Do you believe in love at first site?
Jess Monroe is thirty-four and perfectly happy being single. But her friends think otherwise and, as a birthday present, buy her an ad for an online dating site.
Furious at first, she eventually agrees to try it out - and ventures into a world where the description on the tin rarely matches the contents.
Once her reservations have faded, she embarks on several dates of varying success, until one day a catastrophic event brings her life sharply into focus and makes her re-evaluate everything she's ever known ...
Any woman who has ever been on a bad date will read this hilarious book and weep with laughter and sympathy for internet dating novice Jess.
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dot.homme is a very lively, incident-packed, 450-odd pages, and it’s a cogent demonstration that Jane Moore is a writer of imagination and skill – as her earlier Fourplay (pun intended) showed. The comparisons that have been drawn with Sex and the City’s Candace Busnell are right on the button: this is a funny, sympathetic picture of the choices (in both the sexual and romantic arena) facing a young woman today.
In her mid-thirties, Jess Monroe is at ease with her single status, and in no hurry to change. However, her friends have other ideas, and decide to do some adjusting on her behalf. As a quirky birthday present, they purchase her an advertisement on an internet dating site – with unexpected results. Jess is not best pleased, but is finally persuaded to give it a go. But we're in caveat emptor territory: however tempting the images of the men she is to meet on the website, the reality always seems to be a little different -- and (of course) far less appealing. Jane Moore is particularly good on these disastrous dates, and the humour is right on the nose – while Jess might object to some self-descriptions by her new dating partners, it’s put to her that she might occasionally have "sexed up" a description of herself – and she reluctantly has to admit she has.
dot.homme is great fun in these dating sections, and makes some good points about the joys (and idiocies) of the dating scene. But then something disastrous happens to Jess -- and how she has to come to terms with some very different life prospects makes for the perfect ending to a very diverting novel. --Barry ForshawReview:
"Every bit as satisfying as a gloriously gossipy night out with the girls" ( Daily Mail)
"Half the fun is that you'll spot yourself and your mates in Jess and her friends and what they get up to - a real tonic" ( Daily Mirror)
"Top-notch - a pool-side must" ( Company)
"Jane Moore returns with another fabulously funny read" ( Glamour)
"A touching and funny must-read" ( Closer)
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Book Description Arrow Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099465027