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Match Day

(Adventures INK #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Jilted at the altar!

Doctor Zack Sorensen planned to spend the entire ten-day luxury honeymoon cruise drunk off his ass. Why not? He paid a fortune for the tickets. Non-refundable tickets. If anyone deserved to be drunk for ten days solid it was Zack.

Brian O’Daly - brother of the runaway bride and best man - had no intention of letting his best friend spend the next ten d
Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Published August 14th 2017 by MJC Press
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Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
2 stars

The start of the book has us with the soon to be bride getting caught by her brother and grooms bff/best man getting spit roasted between two men the night before her wedding to his bestie. Brian has a conversation with one of the friends fucking his sister and then argues with his sister while she's standing there naked. He tells her not to show up to the wedding or he will interrupt the wedding to tell everyone what she did. Then goes to wake Zack up for his wedding and gives him a bro
*~*~*Hyperion & Interabang*~*~*
MINUS a gazillion stars!!!

I cannot possibly express in words just how much I disliked this book (but I'll try anyway)! So much back and forth, so much bullshit, so many ridiculously-out-there plot devices, so many improbable circumstances, SOOOO MUCH FUCKING DRAMA!!

I got the feeling this author didn't like her characters much at all and just created them so she could throw as much crap and drama at them as she could!! I mean holy shit, some of the stuff that happens here ... how you turn an awe
Disappointment, thy name is me.

Still not my least favorite Celeste, so that's a step in the right direction.

I'll just spit out my thoughts about Match Day and be done with it.

The story is about best friends, blond gentle giant virgin Dr. Zack Sorenson and ginger adventure park owner, Brian O'Daly. Match Day starts with a bang. Literally. Zack is engaged to marry Brian's evil younger sister, Veronica. And Veronica is having a threesome with Zack and Brian's good male friends. Brian threatens Vero
Originally reviewed at Sinfully.

3.5 stars

This is definitely Mercy Celeste light. The lightest I’ve read from her and I did have fun with it. It’s a friends to lovers story set on the honeymoon cruise Zack was to take after he married his best friend Brian’s horrible sister. Luckily the marriage doesn’t happen and Brian decides to join Zack on the trip.

Brian and Zack grew up together and shared an apartment when they went to college. Best friends with benefits, they also shared hand jobs througho
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq
I stuck it out and finished this but sweet heavens- so much backwards/ forwards 😬 the same repeats, I want you, I love you, it’s guilt, I should leave ... and it continued. There was just way too much rehashing that it became ridiculously frustrating. Not one of my better reads
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Mercy Celeste is among the earliest MM authors I ever read and I’ve greatly enjoyed so many of her books. This one’s a somewhat lighter story for her, a friends to lovers trope, with changing POV’s. Zack and Brian were friends for years, including their first year of college, after which Brian dropped out and moved away for a job. Zack went to medical school and they saw little of each other, until the wedding. Now they’re together on a ship for 10 days and Brian isn’t sure how he’ll hide his fe ...more
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
3.5 Stars

So, this is a difficult review for me to write, because I’ve loved the other books by this author that I’ve read before.

I loved Zack, he was a bit naïve (okay, a lot, perhaps too much for a 27-year-old doctor about to start his residency), but he was very lovable and I just wanted him to get his HEA even if he was oblivious and clueless and, well, you get my drift. I liked Brian, too, but he was a hot mess and don’t get me started on his family. They took dysfunctional to a whole new le
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How freaking fantastic! Sweet! Delectable! Amazing! Loving! And everything in between!

Oh the mix ups and the make ups. It was so goooooood! I enjoyed every word of this book! Mercy Celeste is one of my favourite authors and she brought it with this one!

Just what I liked!

Brian was so.... endearing, sweet, loyal and oh so loving! And Zack was a big hearted amazing guy who was just a shade clueless. But, hey! It all worked out for the best!

5 beautiful stars!
Robin Powers
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I kind of liked this friends to lovers book. Brian has been in love with his friend forever but Zack is marrying his sister. I couldn't believe that Brian didn't just tell him what his sister had been up to. They are friends...there are no need for secrets! It was nice seeing them slowly come together on the honeymoon. Although there were points of unnecessary drama and they definitely had a problem with communicating...I'd still recommend it for a friends to lovers story.
Lighter fare than usual for Ms Celeste but still very emotional. Goodness there was so much stuff going on in this friends to lovers tale about Brian and Zack. "I'm an outsider in my own life" Zack says. Just wanted to hug him and tell him all would be all right. Man, families can mess you up and Brian is suffering because of their craziness. That sister - utter trampy bitch. Eagerly await book 2. Wonder who the characters will be.
Tracey Steinbach
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Ten Stars!!!!

Mercy is one of my favorite authors of all time. This book is another example of why. Brian and Zach *swoon* I love them! Veronica got her just desserts. Hot damn! I loved this book!
Dnf @36%

Too much unnecessary drama. He loves me he doesn't he is gay he isn't. We should be married but we are not. Ahhh it just did my head in. I loved the sound of the book but it just wasn't for me.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Too bad,but this book was such a strange combo off topics.
I have read it twice and clue.
Both guys are annoying and nice.
The parents are horrible and the ex-bride a true villain.
all the things are there.but the same time it is boring
and little to no angst or drama.
Aug 22, 2017 added it
No rating because it just wasn't for me. Too many directions all the time. Maybe I'll try again later.
This was not up to the author's usual fare. I was disappointed. I don't think enough back story was given at the right time in the storyline. I kind of liked both MCs but I also felt like they were incomplete.
Terri Jones
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can't believe that 68% (of nineteen amazon reviewers total) gave this five stars, and another 16% gave it four. This is not five star writing for anyone competent in English class. It has good parts, but the bad is throughout and disappointing.

