Tuesday, 20 October 2015

It's Got To Be Perfect by Haley Hill

Paperback Edition, 352 pages
Published September 10th 2015 by Mills & Boon
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb: "Ellie Rigby isn’t holding out for a hero; she just wants a decent guy.

But the promise of meeting thousands of ‘likeminded singles’ has come to nothing and she is fed up negotiating the minefield of one online dating disaster after another.

In a moment of clarity, Ellie realises that she must take matters into her own hands. Her mission? Reclaim Cupid’s bow from soulless software and become a matchmaker. As her client list grows, Ellie becomes an expert. She knows twenty eight is the most eligible age for a women, that most relationships fail and, most of all, that it’s got to be perfect.

Until a match with one of her clients changes everything…"

This book had a lot of the ingredients that made me think I would really enjoy it but it fell quite flat for me.

Unfortunately from the very first chapter I felt incredulous about the main character. Ellie, a scientist who has spent her entire career working in a laboratory, has had a series of bad dates so on the spur of the moment decides to quit her job and become a matchmaker. Chapter two sees her headhunting for men and women in all the poshest/trendiest bars in London, with a focus only on those who are the most attractive or wealthy. There's barely a mention of concern about whether she will build a client base or whether she can afford to live in the meantime.

The main focus of the book appears to be on looks. Are all men and women really that shallow? The vast majority of the women in the book are portrayed as being interested only in how wealthy the men were or how sexy, very little was mentioned about personality apart from focussing on a few of the male characters who would make inappropriate comments at every opportunity or who would only brag about the size of their appendages and on how important big breasts were.

A real low point of the book for me was when Ellie held her first matchmaking party and all the singles start practically having an orgy in the club, with multiple mentions of humping and hands going under various clothing... I think you get the picture.

The characters also all blurred together, I had to check back in the book to work out who some of the characters were and had little interest in who they actually ended up with.

On the plus side, it did make me laugh a few times but I couldn't tell you what happened in the book that actually made me laugh.

I wouldn't recommend this one unfortunately. 2 out of 5 from me.

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