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Ms. Match (The Wrong Bed #49)

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Waking up in a hotel room next to a nearly naked Gwen Christopher is a shocker for Paul Bennet.Hmm, one too many the night before? After all, he's rich, successful and looks more like one of his movie-star clients than their PR rep. Paul can have any woman he wants. Any woman--except Gwen's smokin'-hot sister. Taking plain-Jane Gwen out as a favor was supposed to be his ti ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Blaze #424, 212 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Harlequin (first published October 1st 2007)
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Mar 02, 2010 Nisha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who appreciate inner beauty and don't require a magical makeover to make the heroine beautiful
The ugly duckling and the handsome prince has been done over and over again. But the importance and insecurity toward physical appearances is oftentimes romanticized in romance novels. In this one, it doesn't. The hero, Paul spends most of the book being enamored by the heroine's very beautiful sister yet unmistakeably drawn to the less beautiful heroine, Gwen. He even wishes that the heroine was prettier, because he liked her personality so much.

This is so unlike how most romances have their h
Ms Match was an unusual blaze for me, for one the hero is lusting after the heroine's sister in the beginning and even in the middle and I didn't find it very conventional, it seemed different.

Paul is one of those PR people, handsome and successful and used to getting his own way in life because of his looks. He agrees to accompany Gwen to her family party when the guy he asked falls through.

Gwen is kind of the black sheep of her family. She is not as beautiful as the rest of her shallow family,
Andrea Guy
Mar 26, 2009 Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quick-reads
A fast steamy read, though as much as I liked it I found it hard to like Paul through most of the book as well as Gwen's entire family. I truly hope people aren't really that way even in SoCal.

But this is fantasy so all that aside, this book was good for a thrill and a few giggles along the way.
Dec 03, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it it was amazing
This was a very sweet read. Her insecurities working hard against her and him being outside his comfort zone were great issues to work with. They had chemistry right from the beginning and you just knew it would never be about just sex.
Jul 29, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Match

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story about two different people who turned out to be perfect together.
Oct 21, 2016 Hopefulpuffin rated it it was amazing
This is SO much more than an ugly-duckling romance. First off, the h isn't an ugly duckling. That's made clear from the beginning. She's just not as beautiful as her sisters.

Second, and this is what's super important. The h is TOTALLY INTO BASEBALL. She likes other sports too, but baseball is her thing. There's a scene when she gets to meet the Dodgers and there's a lot of name dropping. I'm not usually a fan of that but I also love baseball and I can totally picture the scene. I can even guess
This was pretty good quick read.

Paul is trying to get into gorgeous flight attendant Autumn's pants. But its pretty clear from the beginning that she's just leading him on because she enjoys the attention. In the hopes of getting laid by her in the future, he agrees to go to a family shin-dig with her less gorgeous sister, Gwen. At the party, Paul is shocked by how much fun he ends up having. Days later, he's still thinking about how relaxing it was to hang out with Gwen. So he tracks her down a
Sep 16, 2014 Sumaira rated it liked it
This book was a nice quick easy read, it’s one you would pick up on a holiday. The characters are likeable (with the exception of Gwen’s family, I mean serious what??) and Paul is sweet. The story is just what it says in the synopsis, Paul wants Autumn who he has been trying to get with for weeks but is having no luck. Autumn asks Paul a favour to get someone to take her not so fabulously beautiful, but smart sister Gwen to a family party as her date. Paul arranges for a friend to do so but he p ...more
Trudy Miner
Jul 12, 2013 Trudy Miner rated it really liked it
Paul Bennet agrees to take Gwen Christopher to her parents' 50th wedding anniversary because Gwen's sister, Annette, his girlfriend, couldn't go. In a family of stunningly beautiful siblings, Gwen is considered the plain child and she's constantly reminded of it. So when Gwen shows up with the handsome, successful Paul, her family thinks she really can't attract a man like that. As they proceed to dance, and drink, the night away, Paul realizes that Gwen has a lot to offer the right man. Too tip ...more
Lenore Kosinski
I am currently wearing my big happy sigh grin. This is a book I have read and reread a gagillion times or more since I first bought it. I don't know what it is about it....I've always been attracted to ugly duckling books, and this one turned out to be so much more. I LOVED Gwen and Paul. Just loved them. They always surprised me. And to watch them both grow and learn so much about was satisfying. So many times it's only one side or the other that really grows and changes, but th ...more
I like to read Harlequins now and then and often skim through them to the HEA. But this one I enjoyed every word. Paul (so nice to have a hero with a 'regular' name) is as superficial as he is handsome. But then he meets Gwen, who is pretty but not 'movie star pretty'. He slowly starts to realize that there's more to life than good looks and money. An improbable conclusion to come to when you live in LA! So it's a slow progression to love and there's no shying away from the quandry of the import ...more
Dec 23, 2015 Teri-k rated it really liked it
Ugly duckling/handsome prince story that is almost 5 star worthy.

