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A man whose future is assigned. A heart that yearns to be free.

There’s a reason why Lee Kennedy is still in college - and it has nothing to do with his academic performance. He’s switched his major repeatedly and stalled on his Master’s thesis, but there’s only so much longer he can hold out. And once he graduates, it’s time to trigger the Algorithm.

Everyone in Lee’s family has allowed the Algorithm to match them with a spouse. As has everyone on his block. His neighborhood. In fact, everyone he’s ever known. Pairing with his own Algorithm match seems inevitable...until, at his sister’s wedding, he meets Roman.

The waiter lives in the Taxable District, a neighborhood that’s only a brief train ride away, but feels like another world. The seedy District is governed by different standards - different expectations - so it’s not exactly a surprise that Roman isn’t married. But it’s definitely a shock to taste his lips.

One forbidden encounter leaves Lee questioning everything. He longs for the freedom to choose not only his own partner, but his own destiny. When defying the Algorithm will cost Lee his livelihood, his family and his home, is he strong enough to take another path? 

This coming-of-age story will appeal to listeners who enjoy character-driven science fiction. It’s a complete standalone novella.

©2018 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2018 Jordan Castillo Price

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It’s chilling the possibilities for the future and how we’ll live. This is one is realistically chilling and yet, full of possibilities Lee has a lot of realisations to make, but he comes through like a boss! Roman well he’s just awesome. JCP is an awesome author, add in Joel Leslie and you have an incredible listen.

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So intriguing

I am in awe of Jordan Castillo Price’s skill at world building and Joel Leslie’s ability to make that world so vivid. This is so much more than a romance it is a journey of self discovery Lee has to take if he is ever to be happy. The concept of having your partner chosen by an algorithm, state arranged marriage, for the purpose of repopulating and no recourse was so intriguing it kept me hooked. I love Joel Leslie’s ability with voices. There are times when it seems there is more than just him narrating the story. I will definitely be listening to this book over and over again.

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Follow your heart!

Lee has avoided triggering the Algorithm that would see him married to a compatible woman, and when he meets Roman, he’ll try anything to subvert the system and be with him. Dystopian futures are not my favourite genre, but anything by JCP is totally worth it - she is the world-building queen! However, although this is set 200 years in the future, it didn’t seem any different from now except for the Algorithm and that felt jarring. I also didn’t quite connect with the two main characters like I usually do, but this is my first JCP stand-alone novel - maybe I’ve connected with all her other characters because I’ve had time to get to know them over a number of books. Given all that, the message was clear: people should be free to follow their hearts. 🎧 Joel Leslie gives his usual flawless narrative performance!

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A great story

I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's got great world building. However I'd class it as romance adjacent, while there is a relationship, at its heart this is about Lee breaking out of his preordained life to be true to himself and, at the same time, get his man. Joel Leslie gives an excellent performance and displays an array of voices.I Very enjoyable. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Stunning voyage of self discovery

This book has the most amazing world building and I am not usually a fan of dystopian type future stories, but I loved this one. The two main characters are both endearing and I was rooting for them from the outset. Lee is a perennial student, avoiding being matched with a wife by the algorithm. At his sister's wedding rehearsal dinner he meets Roman who turns his world upside down and encourages Lee to discover just who can be. Their journey to finding their future is both stressful and delightful, with a gorgeous HEA. The narration is stellar, as always with Joel Lesley. Highly recommended!

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Enjoyable but could have been even more

If this book was a bit longer and the author developed the couple’s initial scenes together to show more of an initial emotional connection between them, I think it could have easily been a 5 star review. I thought what was included in the book was great, and I loved that it was about the main character developing as an individual and I wouldn’t change that. However, it the scenes where the couple met and what happened after seemed so rushed that I didn’t get invested in them. I wanted a bit more insight into their personalities and for them to get to know each other a bit, so maybe a scene is needed where they have more of a conversation. Still good though and worth a listen. I’ve listened to a few of this author’s books and they’re all a bit short and lacking character development of anyone who isn’t the main character. I hope they develop as a writer over time as they have a great talent.

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  • Robert
  • 15-07-18

The Impefect Match is the the PERFET MATCH

Jordan Castillo Price can do no wrong in my book when it comes to creativity in her Stories, and how she tells the Story in her unique style with Wit, Heart and Humor. This Author spins a wonderful Story in this novel of a future world that is believable and where Romantic Matches are determined by a Mysterious System that matches couples for life. However, the heroes of the Story are about two Men who are able to transcend the System that would declare our Heroes as Imperfect Matches. Of course, the talented Joel Leslie does his usual magic as Narrator giving voice to the written word and Characters of Jordan Castillo Price. Ms. Price has been blessed also with the gifted Gomez Pugh, Narrator .in the Psych Cop Series!

