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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  8,228 ratings  ·  1,015 reviews
What happens when a boxer finds chemistry with a geek?

Parker Brown can’t believe she needs to hire a fake boyfriend. When she landed her dream job in renewable energy, she thought she’d be entering a world at the forefront of progressive thinking. But the head boss prefers to promote employees who are “settled.” Thankfully, she’s found the perfect candidate, a fellow inte
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published November 19th 2019
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3 Stars

I liked this book a lot...but I didn't love it as much as I thought I would.

I am a sucker for the "fake relationship" trope and I love it when quirky/dare-I-say geeky women hook up with Alpha Athletes or just alpha-holes in general...and this book definitely had both those things going for it; however, parts of the story felt very rushed to me and, in the end, I never truly felt totally on board with Parker and Rhys' romance.

In addition, I also just didn't enjoy the constant pushing of
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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I love both Samantha Young and Kristen Callihan’s books, so I was excited to listen to their cowritten sports romance, Outmatched.

Because of Parker’s sexist boss, she needs to be in a serious relationship in order to be placed in a permanent place in the company. The problem is she doesn’t do relationships. She hires someone to be a fake boyfriend for her, but when Rhys Morgan shows up… she’s not sure what she’s gotten herself into. She hired Rhys’s younger brother, Dean, but Rhys i
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
An unlikely, yet predictable romance novel written by two of my favorite authors that have created a novel filled with angst and so much passion...

ARC kindly provided by the publicist at SBPR, in exchange for an honest review...

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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
If we made it through this ruse with me going to prison for assault instead of murder, I’d call it a win. The guy really pushed my buttons. And I hadn’t even known I had any.


Seriously. I don't even know what to do with myself? What do you do when two of your favorite authors co-write a book together and not only does it live up to your RIDICULOUSLY BIG expectations but actually EXCEEDS it?!! You flail like the happy fangirl that you are and offer u
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Oh come on, guys!! REally? Yes, our standards are lower for the Kindle Unlimited freebies, but come on! Why are you all rating this so high and getting my hopes up for some funny cute romance just to crush my hopes and dreams?

Okay, so I was down with the fact that this wasn't going to be a highly original story. I mean, where can you really go with the whole fake-to-real relationship trope? Obviously they start out as a fake couple, develop feelings, a series of misunderstandings make them think
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger

30-year-old Parker Brown loves her job at a Renewable Energy company, but the owner is a chauvinistic sexist man who only hire married or woman in a serious relationship - which proves (in his eyes) a long-term commitment.
Parker has been single for 13 years, and now she could lose her job, so she hires the perfect candidate, Dean Morgan to be her fake boyfriend. 😍
But when the time comes, she finds herself in front of a different guy - He doesn't wear a suit, he's rough, has a dirty mouth...
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

No matter what he said, I had to end this deal. My feelings…well, my feelings were now involved, and after what just happened between us, I knew this man had the power to hurt me. Deeply.

Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young, two authors who have been on my favorites list for years, have come together to collaborate for the first time, and I truly hope there is more in store with this fabulous writing duo! ”OUTMATCHED” is a wildly fun and ste
Dilek VT
That was some sweet romance and I liked it. Yeah, me as happy as that cat now :)

It is simple and light but good in its own way. And super cute. It made me happy and I read it with a big smile on my face.

Oh, and I loved both characters very very much and it is rare when that happens. Both Parker and Rhys were adorable.


He dragged his gaze over my body and grunted.

“I’m going to ignore whatever that noise meant since I’ve evolved beyond the Tertiary Period.”


I absolutely loved this book! It was a fabulous read that put a smile on my face, and warm feelings in my heart!! With the two authors that co-wrote this book, I should have known it would be a brilliant story! Both Samantha Young and Kristen Callihan have written stories in the past that I have enjoyed. Now that they put their heads together, they could not fail! My fingers are crossed that they will continue on with this world and characters they created!

