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The Matchmaker's Mark (Matchmaker #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  76 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
When you're 'more' than human, finding your soulmate isn't as easy as answering a few quesitons online. It's best to track down Campbell Consulting, a.k.a. the Matchmaker.

In Charleston, South Carolina half-elf Lily has a birthmark her elders vow is a mystical promise of true love. So far she's yet to encounter Mr. Right in either the elf or human realms.

Dare, a wood elf, h
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published September 7th 2011 by Getaway Reads, LLC (first published September 5th 2011)
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Alana ~ The Book Pimp
There is much going on in this story, but it's not difficult to follow.

It's set in Charleston and revolves around Amy, a guest English professor at the local college; Lily, the local florist (and half wood elf); and Dare, security detail for the Matchmaker (who is also Amy's Aunt.) Lily was born with a mark that her family always called a Matchmaker's mark, but has not yet found that special someone. Amy is a human just beginning to scratch the surface of her Aunt's letters and legacy, on the cu
Nikki  Peterson
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans
Recommended to Nikki by: Author Requesting Review via Making Connections
Shelves: fae
Amy is from a clan of Campbell women that have held the title of Matchmaker in the paranormal world. She moves in with a friend in Charleston that she is going to be co-teaching a course with. Unbeknownst to her, her aunt is bequeathing the Matchmaker job to her. She sends her body guard Dare, who was an Elite Guard of the elves, to deliver a letter to her and starts the event of Amy's induction to Matchmaker.
While out walking her greyhound she steps into a floral shop and meets the owner Lily
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute novel, a reader who enjoys romance will not be disappointed. The characters are are interesting, the match making part is a unique twist. Lily could get a little bit too inquisitive at times, but she's a likable character. The love interest is charismatic, handsome, and generally a fun character to read about. The reader will enjoy watching their relationship grow and develop.

The author writes very smoothly, there aren't any choppy transitions. The reader will be left with quest
Loves To Dive
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

Lily is content with her life. As half elf/half human, it’s difficult to fit into either world, so owning her own flower shop in Charleston, SC is good for her. She yearns to find her own true love some day, but with over-protective brothers and magic that is unstable at best, she doesn’t hold out much hope.

Dare is a full wood elf who is personal guard to the infamous Matchmaker. His family isn’t thrilled with his job choice, but it works for him. He’s a bit puzzled, and more than a b
Nikki McCarver
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lily had a special way with flowers. It seemed only natural that she would start her own business as a flower designer. She knew special charms and small spells that would have her customers leaving with a smile as she fulfilled their needs. She had come to terms with her inability to do magic like the rest of her family. She was raised on tales that were suited to the special mark on her arm. The stories included the whispered name of the Matchmaker. But Lily was done with that. She had accepte ...more
August Is Azathoth The Haunted Reading Room
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance
Delightfully written and empathetic; reading this was like peeking over the shoulders of the characters and being part of each scene and locale. Heartwarming, encouraging, and inspiring, this is just the kind of story readers need to pick themselves up from a slump by getting involved in the characters’ lives and backstory, and marveling at that most welcome touch of the paranormal. I don’t often gravitate to light-hearted romantic fiction, but if this is an example of what I’m missing, I may ju ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A charming paranormal romantic mystery.

It has a very uplifting and happy tone. All of the characters are very likeable and I was drawn to them.

Amy, a mid-western girl, comes to South Carolina as a temporary faculty member to teach with an old college friend, Maeve. When Maeve suddenly becomes enamored with anything in jeans, Amy gets attacked by a werewolf, and a mysterious wood elf comes knocking, Amy's world suddenly, and forever, changes. As Dare, the wood elf, tries to explain the changes
Kimberly Hope
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Regan Black's darker 2096 novels. The Matchmaker's Mark is her lighter voice and it doesn't disappoint! Magic runs deep in our world and in Matchmaker's Mark we see what happens when the unsuspecting find out they have powers, and find love in the process. This debut novel in the series promises a fun ride. Can't wait for the next installment!
Grammy 1
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars...See Dual Review SHE SAID / SHE SAID to be posted shortly to Dual review
The Matchmaker’s Mark is an urban fantasy set in Charleston, South Carolina. Lily, a half-elf, half-human, works as a florist trying to find her way in a human society that she doesn’t completely belong in. During a busy day at her shop, Lily encounters two customers that will disrupt the calm life she had made for herself – Amy Campbell and Dare, a handsome wood elf.

Amy Campbell is the new matchmaker, a human with the ability to create romantic matches for those who request them. Amy resists t
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Matchmaker’s Mark hit the mark. It was a lighthearted story with plenty of humor, paranormal, and romance. The main characters were elves but that was not all that was thrown into the mix. There was a werewolf, mermaid, and a new matchmaker learning how to use her magic. Which brings us to the problem. The matchmaker has gone missing and her powers have transferred to her niece, Amy. Amy doesn’t realize that she now has the matchmaker’s magic and inadvertently marks a werewolf and a halfing elf. ...more
Author Regan Black creates an intriguing mythology peopled with elves, werewolves, magical matchmakers and more, and sets it all against a background of a very real Charleston, with beautiful descriptions clear enough to make me long to visit. The matchmaker, of course, is someone who matches people (and others) to their true loves. But the protagonist, a Halfling, can’t find romance since she can’t find herself. Instead she offers hints of magic through flowers as she hides away in a Charleston ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Light-hearted Paranormal Romance readers
In my opinion, Regan Black has a winner with THE MATCHMAKER’S MARK. It’s a fun paranormal romance, the first book in a new series. The matchmaker’s mark is a magical mark that identifies individuals meant to be together. I loved how the romance progressed between Dare and Lily, although I did get a bit frustrated with Lily at times because she was so reluctant to believe. I also enjoyed the progression of the story of the matchmaker. We get a brief glimpse of a new matchmaker in the making, leav ...more
Annalise Grey
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My rating is 4.5

Lily's life is content but far from perfect - her brothers are over-protective and her magic is just 'meh'....or so she believes. When a moment's strange encounter causes her birthmark to itch and burn, Lily's magic suddenly takes on a whole new dimension and her hopes for the future are now a possibility.

