Male Wanted

Author: Betty Jo Schuler

Publisher: Hard Shell Word Factory

Release Date: Available Now

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Format: PRINT

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Taylor Gayle, high school librarian, needed a man. Technically she needed a fiancée. She had invented a fiancee when her assistant started asking questions about her love life, she never dreamed that she would actually have to produce one.


But she had to have a date for the high school dance which she had to help chaperone, so she decided to place a personal ad in the local newspaper. The guy sitting behind the typewriter at the newspaper office certainly didn’t seem very organized or businesslike but surely he could take the form that she filled out and place the ad for her. When she goes to pick up her reply letters a few days later she finds out just how wrong that assumption was. Instead of the ad reading "SWF seeks SWM to date" it read "SWF seeks SWSMM to mate" and now she has every "weirdo" in the county sending her propositions that would make a sailor blush. She storms into the office and demands that he fix the ad and re-run it for free. Well, they re-run the ad all right – same as before only this time it has her address so now she has the weirdo’s knocking on her door.

Regardless of what Taylor thinks, Max Stuart is a responsible man and when he finds out what has happened he takes it upon himself to play protector. But when Max camps out on her sofa for a couple of nights Taylor starts to think that maybe she needs protection from HIM. It’s hard to decide whether to laugh at him or feel sorry for him when everything that he does to try and impress her ends up backfiring in his face. And as Max gets to know her he wonders why she ever needed to place the ad in the first place. When she isn’t trying to make herself look ugly and hide her awesome sense of humor she’s a real gem. But, she has a twin who was always known as the beautiful one so to carve out her own niche she feels that she has to be the smart one therefore she hides her true self. Unbeknownst to Max she also has another reason for hiding her true self and this reason just might be more than Max can accept.

In the immortal words of Shrek this story is "like an onion. It has LOTS of layers." I started this book thinking I knew exactly what it was about but with every scroll of the mouse the plot got thicker and the surprises just kept coming right up until the very end. It starts out strictly looking at the humor in their situation but as the book progresses and the "layers" are exposed it takes a more serious turn. At that point Taylor and Max have to decide just how much they are willing to compromise in order to make a relationship work. Even though it will have you chuckling all the way through it is so much more than just a "funny" story. This one is definitely worthy of a re-read, probably more than once.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Missy Andrews

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