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Reviewed by Verity Wilde
Ellie Rigby is sick of disastrous internet dates. After eight months of hopeless matches she decides to take control – and sets up her own dating agency. She reckons she can help other people find their Mr or Mrs Right and keep a look out for her own happily ever after. But life is never that simple when affairs of the heart are involved is it?
It’s Got to Be Perfect was a self-publishing success and has now been picked up by Mills and Boon and given a physical release. It’s funny and very readable. Haley Hill’s past life running a dating agency means that the passages about Ellie’s match-making exploits are very believable and I almost found myself wishing that I was single again so that I could go to the parties that she was throwing for her clients!
However I wanted a bit more insight into Ellie herself and what had launched her into the world of internet dating in the first place. And when Mr Right showed up, I didn’t think that we saw enough of him and her together before the novel moved on to the Next Stage to really be able to buy into them as a pairing. And I know that sounds cryptic, but to say any more is a bit of a spoiler and I don’t want to ruin it! I also wanted more background and time with some of the secondary characters who occasionally felt a bit two dimensional.
But those issues aside, I thought It’s Got to Be Perfect was frothy and enjoyable – it’s a bit late in the season for summer holidays – but if you’re heading off for some winter sun or to the ski slopes, this would be a great choice to slip in your suitcase. And I know that I’ll be looking out for what Haley Hill writes next.