I loved The Matchmaker's Mark from the start because it was upbeat and light-hearted. This is a book I will curl up with again when I'm feeling down or blah. It just made me ha
Christy Gibbon
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
We’ve all heard stories of the matchmaker. What if there was an actual person with the magical ability to match you with your soulmate. How would you like to be her? Amy Campbell, an English professor, suddenly finds herself in this exact predicament. What ensues is a comical and romantic adventure for all the magical and normal people that she meets. The story centers itself on the life of a half-elf girl named Lily and what happens to her when she meets the new Matchmaker and a wood elf named ...more
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Matchmaker's Mark
By, Regan Black

This was a wonderful book; I was not sure what to exspect from it. This is the first book of Regan Black’s that I have read. Im sure to be checking out more of her books after this one!
I am a paranormal lover, well a book lover in all ways that count. Paranormal romance is one of my favorites. The Characters where quit wonderful, how it is written it bring everything together with great twist and turns. Very unique and was more then I was hoping for.
If you e
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed it.If you want something light and cheery, this is it.
Couldn't put it down, from start to finish.
Definetely not "Tracking shadows", since it's in a lighter, happier vein, but it is worth every cent. Especially, if you like to read paranormals with alot of wit. The characters are charming and delightfully witty.

Love the characters of Amy, Dare, Lilly and even Cade and Maeve.

Can't wait to see what else will happen to them next.
Jess the Romanceaholic
4.5/5 Stars, full review to follow.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

This book actually has two stories that are both the first book in a series.
The first story is The Matchmaker's Mark.
Lily is half elf who owns a flower shop. She has a mark on her arm that means she will have a soul mate. But so far she has not found him in either world. Because elves do not like halfings she has chosen to live Charleston, South Carolina in the human world. She does not have much magic.
Amy Campbell is a English Professor that is in Charleston to teach a class. She can't w
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Elves, Werewolves and magical humans, what more can you ask for. Regan delivers a a gem in The Matchmaker's Mark. It is an alternative for adults who want to read about fairytale lands that usually are geared towards YA. With action, a touch of humor and all romance you are sure to find what you are looking for here.

I have to say I enjoyed reading this book. It was different, for me at least. I don't read a lot of books where elves and magic take the forefront. Reagan creates a vivid world and d
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
This is the first book in the Matchmakers trilogy which intertwines two stories throughout the entire book that works really well, and it’s very easy to keep up with the details.

Lily has believed that her birthmark has to do with finding her true love. She is half elf and uses her magic in her floral business to help spread happiness in the lives of others, but she has not been so lucky in find the happiness of true love in her own life. When her birthmark starts changing she thinks it’s becaus
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
This just the kind of Urban Fantasy novel I love to read. A human woman who has more power and magic than she ever realized possible, an Elf woman who truly does have an amazing destiny, and a cranky werewolf. The problem is more than one heroine/hero to this story. There is also the human’s best friend and Elf Body guard, and the Elf’s brother. The focus shift’s from character to character way to much. There are author’s who do the shifting with ease (like George RR Martin), and keep you vested ...more
Book Chatter-Cath
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
The initial character introduction had me believing this was a chick/lit book but it was made interesting with the addition of the para element.

Unfortunately the author doesn't really give us all that much background on either the main character or the world in which she chooses not to live in, and I did feel like some of those details should have been made clearer.
Especially considering that in the blurb the elders are mentioned but apart from a brief encounter with her father, none of the elde
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book-nook
I really liked this story and would have given it 4 stars, except that it was confusing in parts. The characters would act angry and there wasn't really a good reason for them to act that way. And things would happen without a good explanation for it. But overall, a really enjoyable light paranormal romance.
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, e-book
Amy Campbell is an English professor and she is guest teaching in Charleston for the winter. She has an interesting Aunt Camille. Turns out the Campbell family has had the role of Matchmaker for humans and mythical creatures for many generations. Amy becomes the new Matchmaker after something in known happens to Camille.
Linda Rimer-Como
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting read that moves along quickly. The story line is cute and the characters are mesmerizing. The writing is exceptional and I love the match making aspect to the story. I found this to be an enjoyable read.

Gifted a copy for an honest review.
Mary  Aquino
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A cute and quirky urban fantasy with strong characters and a great romance.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book..... a nice "beach read".
rated it really liked it
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As a USA Today bestselling author, I write award-winning, action-packed romantic novels featuring kick-butt heroines and the sexy heroes who fall in love with them. Raised in the Midwest and California, my family and I, along with our adopted greyhound and two arrogant cats, now live in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history keeps my imagination running ...more
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