the $30,000 down payment for his next flip via her $1500 charge for hooking
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AH
Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves is a nice, light, contemporary romance. Our heroine Alison Carter is a 31 year old who works in the marketing department for a sweets company. She lives in her condo with her three cats – one less than the required amount to be a crazy cat lady. All she wants to do is to settle down, get married, and start a family. Unfortunately, Alison has been unlucky in love.

Brandon Scott, a real estate investor down on his luck recently inherited his grandmothe
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Kristiej
Comfort reads. I think most of us have them. They are books that make us feel good despite the chaos that might be going around all about us. There is not a definitive definition I think. The In Death books are some of my comfort reads for example and as they are murder mystery romance that really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense that genre would be a “comfort” but I think it’s the sense of family I enjoy.
And then there are comfort authors. While some books may be better than others, overall re
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Heather
This book is so sweet and so romantic. You meet Alison who can only be described as never having a good date/boyfriend. She realizes she a lonely, 31 year old who is one cat away from being the crazy single old lady down the road. Her friends sends her to a popular and sucessful matchmaker only to find out it has been takin over by a man. Just desperate enough, she decides to hire him.

Brandon is down on his luck and needs money. Lucky for him he just inherited his grandmothers matchmaking busine
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Shannon
If I was rating based on first impressions, this book would have definitely gotten two stars or below. The main character Alison was so annoyingly desperate that I was five seconds away from putting down the book and never finishing it. I was just so aggravated by every part of her personality. Then, somewhere along the way, I actually started to like this book. I'm guessing it happened around the time that Alison met Brandon. I liked all the crazy dates he set her up on. They may have been a li ...more
Lyndsay
This book is worth reading just for the many disastrous first dates.
Alison is desperate to find love and forever after. She is willing to settle and lower her expectation to get it. After a horrible to her latest relationship, (she thought he was going to propose marriage, he proposed a threesome), she wants to give up completely. A friend recommends she seek professional help.

Matches by Rochelle has recently been inherited by her grandson. He knows how to close a deal in the real estate marke

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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
3.5 Stars

Heartstrings and Diamond Rings was a cute and funny romance about a Alison Carter, a lady unlucky in love having visions of a cat lady future, and Brandon Scott, a down-on-his-luck real estate flipper struggling in today’s economy who takes a con in his late grandmothers match making business to earn him enough money for his next flip.

When Allison walks into 'Matchmaking by Rochelle' she expects an elderly lady, not a man that resembles her every wet fantasy. Skeptical at first about a
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Lisarenee
You know the old saying, "If it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all?" Well, when it comes to dating that pretty much sums up Alison Carter's love life. On a recent date with her boyfriend of 8 months, all the signs seemed to indicate it would be the night he'd propose. She'd seen him in a jewelry store, she'd overheard him talking with a minister, she'd seen a travel brochure on his desk, and he'd taken her to a pricey restaurant. Truth be told, he did propose something, but marriage was ...more
Nicky
More like a 2 1/2 star. I didn't love this. It was pretty boring and contrived. I didn't enjoy Heather nearly as much in this book as I did in her own book. She seemed like a completely different person. Same with Alison. I liked her way better in Heather's book. She was extremely and unattractively desperate in this book. She was really, really desperate and it just put me off.

Let's talk about the dates. They were ridiculously horrible. The first mistake really was on Brandon. But the last two
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Wendy S. Marcus
I would have liked more time spent on the relationship/romance between Brandon and Alison, but overall an enjoyable, entertaining read.
Suzie Quint
As usual, I enjoyed this visit with Jane Graves. She's one of the most consistently enjoyable writers I've found. Her characters are easy to relate with. This story centers around the matchmaker's love life, but the twist is that the matchmaker who inherited the business is a guy. It makes a lovely fish-out-of-water story and I always enjoy when a guy has to acknowledge the importance of love, especially when he's led to that realization kicking and screaming.
Vi
Oct 30, 2011 Vi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
Good premise. Heroine desperate to find THE ONE and get married. Hero taking over grandmother's matchmaking business and ready to scam people so that he can start another business. A fluffly book with enough comedy to make you laugh out loud at times. Allison's set-up dates were very cringe-worthy. The ending was little unbelievable. We only got to see Brandon about-turn at the end but not how he reached there. All in all, a good beach read.
Katie(babs)
Certain sections of this predictable romance were enjoyable but half way through I grew bored because the hero and heroine have a major lack of chemistry and there was no real action of tension.

