Cora is ‘over’ being alone. She has no family, all her friends are couples, and she can’t stand the thought of spending Christmas by herself. Determined to change her life, Cora hatches a plan to find The One.
Just as she decides her strategy, she meets Matt, her downstairs neighbor. They become unlikely friends, with Matt an amused bystander as Cora tries various methods to change her life.
Then something unexpected happens. Matt, who spends his life avoiding commitment, begins to feel jealous of the men Cora is dating and his resolve to never fall in love begins to crumble. Meanwhile, Cora is finding herself increasingly attracted to Matt. It’s shame he has the emotional capacity of a teaspoon, because in every other way he’s perfect for her.
If only the boy next door… No, that’s a dangerous thought.
What a fun read this was! With Christmas as Cora’s coupling-up deadline, it could have disintegrated into a soppy holiday-dominated story. However, Elise K. Ackers has crafted the book beautifully so that the holiday is simply part of the story, rather than it being the whole kit and caboodle.
I liked that Cora was on her search because she wanted to find that special someone to spend her life with, and that she has thought it through quite a lot. I can relate to her crazy researching, as I am much the same when it comes to something I am looking to do. Hey, and we’ve all flogged an album to death at some stage in our lives, as Cora does with Adele.
What I really enjoyed was the relationship between Cora and Matt. Not just their romance, but their friendship. Their banter was clever and witty, and you could imagine actually having a friendship with someone like that yourself.
It was alternately amusing and heartbreaking watching the two of them get blindsided by their feelings for each other, as well as trying to deal with all of the other stuff going on in their lives.
Elise K. Ackers is definitely an author I’d like to read more of, because of The Man Plan. She’s continuing my awesome run of luck with Australian authors of late.
My rating: 4 out of 5.
Release Date: 10 December 2012
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Destiny Romance, an imprint of Penguin Australia via NetGalley in return for an honest review.