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Mix & Match by Peggy Jaeger

Divorced and lonely, nurse Jasmine Green retains the services of Heaven, NH’s very own successful matchmaker, Olivia Joyner. The bar scene and dating apps give Jasmine hives and Liv’s reputation is stellar. If anyone can help guide her through the quagmire that dating has become, Olivia can.

Architect Donovan Boyd is ready to settle down. He wants the kind of marriage his parents have; long-lasting, filled with love, children, and joy. But even after a year of living and working in Heaven, he’s still considered an outsider by many. Finding the type of woman he’s looking for is hard in the tight-knit community. Retaining Olivia Joyner to help him find his forever love is one of the smartest things he’s done, especially after she sets him up with Jasmine Green.

But the red-haired, green-eyed beauty wants a different kind of marriage from the one Donovan considers ideal.

Can these two strong-willed people learn to compromise so they can both find their happily ever after? Or will their relationship forever be relegated to the friend zone?

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Excerpt from Mix & Match

She turned at the sound of her name, spoken in a deep, soft voice blessed with a charming accent and found herself face to face with the gorgeous guy she’d spotted in her mom’s office. The one Sharmaine had been sucked on to like a tick.

Good Lord, he was even better looking up close and personal than he’d been, seated, and ten feet away from her. Stunning blue eyes, the color of freshly laid Robin’s eggs topped a face with high cut cheeks and a jaw forged from granite. Midnight hair curled around his ears and caressed the nape of his neck. Layered waves fell across his head in a chaos of perfection.

She’d been right about his height. Most men she could stare straight in the eyes due to her own long legs. But she had to tilt her head back a bit to look into this man’s striking ones.

“You are Jasmine, aye?”

Even his voice was gorgeous, the song of Ireland singing through it.

She nodded, her own voice deciding now would be a good time to leave on vacation. And when his smile took a slow stroll from one corner of his full, thick lips to the other, showing perfect, straight white teeth, the tips of her fingertips began to tingle like she’d fallen asleep on them and spent the night with them cuddled beneath the weight of her body.

He-of-the-handsome-face stuck out his hand and declared, “Good. Olivia said to meet you here. Donovan Boyd, but everyone calls me Van. Lovely to meet you.”

Jasmine knew she should shake his hand. It was the polite thing to do, wasn’t it? For some reason, her brain wasn’t sending any signals down her arm to lift it up to his outstretched one.

Donovan, or Van, kept his hand out, his smile in place, and ticked his head to the left a hair. A clap of booming laughter rang out from somewhere behind her and finally propelled the gears in her brain to start turning again.

After a headshake where she actually heard her brains rattle, she extended her hand and slipped it into his.

Warmth, like she’d just stepped into a bubbling hot tub, spread along her fingers, shot across her palm, then jumped all the way up to her neck.  A feeling of familiarity bolted through her. With a shock, she recognized it for what it was – desire. Pure and simple. Something she hadn’t felt in almost forever.

She swallowed, said,  “It’s nice to meet you,” then shook her head again as she slid her hand back.

“Would you like to sit at the bar or would ya prefer a table?” he asked.

At the bar she’d have to sit next to him, shoulder to shoulder. That seemed a bit too intimate right now, especially when the nerves she’d thought to quell had started bounding through her again. Better to be across from him, keep them at a bit of a physical distance.

Van thrust his chin toward the empty table she’d been aiming for, extended his hand and said, “Shall we?” He got points for good manners, that was for sure.


Meet Author Peggy Jaeger

Peggy Jaeger writes contemporary romances and rom coms about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all aspects of life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness, and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go “What??!”

Interview with Peggy Jaeger

Q: Hi, Peggy! Can you tell us a little more about your new book?

PJ: MIX & MATCH is a small town romance set in the fictional town of HEAVEN, NH about a third generation matchmaker who helps people find their happily ever after. In this first book, the hero and heroine, Donovan and Jasmine, are two people who have differing opinions of what constitutes a successful relationship and marriage, but on paper they are a perfect match. They decide to keep themselves in the friendship zone and both seem comfortable with this. But are they? Ultimately this is a story of two people who need to be friends before they can ever commit to a lasting love. The theme of family, trust, and second chances runs through the story.

Q: Describe your main character in three words.

PJ: Jasmine Green is smart, angst-ridden, caring.

Q: Is any part of your story or the characters based on personal experience?

PJ: Jasmine Green is the product of divorced parents and thus has a problem with trusting men. But it goes deeper than that. Her father left the marriage before she was even born so she never knew a life with a man in the house. This left her mother bitter and cold and Jasmine suffered the brunt of her emotional resistance. I based the absentee father on my own experience. My parents married young and both realized they should never have been together just as my mother became pregnant. In the time I was born there was no idea to terminate a pregnancy and even ending a marriage wasn’t that easy. My own father left very early on in my life and I never grew up with him as a role model. Many of Jasmine’s feelings on inadequacy, her people pleasing personality, and her anxiety stem from my own.

Q: What were some challenges while writing this book?

PJ: I began writing this book in the fall of 2020 – at the same time my daughter was due to have her first baby. My usual writing experience is 8-10 hours daily and I managed that most days. But then she went into pre-term labor and my emotional status went out the window. The little guy appeared early and he had some challenges for the first few months. I spent a great deal of time with her and hubby ( they live 5 hours away) and was unable to write for weeks at a time. When all resolved with the little blessing, I was able to get back to it but for the first time in my writing career I missed my deadline for publication! I also care for my elderly, housebound parents, so while everything was going on with baby, I still needed to cook, clear, and care for them.

Q: What is your ideal reading experience?

PJ: If I could have one wish it would be to be stranded on an island (with table service and Wifi!) and be able to read all the books on my tbr pile without having to worry about writing my new book, talking care of anyone but myself, or anything else until I could finish them. Ah….dreams.

This Or That Questions:

Coke or Pepsi? Diet, caffeine free pepsi!
Book or Movie? Book, always.
Morning or Night? Morning. I get up at 2 am ( chronic insomnia) and go to bed at 11 pm.
Print or Ebook? Both.
Summer or Winter? Summer.
Early or Late? Early, always.

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