Monday, September 14, 2020

The Beat Match by Kelly Siskind: Banter and Chemistry Galore!

The Beat Match (Showmen #3) by Kelly Siskind
Published: September 16th, 2020

Publisher: CD Books

Tropes: Brother’s best friend, secret identity, opposites attract, friends to lovers, forbidden romance, slow burn

Heat level: 🔥🔥🔥

# of pages: 310

My rating: 5 stars

Acquired this book: From the author in exchange for honest consideration

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Two DJs. One beat. An off-limits romance neither of them expected.


Weston Aldrich is known for his devastating looks and crisp Italian suits. He's been groomed to take over his family business and is on the brink of closing a massive merger. Only two wild cards can derail him.


Wild Card One: If anyone learns he moonlights as a masked DJ, his credibility will be toast.

Wild Card Two: Annie can’t-hold-a-job Ward.


The Annie Ward he promised to help raise after her brother died. The scatterbrained girl who makes it her mission in life to drive him crazy. The gorgeous woman he’s not supposed to fantasize about, let alone kiss.


Annie hates Wes’s insanely overprotective nature, and how his ridiculous bone structure makes him look like a Greek god. His jokes about her plethora of jobs are beyond irksome. She has no plans to tell him about her latest aspiration, to match beats as a budding DJ. Until she learns what Wes does at night. Now she plans to prove Weston Aldrich has met his match.



Out of all the new-to-me authors I’ve read in 2020, Kelly Siskind has risen to the top of my list of favourites. First with New Orleans Rush, then Don’t Go Stealing My Heart, now with The Beat Match, Siskind has officially earned a place on my auto-read list. She writes such fun, whimsical stories with tons of heart, great banter, sizzling chemistry, and realistic characters.

The Beat Match had all those things and then some. One of the things I love most about Siskind’s books, and this one in particular, is how realiastically flawed the characters are. They’re far from perfect, but that’s what makes them so relatable. They have so much depth, so many layers, and they leap off the pages, suck you in, and make you root for them. Her heroines are wonderfully quirky and eccentric, and I can not only see myself in them, I can also easily see being friends with them. Her heroes are hella swoony and become instant book boyfriends. Basically, she writes characters who are completely one-of-a-kind and I’m here for it!

Annie and Wes have known each other for years and are tied together forever by their shared grief over the loss of Annie’s older brother, Leo. So many of their decisions in life have been tied to what Leo would want, what he’d think, what he’d do. They want to honour him any way they can, and they remain in each other’s lives even though they drive each other bonkers most of the time. Annie’s free-spiritedness is the opposite of Wes’s buttoned-up, brooding professionalism. These two together were alternately hilarious and frustrating. I loved their banter and their chemistry, and it was so much fun watching them take their friendship to the next level. They had plenty of obstacles to face, both internal and external, but they were easy to cheer on, and I appreciated that they had to work for their happy ending because it made it that much more realistic.


The Beat Match is a heartfelt, funny, sexy story about friendship, grief, honouring those you love while also honouring your own desires, and following your heart. I laughed and cried and swooned, and finished reading with a big smile on my face. I can’t wait for the next Showmen book, The Knockout Rule!

Have you read The Beat Match? Have you read any of Kelly Siskind's other books? Who was the last author you added to your auto-read list?

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