Today it’s back to Mandie who has a blog tour review of Perfect Match, the latest book from Zoe May. Thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting us to join the tour and to publisher, HQ Digital, for providing the advance copy for review. Here is that the book is about:
Can you ever find true love online?
Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…
After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.
Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?
A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!
I am going to say right from the start that I am so glad that when I was single that there was no such thing as Internet dating sites and that the way you met people was by actually going out and meeting them… you know socialising and all that. Maybe it’s just me and I am just old(ish), but I hate filling in questionnaires at the best of time and to be honest..who really fills them in truthfully? That being said I really enjoyed this book and found myself actually snorting with laughter at times.
Sophia is looking for Mr Right. And after disastrous date number 71 she agrees to let her flatmate sign her up to a new internet dating site. This time though she decides to put up a very tongue in cheek profile of what she is looking for…. You know self-made millionaire, must love animals, do charity work, look like Robert Pattinson… oh yeah and must have an 8inch penis. As you can imagine the really weird and wonderful of society answer and some of the responses she receives are either funny or downright creepy. When Daniel replies and seems to match all of her outlandish criteria he seems too good to be true. With her dead end job and small flat, what Daniel offers is everything that Sophia thought she wanted…but is it really?
I guess Sophia is like most people. We all have dreams at one time or another of having someone sweep us off our feet and change our lives, that perfect person. In her quest for finding “the one”, she does sometimes come across as a bit superficial but in the modern age where everyone and everything moves so fast the art of getting to know people somehow seems to have got lost. That being said she is very loyal to her friends, especially her elderly neighbour Lyn who has a taste for Jellied Eels and Come Dine with me. As her outlook on life and relationships change, so does her attitude to the various men in her life, from dishy Daniel to geeky Chris and she realises that maybe Mr Right doesn’t have to be Mr Perfect or Mr Prince Charming.
Although you know that Sophia is going to realise her error of judgement in the men she chooses you still can’t help but like this book. The characters are entertaining and Sophia’s friends and work colleagues are a hoot. The descriptions of the pregnant hamster sent my imagination into overdrive and I had visions of a furry version of Violet Beauregarde out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
This is the debut novel by Zoe May and if this is the promise of things to come then I look forward to what comes next.
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About the Author
Zoe May lives in south-east London and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She moved to London in her early twenties and worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
As well as writing, Zoe enjoys going to the theatre, walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading.
Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes
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