Author: Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 19 Nov 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
What happens when a boxer finds chemistry with a geek?
Parker Brown can’t believe she needs to hire a fake boyfriend. When she landed her dream job in renewable energy, she thought she’d be entering a world at the forefront of progressive thinking. But the head boss prefers to promote employees who are “settled.” Thankfully, she’s found the perfect candidate, a fellow intellectual looking for some quick cash. What Parker gets is his protective big brother—Rhys Morgan. The tall, muscled ex-boxer with a foul mouth shows up just as her boss does, and now she’s stuck with the manipulative jerk.
Responsibility weighs heavily on Rhys. Now permanently out of the ring, he’s trying to hold together his late father’s gym and keep his younger brother, Dean, on the straight and narrow. To save Dean from himself, Rhys takes his place, ready to give this society girl a piece of his mind. Instead, he finds an opportunity. Even though they can hardly stand each other, posing as Parker’s boyfriend is a win-win deal. She gets to keep her job, and he’ll charm her star-struck boss into sponsoring his gym.
Problem is, they can barely keep their hands off each other. And what started as an easy deal isn’t so easy anymore. Because what future can a rough ex-boxer, afraid to open his heart, and a polished society geek, who has sworn off real relationships, possibly have?
They say opposites attract. These opposites are about to combust on impact.
Outmatched is utterly adorable with quirky characters and a whole lot of feels.
While Parker and Rhys may be complete opposites on the work front their core values are surprisingly similar. They tend to put others first even at their own expense. With their initial meeting being a tad unconventional considering Parker hired Rhys’ brother, Dean, to be her fake boyfriend in order to secure her current employment. Although this now falls on Rhys’ shoulders following their confrontation and Rhys requiring the money Parker is willing to pay.
There are sparks between Rhys and Parker from the beginning, even though they are both reluctant to entire into a relationship due to the external pressures they both face. However, the more time they spend together, they realise it would be a shame not to explore their compatibility for real.
The plot is multi-layered covering misogynistic work environments, the corruption of power and wealth alongside the very real danger of contact sports, in this case, boxing.
The characters including the peripheral ones are utterly endearing, and hopefully, the writing partnership between Samantha and Kirsten will continue and bring us more stories set in the Lights Out world.
Although there is a touch of angst within the narrative, it was obvious from the backstory and therefore, was easily moved on from 😁 in other words I did not feel the need to get stabby with any of the characters 😂
A heartwarming romance perfect for snuggling with on a dark night.