An autobiographical novel chronicles a real estate agent’s quest to find true love.
In January 2011, 20-something Bob is driving to a real estate caravan with his colleague and friend Joel Watkins when he decides he is fed up with one-night stands and shallow relationships and wants to search for the love of his life. Many realtor open houses feature free meals or giveaways; this one offers psychic readings by the agent’s grandmother. Psychic Mary predicts that Bob’s soul mate will be a dark, exotic woman whom she describes as a tiger. Several months later, Bob meets a beautiful Guatemalan in a nightclub in downtown Los Angeles. Roxanne (who works for a domestic agency and initially tells Bob her name is Sofie) insists he prove his Roman Catholicism by taking her to Mass. But once he passes that test, their relationship progresses quickly. As predicted by Mary, Roxanne is a tiger who puts up with little of Bob’s nonsense. Still, he wonders if she is “The One.” Finally, he accompanies her on a business meeting—in which she represents two Hispanic domestics after checks from their famous, rich employer bounce—and experiences his much-anticipated epiphany. Not only is she “The One,” but he is not entirely sure what she sees in him—something readers will likely wonder from their first meeting. In real estate broker, songwriter, and author Boog’s (The Real Estate Rookie, 2017, etc.) humorous tale, Bob and his sidekick Joel sometimes act immature, which may annoy some readers—for example, their ongoing gag involves whether Bob, sight unseen, would “do” a woman. In addition, Bob’s dating rules—which eliminate from consideration blondes, the unemployed, and women who live with their parents or in places too far away—could raise a few hackles. But part of Bob’s charm in this entertaining story is his unabashed quasi-stupidity, which Roxanne is all too willing to point out to him. Perhaps deliberately, as a way for the author to show his love for his wife, on whom Roxanne is undoubtedly based, “The One” emerges as the far more intriguing character, while Bob is a bit of a buffoon who has a way with words.
Not laugh-out-loud funny but an amusing look at a romance between a clueless guy and the beautiful, strong woman who loves him.