The Matchmaker's Royal Mess by Frieda J. Downing

The First Three Dates #2
romance, adult, contemporary
November 25, 2022
number of pages

Hattie Montague's life got seriously derailed at the end of high school when she got falsely accused of a crime. 

Since then she has taken a job as a backcountry guide and feels more at a place in the middle of nowhere than with people.

Then she does a favour for a friend and looks after a matchmaking office for a little while, while she is on honeymoon. What could go wrong? 

Well, it all starts with an overly complicated boba order, when she runs into her old nemesis, who still stirs some feelings in her. Turns out the guy she used to crush on until he messed up big time is actually royalty. And on a mission to retrieve what was stolen from him. 

It's a fairytale romance story, with a spin, suspense and a whole lot of romance. 

The writing is so good! I was sucked into the story and couldn't put it down. The characters just jump from the pages, I felt like I was right there in the middle of the story.

I don't think I ever read anything quite like it. The MC is unique, hilarious and weird (and funny) stuff just happens around her. Including a mishap with a loose sheep, a strict landlord, a mysterious disease and flying pizza. :)

It's a very, very fun book to read, but also so romantic. :)

Highly recommend it to fans of romantic comedies and characters that are actually unique. :)


She’d rather give a mountain lion a bikini wax than mess with love again.

Been there, went viral, never going back. Hattie Montague’s life as a backcountry guide for the spoiled and famous suits her just fine, thanks. It’s the only place she feels completely safe being herself. So what if she has nightmares that she can only speak squirrel and craves pine cones for breakfast? It beats leaving yourself vulnerable to humans. Fine, all of them aren’t bad. She likes probably three, so when one needs her help, she drags herself back to civilization. If she can navigate white water rapids, she can babysit a matchmaking office for a weekend. It’s not like she’ll have to deal with people or, you know, be nice. Ew.

Alexander Greye ruined her life ten years ago. Not his proudest moment. Known as the Winter Warlocke, he’s a man born and raised to lead a country with logical precision. Yet around her, he can’t seem to think rationally. He’s never met anyone who dives into the unknown like she does or tames chaos like she can. In a world as perfectly controlled as his, that makes her irresistible and utterly dangerous. And he’s willing to risk it all to thaw his frozen heart.

It’s half past too late when he realizes his carefully laid plans to win her over covered everything except the theft of the Crown Jewels, an abandoned mine where they’d have to face their deepest fears, and the betrayal that forces them to let go.Quite literally.

Warning: Not for the faint of heart. Sassy romantic adventure, with instances of chaos, misunderstandings, and feels. Oh, and the occasional sheep. Sparks will fly, it’s gonna get awkward, and the Happily-Ever-After will be well-earned.

about the author

Nice to meet you. I’m Frieda. I write sweet contemporary romance as well as romantic adventure.

I blame it on my childhood babysitters. For some reason they thought I shouldn’t ride our family’s buffalo. Believe me, I was just as shocked as you. Though I never did get that buffalo ride, I found plenty of other creative outlets for my adventure needs. Some were good clean fun, some got me kicked out of various and sundry events, and others ended with me getting lost in catacombs. (Not metaphorically speaking. Somewhere there’s an Austrian catacomb caretaker? guy whom I owe dinner and a large apology.)

I like to think I’ve gotten a tiny bit wiser.

I married my best friend and dove head first into the magnificent cyclone known as raising kids. I mountain bike every chance I get, lose my coffee cup daily, and bake a mean lemon merengue pie, if I do say so myself. I may indulge in shenanigans on a regular basis, but I plead the fifth every time.

I suppose it’s important to me that you know how very much I love us crazy, broken humans. We dream so big. We try so hard. Yet somehow, so often, things just go terribly, horribly wrong.

That’s where my books begin… because that’s where the real love story’s found. I hope you enjoy reading them. Most of all, I wish you adventure, joy, and more love than you knew was possible,


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  1. This sounds like a really entertaining and fun read! Lovely review! :)


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