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Can't Match This

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Helping your best guy friend, who you just happen to be in love with, find his dream woman through a dating service is a great idea...


Gideon Lucas
Sports agent.
Obsessively organized.
And best friend to the most beautiful, brainy, bubbly, but insane, woman on the entire planet.

Lennox Marston
Sometimes therapist.
Incredibly impulsive.
And best friend to the most go
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Published February 26th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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    Andrea Turner
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book gets five gold stars from me!! Xavier has written such a captivating rom com that had me turning the pages faster than ever. I completely fell for these two quick and fast! Gideon and Lennox were a breath of fresh air that I needed. We have two best friends that know each other needs before they even do. Always wanting to take care of each other, and with over a decade of friendship a deal has been made. These two had me laughing, swooning, and moments where I wanted to slap some since ...more
    Teresa Lara
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    absolutely loved this amazing friends love story.Lenny and Gideon love story was funny intense amazing and beautiful.Ready for more
    Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

    ★4 Stars★

    I've read Senses series from Xavier Neal and I loved it...It was amazing! So I thought I should give this new book a chance and I don't regret. It was something new, sweet, soft, and good. 

    Lenny and Gideon are best friends since school. They know each other very well, they complete one another. They've always loved each other very much, even beyond friendship, but they were scared to admit it or to try something more. Afraid to lose the other, even as a friend...afraid that"the other

    Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I had heard great things about this author and she has been on my Want to Read list for awhile. Definitely kicking myself for waiting because it was a fantastic book. I love her writing style. The story flowed easily allowing me to gobble it up in a day.
    Lenny and Gideon were adorable best friends both keeping their true feelings secret for years. They made me laugh so many times with their fun flirty friendship. Then he took a bold step and I was thinking ok we are moving forward and the story g
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book!! Friends to lovers are my favorite types of books and this is that in spades. Lennox, or Lenny as he calls her, have been friends for 15 years. They have been in love with each other for almost that long. Unfortunately they are both too stubborn to say anything to each other. What's great about these two is that they are essentially a couple just without the sex. If you like friends to lovers books then you will ...more
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I fell in love immediately with the best friends – Gideon and Lennox aka Lenny – who want to be more than just friends, though neither knows the feelings of the other. I also loved that Ms. Neal brought characters from her other books into this story. 35-year-old Gideon had to give up his dream of being a star football player due to an on-field injury, so he and Gideon have been friends since their college days. She is currently on hiatus from her true profession as a psychologist and works in t ...more
    4 Stars

    This book is a sweet, friends to lovers, fun romantic comedy. It was a book that made you love the characters but instead of like wanting the hero or adoring the heroine because she is strong or something like that, I wanted to be their friend, I could see my self sitting at a table with them just relaxing and have some fun.

    Gideon is fun but maybe a little uptight sports agent who work too much but always have time for his best friend. He has been in love with her for years but think it
    Beyond The Covers Blog
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: kate
    A friends to lovers story filled with a lot of laughter, chemistry and sports (yay). This book, however, is not your typical overly sweet, fairytale love story and that in itself made it fantastic. What I loved the most was that nothing in this story was perfect. Gideon and Lenny both had their flaws but together they made a perfect pair. My first book by Xavier Neal and I cannot wait to read more!! 
    Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

    Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KindleFriendsForever

    This is my second book by this author, a best friends-to-lovers romance with loads of funny banter between the main characters who can’t keep their hands off each other.

    Lennox Marston aka Lenny is a psychologist and currently working as a “matchmaker” for an online dating company and also working as a therapist for veterans. Lenny is opinionated and strong-minded, her job is to give out advice but tends to ignore it when she get
    Anna Green
    Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Reviewed on behalf of KindleFriendsForever

    This is my second book by this author, a best friends-to-lovers romance with loads of funny banter between the main characters who can’t keep their hands off each other.

