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Matthew Caldwell is NYC's most eligible bachelor. 

Charming. 

Gorgeous. 

Wealthy. 

Great with kids. 

Broken. 

Sixteen years ago, he lost everything. He made a vow to never love again. But suddenly everyone in his life is acting like a matchmaker. He can't help but wonder if a broken vow is better than a broken heart. 

There's just one problem. Only one woman in the city has caught his attention. And it's the only woman he can't have.

©2021 Ivy Smoak (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • 21-05-2021

Seriously!?!?!!!

I was so excited for this book to be published. The ending of the last book was a major cliffhanger. So, I could hardly wait to see if Brooklyn was still alive or not.

This entire book was so frustrating though! I almost didn't even finish it, but I had waited so long to find out what happened and we were promised that Matt would get his happy ending.

By the end of the book I was seriously pissed off with yet another major cliffhanger and nothing really resolved. And the next book isn't slated to be published until next May!!

That's ridiculous and I just don't care anymore. I've read all of the books in the series, but no more.

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  • B. Roscoe
  • 20-05-2021

The Untouchables Are All Grown Up! Grab A Tissue.

Grab A Tissue As Matt’s Story Begins In Earnest With His Own POV Sixteen Years After Brooklyn’s Death. Matt – The Only Remaining Untouchable Bachelor – Gets Help From Penny, Who Hopes To Play Matchmaker. But Penny Reminds Him Of Brooklyn, So Spending Time With Her Is Dangerous. Be Prepared For A Few Big Surprises.


Empire High Matchmaker is the emotional fourth book in the Empire High series. The first three books in the series take place while the Untouchables are in high school, and book three’s ending is devastating. The series is Matt’s story, but it has been almost entirely told from Brooklyn’s POV to this point. This book picks sixteen years later in Matt’s POV.

Chronologically, the characters in Empire High have gone on to other series in the interim, prior to the time Empire High’s book four takes place. Keeping with the basics, though, the following books take place and advance the overall story following book three of this series:

1. Temptation (James Hunter and Penny Taylor’s story, part 1)
2. Addiction (James Hunter and Penny Taylor’s story, part 2)
3. City of Sin (Mason Caldwell and Bridget Cowen’s story)
4. Eruption (James Hunter and Penny Taylor’s story, part 3)
5. Third Chances (Rob Hunter and Daphne Hughes’s story)
6. Devotion (James Hunter and Penny Taylor’s story, part 4)
7. Missing Pieces (Tyler Stevens and Hailey Shaw’s story)
8. The Light to my Darkness (James and Penny Hunter, part 1)
9. A Whirlwind of Color (James and Penny Hunter, part 2)
10. This Is Love (James and Penny Hunter, part 3)

FROM EMPIRE HIGH MATCHMAKER, BOOK FOUR:

This book opens sixteen years later in the fall.

Matthew Caldwell, thirty-two, has to keep busy. Like the other Untouchables, after graduating from Empire High he went on to attend Harvard where he studied finance. He took over for his father as CEO of MAC International, a job that had originally been intended for his older brother Mason. He enjoys throwing himself into his work. In his off hours he works out, improves him home, and for the last several years he has been the volunteer assistant football coach at Empire High. With Coach Carter’s retirement, Matthew has now taken over as head coach. Empire has a winning team under his direction, and the pressure is on to score points. Still, Matt takes a stand this year when he takes Henry Jefferson under his wing. Jefferson is the only freshman on the varsity team, and it isn’t clear why Matt keeps him on as their kicker. The kid always misses. But Matt has a soft spot for Jefferson because he is a scholarship kid, like Brooklyn had been. Matt hopes that by making him into a winner, the other kids at school will embrace him.

When he goes home at the end of the day, Matt works on improving his house. The problem is that he is almost done and it is a perfect home for a family. He had dreamed of having that one day with Brooklyn. Matt made a promise to her that he intends to keep, and in keeping his commitment to her, a wife and family will never be in the cards for him. He never invites anyone to his home, where he keeps a room devoted to Brooklyn’s memory. He hangs out with Mason, James, and his best friend Rob, but there has been a lot of change in recent years. They have all found a happy ending, something that was taken from him. It is a bitter pill to swallow at times. He hates being the third wheel, but he loves all his nieces and nephews. And he loves Penny. Penny reminds him most of Brooklyn’s personality, and the animosity he sometimes feels towards James has him occasionally acting rather recklessly. He knows there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed, but sometimes it is hard to remember why.

