Review: The Beat Match by Kelly Siskind (Showmen #3)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
To paraphrase the Go-Gos (one of my favorite bands from the 80s), this book's got the beat! The Beat Match is the third novel in Kelly Siskind's Showmen series, and it is, by far, my favorite among the currently available books. This is a friends-to-lovers romance with a bit of falling-for-your-best-friend's-sibling to it. At first glance, Weston Aldrich looks like the quintessential business executive, not that it would be that much of a surprise considering he's been groomed to be exactly that. His focus right now should solely be on an all too important merger, but he's got a couple of distractions. First is his worry that his secret identity as a masked disc jockey will be revealed. Yeah, someone like him moonlighting as a DJ would not go over well in the business world. And then there's Annie Ward. She's his late best friend's younger sister, and he's protective of her. He worries over her slew of failed jobs, and Annie is sure he'll have something to say about her latest job aspiration: to be a DJ. So, she simply won't tell him about it--but then she uncovers what it is Wes has been hiding. Could their mismatched beats finally be in sync?
This book was every bit as entertaining as I hoped it would be, and it turned out the be the perfect companion during a lull in what's proven to be a busy week. Wes and Annie had such a great relationship, one that was based on friendship and attraction, even though there was a bit of resistance when it came to the latter. Yes, she was his best friend's sister and there's a whole bro code when it comes to stuff like that, but resistance is futile when all it takes is one kiss to strip away whatever facade was once there. I loved that they had strong personalities, and that they pushed and prodded at each other, which made for some very enjoyable banter, thank you very much. There were some honest-to-goodness laugh-out-loud moments--thank goodness I was reading this at home because snort laughing in public is so not attractive--and overall, this was simply a feel-good romance that I took every bit of pleasure in reading. The Beat Match can be read as a standalone, so if you're new to Kelly Siskind (WTH?! How is that even possible?), this novel is as good a place to start as any. I'm awarding this third Showmen book five stars.
Release Date: 16 September 2020
Date Read: 16 September 2020
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