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Sparks the Matchmaker

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Ollie just wants one thing. The girl.

Things haven’t been going so well with Anne lately, though; their relationship has become a perpetual study date, and Ollie’s roommates are starting to worry about him. How to fix things? Why, with a marriage proposal, of course. Unfortunately for Ollie, his relationship with Anne has run out of gas.

Life feels like it’s counting down
Paperback, 239 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Inky's Nest Publishing (first published April 3rd 2013)
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Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-copies
Actual rating is 2.5 stars (per Goodreads: in between of "it was okay" and "I liked it"

There is definitely not a lot of romance novels put from male perspective and written by male author. I really thought that this was going to be different. But then as I was reading the book, I remembered how guys can be around each other so that’s exactly how I felt throughout the book: pff silly silly boys…

Don’t get me wrong, the story line was great. After getting dumped by his girlfriend, Ollie tries to ge
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. How many "romance" novels do you read where the protagonist is male, or even where the author is male? At first, I thought that was going to be the unique focus of this story.

I was pleasantly surprised, though. The "Sparks" character was a completely unique take on things one learns from the people we date and others who care about us during our search for a lasting relationship. Also, I tend to be one of those people who frequently predicts the endi
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book was a fun read. The characters were endearing, there were some fun (although not entirely unexpected, which I'm totally okay with) twists in the plot. And, the story ends up happy...which for me is a must if I'm going to read a book and like it :) Good job Russ, keep 'em coming. Definitely a talented author. ...more
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great story! I really got into it and couldn't put it down. It was a quick, easy read, and very entertaining. I just wanted there to be more! ...more
Jennifer Lovell
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Not too deep, it was light and fun the whole way through. I enjoyed reading Russell's personal creative descriptions and approaches to the young love relationships. I recommend it. ...more
Hannah Perme
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Original story line, and gives a great lesson!
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sparks the Matchmaker was a delightful surprise. I enjoyed being inside Ollie's head and seeing things from his prospective. Sparks is an unusual character and gave me a different view of relationships and the journey they take us on. I liked watching Ollie grow and change as a person. And see the failure and success of girlfriends, friends and co workers. Anne, Richie, Keith, D, Joy,Lynn, Scott, Marie and Greg were and essential supporting cast of this jaunt. I thought I had the story figured o ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel had an interesting concept behind it. After watching shows about matchmaking, as well as the k-drama, Dating Agency Cyrano, I thought that this was an interesting spin for the New Adult genre.

I really liked the concept. A person able to read people just by their movements and observations. I suspect there was some kind of magic to it all, but it was an interesting concept, having Sparks being almost like a puppet master, trying to orchestrate the perfect ending for everyone. I also li
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel was definitely different than anything that I had ever read before. This is a new genre to me than other Adult books that I have read. I liked the concept of it all and the fact that Sparks was like a ring leader for matching people together was kind of intriguing. He was in the business to make everyone happy and to find that perfect someone. The book leaves a lot open for the characters to experience and explore. I liked Ollie and all of the characters as they went through their jou ...more
Megan  Nicole
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This review first appeared Books i View. I recieved a copy of this book for an honest review.

Sparks the Matchmaker is a romance story written by Russell Elkins. What first stood out about this book to me was that the main character is male and it is written by a male author. After going through all the books I’ve read this year I noticed that a majority of them were written by female authors and had female protagonist. Why is that? I don’t know. These days it seems like females dominate the roma
Lynelle Clark
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received the book from the Touring Host for an honest review.

