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Peek Inside Breaking the Bachelor

Matchmaker Jane Wright just made a bet—she'll find the “perfect” match for Manhattan's hottest confirmed bachelor, sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman—Jane’s ex-lover—or lose her company. Charlie doesn’t want to see Jane's business fail. He just wants a little revenge. Determined to prove that chemistry always beats compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive Jane crazy with desire, then walk away. And Charlie's plan is working. So well that he hasn't even noticed that he's Cupid's next target...

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This time, Cupid’s playing dirty…

Goaded by her competition, matchmaker Jane Wright makes a very public bet that she can find the “perfect” match for Manhattan’s hottest confirmed bachelor—sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman. Unfortunately, Charlie is also Jane’s ex-lover, a man she broke up with on a cocktail napkin. With her company on the line, Jane has no choice but to convince the man of her most impractical dreams to dive back into the dating pool.

Charlie doesn’t want to see Jane’s business fail. He just wants a little revenge. Determined to prove to Jane that chemistry always beats compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive her crazy with desire…then walk away. And his plan is working. A little too well, actually. Because even as Jane scrambles to calculate Charlie’s best match, the heat building between combusts. But Charlie’s been so busy outsmarting Cupid that he hasn’t noticed he’s the naughty cherub’s next target…


"This was a fun read that drew out the cracks in formulas. And showed that there is a lot more to a relationship than a formula or just chemistry." --The Book Junkie Reads

"This was an easy, page-turning read, humorous, sweet and sexy. "--Lee, Goodreads

"A really fun sexy read that was completely entertaining."--Bette Hansen, Goodreads

"A very entertaining and enjoyable read ! Also a book beautifully written loved the depth of the characters!"--Carol Ann, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750890
Series: Smart Cupid, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 24, 2015
Page Count: 212
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, reunited lovers, revenge

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By Lee March 09, 2015

Breaking the Bachelor is the debut novel by Maggie Kelley and I really enjoyed getting under Jane and Charlie's skin, seeing behind their facades and going along for the ride on their journey. Jane and Charlie have been lifelong friends, best friends, the kind of friends who were always there for ea ...more

By Maria Rose April 03, 2016

This sexy contemporary romance is the story of Jane and Charlie. Friends since childhood who had a fling that Jane ended abruptly without an explanation to Charlie, she now needs his help for her matchmaking business. She's been goaded publicly into promising she can make a love match for anyone, in ...more

By The Book Junkie Reads . . . October 10, 2016

Watching the journey for friends to lover and then to have them do it again can be quite fun. But when you break it off and then have to go back again it can be a bit painful to watch the graveling that must take place. It's a good thing that that is not always the case.

Jane has to more or less eat ...more

By Bette March 17, 2015

A really fun sexy read that was completely entertaining. The premise of this story was unique and fresh and the writing was terrific. There was great terrific banter between the H/h and the chemistry between them is sizzling. Charlie's looking for a little revenge, after all Jane did leave him high ...more

By Rachel March 21, 2015

What would you do if your ex-friend/lover and matchmaker made a bet that she could find you your one true love on national TV in 5 days and didn’t tell you about it till she turned up on your doorstep?

This is what happens to barman Charlie Goodman. It’s just a shame that matchmaker Jane, who up unt ...more

By Samanthe March 23, 2015

This story won my heart…

I could describe Breaking the Bachelor by the tropes…it’s a tale of reunited lovers, specifically the heroine and her big brother’s best friend, and it revolves around a bet she ought not have made. But none of that captures all the fun, sweet and flat-out sexy of this debut ...more

By Riki April 05, 2015

OMG- I absolutely loved this book. Full review to come.

This book had me completely engaged from page one right through every adorable moment and up to the swoon-worthy final scene. Maggie Kelley has a wonderful, lighthearted writing style that really captures everything I love about Entangled’s Love ...more

By Lori March 13, 2015

Charlie, Oh sweet hot hypnotizing Charlie! He was definitely a fun man to read about. And he knew Jane so well, down to her crazy sweet tooth habit. I loved their interactions, the flirting and the can't keep their hands off each other reactions they had toward each other. It was very heartening to ...more

By Robin March 22, 2015

I really loved this debut novel! I love friends to lovers stories and this one is now at the top of my favorites list. It's sweet and sexy and the banter between Charlie and Jane is terrific. I swooned over Charlie from the second we meet him. He's all kinds of charming, and I found myself smiling w ...more

By Isha October 05, 2016

Never mix business with pleasure...

