Spotlight & Giveaway: Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk

Posted December 8th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 38 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Jennifer Shirk to HJ!

Hi Jennifer and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Wrong Brother, Right Match!

Thanks for having me!!

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

wrong-brother-right-matchA matchmaker, who doesn’t trust her own instincts about men, comes up with the perfect matchmaking software, only to have both tested when she meets her fiancé’s brother.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Kennedy Pepperdine’s life could not be more perfect. Well, technically it could be, she supposed. That half-baked rival matchmaking firm that opened up six months ago could go belly-up, and then her life really would be set.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • This book was originally titled Perfect on Paper.
  • There is a scene where Kennedy eats chicken wings with a knife and fork—much to the dismay of Matt, who thinks it’s un-American. I got the idea when we hosted a French exchange student. She ate hot wings with a knife and fork, and we teased her about it.
  • A lot of the charming Christmas happenings in the fake town of the book,
  • I got from my actual town of Ocean City, New Jersey.


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Kennedy is a savvy business woman and very smart for being so young—except when it comes to her own love life! She would do anything to become a part of a loving family. Matt is an old soul. Ever since his father passed away, he’s made it is number one priority to take care of his mom and siblings. He’s been burned by love so is a bit cynical about it, but Kennedy slowly changes his mind about that.

I’m surprised Kennedy was able to resist Matt for as long as she did!

First Kiss…

Ironically enough. They share their first kiss in the first chapter. LOL

Matt didn’t move. The elevator was going to open soon. They would be free to leave separately or leave together. There was still a choice. Growing up, he had always been the one to toe the line. Do what was right for everyone else in his life. But so help him, he didn’t want to do that this time. Maybe it was the alcohol, but he wanted her. True, the woman had a boyfriend—a neglectful boyfriend—but still, there were rules for that sort of thing, weren’t there? Like what if…
Screw it.
He kissed her.
And oh man, she tasted just as good as she smelled. He’d known she would. He pushed his tongue against hers, wanting to taste more, his blood pulsing through his veins making him drunk with need. It wasn’t the alcohol in his system. He couldn’t stop kissing her, her mouth, her smooth neck. She wasn’t protesting. In fact, she grabbed his shirt and yanked, slowly running her shaking hands over his stomach. He wasn’t sure who was going to go up in flames first. Nor did he care.


Did any scene have you crying or laughing while writing it?  

Yes! LAUGHING. The chicken wing scene! 

Matt’s face fell, and the wing he had between his fingers dropped to his plate with a thunk. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
Kennedy finished chewing then swallowed. “Same as you. Eating chicken wings.”
“No. No,” he repeated, shaking his head. “Look, city girl, that is not how you eat chicken wings.”
“Well, I’m doing it anyway.” She stuck her fork into another piece of meat, placed it in her mouth, then smiled tightly for emphasis.
“I can’t witness any more of this.” Matt placed a hand over his eyes. “Stop right now. People know me here, for crying out loud.”
“What in the world are you so worked up about?”
“The knife-and-fork thing. You do not eat chicken wings with a knife and fork. What, are you from France? You pick one up, like so,” he said, taking one in between both his hands, “bring it to your mouth, and take a bite like every other red-blooded American.”
She frowned. “I know that, but then I’ll get sauce all over my fingers and face.”
“Yes! Exactly. Thank you,” he huffed, glancing at the ceiling.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

I would definitely use the scene where Kennedy and Matt meet several months after they’d shared a kiss and now realize that Kennedy is engaged to Matt’s brother. It’s a terribly awkward situation but also shows fun interaction and an underlying chemistry. 

Kennedy was the first to cave. “Well…this is…this is kind of awkward.”
Awkward. That word didn’t seem to do the situation justice, but it was a start. Matt rested his thumbs in the front pockets of his jeans and regarded her closely. “I’m assuming the boyfriend issues you were having when I met you in Vegas involved Justin?”
She paused just a fraction of a second. So briefly that he would have missed it altogether if he had chosen to blink just then. “Yes.”
Well, at least the woman was honest.
“Everything all magically resolved now?”
She frowned—actually had the nerve to look at him like he was out of his mind. “I wouldn’t say magically resolved. Yes, we had some minor issues with our relationship, but we worked them out.”
“Well, you certainly didn’t kiss me like a woman who just had minor relationship issues.”
“You know,” she said, lowering her voice and jabbing her glasses back up her nose, “if I remember correctly, it was you who kissed me.”
“And if I remember correctly, it was you who kissed me back.”
She gasped. “I did not.”
“Did, too”
“You grabbed me.”
“You didn’t push me away.”
“I’d been drinking.”
“Not that much.”
Folding her arms, she stomped her foot. “I was under undue stress from being trapped in an elevator thousands of feet up in the air. And that kiss was so brief, I can’t believe you’re making such an issue out of it. I barely even remember it.”
Oh, he remembered it all right. Unfortunately.


