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Speaking of Love

(Perfect Kisses #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  462 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Speech teacher and successful matchmaker Mackenzie Simms decides to find a woman for her friend, handsome newspaper tycoon Rick Duffy. Though they’ve been each other’s go-to dates for the past month, Mac and Rick couldn't be more different: she is outspoken, sarcastic, and completely loathes his privileged lifestyle. He's laid-back, unassuming, and seems comfortable at an ...more
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Published February 11th 2013 by Entangled Publishing (Bliss) (first published February 10th 2013)
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K.M. Galvin
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well I can honestly say there wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. Ophelia London has a big fan on her hands. Let me just start by asking what has happened to contemporary romance? I mean, if the main characters aren't whipping each other and tying each other to beds, they are dealing with horrifying pasts and all other heavy shit. I'm not saying that I don't enjoy that from time to time, I'm just saying it's getting harder and harder to find a book that is just good, clean fun. I had ...more
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. Witty, romantic and fun. Love Rick and all his sexiness and really enjoyed the time they spent at the cabin before Brandy showed up. Mac's voice is honest in a way we can all identify with, especially as well all have had doubts at the beginning of a relationship.

Great #2 Bliss book, cannot wait for Book 3! I love the Bliss line because it still gives me romance but without all the nasty details. My imagination can do all the work on it's own!

Ophelia London is becoming a f
Jennifer K Jovus
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What I liked:
The interaction with Mac and Rick was – frustrating, loving, hot, and timid – all those words that feel like falling in love.

Most romance books are over the top with the perfect guy doing the perfect thing - something I have never experienced or witnessed. (You know the ones that exist only in romance novels.) Ophelia London keeps her characters flawed, realistic, relatable and lovable they are people you could easily be friends with, cheer for and adore. It’s what makes Speaking
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, receieved, not-ya
So currently I've been on a bit of a romance binge and this one fell under my radar. So far Falling For Her Fiance has been my favorite romance novel by this publisher but this comes a close second.
3.5 stars

The main characters are pretend dating.Both of them barely open up about their personal life and Mackenzie can no longer stand going to any more upper charity functions.So she decides to fix up her friend Rick with someone who can actually stand going to the functions and maybe even date him
Amy R
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was such a fun read! I reviewed it for Fresh Fiction, but wanted to let GR members know they won't be disappointed with this one. Very fun!

4.5 Stars
A wonderful contemporary romance. The sexual tension between Mac and Rick sizzled and they were both likeable characters in their own right.
Rachel T
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

4 out of 5 for this reader folks!

Simple formula for this read! Almost lovers, friends, lovers! You know, the kind of relationship that is made to last!

Speaking of Love was another wonderful SWEET love story by Ophelia London. It is the second book of her Perfect Kisses series and it certainly did not let me down! I have discovered that Ophelia London has a great style. This is the third book of her
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
HEAs always make me happy!!

I’m always glad and relieved when two wonderful characters find their happily ever after!
Rick is a journalist who has taken ownership of The Franklin Standard (a local paper) per his grandfather’s dying wishes. He comes from a very wealthy family with deep roots in the city of Franklin but that hasn’t fazed his personality. He is a realistic down to earth person with simple expectations.
Mackinze is a speak/debate high school teacher who is not afraid to voice her opi
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
You already know that I loved Playing at Love, the first book in the Perfect Kisses series by Ophelia London. I didn't love this one as much, but I really, really liked it. It was also sweet, fun, and oh so swoony. I loved the dynamic between Rick and Mac. Friends to more is one of my favorite tropes, and this book features that perfectly. If you're looking for a fast read that will leave a huge smile on your face, you have to pick up Speaking of Love by Ophelia London. You won't regret it.

Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read and finished Speaking of Love the day it came out. My house went to shambles and my husband brought home dinner. I just couldn't put it down.

Speaking of Love follows a new storyline of Mackenzie, the best friend of Tess from Playing at Love.

Mac is a high school teacher who isn't interested in a relationship with anyone. Rick is a wealthy newspaper owner who is happy to be set up with Mac's super hot cousin. So, what happens when they plan a weekend away with the super hot cousin and Mac'
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book before I even got past the first page! Rick is such a dream, and Mac is so full of energy, I couldn’t help but love them both right away! Ophelia does a great job letting us see into each of their perspectives, and both are easy to relate to and understand where they are coming from. From Rick’s wealthy family background to Mac’s blue-collar—I could see how that might draw a line between them, yet I was still rooting for them to fall in love the whole time! I couldn ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you liked Playing at Love, you will love Speaking of Love! Ophelia London once again delivers characters who are incredibly likeable and relateable, with undeniable chemistry. But the best thing about Speaking of Love is that it had me laughing out loud!
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! I was such a fun read! Mac and Rick are such likable characters, each in their own way, and I was rooting for them the whole time. This book made me laugh and left a big smile on my face. I can't wait to see more from Ophelia London! ...more
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
Speech teacher and successful matchmaker Mackenzie Simms decides to find a woman for her friend, handsome newspaper tycoon Rick Duffy. ~from the book description

Speech teacher? I was expecting the h to be a speech therapist; turns out she teaches a high school class in what I assume is Public Speaking or perhaps Debate. It’s not very clear, but what is clear is that the author is ignorant of the correct title and didn’t bother to do her research. The writing itself follows suit and comes off as
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second of the Perfect Kisses series and my favourite of the three. I loved the humour in this book. Mac and Rick had me cracking up more than once. Like all the Ophelia London books I have read so far, once I started I didn't want to stop. Cue book being read in one sitting.