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  • Trio
  • 04-10-19

Highly Enjoyable, Great Performance by Leslie

Jordan Castillo Price always finds a way to put a unique spin on dystopian society, and her Imperfect Match is a clever take on predestined mates. There’s wonderful world building in this one, which is no surprise to fans of Price’s other wonderful novels. Imperfect Match stands alone, and makes a fantastic audiobook. The audio edition is narrated by Joel Leslie, who makes full use of his extensive range of voices. There's a diverse group of characters in Imperfect Match which varies between the highly educated folks of the Benefit Sector and the low income residents of the Taxable District. I enjoyed the snark he infuses in the discourse between the two groups. It made for some terrific scenes, and Mr. Leslie makes the most of Price’s quick-witted dialogue. There’s a fair bit of tongue in cheek humor centering around the main character, Lee, and his excessive reluctance to committing to a loveless marriage. I enjoyed watching him step outside his cloistered world and find a way out of his predestined future. It takes some real courage, but Lee seizes control of his life and works hard to find his happily-ever-after. Beautifully written, with interesting characters, and some fantastic love scenes, Jordan Castillo Price’s Imperfect Match is a winner! an audiobook copy of Imperfect Match was provided to me by the author for the purpose of my review

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  • susana
  • 19-09-19

I loved it

A single kiss can change your future forever… Lee Kennedy has never stopped to question his reluctance to finish his studies and start a family. Pampered and protected, he’s never wondered how the Tax Rats, the people outside the privileged “boomer” district, live. Sharing a forgiven kiss with Roman Sharp, tax rat and waiter at his sister’s wedding, makes him realise there are deep roots to his reluctance to trigger an algorithm and follow the path he is supposed to. But following his heart may risk his family, his career and his future for good. Is it worth it? I must recognise I’ve been completely enthralled by this story. In a dystopian society where your status determines your future, Lee goes through a journey to self discovery and acceptance. We find out the particularities of this society at the same time Lee does, although there are things which are only hinted at, not fully explained, that kept me very intrigued (like what happened in the past that led to this new concept of society). The main focus of the book is not the romantic relationship between Roman and Lee, which is really slow burn but plenty satisfactory at the end, it is Lee’s struggle to accept himself and to decide what role he wants to play in his own life. One of the things I liked the most about this story is the fact that there is no judgement, whatever path you decide to take, there is joy at the end. There is a HEA for Lee and Roman, but there is also a HEA for Emma and Howard. Joel Leslie’s narration was, as always, extraordinary. The anguish of Lee’s situation, his heartbreak, his fear, all those emotions transpire all long the story. The change of pitch and intonation between the posh boomers and the tax rats is also remarkable. It’s been a pleasure to listen to him bringing these characters to life with his performance I loved it.

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  • Voska
  • 17-08-20

Good story

The story is super good, interesting, and the author does great world building.However there were things that seemed a little unbelievable. Lee is smart and highly educated, yet he knows so little about the world, even in his own district. Second, we meet Roman in the beginning of the story and then we don’t see him again until the end. There is very little interaction between the two.

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  • Troy
  • 15-04-20

Great World Building

I'm a huge of JCP and love almost everything she writes. This one is no exception. There is a ton of world building here and it's unlike anything I've read. While I loved the main couple there wasn't a ton of romance. The slow burn of the relationship was absolutely perfect. Joel Leslie did another great job here. If you like his narration then you'll like this one too.

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  • Eugenia
  • 11-03-20

Joel Leslie is a PERFECT MATCH for JCP!!!

This is my second go at this story—the first being an ebook—and Joel Leslie’s narration made the dystopian world JUMP cristal clear into my brain! Where before I found the world building a bit weak and reliant on our own notions of what a super-controlling and divided dystopian world might look like; here I saw it all with the help of Joel Leslie. And I’m not discrediting JCP’s writing because it ROCKED! In fact, I’d love to have more stories staged in this world. ARE YOU LISTENING JORDAN CASTILLO PRICE?? More books in this world!!! Original ebook review: What a great, sci-fi novella from the always fabulous JCP! This was so much fun to read and slowly pick up on the interesting world-building she created for us in this futuristic, dystopianesque romance! It’s a classic divide of the haves and the have-nots. Yet it’s the have-nots who have freedom; the haves live a life dictated by the almighty Algorithm. Although JCP doesn’t truly flesh world out, she relies on reader’s pre-conceived ideas of what living in a completely predetermined society would look like. I’ll give her a pass on this one....but I would have liked more detail in this and of both our MC’s families, since they came from the opposite sides of the tracks, so to speak. Still, JCP showed us the two worlds rather than telling us about them—something which kept the pacing of the story clipping along. This work proved fun and light despite the dystopian type setting. We got some heat between our MCs and got to see our Boomer (the haves) lose his V-card quite happily.....although it felt somewhat rushed. Still, JCP is one of my favorite authors in MM romance and I’ll happily read anything she writes! Enjoy....I sure did!

