Mackenzie Atkinson is a dutiful daughter, desperate to find her mother the perfect match. After too many nights of her mother’s meddling she decides it’s time to find her mom a boyfriend. What begins as a quick-fix plan suddenly turns into a full on matchmaking business. The plot of Kismetology by Jaimie Adams is ripe for drama, hilarity, and a smörgåsbord of interesting characters.
I’m disappointed to say it doesn’t quite work out that way.
Mackenzie’s boyfriend, Dan, is the chef at a local restaurant and suggests she bring the dates there so he can keep an eye on her safety. It’s logical, and perhaps even a recipe for whimsical fodder, but proves ultimately disappointing. She brings an endless string of dates with men who range from dismal to delusional, yet each date falls flat. The set-up is always the same: Mackenzie proclaims how glad she is that Dan is keeping an eye on her, she orders her usual dish, and the men display a quirk both she and her mother deem unacceptable. Lather, rinse, repeat.
As the storyline develops, it’s quickly clear that Dan isn’t Mackenzie’s perfect match either. It takes a painfully long time for Mackenzie to discover this for herself, always fast to forgive Dan for being an atrocious boyfriend.
In the end, her mother ends up hitting it off with the one character that seemed to be her obvious match from early in the novel. Kismetology had all the ingredients for an epic romantic adventure, but the elements didn’t come together.
Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean love isn’t in the air. Skip Kismetology and take kismet into your own hands. Grab your perfect match and spend the evening pouring over your favorite dish at the local diner or with a bottle of Syrah by the fire.
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