Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Parker’s Profile
AUTHOR: L.D. Blakeley
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 76 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2016
Parker Knowles needs a date. No, really. If he can’t find one by Valentine’s Day, he’s agreed to let his sister fix him up. And quite frankly, he’d rather chew off his own arm than go out with someone of his sister’s choosing.
Internet phenom, Lane Steadman, has offered to show Parker the art of the perfect selfie. After all, an outstanding dating profile is useless without a topnotch photo, right?
Can love really be found on the Internet? Or is a real-world connection closer to Parker than he thinks?
Parker is actually pretty happy being alone, but his loved up sister older sister is unfortunately of the opinion that everyone must find love just like she has. She has even set a deadline for Parker to get out there and start dating. If Parker doesn’t start finding his own men by Valentine’s Day, then she will be finding one for him. The solution – set up an online dating profile, but unfortunately, that’s harder for Parker than one would assume. Parker (in his opinion) is one of the least photogenic people on Earth, and his best friend, Seth agrees with him. His profile pictures suck, and no one is interested. Luckily for Parker, Seth’s internet-celebrity cousin, Lane is willing to help them get the perfect picture of Parker.
This was a great story! Actually it was better than I expected. I’m not the biggest fan of stories of this length, but I think the author nailed the pacing perfectly here. Sometimes with novellas it feels like the author has damaged the story by deciding on a word count before writing and then cramming the story into too few pages. But with this story it feels as though the author simply wrote whatever they wanted and this was the length they ended up with. There was nothing overcrowded or rushed about it.
The story was told from Parker’s point of view, but all of the characters were interesting, including Seth, and Parker’s sister who is only ever heard through the phone. Oh, and how could I forget skeevy work college, Martin.
I liked the easy non-dramatic connection that is made between Parker and Lane. There’s really no angst to this book, but I was kept interested by the fun banter between the two men, not to mention Parker’s amusing inner dialogue.
If you’re looking for something quick, light and, most importantly, fun to read this is worth your time.