When you grow up "not pretty" in a family and society that values looks above all, you have to decide that character matters more. But sometimes, without realizing it, you fall into the same stereotypes that the looks-obsessed do and you assume that the beautiful people are all shallow and vain and you could never have anything in common with them. That's what happens to Gwen when her loveliest sister's guy takes her out once, for
The book was unique in that a major chunk of it is from the Hero's POV. The story feels contemporary and believable. It's worth a read.

The only slight problem I had was that sometimes I felt that the characters' psychoanalysis and attempts to understand themselves and articulate all that got a bit too much for me. I guess it's because the book was making us privy to both their thoughts, and through this device, wanted us to understand why these characters are who they have become. But I felt li
Mar 23, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I did like this book but sometimes I found it so frustrating! What is wrong with Gwen's family?! Where are her parents? They never truly appear and call out their other children for being nasty. I also felt that Paul definitely grew as a person but he was frustrating too. He seemed like a bit of an idiot at times. Why wouldn't he just call Autumn and break up with her? He said himself that they barely had a relationship so just cut the cord. Ugh.
Jan 04, 2015 Jackie rated it really liked it
3.5 Pretty strong for a category romance, with the added benefit of a storyline about a man who typically only dates the gorgeous women, but who becomes increasingly drawn to the sister of the woman whom he initially was pursuing. Ending gets tied up pretty neatly, but still, quite an enjoyable read, with clear feminist sensibilities.
Valentina Cuello trigo
"Me gustan las películas de terror. Y jugar al softball. Nunca he pertenecido a ningún club de lectura, pero creo que podría intentarlo. Quiero entrar a formar parte de tu vida. Sé que es una locura, no entiendo por qué... pero tú eres la clave"

Como morir en menos de un minuto con Paul Bennet! Fantástico, hermoso, amé este libro de principio y fin<3
May 12, 2011 _yay_ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-on-blog
The perfect book for an evening at home. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy this sweet, sweet story about two very different people. They both have to overcome insecurities and need to realize what it is they want in life. A must read for "on the way to HEA-lovers"!
Mar 03, 2010 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
A cute story about the "ugly duckling" getting the guy. Predictable, but it was nice that the guy who's always gotten by on his looks alone learns he has more to offer as well.
Sep 28, 2013 Sammy rated it really liked it
The style of this book was akin to Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. I loved that story and I love this one just as much. It was a very enjoyable read.
Feb 05, 2014 Kesha rated it it was amazing
Did not expect this book to be so good, especially considering it was a Harlequin. Will definitely read more from this author.
Feb 15, 2009 April rated it really liked it
As far as Harlequins go, this had some believable dialogue and a far as the Blaze series, it was pretty tame. Not sexy enough to put in the "steamy" category, but definitely simmering.
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“Gwen: It's not going to work.
Paul: Pardon me?
Gwen: Cinderella's not going to sleep with you because you're taking the ugly stepsister to the ball. She'll still make you wait.”
“That's what got her, of course. That everyone thought it so unbelievable that she could possibly attract a man like him. It shouldn't upset her because it was true. She couldn't. Not in this world, in this lifetime. Yet she didn't appreciated everyone else acting as if they were the most improbable twosome since Quasimodo hit on Esmeralda.” 2 likes
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