The good:
The basic plot is fine if not very well sketched out until the end - even though we get both points of view. I like the ending quite a lot. And, I liked both main characters, particularly Zack's demisexuality. I liked that Brian tries to not pre
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Don't waste your time

Don't waste your time. The plot is ridiculous and unbelievable. I usually love her work but this seems so rushed and I couldn't get past 15%. The characters not endearing and have no chemistry.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This friends-to-lovers story is ideal for newcomers to the M/M romance genre, newcomers to Mercy Celeste, or just those who like their romance on the sweet side.
In Match Day, Mercy serves up something new: a friends-to-lovers story without the angst for which she’s well-known and appreciated. For fans of Mercy, her wounded men do find their HEA or HFN but not without their struggles, sometimes extensive struggle. Her men are typically complex and come with plenty of baggage but the work to find
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s one of those stories that, if you don’t have an open mind, you won’t even want to read because it’s about two guys falling in love with each other. That being said, I have to say that I liked it. It ended a bit abruptly because the entire tension of the story happened aboard the cruise ship of the honeymoon. Brian, who happens to be gay and in love with his best friend, goes on this cruise maybe out of selfishness, but also be
Caroline Brand

Mercy is one of my favourite authors of recent years and someone I follow closely for new releases. Match Day is the first book in a new series and comes with far less angst than I have come to expect from this author and perhaps not quite as much character development as her usual stories.

The blurb pretty much tells you all you need to know. The story is about Zack and Brian, best friends since childhood, who have shared a lot of firsts together and who are about to becom
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, the book certainly was something. I expected a lot of drama, and I don't mind it, as long as it stays fun. Therefore I didn't much mind the starting shit show and was able to suspend my disbelieve for the premise.

What got me more was all the internal angsting and mental drama. Both of the MCs where waffling around horribly, saying or doing something only to instantly regret it or go back on it with pages of internal deliberating. Any progress in their relationship is super slow, with sever
Joyfully Jay
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

I wanted to love this book. I enjoy the friends to lovers trope, especially when one of those friends has been in love with the other for a long time. This seemed like it was going to be right up my alley, but unfortunately, it fell a little short for me.

Match Day had a lot of angst. I mean a lot. Will he or won’t he? Does he or doesn’t he? Can he or can’t he? I knew they were going to be together eventually because it’s a romance novel, and romance means happy en
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A pair of best friends denying their feelings for each other even while they are fooling around?

I heard that one before...

Seems Mercy has her MO and is okay to stick to it. And I am not really complaining, even if I liked Courting Sin better.

It also had that strange but shockingly interesting mix of repressed feelings and dramatic feelings and denial and sweet moments and this overall push-and-pull I normally dont like but while you felt the two could not really be honest with themselves (with t
Sep 30, 2017 marked it as set-aside
so basically after the sample... I think this book is so sappy like... how the fuck are they not a couple (staring out Zankie)

like the ship crew ships them. that's a lovely, not so subtle symbolism.

so basically I have the problem of not being able to keep the characters straight (joy the puns) like Brian is up at the crack of dawn, but Zack packed springtime New England for Caribbean summer (which sounds like a cheesy porno, lol)

um... the sex is going to be damn hot. though based on how they han
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
I'm not sure what to think about this book. It was a nice story of finding love that was there your entire life. Unfortunately, the way it was written didn't really do it for me. I wish there was more of Zack's internal dialogue or any dialogue on his conflicting thoughts. There were weird ways the story went and I just wasn't that sucked in. I mean I wanted Brien and Zack happy, but I felt like it didn't happen the right way. And what about the ending? If you married someone, would you seriousl ...more
Brittany Kilpatrick
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful as always

When one of your favorite authors comes out w/ a new book you of course want to get it. You know you will not be disappointed, regardless of the topic. Based on this premise I bought Match Day. It is the story of a guy who has a crush on his straight best friend, who is about to marry his (obnoxious) sister. Not exactly a new or especially exciting subject. This is when/how you know you have a good author--when a simple story grabs your interest and keeps it from the beginni
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 ⭐
Never has a bride deserved to have her groom 'stolen' by her brother, I mean what a cow, and their father isn't much better such a jerk. Now onto the MCs. I find it very hard to believe that Zach could be a 26 year old Virgin whose only had helping hands from his bro and I totally think it's bizarre he has a fiancée for two years and she want to wait for the wedding, I can completely understand Brian waiting to get away from his family asap, but he should have warned his so called best fri
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
I have to say this was extremely painful for me, I absolutely love Mercy's books, but this one was a miss for me, I didn't feel connected to the characters at all, their reactions and interactions seemed almost dreamlike, and didn't seem realistic at all, I mean come on! Straight friends that jack each other off in the shower while the other has a fiancé? And the drama level was so out of proportion when you actually looked at the fact, it didn't make sense. I pretty much skimmed the last 30% be ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it

Trigger warnings.....

A horrible cruse.


Drinking lots of alcohol. (In various disgusting forms) leading to drunkeness, hangovers and the usual hangover symptoms. Beer was the least horrible stuff they drank.


The tropics.

Failing to get their clothes washed.

Celeste is a good writer, so she depicts it all vividly. all of the above are my idea of hell. So I was simultaneously following the romance, and suffering the awfulness of their physical environment.

I've read other cru
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
That took FOREVER

The book was a mess. And it dragged. The premise was decent, but that was as unique as it got. It was discussed pov, but Zach never seemed to come through fully. It didn't help that motivations seemed to change- there were so many panic attack moments and angtsy thoughts and repeated scenes ... Just, a mess. The end rushes (which, by that point- thank God) and it tosses in some twist, just for good measure (ones that don't really add anything to the story but seemed to fit for q
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