Mac and Rick are super fun to read. The chemistry between them is so strong and watching them fight it is both comical and endearing. Both characters are fantastic, I want both of them to be real and in my life.
Shirley Frances
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Mackenzie and Rick have an non-dating arrangement to be each other's 'date' at public functions. Although their chemistry is very palpable Mac is determined to stay away from Rick because of what she thinks he represents. She has convinced herself that Rick must be like his family and their acquaintances even though she has seen for herself that he is a down-to-earth, good man.

Rick has been attracted to Mac since the moment they met and although he knows that they'll be good together h
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute opposites attract story. Mac (short for Mackenzie) is attracted to Rick but is sure her blue color/activist lifestyle won't mesh with his high society/business one. She tends to get herself and Rick into trouble every time she goes with him to a public function. Not to mention she has a serious grudge against Rick's dad, a ruthless buisnessman.

Mac decides that while Rick's a good catch, he's just not right for her and it's better if they stay good friends so she fixes him u
Cocktails and Books
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
Ophelia London does it again with this fun and light friends to lovers romance. Mackenzie and Rick are great friends. Mackenzie is a school teacher bitter and done with relationships. Rick is a wealthy newspaper owner who is laid back and ready for just about anything. So when Mackenzie arranges a double friendly date getaway to introduce Rick to her gorgeous cousin, things should go smoothly. Or should they? When Mackenzie and Rick see one another with someone else, jealously flies to the foref ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Speaking of Love is one of those stories immediately love and show you that sometimes what you're looking for is right in front of you. Plus how can you not love a completely endearing romance with a happily ever after?

I love how there's much more than just sex for Rick and Mac. They each are fighting for something other than each other. Both of them have issues that they are working through. But, overall they both just need each other. Once we got to "weekend getaway", I just loved how
Mac and Rick start out as each others' plus ones for various affairs. They only know each other superficially but there is a definite spark between the two. A spark that Mac does her best to ignore as she wants no part of any relationship, but especially one with a Duffy. After an unfortunate confrontation at an event, and to distance herself from her attraction to Rick, Mac decides to replace herself as his plus one with her cousin. Throw in a double-date weekend gone horribly awry, lots of mis ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Speaking of Love by Ophelia London is a sweet and fun read.

Mackenzie Simms has decided to find a woman for her friend Rick. She has been attending social event with him for a while now as his non-date, but she is never comfortable in those events. Her solution, to match him up with her cousin, she would be a better match for those events.

Rick Duffy knows that Mac is not comfortable in the events he has to attend as owner of the newspaper. But he can only make himself stay there long enough when
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
Another fun read from Ms. London. It is light and enjoyable albeit predictable. The tension between Mac and Rick was well written and you get some good payout in the end.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I smiled so much while reading it. I read it straight through I couldn't put it down! ...more
Hilary Grossman
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a sweet, feel good love story with very relatable and likable characters - Especially Mac! I loved her! There were many moments I just wanted to hug her… A quick read, a perfect beach book
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021, adult, reviewed
Proceed With Caution:

This book has a mention of pet death.

The Basics:

Speaking of Love is the second book of the series, but it does stand alone. I still recommend reading Playing at Love first, since that is where Mac and Rick first meet. Their meeting is recapped here though in case you don't want to.

My Thoughts:

I liked Speaking of Love, but I was also kind of disappointed. It felt like it started in the middle of the story! Mac and Rick have now known each other for six months, and apparently
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I'm going to be honest, I walked into this book knowing that it wouldn't be too deep which is why I gave it 4 stars, but if you just read the synopsis and start reading, you will be a little confused as to why so much was glossed over.

The book picks up a couple months after Playing at Love, and Mac and Rick are now platonic dates for each others events. Mac is not really big into rich guys and Rick is, well, rich. Mac decides the best thing to do is to set Rick up with her really attractive cous
Melena Torretta
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
The bones of a great book were there but I didn't connect with the characters or story in this one.

Rick and Mackenzie were frustrating. She would often get in her own way and he seemed a little oblivious. I just couldn't connect with either of them. Also, the plot pacing felt uneven. It would move slowly and then a lot would happen all at once.

I did like the set up for the story and there were some secondary characters/stories that sounded interesting. I would like to try another book from the a
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A funny romantic story about two friends who are in love but they are not together because of what had happened in the past. When the secret came out Mac had no more reasons to stay away from Rick .
I reveived this novel from netgalley and the publicer as an arc . All thoughts and opinions are my own .
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
A cute and fun story about friends who really likes each other but decides to date others anyways. It's got lots of fun and cute moments. The heroine and hero are both likable. An enjoyable read.

I reveived this novel from netgalley and the publicer as an arc . All thoughts and opinions are my own .
Dawn Barker
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
I'm not sure why this is averaging under 4 stars. The book is witty, engaging and is a well-told, slow burn romance. For those looking for something clean, it also checks that box while still setting up passion between the main characters (Mac and Rick).

It's a quick read. Give it a try and don't let the low average rating fool you.
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USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. She enjoys cupcakes, treadmills, reruns of Dawson’s Creek and obsessing over her Italian Greyhound, Peanut. Ophelia is the author of THE AMISH C ...more

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