Fans of Sex and the City and Bridget Jones's Diary, and anyone who loves to date vicariously, will fall in love with Matchbook. In this irresistible read, America's hippest Matchmaker borrows from her real-life experiences to create an urban love story about searching for "The One."
When people learn what Samantha Daniels does for a living, they have to know more: How did she become a Match-maker? How many matches have led to marriage? How does it work? Who's her craziest client? And most of all, how can a Matchmaker be single?
Samantha Daniels is unlike any Matchmaker you've ever heard of. Young, ambitious, and, yes, single, she's the founder of Samantha's Table, an introduction service that caters to singles in New York and Los Angeles who are ready to invest seriously in the task of finding The One. After handpicking their matches, Daniels works with her clients as their cheerleader, part-time therapist, dating coach, voice of reason, and closest confidante as she helps them down the road to happily ever after.
Readers learn how Daniels started her Matchmaking business (How much do you charge for finding the love of someone's life? How do you screen out the Undatables?) and get to know the colorful cast of characters whom she fondly refers to as her "Desperados." There's Mr. Cheapskate, Miss Manhunt, and Looks Good from Afar Guy. There's the 39-year-old female corporate exec who wants a husband yesterday; there's the guy who will only date women worthy of Brad Pitt; there's the gazillionaire who offers a $60,000 bonus if Samantha can find him a supermodel wife; there's the very well endowed woman who's having trouble finding men attracted to her mind; and a host of others. Will Samantha be able to make them a match?
And more importantly, will this Matchmaker find herself a match? You would think that meeting hundreds of single men would make dating a snap, but not even a Matchmaker can avoid the pitfalls of single life. Readers are introduced to another lively cast of characters -- the men that Daniels herself dates. Readers meet the many Not for Me Guys and a few Maybe for Me Guys, to see that even a celebrated Matchmaker can be a Desperado herself.
Throughout the book, Daniels also offers real dating advice (such as the most common first-date mistakes and tried-and-true conversation topics) and secrets of the trade (why September is the best month for Matchmaking). Like a real-life episode of The Bachelor, Matchbook is a wild ride through the flirty, unpredictable world of urban dating, with a wise and witty guide at the helm. For those who love romance and anyone looking for love, Matchbook is a perfect match.
If Daniels, reportedly the inspiration for NBC's (short-lived) series Miss Match, had written her memoir as a novel, it might have been considered deliciously wicked, a sort of Nanny Diaries for the singles world. Unfortunately, Daniels comes across as a snobby junior high school alpha girl: "How am I supposed to become a married Matchmaker when all I meet are pigs and losers?" Daniels has made close to 50 matches in the five years since she quit being a divorce attorney and went into business fixing up people she describes as "the cream of the singles crop" in New York City. But while she jokingly refers to herself as "Desperado #1," the apparent shallowness and lack of empathy on display are unnerving: she offers up often cruel critiques of the composite "Desperados" upon whom she bestows such nicknames as Miss Manhunt, the Troll and the Hundred Thousand Dollar Man (the bonus he has promised should she find him a wife). Upon meeting "Miss Boobs," a woman who is "oddly self conscious about her looks," Daniels's first thought is "What a rack!" Occasionally the matchmaker shows she has a human heart, sending Miss Interrupter to a therapist to work through why she thinks she can never get a word in edgewise. But readers may have lost heart themselves before they find that out.