By Alison Kent
Summary: Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match . . . dot com! An on-line dating service is not Michelle Snow's idea of how to find love but when the Big 3-0 hits, Michelle decides she has nothing to lose since she hasn't brought a date home in ten years, she's professionally burned out, and her climb up the corporate ladder has come at the expense of abandoning her sweet dream: to own a boutique cupcakery.
Todd Bracken, early 30s and a successful technology consultant, isn't exactly a player after being off the market for ten years, and pours himself into his dual passions of martial arts and home-sweet-home renovations. Only there's no one to come home to so he decides to give Match.com a try. Todd isn't so sure the Internet dating scene is his thing—until a message pops up in the wee hours on a weekend night: "I like your smile." Todd likes—a lot—the whole package that glides into a French bistro in Washington, D.C.
It's serious mojo-at-first-sight but there's a glitch: Todd and Michelle live in different cities. Will love find its way in the digital age with a You've Got Mail courtship when video cam kisses just aren't enough? And when Todd challenges Michelle to not only go for her dream but let him share it, will they be able to make it happen together despite obstacles more plentiful than a shower of rainbow sprinkles?
My Thoughts: When I first noticed that a reality based romance series was being released, I became really excited! I than went to the site and read all the descriptions of the first 3 books in the True Vows Series! I was excited to hear Alison Kent was writing one!
We are introduced to Michelle who is just turning 30 and she hasn't found the right guy yet. From her back-story, I take it she had a boyfriend in college who was a crappy boyfriend and maybe cheated on her. Not many details were really explained about the situation but that is the vibe I got. Her friends persuade her to sign up for match.com. In this day in age, almost everyone has heard of match.com or another online dating site and more people use it than we think. I haven't signed up for it (I'm taken) but I've searched the site just to see if I knew anyone who was on it (of course I do). Michelle signs up but is a little unsure of it.
Todd, another 30 year old single guy just hasn't found the right girl for him. Yes, he's meant a few girls on it but they were never a good fit for him. So when Michelle emails him he finds out they have a lot in common. They both run, they both worship their families, and they are both motivated people. Todd and Michelle have nothing major keeping them apart. Yes, they do live in opposite cities (only an hour apart) but its relatively easy to see each other. They go on a few dates and become really close. Todd is such a great guy, he wants Michelle to be happy. She wants to open her own bakery and he insists she follow her dreams. He never brings her down. And Michelle, is the same way. She's loyal. Both characters are very independent. They take trips with their friends and trust each other completely. Michelle and Todd had such great chemistry, they were both humorous and had such witty comebacks!
Honestly, I didn't know if I would enjoy this one or not when I started. I have a hard time reading adult romances anymore. My tastes have drifted to high school drama and basic young adult books. I've always liked a lot of different branches of books but lately I've been speeding through young adult romance books like crazy and finding myself enjoying them much more than adult books.
The Icing On The Cake was very unique and interesting and a wonderful read.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one! It was a somewhat short book (under 300 pages) but it really tickled my fancy. Michelle and Todd were both really strong characters and I can't wait to read the rest of the True Vows series.
Cover: I really like the final cover! I've seen a few different covers and I like this one the best! Look in the background, cupcakes! Yum!
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