Truer words could have never been said to describe the chaos that is Jane and Charlie. A neurotic matchmaker facing off with a former lover can never end well. Breaking the Bachelor is pure genius. Ms. Kelley speaks to the heart and the funny bone with this totally ...more

By Tamra April 03, 2015

I love a good friends to lovers story and this one had all the ingredients to make it shine. Jane is a strong heroine, Charlie is a sexy hero, and their chemistry is off the charts. Can't wait to read the next one in the series! Enjoy! ...more

By Tami January 27, 2018

Love the book

I love the story and the plot. It kept you the story. I would recommended it to other people. ☺ ...more

By Sandra May 28, 2017

bueno, me encantó Charlie!!!, ella si me exasperó por ratitos ...more

By Jordan September 02, 2015

Breaking the Bachelor by Maggie Kelley
Purchased: Kindle - $.99
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

What's it all about:
Jane Wright is one of the most notorious matchmakers in New York and would do anything to prove that he methods on her dating app Smart Cupid are what match true love couples that last a life tim ...more

By Kim Reads March 24, 2015

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by Kim

Six months ago, after a lifetime of friendship and two fun and amazing sex-packed weeks in the Caymans, Jane Wright broke up with Charlie Goodman. This wasn’t just your normal argument and we’re done break up. No. No. Jane broke up with Charlie on a co ...more

By April March 25, 2015

***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review***
Great story of love comes around again for ex lovers Jane Wright and Charlie Goodman.
Jane and Charlie have been lifelong friends, best friends, then friends who turned to lovers who were always there for each other, until their is ...more

By Adriana October 05, 2016

Jane Wright has made scientific love her business. Through compatibility algorithms and proper analysis she plays cupid in real life. Except, Jane is all about numbers and logic. For her there is no room for passion in love. Passion burns out and in the end someone gets hurt. And she'll avoid heartb ...more

By Elaine March 23, 2015

Matchmaker Jane Wright and Manhattan’s hottest confirmed bachelor, Charlie Goodman, have a turbulent history. They’ve known each other since childhood and six months ago crossed the line from our friendship to lovers. Then everything went wrong and she finished their tryst with a message on a napkin ...more

By Pennie October 09, 2016

This is a fun, sexy, and absolutely enjoyable read that made for a great afternoon read! Jane is the owner of Smart Cupid and she has been dared into a bet on national TV that she can find true love for New York's most eligible bachelor in just 5 days and it happens to be her ex, well...her best fri ...more

By CL March 14, 2015

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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

Cover: Yay

Trope: Friends-to-Lovers

Chemistry: Simmering

POV: 3rd Person

One-Sentence Summary: Girl matchmakes for her friend/ex-lover in an attempt to prove that chemistry isn't everything

Review: There is nothing quite like a fun, flirty, light-hearted ...more

By Nicole March 22, 2015

I really loved this one. Both charters have issues on love working out in the long run, but it doesn't stop them from feeling it. A fling they had six months ago has put their friendship in shambles, but one bet changes all of that. Now Jane must see Charlie and gain his help at finding his true lov ...more

By Dísir March 30, 2015

A fun, very smart read, even with a well-trodden plot with a cast of characters so stereotypical that they can be sniffed a mile away in a rom-com set. Jane's view of love is based on science and close compatibility matches - where algorithm tops chemistry. Charlie - NY's sexiest bartender, old frie ...more

By Fizza March 13, 2015

People who love and be loved in return are luck. Jane and Charlie are two such people. unfortunately they don't know it yet. Both of them are childhood friends and have always been there for each other but when their relation takes a romantic turn things don't go so well and they end up ex-friends.
N ...more

By Barrie Mac March 29, 2015

This was an awesome read and one that was near impossible to put down (I did have to feed the family at least once)! Charile and Jane have known each other since they were kids and probably loved each other as long but both coming from broken houses, their hearts were locked away for no one to touch ...more

By Angela March 29, 2015

This book was beyond entertaining. The storyline caught my attention from the get go! Charlie sounded beyond fine! And Jane can't resist all that sexiness especially since she knows it intimately as well as personally. I mean if you want a good best friends turned lovers turned ex-lovers turn matchm ...more

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Maggie Kelley

About the author

Maggie Kelley

After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after in Pittsburgh with her longtime sweetie, AKA Husband Number 1, and their two punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life's greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun.

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