Therapy didn’t do Matthew much good over the years, and per Matt’s request the guys still don’t talk about the past, about Brooklyn. He found a friend that listens, though, a friend who also lost someone he loved. Tanner Rhodes is also Matt’s best friend. Neither Tanner nor Rob like sharing Matt, which leads to a lot of crazy drama. With Tanner’s encouragement, Matt takes up Penny’s offer to help set him up on a date. She wants to play matchmaker, but he just wants the excuse to spend time with her. But Tanner being Tanner, he wants to be matchmaker, too.

Things get complicated when Poppy Cannavaro shows up at Matt’s office one day. Isabella’s cousin not only resembles her in her looks, but also in her craziness. Poppy delivers a letter from her uncle, Richard Pruitt, who was Brooklyn’s father. Apparently Richard has been asking to meet with Matt for years, and Matt consistently ignores his requests, blaming him for what happened years ago. Matt has been wondering if it has something to do with the mountain of paperwork he signed when he was with Brooklyn – and wonders what kind of obligations he might be on the hook for yet. While there are still outstanding questions, Poppy makes one thing very clear before she leaves: if he doesn’t cooperate, something might happen to Scarlett.

As Matt struggles with the idea of moving on, he suddenly finds himself caught up in the past. Richard Pruitt is impossible to read and not at all to be trusted, and the same goes for his niece, Poppy. Matt is being pulled in different directions. Scarlett’s safety could depend upon him, but there is a lot that remains unresolved between him and James which further complicates matters. And when Kennedy returns to town, she brings with her a flood of old memories that threaten to distract him. Matt’s life of hotels and one night stands wasn’t a life he fully embraced but a life that helped him get by. Indulging Penny’s desire to play matchmaker opens him up to a whirlwind of mixed feelings and risk taking, which leave him off his game when Richard Pruitt finally gets serious about getting Matt’s attention. Kennedy’s entrance brings back all the memories of Brooklyn and Empire High that Matt has tried to get past. His memories of Kennedy are so closely linked with his memories of Brooklyn that Kennedy feels like home to him. As Matt warms to the idea of a second chance at love after Brooklyn, Kennedy might just be the next best thing. This book ends with a twist the changes everything!

A few issues merit mention. *Spoilers* I have to say I expected things going differently here – and I hope things yet go the way I had hoped! Hang in there, because this book is basically the setup for book five. Three books written in Brooklyn’s POV make it hard to embrace Matt with anyone else. I have to believe that because those first three books are written in her POV but that the series is Matt’s story, that is basically a really big hint about the direction of the overall story.

There are a few old characters as well as a couple that are new to the story that are summarized below.

Mason Caldwell is now about thirty-four and runs his own successful advertising firm with his wife Bee.

James Hunter is now about thirty-four and is a self-made billionaire thanks to his tech startups. Following the success of his first company he pleased his parents by marrying Isabella. He sincerely tried to make it work but the marriage ended when he discovered her cheating. He had suffered from addiction since a teen and then decided to follow his therapist’s advice to make some change in his life. He chose to step back into a more rewarding and less stressful role as a college professor. He met his wife Penny while teaching. She is now about twenty-seven. She is an aspiring author and mother of two. Their daughter Scarlett is roughly four years old and a handful. Liam is their infant son.

Rob Hunter, roughly thirty-two, decided to find himself after Harvard since he didn’t have any specific goals. He spent years living off of his parents’ money and travelling. After James and Penny left the University of New Castle, he stayed behind and used their condo as his home base for several years. When in Costa Rica on James’s bachelor party weekend getaway, he ran into a girl he had admired from a distance back in New Castle. Daphne is a high school math teacher and uniquely capable of putting up with his wild and flirty behavior. They have a daughter named Sophie, about four years old, and little RJ is an infant. Their kids are roughly the same ages as James and Penny’s.