As for the main characters; Rhys and Pa

Wow, I really needed this. This was definitely a case of the right book at the right time. I love when that happens ;)

I love it when a plan comes together GIFs - Get the best GIF ...

I am a huge fan of the opposites attract trope and "the geek and the jock" is unquestionably my favorite. Not to mention the whole "fake relationship" deal. Count me in!!

Parker who is trying to climb the corporate ladder is in need of a boyfriend to impress her boss. She decides to go the unusual route to conjure one up....she hires him :P 

Unfortunately, there is a case of mixed
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

Wow this one was amazing, it was addictive,heartwarming,fun,sweet and steamy!Now, I need more books from this duo!Outmatched has everything I wanted and even more!I enjoyed the romance so much and I couldn't get enough of Parker and Rhys!


They have a great banter, they make me smile, laugh and swoon! Rhys and Parker gave to each other what they needed!They have a great combination!I adored them!They also were intense and so steamy sigh!I loved them so much!

They are my new favorite couple
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author/ Social Butterfly PR)

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Parker Brown is a single woman living in Boston who comes from a well known, wealthy family. Her career has become her entire focus, and she loves her job working in renewable energy as a data analyst. She's determined to move up in the company, and wants to score a permanent contract. The only problem is the top boss has an old fashioned way of thinking, and prefers his employees to be "settled." Since Parker hasn't found that special som
Isabella. R
3 Cracked in the Head Stars ⭐

What could a retired heavyweight boxer and an environmentally friendly geek have in common? Well actually, almost everything once they got over their egos, animosity, and their narrow-minded views of each other… 

Parker Brown needs a fake boyfriend to progress at work.  Where she thought she was hiring a compatible escort to play the part, she got the caveman brother in his place.  Before she has the chance to tell him to piss off, Rhys Morgan has accepted the role, c
Emma Chase
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outmatched had me hooked from the first word to the last, with a completely perfect mix of entertaining banter, seriously hot sexy times, and sweetly piercing emotion. Kristen Callihan & Samantha Young are officially one of my favorite writing duos and I hope they have more in store for us soon! ...more
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was quite fun! :)

Kristen & Samantha both are one of my favorite authors and I really liked this story.

*ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review. ❤

Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
Not sure what I did to get the privilege of getting an early copy of Outmatched by Kristen Callihan and Sam Young but I'm extra grateful!
Amazing banter, amazing chemistry, amazing character development.
This book was just all around amazing.
I finished this book in an almost one sitting (my bladder isn't that young) and I FLOVED IT. It reads like a dream you never want to wake up from.
SO SO SO GOOD and HOT. So hot. The first kiss scene in this book had me projecting, honestly. Wow.
Enemies to lover
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'Tinker Bell' Stars!
ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

I knew it, I just knew it. These two authors together.. PURE MAGIC! As soon as Kristen and Samantha announced this book collaboration, I just knew it would work perfectly. I love these two authors and their work together in Outmatched did not disappoint. I had no doubts about that even before starting the book!

Outmatched is a standalone sports romance / fake boyfriend romance. It’s a love story between tw
5 stars - Contemporary/Sports Romance

My oh my but this was an engaging, fun, sexy, swoony read! The witty, snarky, flirty banter between Rhys and Parker was utterly entertaining and their chemistry was combustible and delicious! I just loved them together! This is definitely a successful collaboration for two great authors, and I really hope they give us more!

This was me pretty much the entire book.



And this is how I felt about Rhys.

TheBibliotheque ♡
January Pick for the romancetheque book club

With her, I felt like something new, something better. "I'm so fucking crazy about you, Parker Brown. You have no idea."

What a *splendid* start to the romancetheque book club! I'm so happy I picked this book to be the first read because wow. Rhys punched those socks out my curling feet.

Outmatched was everything I wanted it to be. Overflowing with banter and heart melting, this book was simply the perfect January treat.

*Big thanks to Cristiinareads for

RATING: 5 'TinkerBell & HotHarley' HEARTS! <3

Outmatched is an absolute gem of a compilation of everything readers have come to expect from writing sensations Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young; a heartwarming tale that juggles humour and romance with aplomb, and leaves us with a smile that remains long after the happy ending.