I've read much better contemporaries. And when the hero and heroine finally get it on, it's more like watching paint dry on a wall.

A ho hum read.
Emily
"Hilarious story, some of Alison's dates are like car wrecks waiting to happen."

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Precious of The Flipping Bookworm
From the writer of Black Ties and Lullabies, here comes another one that will capture your heart. A cute read and a fast one. Jane Graves never fails to give us and especially me a story that will give us hope on LOVE! :)

Alison Carter is desperate to find Mr. Right. She is not getting any younger, anyways. She decided to hire a matchmaker. She ended with Brandon Scott, a real estate investor, who continued his grandmother's matchmaking business just for the money. Little did Alison know, Brandon
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Lea
For me it was just okay. It wasn't bad but I didn't really like it either. It is a LONG book, over 400 pages, and nothing really happened for it to need to be so long. The heroine has issues with fat people, even though she stated she was slightly overweight. There are also some seriously negative emotions toward sexual orientation. Both of these things were big issues for me that I had a hard time moving past; I don't know if they were supposed to be part of the entertainment and I just don't f ...more
Christie
Heartstrings and Diamond Rings was such a cute book! While I did find Alison’s desperation to meet Mr. Right made me slightly uncomfortable at times, the crazy dates she went on over the course of the book had me laughing out loud despite the uncomfortable moments. Brandon played the role of hunky love interest perfectly. I loved how much chemistry they had. I did really like Alison, but at times she was a little overwhelming. She was just so hard on herself. When she finally relaxed and we got ...more
Theresa
Alison Carter is that not-so-perfect main character that want so badly to settle down and get married, but she keeps getting involved with the wrong guy. All she wants is the nice guy who will be a good husband and father - on that is responsible and holds a decent job. That shouldn't be so hard to find, right? Not for Alison.

Since her choices aren't working out so well, she goes to a matchmaker that was recommended to her by a friend. Sadly, she finds out the woman died a few weeks ago, and her
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Marj
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Sharon Redfern
Heartstrings and Diamond Rings begins with Alison Carter on a date with her boyfriend of 8 months. She is sure he is going to pop the question and he does. Unfortunately, the question is would Alison be willing to do a threesome with some bimbo they both know. Right off the bat we know Alison has baaaad luck with men. She is looking for Mr. Forever, the white picket fence, and a pack of children.
Brandon Scott has inherited his grandmother’s matchmaking business and life use of her house. He usua
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A Tasty Read Book Reviews
What a great read....I am still feeling all giddy and excited about this New Release By Jane Graves. From page one we are laughing at the sarcastic one liners from our heroine, Allison. She is the average girl and we are drawn to that because she is like our best friend or co worker, so sweet and nice, but she just can't find the right guy.

Enter Brandon....Right Guy? Well, more like tha matchmaker who is trying to make some cash off of his dead grandmothers old business, before he gets his finan
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Sayjil


Sometimes you just need a laugh to make everything better. After a completely horrible day, I decided to reread a book that would make me laugh. This definitely is on top the list. Until I read this book, I didn’t know what kinds of psychos were using the dating service.

Sweet, friendly, naive, Alison Carter wants the whole white-picket-fence-forever-kind-of-love. She thought her boyfriend would propose yet it turned into another disastrous relationship when he asked if they could have a threesom
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Jane Graves is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty contemporary romance novels. She is a nine-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's Rita Award, the industry's highest honor, and is the recipient of two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Booksellers' Best Award, and the Golden Quill, among others.

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