Formerly published in the Romantic Interludes anthology. Now available for the first time as a stand-alone short story.
Emily Valentine is a matchmaker who doesn’t believe in love.
Well, at least not the hearts and flowers, see-your-soulmate-across-a-crowded-room-and-the-world-stands-still kind of love. No, Emily is a pragmatist – a scientist – and she’s abandoned her family’s tradition of matchmaking based on instinct and uncanny intuition for a more scientific approach to pairing people up.
Emily believes love is more about compatibility and common interests than anything mystical.
But a run-of-the-mill job turns her world on end when swoony cake designer Sam Cavanaugh pops up as a potential match for her newest client. The attraction she feels for him throws a wrench in her plans, but she’s not going to succumb without a fight.
Emily is nothing if not practical. And reasonable. But she’s about to learn that sometimes the best things in life…are neither.
I’ve liked T.M. Franklin since I read her More Trilogy, specially the relationship between her protagonists Ava and Caleb (Caleb is just really cute) and I picked up A Piece of Cake hoping for the same thing. And I was not disappointed.
Emily Valentine owns a successful matchmaking company, Perfect Match. But while she comes from a family of psychics who use their abilities to bring couples together, and she herself has it, Emily keeps it hidden and worse, she doesn’t really believe in love. She uses science, psychology and algorithms. After arranging a meet and greet for a client, she meets baker Sam Cavanaugh, who, her program states, is a perfect match for her client. But why does she seem attracted to him?
This is a cute story, about how love can’t be placed in a test tube or even written in an algorithm. I liked how Franklin used the contrast of something precise as science and as inaccurate as instinct (or psychic abilities) in measuring and determining love. At the same time, she also proves that these elements can work together and maybe, help nudge love along the way. But my favourite theme in the book is about embracing who you are and taking risks.
“Do you want to risk missing out on the best thing in your life because you’re afraid?”
Sometimes, past experiences can scar and cause people to be cautious, but it can also hinder one’s development. This is Emily, after a sad experience with her father. When she allowed her abilities to flare “..wild with abandon and finally allowed to run free. It filled her – surrounded her—with a feeling of love, rightness, and of absolute peace.” Emily accepts that that unlike science, love can’t really be measured, and like her abilities, it has to be trusted. And it is in faith whether or not it does work out, you come out a better person to have actually experienced it. And that’s romance, T.M. Franklin style.
T.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards. She’s since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories…and there’s always more on the way.