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Making the Match

(River Rain #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,015 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Decades ago, tennis superstar Tom Pierce and “It Girl” Mika Stowe met at a party.

Mika fell in love. Tom was already in love with his wife. As badly as Tom wanted Mika as a friend, Mika knew it would hurt too much to be attracted to this amazing man and never be able to have him.

They parted ways for what they thought would be forever, only to reconnect just once, when unspe
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 438 pages
Published September 20th 2022 by Blue Box Press
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Lu Bielefeld
Feb 19, 2022 marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-to-buy
Is anyone surprised that Susan Shepherd is the homewrecking whorebag that the heroine's father cheated on her mother?
Too bad Dennis Lowe didn't finish her.
I'm a bitch that holds a grudge, judge me!
Izzie d
Sep 20, 2022 rated it liked it
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This series is not for me. It's preachy along with being like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

The heroine was introduced to us by telling the H that all men hit on her. Okay? Even though she wasn't like that in the rest of the book, I couldn't get that bad taste out of my mouth.

Tom is nothing but a martyr throughout the entire story. Everything is his responsibility and his fault. Everything.

I didn't care about these two. I even skipped the sex scenes.

Chloe still can't keep her nose out of eve
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This is the first series of KA that I can not get into. Story was okay. Don't care much for any characters.

It is what it is.
Pat Reble
Sep 20, 2022 rated it did not like it
I've got to stop buying Kristen Ashley's books thinking that she will reclaim her old style. The old ones were full of action and interesting characters. The latest ones have too many characters, too many "in" references, and far too much introspection, repetition and soul searching. I don't like many of her main characters. Manipulative people aren't funny and she can't make them so. The books have become incestuous, self indulgent and just plain boring, with pages and pages about interior deco ...more
Sep 20, 2022 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 30%

Over 100 pages in and nothing about Tom and Mika or their story motivated me as a reader to spend my time trying to find out more about them and how their relationship will unfold. Instead it was becoming harder and harder to ignore some of the common Kristen Ashley tropes that are really not my favorites.

Maybe it gets better later in the book but I have only so many hours in a day I can devote to things I enjoy and I don't want to waste any more on a book that I just really can't seem
Karen's Utterly Unashamed
Well, I hate to say it. But this was not my favorite.

We all know KA likes her words, lots of words but this one just went to that line and jumped so far over it that I skimmed...I skimmed a KA. Nooooo!

Imogen...just no. She got knocked off my pedestal of love in this book. Maybe what happened needed to happen but it needed to happen in the first book. The fact she pulled her stunt now...I was so pissed at her.

Then, we get this beautiful, gut wrenching glimpse into Sasha and a bomb dropped about
Feb 25, 2022 added it
Very confused, just read the blurb on Amazon and Susan Shepherd is NOT the love interest? Then why that whole dramatic scene at the end of Chasing Serenity with Joe Callahan and Rhys? I mean I don’t particularly like Susie, she was a colossal bitch during the Burg series, but she also had that little redemption arc during the last burg book; so I WAS intrigued enough to see how KA would spin it. Also didn’t Chloe say in Chasing Serenity that the person who Tom cheated on his mum with had to have ...more
Sep 21, 2022 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book primarily because it's really uncommon for romance novels to be about older couples. So I was really hopeful. Unfortunately, it was just ok for me.

This book highlighted the issues I've been having with KAs books the last few years. There is such an astounding (and in my opinion tone deaf) emphasis on materialism and being RICH that I really am not sure anymore who this author is writing books for. Part of the appeal for KAs back catalogue was that you could rel
Sep 27, 2022 rated it liked it
This series has most definitely become KA’s platform to write what she feels most strongly about and that is definitely her right, it’s just not my favorite sort of storytelling, especially since I’m here for the romance.

Worse, I feel like everything I write in this review (and really, don’t write since I’ve deleted a lot out of fear of offending someone, because in this day, everyone is offended by something) will be me using this as a platform for my own agenda and believe me, that is not my
Sep 22, 2022 rated it it was ok
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Sep 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! LOVED IT!!!

I have found the rest of the series a bit hit and miss for me though am enjoying it overall but each book makes me more vested in the next. The way KA is bringing those different threads of backstory together is captivating. I'm on the edge of my seat to know who will end up with who. What is Corey up to. What will Vaughn do next?

But I digress. This was Tom's book. And I DID NOT want Tom's book -there were so many other characters we could have but in true KA style, we a
This is Tome Pierce book (ex-husband of Imogen “Genny” Swan from “After the climb”). He is living with the guilt of the actions he took that ended his marriage - cheating. “Making the match” explains his actions, and I will say it was understandable (not right but I understand why).

