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Emma sees naked people (not necessarily a bad thing!)

Emma Hutch's upscale Manhattan clients call her the "Good Witch." Her uncanny telepathic abilities enable her to plant images into unsuspecting minds, which has made her New York's most successful professional matchmaker. After all, what bachelor, confirmed or otherwise, could deny his true destiny when the woman he can't seem to stop thinking about suddenly appears right in front of him? Now an all-too-perfect blond socialite needs Emma's help to snare the most eligible single man in the city—all in a day's work for the Good Witch.

Except William Dearborn—visual artist, software genius, total hunk, and dedicated hedonist—is not so easily snared. And he's becoming a little too interested in the desperate matchmaking sorceress who's been following him all around town incognito. Emma doesn't have to be psychic to know what's going on in his mind. William's having very wicked thoughts indeed about the Good Witch . . . and Emma likes it! But she's got to resist his special brand of magic . . . or else her witchy career is going up in flames.

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About the Author

Valerie Frankel has written over thirty books, including three New York Times bestsellers. Her articles have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine; Parenting; Self; Glamour; Allure; and the New York Times, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition first Printing edition (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060785543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060785543
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,701,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on April 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Emma Hutch thinks of herself as a good witch. She helps women find true love--or at least to get a date with the man of their current dreams--by placing a psych picture of the woman in the man's mind. The man assumes he's having sexy thoughts and--voila, a date. As clients go, Daphne Wittfield is no prize, but she's attractive, motivated, and she'll pay Emma's price. Which is handy since Emma is about to lose her much-loved New York apartment. Daphne wants a date with a sexy software billionaire and Emma intends to oblige. No matter how attractive she finds William Dearborn.

Emma's psychic power complicates her life in a number of ways but one of the worst is how it affects her sexually. Every man she dates ends up running--and the latest date finally helps her figure out why when he admits to seeing erotic visions of--William Dearborn. There's a chance for another match, but not before Emma finds herself in trouble with a dangerous accountant.

Author Valerie Frankel combines a touch of magic, chick-lit circles of friends, and a deft touch of humor to create an engaging story. I was reading this book at a library--and embarassed myself by laughing out loud twice. Librarians may not be as tough on noise as they once were, but I still wasn't a favorite. Emma makes a great heroine with her combination of self-doubt, fear, and weird self-confidence all wrapped into one package. William Dearborn isn't on the stage much, but Frankel makes the most of what time she gives him. The story, though, is really about Emma and her friends.

One weakness in the story--the subplot about corporate embezzlement never quite came together. Still, HEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL is a lot of fun, well written, and definitely an enjoyable read.
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I was told that I simply MUST READ this adorable book, so I did. I could not have been more dissappointed with a book. I wasn't expecting anything life-changing, after all, look at the title, but I was looking forward to a fun, deliciously girly romp through the city with a "good witch".
Wow. I considered throwing the book in the trash 50 pages in, but I wanted to give it a chance. Down to the last page I was rolling my eyes and in sheer disgust. There is not the first likeable character in the book, it is filled with vomit inducing puns, and is beyond outlandish in it's caricatured cast (the sweet, successful disarmingly handsome object of affection, the ditzy model, the lean, mean witchy advertising exec out to stomp anyone in her path, the beyond metro sexual photographer best friend that understand EVERYTHING, the amber-eyed perfect female specimen otherwise known as the good witch, the middle-aged swindler convicted of stealing over 6 million from clients-who by the way uses a law office called Dooey, Fleecum, and Howe)... I felt like almost everything that happened is unrealistic (and I approached this book total open to the believablity of a woman that can with simple touch put images into ones head). Does anyone really believe that over 200 people can be invited to a Halloween party in NYC the day of and show up hours later as if they had no other plans?
It was such a dissapointment, the language was juvenile, and the story/charater development resembled a thwarted attempt into writing by a 13 year old girl.
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By Hawaiian Eye on October 31, 2006
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Valerie Frankel's heroine Emma Hutch is surprisingly believable and utterly captivating - a good witch with orange eyes and a rare gift- but becomes increasingly unbelievable because she is SO utterly gorgeous and a super-sexual dynamo. The story itself got campier and more over the top silly with the half-baked corporate embezzlement storyline,lashings of real life celebrities thrown in the mix (in unflattering ways). Not to mention happy endings for everyone. New York came across well in all its goofy denizened,luminous glory and the supporting characters are fun. I just got bored with Emma's romance with boring William Dearborne. And this was a short book!
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Hex and the Single Girl is pee in pants funny. I love Val Frankel's books, and this is her best yet. High concept: Emma is a "Good Witch" who can put pictures into people's heads. She uses this skill in matchmaking, dresses up in costumes and stalks men all over Manhattan for her clients. So many scenes made me laugh, but I'm thinking of one in a hospital emergency room when Emma was disguised as a Naughty Nurse. Val Frankel is more imaginative than any other chick lit writer out there. And funnier.
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I bought this book on an impulse - it looked like a fun, amusing and light-hearted read. And I wasn't wrong, as I was smiling with nearly every page.

Emma is very likeable for a witch, and one can easily empathize with her as she struggles to strike a balance in her life - using her power scrupulously to make a living, doing something about her non-existent love life and helping those near and dear. I love her relationship and interaction with her best friend, Victor. Her love interest, William, however, isn't as well-developed a character as Emma, hence he isn't very interesting and I can't feel for him.

There are too many side-plots which distract the story - the man in the park, the embezzlement and the villain, and Emma's countless rescue of the hapless Hoff and Susan, which by far irritates me the most. There should have been more focus on Emma and William.

All in all, a light, entertaining read.
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