Nadia Normandy is asked by her sneaky older customer, Mrs. B, to help Benji, short for Benjamin, become a ladies’ man. Mrs. B sets up a meeting for December 26th at a coffee house for the two to meet and get started. From the very first meeting both Benji and Nadia know they have been set up by the ultimate matchmaker, but also know that if they don’t follow this through Mrs. B will be working on setting them up with someone else. Nadia continues to spend time with Benji, giving him directions on how to talk to a woman, how to flirt with a woman, how to dress to attract a woman, and how to dance with a woman. The more time they spend together, the more this “chore” starts being something more enjoyable and feelings start developing.
Christine Feldman wrote the perfect follow up to the first book, Pastels and Jingle Bells, in this novella series. Each book is written expertly. The stories move along at a great pace and manage to keep the reader entertained and with enough knowledge of the characters to truly enjoy the story.
Nadia is a fun character, who throughout the story discovers things about herself that she didn’t know or chose to ignore. Benji appears to be clueless to women, but I am not convinced that this wasn’t a little bit of an act. Reading how the two of them both circled each other, not wanting to make the first step was great.
I read the book in one setting and cannot wait to read the next book, Playing Cupid, due out in 2014. I definitely recommend this series and this book, which can be read as a standalone, to all my chic-lit lovers.