Friday, July 3, 2015

Miss Match - Laurelin McGee

Miss Match
Laurelin McGee
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Jun 30 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250059185

Fired and unable to obtain a position in her field due to her last employee’s horrific blackballing “reference”, out of work marketing analyst Andrea Dawson chose between paying the Internet bill and a new suit needed for job interviews.  Her baby sister Lacey insists Andy answers a personal ad in the newspaper placed by a man seeking a wife.  Though she believes her potential client seeks a pimp, Andy applies and to her surprise businessman Blake Donovan hires her to find him a spouse who meets his required, stringent and specific criteria.

Andy’s first reaction to Blake is that he is a heartless Mr. Robot (not the TV series) and his first impression of her is that she is a free spirit lunatic.  As she finds him perfect female after female, he keeps rejecting them.  Neither wants to face the truth; that the woman he desires as his wife is his matchmaker and the woman he wants as his wife is his matchmaker.

The key to this entertaining screwball comedic romance is Blake who over the course of the plot goes from a person who seemingly never used his heart to a likable Pinball Wizard (The Who).  On the other hand irresponsible Andy is a fun protagonist in a sort of Holly Golightly (Truman Capote's Moon River) way.  Readers will enjoy this lighthearted farce as the matchmaker makes him a match.

Harriet Klausner

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