Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson
For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.
Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.
“So . . .” Becky hedged. “Did you get a chance to meet Cassie when you picked them up?” To most people, the question would have sounded so innocent. But after all of her hints about how Cassie was single, and pretty, and talented, and a wonderful person, and single, Noah knew better.
“I did,” he said, and left it at that. He wasn’t about to tell Becky that her friend was the most standoffish person he’d ever met. Cassie’s expression had been too serene, her posture too perfect, and her sense of humor too nonexistent. She wouldn’t even shake his hand. There was no denying she was beautiful, but if Noah was actually looking—which he wasn’t—it would be for more than a pretty face. He’d want someone who knew how to have fun; someone who could be a wonderful mom to his girls. Cassie didn’t seem to fit that description.
Becky wasn’t about to let it drop. “And . . . ?” she prompted.
She rolled her eyes. “What did you think?”
“Uh . . . she seems nice.” Sort of.
“Nice?” Becky said. “That’s it? Really?”
“We talked for a total of five minutes. And yeah, she was nice.” Sort of.
“Did you think she was pretty?”
Noah was ready to end the conversation and eat the soup. “Like I said, five minutes.”
Becky frowned. “I can’t believe you only talked to her for five minutes. You should have given it at least fifteen.”
“And let the girls smell up my cab even more? I don’t think so.”
Becky leveled him a hard stare. “Just promise me the next time you’re able to pick them up, you’ll give her a chance.”
He sighed. Becky had done so much for him and the girls, and he would bend over backwards to return all the favors. But this? This made him incredibly uncomfortable. If he was going to meet a girl, he wanted to do it on his own terms and in his own way—not be pushed into something that wouldn’t have a chance of going anywhere but down.
“I don’t know,” he finally said. “She doesn’t really seem like my type.”
“Wow, that’s pretty amazing you could know that after only five minutes,” Becky said.
“Hey, sometimes that’s all it takes.”
“And most of the time, it takes a lot longer.”
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Author Rachael Anderson
USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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