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How I Met Your Brother

(Power of the Matchmaker)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,086 ratings  ·  206 reviews
The best day of his life, the worst day of hers.

Back in college, Marco Dawson never thought of Belle as anything more than a friend. If she had crossed his mind on his wedding day, it was probably only to wonder why she hadn’t shown up to be a bridesmaid. After all, his new wife was her old roommate. Seven years have passed since then, and Belle just found out that Marco
Published November 1st 2016
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

This is a fun, clean, light contemporary romance that mixes both humor and some meaningful ideas about family in with the romantic feelz. Also: Cancun setting!
... and a really hot guy who's trying to keep our heroine away from his equally hot twin brother. If you're in the mood for a romantic escape, what's not to like?

Isabelle Lind had one of those crushes on her old college friend Marco Dawson ― the kind that lasts for years. The kind where the guy never sees you as more than a friend, because
Loads of fun and romance!

I really love this series! I’ve been looking forward to Janette’s book for a long time now and I loved it! I love all her books, but especially enjoy her adult novels. I was excited when I saw this was loosely based on Sabrina , I love that movie!

Belle had a major crush on her friend Marco in college and was devastated when things didn’t work out. Seven years later she is working as a fashion designer in New York, but not completely happy with where she is at. When she l
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chaste
This was a great confluence of mood and availability. I've liked Rallison's books before (not all, but in a good ratio) and seeing this pop up in Amazon Unlimited was the right place at the right time. And it totally didn't disappoint.

I'll admit to some dismay to find that this is part of the annoying Matchmaker nonsense. I'm not sure why I've grown an aversion to the semi-series, but since it's multiple authors and "Pearl" is such a transparent device I suppose it just seems gimmicky and awkwa
Julie Carpenter
Mischievous, Devious, Hilarious, adventurous, audacious(although it's similar to adventurous I liked the word), delicious, fictitious, flirtatious, humorous, oblivious, delirious, vivacious, victorious, voracious(me in reading and consuming this book).

Those are all great words that describe this book and my feelings towards it. Very fun with great wit and humor abounding throughout. Isabelle is in for the ride of her life, with lots of twists to navigate and overcome. Will she know the best choi
Kathy Jo
Belle was extremely shy and awkward in college. She often thought of herself as invisible. When she meets the devastatingly handsome Marco (or Dawson as he liked to be called in college), she can't think straight, gets tongue tied and tries her best to get him to notice her. But sadly, he only ever saw her as a friend.

Belle is devastated when Marco meets and falls in love with her best friend/roommate, Daisy. Their friendship becomes strained as Daisy and Dawson's relationship develops. Belle i
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved How I Met Your Brother! It just viciously stole the top spot for being my favorite book. I started reading at midnight, thinking that I would just read a few pages and go to sleep. I should have known better! Two hours later, I stopped lying to myself about finishing just one more chapter, and admitted that I was going to stay up to finish it. My sleep deprivation was so worth it! The romance was sizzling, yet sweet, and the humor had me grinning and stifling my laughter.

When Belle finds
Katie W
I love books about reuniting with former crushes. In Belle's case, Marco (aka Dawson) never really liked her in that way in college, but matchmaker Pearl gives her a heads up and off to Cancun she goes. She was head-over-heels for him back then and after his marriage ends, she's ready to make him hers.

Would you ever go for one twin and then change your mind and go for the other one? That's a tricky situation, but boy, oh, boy--it sure works in this story! I was laughing, dying of humiliation, s
This book was so much fun. Rallison is just an awesome author. She can make a book fun with an interesting plot. She knows how to write great chemistry between the love interest. She always keeps it PG but it is so fun to read. I can hand these to my teens and they love it.
This was so awesome. Isabelle is a fashion designer who discovers that her long lost love from college—Dawson—is recently divorced and heading to Cancun for a family reunion. When the idea is planted in her head to meet him there, she jumps on it and determines to regain what she once was too cowardly to fight for. She has always held a candle in her heart for Dawson and regrets letting her roommate steal him from her back in college. But now, she isn’t that shy, quiet, mousy girl she once was. ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I loved, loved, loved this book! It hit my sweet spot for the romance cravings. I love when Janette Rallison writes adult romance books. (well, I do love her other stuff too).

While this is part of the Matchmaker series, it is a stand alone novel. Miss Pearl doesn't play a big part of this story at all. Just a glimpse at the beginning and then again at the end. I almost forgot while reading this was part of that series. It doesn't matter though, because I loved it.

This book was fun and flirty wi
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Loved this one!

Content: Clean
Source: eARC
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-kath
Dear Janette(may I call you Janette?),

I love your books, I love your writing style and I'm pretty sure you write all of them with me in mind. I just love a good tension filled story! Why don't we get them more often? I've been waiting for this book to come out and I was so excited when I finally had time to read it. I thought Flynn was swoon worthy for sure and I really liked Belle. They were so cute together. My only minor complaint was I felt the story was rushed. It could of totally been slow
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Ok .. I think there must be a misunderstanding because I thought this book was written of my absolute favorite authors Janette Rallison .. this book was just a cheesy mess !!
I enjoyed the general premise of the plot and the confusion at the beginning between Belle and Flynn but towards the half of it I started to get so irritated .. Flynn is a compulsive liar, he can't say any truth even if his life depended on it, but never fear my friends we got the stupid heroin for the rescue .. Belle, the
Nov 01, 2016 added it
Shelves: arcs
Re-read, on audio.

