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Heartstrings and Diamond Rings

(Playboys #4)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,150 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews

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.

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 ...

Heartstrings and Diamonds Rings is the story of dried-up spinster - I
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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 heroin ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
This is fourth (and last) in a series, but this one is mainly connected to the second (Tall Tales and Wedding Veils). I'd definitely recommend reading at least that one before this as it includes Alison (a bit) but her friend Heather is all over the scene in this one so it's as well if you know her and Tony from the start.

This was standard on every level. Which got boring. I mean, Alison is a good girl who wants to get married, but she can't catch a break on the dating scene. So she goes for a m
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
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
Mary Gramlich
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Christi Snow
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread-books
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
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alison Carter’s biological clock is sounding an alarm. She’s tried singles bars, speed dating, video dating,, and E-Harmony to find Mr. Right. She’s talked herself into settling for Mr. Make Do, but when the m word her boyfriend has in mind proves to be not marriage but ménage as in à trios, she says an emphatic goodbye to him and a less than enthusiastic hello to
“Matchmaking by Rochelle,” a service recommended by her best friend.

She’s convinced Rochelle has read her mind before meeti
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it

A disappointing read. It wasn't what I expected.

The first half of the story was brilliantly wonderful. I really enjoyed it. I loved the plot and the way things went between Brandon and Alison. As a fake matchmaker, Brandon tried to find the right man for Alison. But each of her dates turned out to be a total failure. It was very funny to see Brandon sweating over this job all over again and again. To be honest, I secretly rooted for him to succeed in finding her future husband—maybe just on
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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

Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kelly Moran
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
After a series of losers, Alison decides she needs help finding her soulmate. Brandon inherits his grandmother's matchmaking business and house when she dies. The two hook up, and crazy things happen.

I read Jane Graves' other book, Black Ties & Lullabies, and though I enjoyed it, I liked this one much more. My only real issue with this book was the romance started very slow. In saying that, and after reading/learning the plot, I don't see how she could have written it any other way. I sugges
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Suzie Quint
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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.
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Wendy Marcus
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would have liked more time spent on the relationship/romance between Brandon and Alison, but overall an enjoyable, entertaining read.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Hilarious story, some of Alison's dates are like car wrecks waiting to happen."

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Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
2.5 stars

Order Title
1 Hot Wheels and High Heels
2 Tall Tales and Wedding Veils
3 Black Ties and Lullabies
4 Heartstrings and Diamond Rings
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Heartstrings and Diamond rings, the 4th book in the Playboys series from Jane Graves; Alison Carter had the worse luck when it comes to love. Alison thought there was a proposal coming up from her boyfriends but it turns out a proposal of a threesome. Alison who’s biological clock is ticking engaged a matchmaker service in pursuit of finding Mr Right and this is where Brandon Scott comes into the picture. Brandon Scott, a real estate investor down on his luck returns to Plano, Texas and inherite ...more
Jennifer Estep
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves is a contemporary romance.

Alison Carter is tired of bad dates and relationships that go nowhere so she decides to hire a matchmaker in hopes of finding someone special. What she gets is Brandon Scott, who has just inherited his grandmother's matchmaking business. Brandon plans to sell the business to raise money for a real estate venture, but he doesn't tell Alison that. Instead, he agrees to help her try to find her Mr. Right. As Alison endures one
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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.

Jane lives in the Dallas area with her husband and a beautiful but

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