Today I’m delighted to be celebrating the publication birthday of Perfect Match. I’m reposting the review I wrote in January 2019 with thanks to Rachel Gilbey, who organised both tours and to the publisher for my copy of the book.
Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…
After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.
Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?
As someone who has been on my fair share of disastrous online dates, I felt like I had found a literary kindred spirit in Sophia. She is funny, caring and down to earth, and I really enjoyed getting to know her. I loved the way that even when it was difficult, she never forgot her roots. The supporting characters are also a joy to spend time with: from Lyn, the eccentric old lady who Sophia does shopping for, and her son, Tom, to Sandra, her quirky colleague with a love of knitting, and Ted, her boss with a chronic case of dandruff. I quickly became immersed in their lives and wanted them all to be happy.
When Sophia’s ideal multi-millionaire comes along, she is whisked into a world of opera, exclusive restaurants and luxury apartments. It‘s a far cry from what Sophia (or I!) am used to, but I loved being part of it, imagining the delicious food and beautiful views.
May uses Perfect Match to explore some interesting themes, which are very relevant to modern society. The topics include coming out, controlling behaviour and self-esteem. I was pleased to see Sophia learn some valuable life lessons as the plot developed, and finished the book with a fuzzy feeling inside.
Perfect Match is available from Amazon.