“…First off, I LOVE how Gracie C. McKeever joined her Matchmaker series to her novel Spells Cast In Shadows in this story! It makes perfect sense for Evelyn to vacation at the very same Dude Ranch owned by Seth and Montana Phoenix – not to mention it was great fun to see where that couple is now. Pairing Evelyn with Jason, who suffered from a case of unrequited love in that previous book was wonderful, and paves the way for future crossovers, should McKeever choose to do so.
I loved Jason Makepeace before, but seeing him come into his own in The Matchmaker, Book 3: Manifest Destiny was a pure delight. It took someone with a gentle soul and a firm hand to break through Evelyn Vega’s considerable defenses, and who better for the job than a man who stands by his friends even while his own heart is bruised? By the time Jason meets Evelyn, he is over his crush on Montana, and planning for his move away from the Freeborn Ranch. The timing couldn’t be better for him to meet the woman who is his ‘Manifest Destiny’, even if he does not believe so at first.
Evelyn thinks she is over the pain of her first marriage, but she has buried the real hurt deep down inside, hidden even from herself. She needs someone like Jason who can touch her very soul, read her every need as easily as he finds he can read her mind, to help her deal with the past that has sealed her heart away from the potential pain of loving again.
I am uncertain how many more Vega siblings are left, but with the expansion of this series in Manifest Destiny, I am hopeful that Angela will turn her skills to others when she finishes marrying off her brothers and sisters. I’ve enjoyed each of these stories as much as the first, and am nowhere near ready to see an end to McKeever’s The Matchmaker series!” 4.5 Klovers, Jennifer, Kwips and Kritiques.
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