    Lennox Marston aka Lenny is a psychologist and currently working as a “matchmaker” for an online dating company and also working as a therapist for veterans. Lenny is opinionated and strong-minded, her job is to give out advice but tends to ignore it when she gets one. And oh yes, she ha
    Heather andrews
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Gideon sure knows how to plan a nice night out, “now, I’d like to go enjoy a glass of whiskey, a great cut of steak, and watch Robocop on the couch.” Gideon often times takes offense to what comes out of his woman's mouth, “pity food?” Gideon promptly inquires. “What the eff does that mean?” The lack of immediate answering causes him to snatch the remote and return the movie to its still form. He nudges me with the side of his dress shoe to command my attention to his. As soon as our stares meet ...more
    Becky Ballenger
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Sweet baby Jesus, Gideon!!!!!! I loved this book!!!! I love friends to lovers tropes, because that’s how my marriage started out, friends to lovers!!!!! This is my favorite trope!!!! Xavier Neal is a phenomenally talented author and she never ceases to amaze me with every book of hers I dive into!!!!
    Becky Baldridge
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Friends to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes, and the fun banter and shenanigans in this one made it that much better. The story is pretty drama free with the exception of the internal angst both characters have as they figure things out, and what seems to be the required issue to be overcome on the way to happy ever after. I will say that I did see that one coming, but it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book. Lennox and Gideon have great chemistry, and I loved that they aren't per ...more
    Jackie Bragg
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Who said Friends can't be Lovers

    I have been reading Xavier Neal books for a couple of years.

    I continued to be amazed and delighted with the Emotional, and sometimes funny stories she seems to bring write to her Readers.

    I feel in the love with the Bro Series, along with Camelot. And cried buckets for Walking Away.

    But Can't Match This had me so much in my feelings.

    Gideon and Lennox Antics had me laughing so much. Her quirky way she writes notes on much anything she find, to his Always cooking m
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book was an absolutely delightful read. The engaging storyline offers readers a charming blend of humor, drama, sweet emotions and spicy passion. This friends to lovers romance quickly stole my heart and had me swooning over Lennox and Gideon. These two were just perfect for each other. My heart ached as they struggled to move out of the friend zone, I laughed at their clever banter and my heart melted in the face of their epic love. A beautiful, steamy and powerfully poignant romance. I am ...more
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    This was a fun quick read for me that I really enjoyed. Lenny and Gideon are both fighting the attraction they have for each other because they don't wanna ruin there friendship. Lord help these two they are beyond perfect for each other but they have no clues about the other. Its hilarious watching all his dates she sets him up on bomb and go so bad. These two take forever to realize what's happening but its really cute to watch.
    Julia Gerard
    Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Lenny is a college trained counselor, but she's wasting her time working as a Matchmaker. Gideon is a Sports Agent. Lenny and Gideon have been friends for 15 years. Lenny is fun and quirky, marches to her own beat. Lenny and Gideon are best friends or is it more? Lenny talks Gideon into letting her Match him and find his perfect mate. Even though Gideon knows who his mate should be. He suffers through several bad dates. Wouldn't want to Cat Lynched after all! There was some merging from other bo ...more
    Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Friends to lovers is not an unusual trope, and it can be huge fun. Can't Match This is an extremely good exampme of doing it right, bringing something unique to the mix and creating a fun, to flirty to hot relationship. With Lenny and Gideon hiding their feelings for so long, they are going against their own, usual confident characters! But there is so much fun to be had in the process of revelation; banter, mis-matches, laughter, competitive game play and just the sheer pleasure of a well writt ...more
    Britt Franks Red Hatter Book Blog
    Adorable, funny and all around cute Can’t Match This has my heart right from the start. Gideon and Lenny have chemistry that flies off the pages and is clear to everyone but it seems themselves. These two best friends are so blatantly in love you can’t help but truly feel it as you read.
    However the path from best friends to lovers is filled with some serious hilarity and major sweetness. I spent half the book giggling at the awful matches that Lenny came up with for Gideon and the other half sw
    Nancy  L Thompson
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    2 1\2 Stars

