Reading Time: 4 minutes
After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles’ scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she’s dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover agent who tracks illegal exotic animals, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities.
Giving them each her signature “pants speech”—her pants aren’t coming off unless she has a real connection with someone—she desperately wants to push past the awkward small-talk phase to find true love, but finding “the one” is starting to feel impossible. That is, until she meets Luke, who is sophisticated, funny, and not to mention, hot. Alison finds herself falling for Luke harder than any guy she’s dated and finally letting her walls down, but will he stick around or move on to his next match?
Match Made in Manhattan is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relatable debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end.
First Line: “‘Yes!! Of course I will!!’ I squeal.”
That electric, fiery touch, the goo-goo eyes and endless romantic dates … who doesn’t want a piece of that? Match Made in Manhattan is an endearing compilation of dates. Some are hilarious and some are totally bizarre, but you never know what you’re going to find in New York, especially when your only means of meeting men is via the internet! Alison joins an online dating site and we follow her through some good — and terribly awkward — romantic encounters. There is a plateau in this book, and although it’s an enjoyable, fast-paced read, the choppiness and lack of climax may deter readers who are looking for an “oh, my heart!” romance.
Sculpted from her own personal experience with online dating, Amanda Stauffer has embodied what dating is like in the digital age: unexpected, fast-paced and a journey of self-discovery. The character of Alison is newly single and ready to mingle, except she has no idea where to start since her last relationship was a flop. She sees that Match.com has a six-month deal, so she takes it. One failed date after the next, Alison is convinced that she is destined to be single forever — that is, until she meets Luke. Has she finally hit bedrock? While there is chemistry and passion — and she’s actually attracted to him! — is he just another looter out for her heart? Another inevitable disappointment? (SKYHORSE, Jan., 320 pp., $15.99)