If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Kennedy: OMG, trust your instincts! And your friends and co-workers! It would saved her a lot of heartache and hurt feelings all around.

Matt: You are a good guy and deserve love. You should have told Kennedy how you felt a lot sooner. Again, it would have helped Kennedy sort through hers sooner too.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

Working on a new Bliss series, involving two friends who find love in the workplace.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Excerpt from Wrong Brother, Right Match:

Kennedy grew silent again. She began chewing her bottom lip. His eyes automatically dropped to her mouth, and for the forty-eighth time since being trapped together, he thought about kissing some sense into that anxious brain of hers.
“You’re right.” Her words were so soft, he wasn’t sure she’d spoken them. “He’s wonderful. Really awesome. But honestly…” She gave him a sharp if slightly tipsy look. “I’ve never said this to anyone, so you can’t tell a soul.”
He gave her a droll look. “Who am I going to tell?”
She stared him down for several seconds as if judging his sincerity. “Cross your heart?”
“Cross my heart,” he repeated, making the motion against his chest.
“Okay.” She bit her lip. “It’s just that…sometimes I doubt we’re meant for each other.”
“Yes. I know it’s crazy,” she murmured. “Especially since I can’t afford for my software to be wrong.”
Before he could respond, the lights overhead flickered. Her head whipped up toward the ceiling. “Thank God!” The elated expression on her face reminded him of a child watching fireworks go off. “We’re finally going to get out of here,” she squealed.
“Yeah…awesome.” Matt swallowed hard. He should be happy, too. Why the hell wasn’t he happy? He’d finally be out of this cramped elevator and away from this anxiety-ridden woman with her boyfriend issues. But instead, all he could do was bank down a strange sense of disappointment at the thought of her walking through those elevator doors and him never seeing her again.
He stood first then held out his hand to help her up. Her palm met his, and he tugged just as the elevator began to move again, causing them to lose their balance. His back slammed against the wall, and she fell into his arms.
“Nice catch,” she said with a laugh, obviously still feeling the effects of the champagne.
Matt held on to her, his heart beating wildly. Having her in his arms ignited all kinds of thoughts, all kinds of feelings. Naughty thoughts. Good feelings. His gaze captured hers for a long moment until eventually her smiling face grew serious, too. Then his conscience tapped him on the shoulder.
What the hell do you think you’re doing? it said. You’ve both been drinking. And she has a boyfriend.
He’d always hated his conscience.
Matt didn’t move. The elevator was going to open soon. They would be free to leave separately or leave together. There was still a choice. Growing up, he had always been the one to toe the line. Do what was right for everyone else in his life. But so help him, he didn’t want to do that this time. Maybe it was the alcohol, but he wanted her. True, the woman had a boyfriend—a neglectful boyfriend—but still, there were rules for that sort of thing, weren’t there? Like what if…
Screw it.
He kissed her.

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Book Info:

Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except…when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.
Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed “right match” might just be the wrong brother.

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Meet the Author:

Jennifer ShirkJennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC’s Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

Lately she’s been on a serious exercise kick. But don’t hold that against her.

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38 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk”

  1. Colleen C.

    I am an oddball, I will only eat boneless and with no sauce… with or without a fork.

  2. erinf1

    i have a thing about eating with my hands, so I use a fork and knife as much as possible 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  3. Jen B

    I don’t eat chicken wings, but I would use my hands, I saw my grandad use a knife and fork once, and half the meat was still on the bones when he was done.

  4. Beverly S

    I don’t eat chicken wings but if I did it would be ” nice and fork.. don’t like bones in meat.

  5. Ellen C.

    Both–depends on how much sauce is on them, and whether or not I want to wreck the shirt I’m wearing.

  6. Cynthia P

    Definitely hands. I like the little drummettes the best, but haven’t had a good tasting one in a long time.

  7. Meredith Miller

    I like boneless ones, and I eat them with a fork. I have a thing about sticky fingers.

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