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Jamie Denton sold her first attempt at a contemporary romance to Harlequin Books four days before Christmas in 1994. Despite a few bumps in the road, in the almost 20 years since her first sale, she's gone on to final and win several notable awards, made a national bestseller list and has seen over three million copies of her books in print worldwide and translated into several languages. Jamie is currently at work on her next novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
a fast paced psychological thriller 1 Nov. 2006
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on
Format: Paperback
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Jamie Denton has written a fast paced psychological thriller with The Matchmaker.

Greer Lomax quit the Bureau after a hunt for a serial killer nearly cost her her life... at the killer's hands. Now she works for the Sheriff's office at the small town she hails from. Plagued by panic attacks and nightmares that would drive a weaker woman insane, Greer is barely surviving. When a contested will requires an exhumation of the dead man's body Greer's life shifts on its axis once more. In the tomb a second body is found, sparking a new investigation which brings all her fears back to the forefront of her mind.

Greer turns to the FBI for assistance, and the one man she wishes she could forget comes to her aid... her estranged husband and FBI profiler, Ash Keller. Ash blames himself for the horrors Greer faced in the lair of that madman. He alone can even come close to understanding what is running through Greer's mind and he swears not to let her down again.

Now these two must tiptoe through another killer's mind, if they have any hopes of stopping the serial killer dubbed "The Matchmaker." Can Greer escape the terrors locked in her mind? And what of the still flaming passion between Greer and Ash? Can they cross the chasm between them?

From the moment the first victim is found, readers are taken on a life or death journey through the twisted mind of a killer. It's quite fascinating, as strange as that may seem, to get this point of view in the story. To learn what drives someone to this kind of behavior and what made them into a monster is very intriguing. Getting into his head, knowing who he is from early on, does not hurt the story at all. There are still a few wrenches thrown in the works that will surprise the readers and provide for an attention grabbing showdown.

Readers get deep into Greer's head as she tries to deal with what happened to her and recover from it. The frequent anxiety and panic attacks she experiences make her that much more real to us. Facing another serial killer is the last thing she wants to do, but she knows that she must face her internal demons if she ever hopes to get herself back. Watching Greer face her fears in an effort to overcome them engaged my emotions in the story even more than they already would have been.

Ash has his own battles to fight as well. He has suffered a lot since Greer was almost killed and later left him. Though he understands to some extent why Greer left, he doesn't fully comprehend the depth of her struggles. Coming to her aid on this case makes him feel like he can redeem himself in her eyes, though she is very resistant to him throughout most of the investigation.

The Kensington Brava line is known for a high heat level between the hero and heroine. Though on the surface, The Matchmaker doesn't feel as hot as may be expected, the sexual tension between Ash and Greer sizzles. When they finally overcome their differences long enough to come together, passions run high, sparking hot enough to start fires.

The Matchmaker by Jamie Denton does not disappoint. It is a very compelling read, and kept me on the edge of my seat, reading late in to the night, eager to find out what would come next. I look forward to future books by Jamie Denton.

© Kelley A. Hartsell, October 2006. All rights reserved.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
White-knuckle story! 22 Nov. 2006
By Holly F - Published on
Format: Paperback
Greer survived a trauma two years ago...and lost everything. Her career and her marriage. She came home looking for peace and quiet, but evil is at home even in small towns. Now, Greer's husband has come to help solve the crimes. Is it too late for their relationship to heal?

Jamie Denton's The Matchmaker is a white-knuckle story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Different Kind of Romantic Suspense 4 Dec. 2006
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
Format: Paperback
Greer Lomax is haunted by her last case with the FBI. A case gone wrong that left her in the hands of a serial killer. The reason behind this...a miscalculation on the part of her husband Ash Keller a top FBI profiler. Needing space and time to deal with what happened to her, Greer moves to Magnolia, North Carolina in order to renovate a rundown Victorian. While doing this she deals with her mother, and with the stress of being deputy for the local police force. But when a serial killer starts operating in her county she is forced to face her demon's sooner then she is ready for and this also brings her estranged husband to town. Together these two work a new case but Greer has lost her trust in Ash and that could be a problem, especially when the heat and fire still burns between them. Will this be the final thing that tears them apart or will this be the case that allows them both to heal and believe in the love that is between them?

This was a fair romantic suspense although there were parts of the story that seemed to drag a little. The "mystery" of the killer is not really that much of a mystery and will not be the element that will keep the reader engaged. Rather it's the dance the two main characters perform while dealing with the issues between them. At times the reader may find themselves frustrated with Greer's stubborn nature but bare with her. The romance between her and her estranged husband will make up for it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Top Notch Romantic suspense 10 Dec. 2006
By Judy - Published on
Format: Paperback
Jamie Denton has writing a spine tingling, toe-curling novel of romantic suspense. It will keep you on the edge through out the whole story.

Greer Lomax ran from her job as an FBI profiler back to her hometown. She took a job as a small town deputy hoping it would keep her demons at bay. Greer was the victim of a sadistic man on her last case and it torments her daily. When a body turns up where it's not supposed to be Greer's anxieties are heading into overdrive. But this dead body brings to her and her town the one person she wanted to avoid.

Special Agent Ash Keller reads about the going on in Greer's hometown and it sends a red flag to his profiler instincts. This mission is two fold for Ash; he needs to see if this is really a serial killer and to get Greer back in his life. Ash's feelings for Greer have never died and he would do anything to get her back.

Ash's and Greer's relationship is not your typical romance. Its deeper and more painful since their last cast together effected them both. These two character though wounded by their past are strong and powerful. They send sparks off each other whether they are arguing or making love. The suspense is riveting and will keep you reading well until you have finished the novel. This book ranks right up there for me as a spectacular romantic suspense novel. I can't wait to see what this author brings next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sizzling suspense 12 Jun. 2007
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Paperback
When a grave is opened due to a contested will, authorities discover an extra body in the casket. This is the last thing burned out FBI profiler and now small town deputy Greer Lomax needs. Haunted by memories of the last FBI case she worked on, she escaped to her hometown to avoid these kinds of crimes. The killers MO is to match recently deceased men with the perfect woman for them. The only problem is that the women aren't dead yet. When she records the crime in VICAP, it comes to the attention of the FBI, and her ex-husband Ash Keller arrives on scene to take over the investigation. Greer has difficulty working with Ash, as she still holds him responsible for becoming the target of a serial killer. Will they be able to put their differences aside to find the killer, who is amassing several victims?

Denton has been primarily known for her Harlequin Blaze romances. Denton has taken a departure in her writing, weaving a fascinating and psychological thriller, with a touch of spicy romance. "The Matchmaker" is definitely not for the squeamish, but it's a good thriller overall. Those familiar with publishing house Brava (light erotic romance) might be a little disappointed, as the sizzling sex scenes are kept to a minimum.
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