    Lenny was Neuro make me stop reading this book. She was soo exasperating. I've never taken this long to read a book book by Ms Neal. And while we're on the subject, I don't feel this is one of her better books. Lenny took all the comedy from this book and turned it into a real pain to read.
    4.5 Stars for this bwwm friends to lovers romance. OG and Lenny don’t want to lose the awesome relationship they have nurtured for 15 years. Pick up this story to see how they therapeutically evolve.
    Trescina Bell
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Awesome read!

    Loved this couple. Gideon and Lenny best Friend’s wanting to crossover to a couple. I love how close they are. It was funny and had heat. I couldn’t put it down. It had me from beginning to the end. Grab it and dive in.
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Ode to the 80s and 90s

    I loved this book! The friendship and progression of the relationship between Gideon and Lenny was funny, honest, frustrating and so cute all in one. And all the 80s and 90s references was great. It really felt like an ode to those 2 decades, haha. Loved it and I can’t wait for more!
    Andrea Prince
    Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Amazingly cute!

    Gideon and Lenny are adorable as best friends and muy caliente as lovers. For some reason this story felt a lot different than Xavier’s normal but it was still a awesome read.
    Kristen Johnson
    Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Can't Match This is far from your usual friends to lovers book and worth every part of the journey. Lennox and Gideon have been bests friends for years and though neither know it, both have developed more than friendly feelings, but for one reason or another don't want to change letting the other know about the true depth of their feelings.

    A deal is struck, one where Lennox is going to use her match-making skills to find Gideon a woman (that isn't her) so he can find Love and happiness for his
    Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    5 Hilarious, Flashbacks to the 90’s, Sexy Romance Stars!!!

    I was given this book in turn for an honest review.

    When Gideon decides to entertain Lennox’s idea of her finding him his perfect match, neither had anticipated that their feelings would be more intense than they had realised; maybe they are in fact, each other’s perfect match.

    This sweet romance often had me giggling away at their banter, especially with reference to all things 90’s, my era! Oh, how I could relate to so many things they t
    Christine C
    Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was such a good read!

    Gideon and Lennox, along with Gideon's business partner Mick, have been best friends since college. (My only complaint about the book: sometimes it said they became friends freshman year, others it says junior year.) Gideon and Lennox have been in love with each other the entire time but neither one knows how the other feels, and both are too afraid of ruining their perfect friendship by acting on it and being rejected. Gideon and Lenny make a deal - she will set him up
    Sabrina Thompson PA
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is a complete standalone novel.
    It is a friends to loves romance.

    Gideon and Lenny are the absolute best friends. They have grown so close that they schedule their lives around one another. They both orbit each other like planets never realizing the gravitational pull they seem to have over each other. They are both blissflully clueless on how in love they both are.

    What starts out as a harmless deal quickly escalates in hilarity and uncomfortable truths each other must face. Every person in
    Sophia Phipps
    Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    It has been a while since I have read a really good friends to lovers romance book. Xavier takes the cake with Lenny and Gideon. What an amazing rendition of when best friends love each other, but are too afraid to tell. Lenny is sweet, sassy, and has a heart of gold and wants to help others in the world. Gideon is our successful, gorgeous athlete turned agent.

    This book is extremely relatable like all of Xavier’s works. I found myself many times going “I have felt like that!” And “this totally h
    Erika Vincent
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Good read

    I really enjoyed the banter, the closeness and the buildup of the book. Although the fake matchmaking idea was a bit silly, for a therapist you would have hoped that she could just talk to him, it ended up being interesting in his explanation as of why none of these ladies where who he needed. I liked how Ms Neal linked Archer and Jaye to the story. It was also nice that, infertility, a man infertility was treated fairly and clearly not a deterrent to a relationship and a family. The a
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