|Overall: 4.4 ҉ ||Matchmakers 2.0 (A Novel Nibbles title) by Debora Geary |
Mick - guppy scientist and victim of her self-inflicted dating adventures.
Miri - astrology whiz and promoter of steamy sex for the greater good.
Derrick - data genius and life idiot.
Meet the match team at MatchMakers.com, the web 2.0 online-dating service with a personal touch.
Can Mick lead her team, find a guy, and finally win Match the Loser? Enjoy a little humor, a little romance, and occasional trivia about guppies.
Matchmakers 2.0 is humorous romance with a chick-lit flavor.
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Debora Geary proves that a good story can be delivered in a small package, or rather, a "novel nibble". In roughly 20,000 words, we follow the antics of Derrick, Miri, and Mick, a quirky group of matchmakers with very different approaches towards the process. This year, Mick finds herself pulled into the fray and discovers what it's like on the client end of Matchmakers 2.0.
This novelette is refreshingly successful in its delivery of pure chick lit. Humor gives it that sense of buoyancy, while the writing itself manages to be accessible without becoming simplistic. The story is concise enough to be canvassed fully within the length of the book, and the plot follows a logical progression. In short, Matchmakers 2.0 is fun, flirty, and perfect for an afternoon at the beach. (I think I just quoted a magazine tagline. Whoops.)
Getting back to the humor, I feel a pressing need to elaborate. This is an area in which many chick lit authors tend to overdo the comedy, creating situations that are more ludicrous than they are endearing or funny. Not so with this book. From "pants on fire" filtering for clients to love interest Sam's unusual occupation, everything is delivered in such a way that it makes complete sense but still makes you want to laugh out loud.
In case the cover hasn't made it patently obvious, yes this is a light, "fluffy" read. It will not have you obsessing over themes and mulling over plot points for days to come. It will, however, keep you happily entertained through your lunch break or morning commute without leaving you too emotionally strung out to be productive afterwards.
(Review copy provided by the author)