“Why is it so much…more when we’re alone?”
“Because it feels real.”

Physically and personality-wise, Parker and Rhys could not be more different—she’s tiny and
melissa ☽
y’all need to read this because this was so cute.
Bookgasms Book Blog
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy, shelly, ratula
AHHH!! Outmatched was AMAZING!!! I need to catch my breath because I loved it so much. This book you guys!! THIS BOOK IS WHY I BLOG . It was the perfect combination of smirks and swoons and giggles with a sassy af heroine and a broody alpha hero with a heart of gold. I DIED for this story! Callihan and Young knocked it out of the park!

When being a single woman in a male-dominated company may hurt Parker Brown's chances for career advancement, she is forced to hire a man to pose as her boyfriend
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book got me at 'shoo'. What a perfection. I am not familiar with Miss Callihan works. I, however familiar with Miss Young works. It is really took me by surprise she co writes this perfect rom com.

Everything about this book is perfect. The character, chemistry, story/plot, the banter, push and pull. I love Rhys and Parker together. They can not be more perfect for each other. Another example how two opposite attract each other.

Parker is forced to have fake boyfriend to secure her job at h
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
When Samantha Young and Kristen Callihan announced that they would be writing a book together, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! I had no idea these two authors had ever even though about collaborating but I’m so glad they did. Their writing meshed together well – they know how to write relatable characters and humor, both of which made me fall in love with Parker, Rhys, and their enemies to lovers romance. If you’re a fan of either of the authors (which I am), you will more than likely ado ...more
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
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DNF at 60%

Saddest thing that could happen to a moody reader like me is when you know you could love a book (because this is totally my usual jam!) but can't because your own moody ass decides NOPE. Not right now.

Nearly everything annoyed me, I even wanted the couple to hash it out instead of doing that hate-make-out thingy they do in books when they argue, and the angry-sex is usually a personal favorite. So yeah... *sigh* This was the exact m
Sentranced Jem
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-2019

Title: Outmatched
Author: Kristen Callihan & Samantha Young

I’m just going to state the obvious here and point out that Outmatched is written by Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young. Two of my favourite authors. So is it any wonder that I absolutely LOVED this book! 

Outmatched is without a doubt a wonderful romance book. A pure joy!
This is the perfect book for those that seek to read a love story that purely defines the term “opposites attract”.

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This one left a BIG smile on my face the
Bookphenomena (Micky)
The coming together of two of my favourite romance authors was like Christmas and I waltzed into OUTMATCHED with full enthusiasm. This was a story of a fake relationship (which I do enjoy) and two very opposite characters. There were misunderstandings, judgements and chemistry along the way, so lots to get your teeth into.

Parker was battling a misogynistic workplace and a boss who’s behaviour forced her hand to hire a boyfriend figure for work events. She just wanted equality but I hated that sh
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

With her, I felt like something new, something better. “I’m so fucking crazy about you, Parker Brown. You have no idea.” Her smile was the sun. “I might have some idea.”

LOVED THIS ONE! The characters, the storyline, all of it. The relationship development between these two was like crack for me. I blew through it in one day, which is not something I often do. The chemistry, the banter.. loved it all. Hope to God there's a sequel or a series even. This was my first book by Kris
Gio Listmaker
I Enjoyed This Story More Than I Thought I Would As Sports, In General, Are Not My Thing

But I Will Read Anything Kristen Callihan Writes

If You Are Not A Sports Fan, The Boxing In This Book Does Not Outshine The Romance IMO

Parker, Our Heroine, Is A Buttoned Up Bussiness Woman With A Misogynistic Employer She Is Trying Hard To Impress

Until She Meets Ryhs, Our Hero, An Ex Boxing Champion, Overprotective Brother With A Failing Gym

This Fun Low Angst Story Is Opposites Attract, Verbal Sparring, And I
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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best boo ...more

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