Brendon isn’t in a rut, per se—he just always seems to be in-between things. Jobs. Degrees. Boyfriends. He never finishes what he starts. The perfect path is out there somewhere, and if he can just figure out what it is, he’s certain everything else will fall into place.
The last thing he expects is to meet his soul mate in the pages of a magazine quiz. “Who Is Your Perfect Man?” by Matthew Kingston seems like a road map to his future husband: the author himself. Brendon may not have his life figured out, but if Matt is as romantic as his quiz, Brendon can check “true love” off his to-do list.
When Brendon fakes a meet-cute between them, Matt proves to be as wonderful as he hoped. The more Brendon gets to know him, the harder he falls. But Brendon has a confession to make: how can he explain to Matt that he arranged their “fated” meeting? Brendon can’t tell if he’s found his soul mate, heartache, or all of the above.
Anderson (The Other Five Percent) hits the mark with this contemporary about a romantic cosmetologist in training and the sometimes-judgmental man of his dreams. Brendon falls in love with writer Matthew after reading one of his quizzes in a local magazine; the questions and answers have Brendon convinced that Matt would be his perfect partner if he could just meet the guy in person. Using clues from Matt's writing, Brendon engineers a meet-cute, a seemingly spontaneous encounter that just happens to press all of Matt's buttons. It works at first, but when Matt makes it clear that he won't tolerate lying not even for a good cause their relationship hits a major speed bump. Anderson creates an adorably flawed, humorous character in Brendon. Matt's attitude grates at times, but he's appealing enough especially when he presents Brendon with "Brendon and Matt's Choose Your Own Date Book" that readers will like him, too. Arjun and Sasha, a married couple Brendon knows, add color and humor. The tear-jerking conclusion puts the final finishing flourish on a witty, well-paced, and very appealing story.