New York City matchmaker sets her sights on an elusive bachelor.
Vanessa Carlson doesn’t believe in love matches. She believes the best marriages are formed by a partnership between equals. This unromantic philosophy is the backbone of Vanessa’s matchmaking business, HEA (Happily Ever After). While she has achieved a great deal of financial success and amassed an impressive Rolodex packed with names and personal histories of Manhattan’s elite, Vanessa still feels she’s in the shadow of Althea, grand dame of Manhattan’s dating scene, for whom Vanessa once worked. One night, following four rounds of dirty martinis with Althea and Vanessa’s best friend, Cybil, the matchmakers make a wager. The winner will irrefutably be named the Queen of New York’s matchmaking scene. The bet entails landing Mark Grayson, one of New York’s most eligible bachelors, as a client, then marrying him off. Mark gets wind of the scheme and decides to toy with Vanessa, who starts to fall under the spell of the handsome, wealthy entrepreneur. It’s hard to drum up interest in this inane story and these vapid characters. Vanessa is shallow, obsessed with status and oblivious to her own faults. Don’t hold out for any hidden meanings or moral awakenings.
A trite tale from Davis (Eye of the Storm, 2006, etc.), devoid of romance and wit.