Review Fortunes Perfect Match by Allison Leigh
It seemed as if all the Fortunes were finding love—all of them except Emily. Pretty, poised and smart, the oldest Fortune daughter had given up on Mr. Right and was now looking for Baby Right.
And then she met a man.
No one would ever picture rough-around-the-edges Max Allen with a pampered princess like Emily. The tall, shaggy-haired airport manager had never caught a break in his life. After he’d lost baby Anthony, he vowed never to love another child. And now he’d fallen hard for a polished, sophisticated woman intent on having a baby. Was Max headed for another heartbreak? Or could the well-heeled Ms. Fortune be the one who finally made him whole?
Having not read the others in this series about the Fortunes, I felt a bit like i was jumping into this really really late because there were obviously at least 3 or 4 books before this one that I should have read mainly because it would have provided insight into the NUMEROUS characters that we met and continued to discuss through the book that came in and out of Max and Emily’s story. In all honesty this felt like jumping into the deep end of a family saga that I knew nothing about.
And there was SO much made of their family history, their previous romances, and their family connections that i felt like this was one of those love letters to the fans books, where the author is giving us glimpses of the characters after their stories have ended mainly because people are clamoring for that, yet thats not the story I would ever tell someone to start with because the romance in it is always lacking as it was lacking here. The romance was stale, almost non-existently stale, it was just boring.
There could have been some great moments, there were points that you saw this could have had a huge impact, it being about a guy who lost the baby he thought was his, but turned out not to be when he found out that the girl had stolen it from someone else (SEE WHAT I MEAN?!) and the emotional impact of connecting with a baby he thought was his then having to, after a couple months of bonding have to give him up. There was also what could have been the amazing story of Emily’s sudden desperation for a baby, and how she wasn’t telling Max about her possibly being pregnant. There was a whole emotional angst story there that was undeveloped because of the sudden need for a baby to combat her sister’s newfound mommyness, but that as well as her midlife crisis at work with her father was virtually untouched. It just could have been so much more and so much better than it was.
Overall Rating: C-