The Blurb: There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris:
1) She’s fed up with online dating,
2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and
3) She knows how to knit.
After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of human kind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:
Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?
If it’s Penny Reid, you know it’s going to be a great book. Her stories are unique with wit and intelligence. Her characters have depth, and they become old friends rather quickly. You care what happens to them.
Journalist Marie Harris is tired of dating, and tired of waiting for the right man (her person) to come along. Marie’s perfect online dating match turns out to be a weirdo. He’s not who he says he is. He doesn’t look a thing like his profile picture, and when he starts to ask the most bizarre, detailed questions, she bolts from the date. Matthew Simmons is a college professor working on developing a compassion robot. Before he has a chance to explain to the intimidating and beautiful Marie and ask for her consent, she walks out on him. Marie decides to focus her next series of articles on the frustrations of single life and possible substitutes for real people. Exploring the various paid services out there (cuddle buddies, etc.), she never expects to run into Matt again.
I loved this cute story, and I loved Marie and Matt together. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this one.
** I received an advanced reading from the author in exchange for an honest review.**