Several years earlier Tom met Mika Stowe, a woman that instantly fascinated him, but being married he would not let this be more. Both Mika and Tom let it be a great meeting and went on to marry and have kids with ot
Sep 21, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sports-star
If you want to know KA’s politics, then read this book. Nuff said.
Sep 24, 2022 rated it it was ok
Not a fan of how everyone in this series is practically a billionaire or ultra-famous 🙄

Mika was described as practically God-like; she's rich, famous, and the 'coolest chick on the planet' while Tom is the best tennis player in the world. Come on. Couldn't she just be a regular artist? Oh and we can't forget how Cory was the richest person in the entire world and yet all he seemed to do was meddle in his friends' love lives. Besides that, I was just very bored with this one. I kept skipping ahea
Making the Match is book 4 of the River Rain series by Kristen Ashley (KA). It is a a standalone contemporary romance, told from both points of view with a happy ending.

✔️ couple over 40
✔️ second chances
✔️ single parents

Fans of KA will surely love this story about family, love, redemption and hope.
These are super quick thoughts on this book and in general of KA's stories.
- I saw a couple of reviews that comment on the pace. It begins slow. Yes, this is true. Sort of. Since it's about a
Donna Was A Scandal
May 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Was lucky enough to read this one early and 10/10 highly recommend! I simply adore the River Rain series!
Nadine Bookaholic
I've written this review several times already but it's so hard to do because there is a lot going on and I don't want to spoil anything....lets try this again.

In this forth book of the RIVER RAIN SERIES we have Tom Pierce a former Tennis Superstar, well I shouldn't say former because he is still in the game only he doesn't compete like he once did and now he is a commentator as well, and we have Mika Stowe whom people refer to as the "It Girl" because she has all of it going on, looks, smarts,
Sep 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I was born ready for this story ;)
I could not wait to get my hands on Tom's story and it didn't disappoint! Obviously, since it's his story, it is also about Imogen and their children, which I loved, cause we got closure! Mika was the unexpected star and I fell in love with her and her precious daughter. They work so well together and even tho there is a lot going on, everything was perfectly timed and the little nuggets we get in this story are so juicy, I can't wait to see them play out. I am
Susan (susayq ~)
Another winner from KA! I want to be Mika LOL She was fantastic and brave and strong and everything women should aspire to be :) Tom was a great guy. Gah, that sounds so drab compared to my gushing about Mika. I did like him, but Mika bowled me over.

Can I just throw out my hopes for after this? I want Hale and Elsa - together. And Nora. Nora needs a book and a man who loves her and it better be Jamie LOL
Terry Bice
Sep 22, 2022 rated it liked it
Who are you and what have you done with Kristen Ashley?

Not her best effort. Couldn’t keep track of the story line. Too many people with their own agendas and not enough depth. I kept waiting to get more information about the characters and throwing “bi” in there with what seemed to just cover all the bases was wrong. Take it back to the drawing board.
Sep 25, 2022 rated it it was ok
Couldn’t finish it. Got bored.
Andrea Garrett
Sep 23, 2022 rated it did not like it
ridiculous book

The story line doesn’t even make any sense … 10% into the book was enough for me . What s as shame I was looking forward to this book
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Sep 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
When you've been reading as long as I have, you're generally able to weedout cheesy fluff from the actual meaty stories.
That's exactly how I picked up this book. I knew it would be important and beautifully written.The Blurb just pulled me in. I picked up my first book by Kristen and I must say, I was completely taken by her prolific and visceral understanding of human relationships.
There's a Mature romantic couple. Tom Pierce and Mika stowe are not only of mature age, their no nonsense, no fi
Sep 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022
We've all read series where it follows along with a family or a certain group of friends, but this is the first series I have read where an ex gets their happily ever after.

If you have read any of the River Rain Series, you know how Tom is and what he did. I was amongst the skeptics who weren't even sure they wanted to read this book for that reason alone. Only Kristen Ashley could make me second guess my thought process on something like this. Does one mistake in a time of grief and loss mean
Feb 15, 2022 marked it as to-read
February 15, 2022
Per Kristen Ashley's Website:
River Rain will continue with the story of Tom Pierce

Making the Match (River Rain #4)- September 20, 2022

After the Climb (River Rain, #1) by Kristen Ashley After The Climb (River Rain, #1)
Chasing Serenity (River Rain, #1) by Kristen Ashley Chasing Serenity (River Rain, (# 2)
Taking the Leap (River Rain, #3) by Kristen Ashley Taking the Leap (River Rain #3)
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Tiffany Lee
Sep 24, 2022 rated it liked it
LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Kristen Ashley … unfortunately

Unfortunately, Ms. Ashley decided that it would be a good idea to weave political rhetoric into her book during a time when the country is so divided, escaping into a romance book is usually a relaxing time.

This time, though, every couple of chapters you’re reminded of the authors true feelings for half the USA. It’s so incredibly disappointing and jarring to be immersed in the fantasy of blooming love, silly friends and the fiction of an im
Tangi Juarez
Sep 21, 2022 rated it it was ok
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Sep 25, 2022 rated it it was ok
I'm not really liking KA latest books. It's sad that I will stop reading an author that I used to love to read. ...more
Sep 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends a

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