Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: Perfect Match by J.J. Ryan (Originally Posted: March 31, 2013)

Perfect MatchPerfect Match by J.J. Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this one as I ended up feeling good, a need to write a review and to recommend.

Perfect Match by JJ Ryan is about Seattle trauma doctor Patrick Quinn who had never been in love. In fact, he’d never even had a long-term relationship. In his limited personal life, getting a date is only half the problem. Being able to keep it, despite emergency duties in the ER, is the other. So though he’s interested in Trevor Oneil, a man he meets on a dating site, he decides to take it slow.

Trevor moved to Seattle looking for a fresh start. Recently single and lonely in his new city, he works business hours as an anesthesiologist, hoping a better work-life balance will make it easier to meet someone. Patrick might be just what he's been hoping for.

Then disaster hits and a severely injured Trevor lands in Patrick’s ER. Unable to work on Trevor, Patrick feels helpless. He wanted to ease into a relationship, but he’s already attached. Then Trevor’s past comes rushing in to take him away from the dangers of Seattle. If Trevor and Patrick’s new love is to survive the drama, Patrick will have to own up to what he wants—and fight for it.

The story is from both Trick's and Trevor's POV. The shifting POVs was sort of distracting at first but then I got to appreciate it as the plot moved along. It had a "He-Said-He-Said" feel to it that gives the readers the full blast of what the characters are seeing and feeling, from their own perspectives, which somehow makes the plot more involved.

The writing style is no way perfect, I doubt any author can honestly claim perfection. There are some misses too, like the reader does not really know whatever happened to the assault and battery case. However, the author does make up for it by mentioning that the case was in the hands of the authorities and was getting the attention it deserves. This, for me, was a way for the author to show that the characters were moving on with their lives and that the attack was not the focus of their lives or the plot at all.

The characters and the plot grow steadily. The question of sex, sex and more sex was typical of the "honeymoon stage" that all couples get into when in the first flush of love. That the characters never went through angst and separation and all that **** was fine with me. Not all couples go through that, but with all the books written with that sole focus in mind, its a wonder why some readers can't get to believe that not all relationships have to go through the disastrous and tragedies before they find their happily ever afters. Why do I say this, well, from my POV, my relationship with my husband never went through the novella-roller-coaster-plot-must-haves, so I consider myself lucky and totally identify with these characters. Obviously JJ Ryan and I are on the same wave length here.

Perfect Match is set in 2011 and at the last chapter, the story leap-frogs 11 years later to 2022 where it reads that Trick and Trevor are older, wiser, have had a few encounters with questioning their relationship but held on to their love, even going through compromises that neither expected but came to respect.

At the end of the book, 3 hours after I first opened it, I again felt lucky and happy. This is the feeling I like to get after reading any book, even if some would consider this an HEA. It had managed to give me the escape that I needed without feeling exhausted at the end of the day.

Why did I give this a 4 stars instead of a 5? It was not a perfect book however, it does not deserve a rating below 4, IMO and I wish there were a .5 star to add but honestly I don't know how.

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