by Melanie George

April 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7120-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Do men read romance novel? Yes, they do. Do men read women magazines? Yes, sure.

Professor Dexter Harrington is one of these men and he is a sex scientist. He is also a hunk out of any romance novel but underneath he lacks passion, is dull and doesn't know how to pursue a woman. His best friend and associate, Jonathan Cummings, suggests that he employ romance novelist, Zoe Wilde, to help and teach him about 'women'. That's where Mallory Ginelli aka Zoe Wide enter the picture. Mallory is a historical romance writer and her skill in writing steamy romances is superb. Mallory's sister, Genie, owes $20,000 gambling debt. In order to pay off Genie's debt, she agrees on a trip to England to work on a research requested by Dexter. Her best friend, Freida Feldman (Freddie), a Jewish girl, accompanies her to act as her assistant.

The Mating Game is a romantic comedy full of humour and fun. Not only are the hero and heroine attractive characters but also the secondary characters, Freddie and Cummings, make the story more alive, interesting and full of laughter. These two always argue and fight verbally like cats and dogs - Freddie, in a too straightforward way and Cummings, with his dark humour. Frankly speaking, these two have more sparks throughout the stories than Mallory and Dexter.

Historical author, Melanie George's first try in writing romantic comedy is successful and does not disappoint. If you want a good laugh, this is the book for you. Happy reading!

Reviewed in June 2002 by Rose.

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