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Product Details

  • Series: Warner Forever
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; First Edition edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446614556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446614559
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,631,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When Annie Long's boyfriend dumps her via videotape, a brilliant idea comes to her: if the perfect man doesn't exist, she'll create him. Halliday's modern-day Pygmalion fairy tale immediately turns techno, as Annie just happens to design video games for a living. Her boss, Matt, is less than thrilled with her outline for Joe Video, a man who always listens, doesn't steal the remote and even helps you discover your sensual side, but his disdain doesn't stop Joe Video from going over big with the corporate powers that be. Annie's triumph proves hard for Matt to swallow, especially since she has made it clear that Matt himself is far from the perfect man. True, he's looking for fun and she wants commitment, but that doesn't stop him from feeling territorial when the gorgeous guy she selects to play Joe Video starts putting the moves on her. As for Annie, the perfect guy doesn't make her heart race nearly as fast as her grumpy boss. This fun but far-fetched romp abounds with clichés—the flamboyantly gay best friend, the gruff but lovable guy and his straight-shooting mother-figure/housekeeper, the corporate bigwig whose mantra is "sales are sales are sales," etc. Those looking for conventional thrills and instant gratification, however, may find this a good match.
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From Booklist

Dumped by her latest boyfriend via video, Annie Long, a video-game designer, comes up with the idea of an interactive video game that allows every woman to have the perfect boyfriend. Her yummy boss Matt, who seems to have forgotten their one night of sexual bliss, gives her the go-ahead. She finds a gorgeous Cuban bartender named Rico to play the boyfriend role in the game, and he seems crazy about her. But the threats of his ex--fiancee, the spandex-clad femme fatale Helena, and the revelation that Rico is pursuing Annie only to further his actorly ambitions, help Annie get over her fantasy of finding true love, a house in the burbs, a golden retriever, and a minivan. A cutthroat TV personality, a mother who is harboring a handsome Cuban under her skirts, a chaotic shoot-turned-media event, and a one-man Queer Eye for the Straight Girl make for a madcap romp and an engagingly sexy romance. Diana Tixier Herald
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This one is going on my keeper shelf!
Even Rico's behavior made sense in the frame of reference for him the author had set up.
This was a great character driven read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Banker on February 16, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I seem to be the minority here but that is ok. This is my first book by this author and I did like it and was not disapointed by it. I just did not see it as much of a romance. There was sexual tension throught the whole book. There were also lots of laugh out loud moments, it was pretty funny. Collin was one of my favorite characters from the book.

I just did not feel a strong connection from the main characters. You could tell they were in lust but when did we get to see their feeling for eachother grow and them come together and all that? They were almost too busy making eachother jealous to get together. Until Annie walks in on Matt at his house and things take off from there. Only it did not get all that romantic, it was sexy yes, but not really romantic.

I felt more romance from Rico and Helena in the end. Although Helena was a little over the top.

So, while it was an entertaining story and ws laugh out loud funny, I thought it needed alot more romance. It was a great book, but I thought it fell in more with light romantic comedy. So that is why I gave it 3 and a half. Its a good book, but not the ammount of romance I had expected. Mrs. Halliday is a good author and I will get her books again, I just know what to expect now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gaywinglass on March 17, 2005
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Candy Halliday's clever opening paragraph will suck you in and keep you reading! After being dumped via video tape by her latest looser boyfriend, video game designer Annie turns her lemon of a love life into a lemonade of an idea. She creates the perfect man! "Joe Video." Joe is an interactive boyfriend on DVD designed to give women the support and romance they don't get from their "live" mates. The owner of Paragon Technologies thinks her novel idea will rack up sales, but Matt, Annie's boss and romantic mistake from the past, thinks her idea is a joke. But when the owner of the company dangles a big promotion in front of them, Annie and Matt must work together to make "Joe Video" a success. Sparks fly, tempers soar, and the sexual tension rises in a real life battle of the sexes between Matt and Annie. Throw in a few quirky and memorable secondary characters and you have a witty, sexy romance as entertaining as HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN TEN DAYS or SOMEONE LIKE YOU. This one is going on my keeper shelf!
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Ms. Halliday has a winner here. She has taken the age old question of men vs. women and put her own spin on it. The end result is a laugh out loud read that will have the reader glued to the pages in order for them to see just how Matt and Annie end up!

Annie does not have the greatest track record with men. She thinks that she currently has a winner with Dave, but a flower/video delivery later puts that theory to rest. What's a girl to do now??? She gets even and creates her very own dream guy. Okay, she comes up with this idea for work but hey, it could work. A video Joe that will treat a woman the way she wants to be treated. No being dumped by this virtual hunk!

Matt, Annie's boss thinks that this is the dumbest thing he's ever heard of. It's never going to fly and what's worse...they might just be laughed at right out of a job! Matt could not have been more wrong, and now Annie and Matt are going to have to team market the video game. Since these two have a history...one night of scrap you off the ceiling sex...and...nothing. Matt is all about staying single and Annie is all about the house, white picket fence, dog, and kids. They couldn't be more different. Or are they really wanting the same thing???

This was a great character driven read. Collin (co-worker and best friend to both Matt and Annie) is a riot and a wonderful addition to this colorful story. As is Annie's mom, Rico, Helena...well, you get the picture. Ms. Halliday has taken various social, and relationship issues and has created a wonderful story. I highly recommend Ms. Halliday's latest effort. Be prepared to laugh out loud and at time even agree with the characterization!

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Encouraged by her friends at Paragon Technology to welcome her boyfriend home in seductive style following Dave's one month stay on business in San Francisco, Annie Long spends a fortune on food, drink, and clothing. However, her boss in the Creative Department Matt Abbington informs her she will have to attend the afternoon production meeting because he has a groin pull. Angry because she was to meet Dave, Annie gets Matt to give her permission to pitch a concept though she has none in mind instead of copycatting someone else's flavor of the month creation.........................

Dave sends Annie a video message informing her that their relationship is over. Irate, Annie decides no more men in her life, which leads to her conceptualizing Joe Video, an interactive perfect male. The production meeting attendees love the concept. As Annie hires a hunk to play Joe, Matt realizes how much he dwells on their one hot evening together especially her flirting with the actor although she has written off men...............................

DREAM GUY is a lighthearted contemporary war of the sexes using technology to further the skirmishes. Matt is a solid key support player as he competes with a handsome actor and Joe Video for the affection of the woman he loves. Annie is the center of that triangle and in turn the story line as she covets her boss who she also detests, but finds the remote easier to relate to than with Matt or the hunk. Fans will enjoy this fun tale that is one click away from providing the DREAM GUY..............................

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