Tyler Stevens, roughly twenty-nine, was not an Untouchable. He was, however, an integral part of Penny’s life and appears in the book. The pair are very close friends. After pining after her for years, he found true love with Hailey on a road trip. Their son Axel is roughly four and smitten with Penny’s daughter, Scarlett.

Tanner Rhodes is super wealthy and has an extravagant lifestyle. He now owns Club Onyx, a kinky private club which Mason and his wife had originally opened. He claims that he makes love matches and it is all a little odd. Matt refuses to go because he has no interest in being matched. Tanner’s past is a little mysterious and his personality is rather unique. He apparently lost his first love and is in a situation similar to Matt’s. He is oddly obsessive about his friendship with Matt.

Get ready to see the Untouchables all grown up! Grab a tissue as Matt’s story begins in earnest with his own POV sixteen years after Brooklyn’s death. Matt – the only remaining Untouchable bachelor – gets help from Penny, who hopes to play matchmaker. But Penny reminds Matt of Brooklyn, so spending time with her is dangerous. Be prepared for a few big surprises. The story is well-written. The plot is quite complex and layered. The characters are carefully crafted and three-dimensional. The book is written in first person in Matt’s POV, with one chapter in Kennedy’s POV. I rate this book four stars.

I received an advance copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

As for the Audio: it is well-performed and consistent with the book.

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  • Kathryn
  • 25-05-2021

laugh out loud funny!

I was laughing so hard at some of the antics. The female narrator really killed it for me in the end, she was too whiny/nasally.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-05-2021

you did it again ivy!!

The best part of your books are the epic cliffhangers!!!! Highly recommend the empire high series this book helps you remember how much you love friendships of everyone and introducing Tanner and Nigel made me laugh out loud a lot!!!! Can't wait until your next 2 books!!!!

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  • JElliott
  • 24-05-2021

omg!

I need more! I need to know the rest! I neednto know how it ends!

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  • Marisa P
  • 23-05-2021

Can’t wait for book 5

I’ve read the whole hunted series and all of empire high, I can’t wait for book 5 to come out to find out how the story continues. Thank you Ivy for all of your hard work!

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  • Lauri Brennan
  • 22-05-2021

conflicted

Ivy is a great writer so even though this book didn't go the way I hoped it would I'm confident that she will keep us going on an emotional rollercoaster with lots of laughs mixed in. I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-05-2021

Wow , I think I’m upset .

I have to wait a whole year for the next book I feel like G O T , the book is great.

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  • D Lopez
  • 21-05-2021

wow! and Amazing!

OMG! this book was amazing I never put it down.it had everything I thought it would and more.I laughed out loud and I also sobed out loud and the end just blow my mind Ivy Smoak you are amazing.

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  • C. Y.
  • 20-05-2021

Heartbreakingly Beautiful ❤️

Oh. My. Gosh! Deep down in my heart, I had hoped the ending would turn out that way, but I am still blown away! I can’t give away too much because that would ruin the story, but this book was truly epic! It pulled at your heart strings, and it made you laugh out loud. I love that she brought back some of the old characters, and the new ones were fantastic. I fell in love with Tanner! He was hilarious, especially his scenes with Rob. Those two need a book together of just their banter.

It was so hard reading about Matt not being able to move on from Brooklyn’s death. It made his behavior at James’ bachelor party make more sense now. The hate that he kept in his heart was another factor of him not being able to move on with life. I did love the fact that he chose to go back to high school to teach football and try to make a difference there. How can you not love him?

There are a lot of surprises and twists in the story. Every time I read one of Ivy‘s books, she just seems to be getting better and better. I think this is one of my favorites, but I say that about all her books when I finish them. I’m just so sad we have to wait until 2022 to find out what happens next. How in the heck is she going to fix it?

I was given this ARC for an early review, and I left my review voluntarily.

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  • Ande-n
  • 21-05-2021

wow

I loved all the last 3 empire high books so as soon as I could I pre ordered the matchmaker. It didn't disappoint. I can't wait for the next empire high book. Brilliant story.

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