Manhattan glitterati with a desire to find the perfect mate have a new champion in matchmaker Vanessa Carlson. With her fledgling business giving her biggest rival – friend and mentor Althea Sevalas – a run for the money, Vanessa’s services are definitely a hot commodity. To prove once and for all who’s the best matchmaker in town, Vanessa and Althea enter into a competition to see who can score downtown playboy Mark Grayson as their client and send him walking down the aisle. Once a winner is crowned in this very public endeavor, there will be no question as to who rules Manhattan’s matrimonial mergers. But emotions often have a will of their own, and Vanessa learns that rules don’t always apply.
A Match Made on Madison is the first book in Dee Davis’s re-released Manhattan Chronicles. Don’t miss Set-Up in SoHo the second book in the series.
Davis, known for her romantic suspense novels, segues easily into chick lit, providing a glitzy read that's equal parts Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and "Page Six." For hotshot haute matchmaker Vanessa Carlson, marriage is "a binding contract that will yield dividends for both," and love, if it strikes, is a quaint bonus. On her own after apprenticing to matchmaking innovator Althea Sevalas, Vanessa charges a $15,000 retainer and a grand a month for her services. Althea is mostly supportive of her prot g (they are, after all, rivals), but after a multimartini night, the two make a wager: whoever marries off "downtown playboy" and property development mogul Mark Grayson will be crowned the queen of Manhattan glitterati matchmaking. High society hijinx ensue as the Cartier cupids vie for Grayson, and though the woman Grayson has his steely gray eyes on is glaringly obvious to the reader, the direction he's leaning somehow eludes Vanessa. Davis lays on thick the obligatory designer name-dropping, but it's her heroine's exalted venue-hopping that's the source of much fun. The ending isn't exactly a shocker, but it'll score big points for romance readers.