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  • Georgiana
  • 03-10-19

Boomers and Tax Rats

What an interesting take on matching up couples through an algorithm. Lee, a boomer, doesn’t want to get married so he stays in school for as long as he can. Roman, a tax rat, who lives outside the district Lee’s from changes Lee’s life with a simple yet powerful kiss. Now Lee is on a new path, one of change, acceptances, and possibly love. I was captivated with this story and the wonderful world Lee and Roman lived in. Though there was romance between the two men, this story follows Lee and his new revelations and how he handles them. I really liked both men, but Roman was definitely the one who stood out for me. There was a moment or two I had a laugh out loud moment which surprised me as the story had more of a gentle yet serious tone. I found the writing style unique and can’t wait to hear more form JCP. Joel Leslie did a wonderful job creating a flawless performance. He brought these characters to life making me feel all the emotions. I loved that he changed his voice for each character and was distinct with his accents between the boomers and the tax rats.

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  • alias11
  • 03-10-19

Dystopian MM Romance

This is an interesting take on have and have-not, class differences, and the price of freedom. Lee starts out as the product of a society where marriages are determined by the Algorithm. Intrinsically, he resists the cold formality of it and has prolonged his education to prevent triggering his own match. He has an awakening when he meets Roman from the tax district and experiences a bewilderingly different life where people make their own choices. I liked the attraction and chemistry between Lee and Roman, but I wanted a bit more back-ground about how people ended up in one class or the other and how the Algorithm came about in the first place. That said, it's an enjoyable listen, and it shows how creative people will find a way to achieve their happiness. I really appreciated Lee's concern that somewhere out there his mate was languishing because of his resistance. That was very sweet. The narration by Joel Leslie was very good, and I had no trouble distinguishing the different characters' voices. I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook via Audiobook Boom and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • MayBae
  • 26-09-19

Very impressed.

I’ve never tried Price’s work before, although I admit I’ve been curious. I tend to lean more towards paranormal than science fiction, but I’m always willing to try something new. Plus...Joel Leslie, enough said. I’m pretty sure I would listen to Joel Leslie read the dictionary and consider it a good use of my time. When I received this audiobook from Ms. Price, she mentioned how the story came into existence although it didn’t make much sense at the time. Looking back, what occurred from the writing prompts “wedding” and “utopia” was far more than I could have ever imagined. I like shorter audiobooks (less than 6 hours) and that means an author has to really keep me engaged and make the story pop and sizzle in a limited amount of time. This far exceeded what I expected. I almost feel like the romantic elements between Lee and Roman were the background of the story and that most of it centered around Lee realizing just what kind of society he was born into. However, the reason Lee started paying attention was because of Roman, so everything tied together well. I also openly admit that halfway through the story, I was sure there was no way Ms. Price could develop it into even a HFN. How the ending came about just proved how immensely gifted a writer she really is. Bravo! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kat Flores
  • 26-09-19

Thoughtful and so very cool!

This is a cool take on arranged marriage in the future. I’m not crazy about hard core sci-fi so thank goodness this isn’t that. It’s more of what would it look like if people of a certain class all get partnered based on an algorithm instead of free will and choice. I’m still waiting to find out what happened to birth the algorithm that drives everything, so that is odd. Lee is a guy desperately trying to avoid the algorithm. He doesn’t want to marry, but the taxes imposed on his family if he doesn’t are astronomical. So here comes Roman, a man giving Lee practical advice on his brother of the bride speech and information. Information is Lee’s catnip. And oooh! My catnip is cool metaphors. Lee balks at drinking vodka straight. So Roman takes a knife, jabs at the ice sculpture of flowers and flicks off a petal, which he gives to Lee. Then he licked his thumb and smoothed over the spot so it blends. So yeah, he just chipped off a bit of Happiness, Hope and Love and handed it to Lee. Insert hearts in eyes here. Okay, I will confess that I didn’t catch the subtext until the second listen and found even more on the fourth. 😋 Hehe. I love it when an entertaining story can be re-read and enjoyed in different ways many times over. And I soooo enjoyed this story. I was not a fan of the narrator’s performance, though. Lee’s voice reminded me of Thurston Howell III from Gilligan’s Island during the first listen because it sounds querulous and posh. Sigh. I mean, it fits the character like it should so I can’t hate it. The accent didn’t deter me from listening to this story multiple times and it won’t stop me from doing so in the future. I CAN hope for a sexier voice for the MC’s. That’s the only reason the performance is a 4.5 instead of 5. Overall, Joel Leslie is very good at bringing the story to life. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."