This was definitely a different and unexpected romance story. A story of manipulation, selfishness and surprises. For the first time I am really struggling with rating this book.
It is well written, grabs the attention from a unique point of view. But yet it is a slow read, struggling to really connect with Ollie, the main character of the book. Maybe it is because it is written by a man, and I do not mean this in a negative way. Men
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ollie's relationship with his girlfriend, Anne, isn't going well so to help it, he decides to propose to her. But before he can, she proposes that they take a break for a while. She knew he was going to propose marriage to her because his roommate let it slip a few days before and that's not the direction she wants to go with him. He's devastated and on his way home, his car runs out of gas. A guy named Sparks stops to help him and tells him his situation will all be good in the end. Ollie blows ...more
books are love
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was so entertaining. Mr. Elkins does a great job of balancing serious with fun and keeping you entertained the whole way through. Ollie did some serious growing up throughout the book and Sparks was the instigator in that. Ollie starts out as a self absorbed young man who pops the question out of fear he would lose the girl and end up alone. He saw his relationship as stagnant and this was his solution. Didn’t turn out how he planned and in comes Sparks. Sparks is so entertaining. He c ...more
Sparks had quite a few good things going for it. The fact that the story was told completely from the male point of view was a first for me - at least that I can remeber. The fact that the matchmaker was a cute little animal or an annoying female friend was another. Ollie was an OK character - but I think that was the point. He was an everyday Joe with a broken heart that wished for a girl he could fall in love with. Along comes Sparks - with a promise to help him - because Sparks "knows things" ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This was an easy and light read with a wholesome feel to it. I imagine this plot fitting into one of an episode of "Touched by An Angel" ...only, Sparks wasn't an angel giving messages of hope from God as Monica did in the TV series ...or was he? I suppose we'd learn more in the coming installments. Anyway, I enjoyed the bunch of characters (especially the supporting characters). I found a moderate amount of amusing banter. The dialogue exchange sounded typical of guy talks one might see in a mo ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I signed on for this tour for a couple reasons. First, I do love clean romance and second, the author was male and the main character is male. I don't read a lot of romance books with the whole male vibe going on and I was interested.

Ollie, the main character, is 100% male. And, maybe on the bonehead side of the male species most of the time. ha ha. Ollie wants a girlfriend and when Sparks shows up and offers him just that, he just can't say no. Well, he does say no a few times, but he doesn't r
Katie (Hiding in the Pages)
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-clean
I thought this was a very sweet book with some very unique characters. I still get a little confused about who exactly Sparks is. At first, I thought he must be an angel or something. How in the world could he know the future? He claims it's because he pays attention to the little details, but really...

I loved the supporting characters and thought they really added a lot to the story, but I think my favorite thing about it was the way Ollie handled his life. When he misses the clues and his life
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
DNF - 0 stars

Where I stopped reading: Nook page 73.

Why I stopped reading: I just could not get into this book. It started slow and didn’t grab me. I didn’t like Sparks from the beginning. I thought he was kind of creepy and I didn’t want him to “help” Ollie.

With that said, Mr. Elkins has a great idea but it is one that has been done many times. This is the first time I have seen it from the male’s perspective and that had me excited. It just didn’t do it for me and I couldn’t finish it. chrissys
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fast read for me. The book focuses on Ollie who is heartsick and depressed when his girlfriend not only refuses to marry him but dumps him, too. At first, I did not really care all that much for Ollie as he comes off rather shallow and narcissistic. However, as the story progresses, he evolves into a more decisive, confident person – though still rather clueless regarding relationships. Sparks is a wonderfully unique change agent. I had some laugh out loud moments as he valiantly guid ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Sparks the Matchmaker is a young adult romance with a bit of a twist because Sparks can sense what is going to happen and how people are going to react in a situation.

I enjoyed Sparks the Matchmaker. It was easy reading and flowed well. I also like Russell Elkins' sense of humor. The one thing that distracted me was that the writing occasionally jumped from third person to first person for a sentence every once in a while.

The characters ha
cagla tastemur
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Sparks is an unusual characterand I always loved those ones. Like Sparks. The book was very funny and at the same time it was sad because Ollie doesn't have a luck about girls. He just want a girl for his life. One Day his love of life Anne, break up with him right on the time when he prepare himself to a proposal her.And that night rejecting by Anne, He met Sparks.

After meeting with Sparks your life will be upside down.With that meeting Ollie's girl hunt began.

I love all characters especially
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I'd give this 3 1/2 stars

I'm not exactly sure what genre this falls into, but it is a little bit romance and a little bit paranormal (and very very small bit, just that Sparks appears out of nowhere when he is needed). I thought this had a good theme running through it with a life lesson for Ollie.

It would be interesting if there was a follow up with Sparks next case to help learn something about life.
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