Original review:
I will read anything Janette Rallison writes. And if you tell me the plot is similar to Sabrina? I am so there. This was a fun read, blending all the best of clean romance, witty banter and cute characters.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great contemporary romance by Janette Rallison (she should write more!). Fast & entertaining read. Another addition to the Power of the Matchmaker series.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got so into this book I used text-to-speech on my Kindle so it could read it to me for most of it. Isabelle Lind (Belle) fell in love with Marco Dawson in college when they were in a study group together, but he only thought of her as a friend and married her roommate, Daisy. Fast forward 7 years Belle is a fashion designer living in NYC. After leaving an after-show party Belle runs into Miss Pearl (a.k.a The Matchmaker) who tells her 1) that Marco's recently divorced and going to Cancun for a ...more
This was fast, fun, and fluffy. I was a bit skeptical about the twin thing, but the switcheroo shenanigans were over with almost as soon as they had begun. Marcus was meh; Flynn was fantastico.

Feel-good contemporary romance. Secular and clean.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, chick-lit, digital
This was just a totally fun, fluffy read.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How I Met Your Brother is another fantastic addition to the Power of the Matchmaker series. This time Pearl's presence is very minimal, but considering where the story goes, it would have been strange having her show up in Cancun after how she inspires Belle to go there in the first place. As always Janette does an amazing job with her characters. Flynn was instantly likable. I really liked Belle too. I loved learning more about design and fashion from her eyes. She was very smart and savvy. I t ...more
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a fun escape! Full of fun, flirty romance. I loved Flynn and liked Belle... I just thought that she came off a little pathetic at first with the whole Marco thing, which I didn't love. But otherwise, I loved everything about this book! Left me smiling. :)

Any fan of Rallison's or a fan of clean romance will definitely enjoy this one!
Jes Drew
This book was spectacular! The masquerades, mixed up identities, and master plans that went into a family reunion in Cancun was both extremely interesting and laugh-out-loud funny. The romance was unique and, of course, I was shipping them from the back of the book, especially since another marriage was at stake in these games. This is definitely one of my favorite books of the summer, if not the year. Could not put it down. A clean, clever summer read- or any sort of day you want to escape to C ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
1,5 Stars.
This is not a comedy. I didn't laught AT ALL. And the romance is seriously lacking. There was just too much drama and lies.
I hated most of the characters. First, Belle is a really pathetic girl, full of insecurities and who lives in the past. I mean, some random woman tells her that she should go to Mexico, so she could find the love of her life, AND SHE DOES IT. Are you serious right now? Like, who does that? Besides, she is supposed to reconnect with her college crush, who just got d
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Pleasantly enough, I enjoyed 'How I met your brother.'

I thought Flynn was manipulative, sly, slightly condescending and duplicitous at times. He was also charming, cunning and sweet at points.

I wish we got more of that softer side, and a greater disclosure of his feelings.

The original lies hadn't bothered me, i.e. pretending to be his brother. But surprisingly the build-up did, the careless way he would undermine Belle, yet reprimand her all the time. I was waiting for the point where he does
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean
This was a fun read. I loved the identical twin mistaken identity. Belle's heart is stuck on someone in the past, although she has worked hard, and made a name for herself with success in her chosen field. There is some problems at her work, and Pearl, (the matchmaker, unbeknownst to her) suggest she head to a Cancun resort and reconnect with Dawson.
The chemistry between Belle/Isabelle, and 'Dawson', was fun to read. The story was told from both of their points of view, and it was
Teya Teya
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed, this fast, fun, and endearingly sweet romance. I have to say I love all the characters, I disliked her old friend even knowing her story and her love for Marco. Her friend was petty and didn't think of others only herself. However, there was a part in there because it was written so well that I understood her a little.
I loved the main character and her heart. I'm so glad she ended up with the right guy.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one! What a fun twist to a book. Belle goes to Cancun to try to snare the now single Marco Dawson, who she knew in college....but who she meets is really his identical twin Flynn. Ah...Flynn. Loved every minute of it.

Moral Note: Some passionate kisses, talk of cheating in marriage, no details, mild talk of not sharing hotel rooms because his parents expect him to wait for marriage.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 4-stars

Janette Rallison's books never fail to please! I really enjoyed this story.

One of my favorite things in the story was the iguanas and the way they were woven throughout the story. Very fun! I also loved the statement "she supposed it was only fair that God made two copies of that face"
Valerie Waters
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book!!! I love this author! I didn't love the ending in this one. It felt rushed to me. I totally forgot it was part of the matchmaker series. It felt like that was thrown in as an after thought. I haven't stopped thinking about this book today. Please write another one!! ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the banter between the characters. I loved the storyline, the wit, the jabs, the double entendres, the daydreams!
I read the "Wish" book series by this author and loved those.
My only qualm with this novel was how passionate the kissing was. I prefer more PG descriptions than PG-13.
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