by Candy Halliday

February 2005
ISBN: 0-446-61455-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Dream Guy, Candy Halliday’s debut release, is a fun and entertaining read. It’s a light, easy and a quick afternoon read as well. A frothy romantic comedy, not unlike the movie it quotes throughout the book. Take it with you on your next beach holiday. A little sand won’t hurt the book. Read it once, enjoy and then leave it behind.

Annie Long is a video game designer. It takes getting dumped on videotape to come up with a revolutionary idea. If the real thing disappoints than why not create the perfect substitute? The perfect man, an interactive boyfriend, companion and instructor. “Joe Video!” What woman wouldn’t want such a dream guy?

Matt Abbington, one of Annie’s mistakes and unfortunately her boss, has no liking for the project. Especially when the Cuban wannabe actor chosen for the part of Joe Video seems intent on winning Annie’s favor. Forced into a battle of the sexes to push sales he soon finds himself taking pointers from Joe Video and redecorating his apartment. Of course, it is only his ego and not his heart getting squashed, when Annie proves elusive.

There are only so many hand kisses and adoring looks a woman is willing to endure. Rico is a hunk, but Matt knows how to satisfy her. The real thing might be better after all. Sexy banter and a groveling hero turn not only Annie into mush, but also the reader.

With those two well-matched characters the reader also gets plenty of stereotypical secondary characters, like the fashion-mad gay best friend, the hot Latin lover, the feisty and jealous Latin ex-fiancée and the feminist mother. It’s fluff, it’s milk chocolate, and it’s instant gratification. The tone is light and the idea of Joe Video is brilliant. Dream Guy is a fast paced joyride and a successful debut.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Kris Alice.

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