The Guys' Guy's Guide to Love

Robert Manni. Live Oak (www.greenleafbookgroup.com), $16.95 paper (346p) ISBN 978-1-936909-25-4
In Manni's entertaining first novel, two men navigate the trenches of love, sex, and dating on the island of Manhattan. "Hungry, optimistic, and unwavering in the pursuit of his dreams," 36-year-old advertising professional Max Hallyday is unceremoniously dumped via text message by his girlfriend. But his compassionate ex-flame, publisher Cassidy Goodson, persuades him to channel his disappointment into writing an advice column in her new magazine. Meanwhile, Hallyday's pal, Roger Fox, a slick, self-proclaimed womanizer, continues to live up to his "wham-bam machine" moniker. As Manni ramps up the melodrama, Max's column turns out to be a hit with New York City women and both his personal and professional lives soar. The author inoffensively explores the nature of men and women, the wily ways of seduction, and how contemporary culture has evolved romantic mores and enhanced (and complicated) the dating dance. Manni—an advertising agency executive who met his wife on Match.com—deftly plumbs the thorny depths of dating and sexual politics with this breezy romp and characters to which readers will relate.
Reviewed on: 04/09/2012
Release date: 10/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
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