Thursday, August 11, 2022

Review: Mr. Perfect on Paper by Jean Meltzer (Blog Tour)


About the Book

Author: Jean Meltzer
ISBN: 9780778386162
Publication Date: August 9, 2022
Publisher: MIRA Books

Book Summary

From the author of the buzzy THE MATZAH BALL, a pitch-perfect romcom about a matchmaker who finds her own search for love thrust into the spotlight after her bubbe outs her list for “The Perfect Jewish Husband” on live television.

Dara Rabinowitz knows a lot about love. As a third-generation schadchan, or matchmaker, she’s funneled her grandmother’s wisdom into the world’s most successful Jewish dating app, J-Mate. Yet, despite being the catalyst for countless Jewish marriages, Dara has never been successful at finding love. Oh, she’s got plenty of excuses—like running a three-hundred person technology company and visiting her beloved bubbe every day. But the real reason Dara hasn’t been on a date in three years is much simpler. Though she desperately wants to meet her bashert, and stand beneath the huppah, she is frozen by social anxiety.

All that single dad Chris Steadfast wants to do is give his daughter stability. But with the ratings for the TV news show he anchors in the gutter, and the network threatening cancellation, Chris’s career – like his life with Lacey in Manhattan -- is on the chopping block.

When her bubbe outs Dara's list for “The Perfect Jewish Husband” when they're guests on Chris's live show, Chris sees an opportunity to both find Dara her perfect match, and boost the ratings of his show. But finding Mr. Perfect on Paper may mean giving up on the charming—and totally not Jewish—reporter following Dara's nationwide hunt...

My Review

Dara Rabinowitz is following her family’s footsteps as a successful Jewish matchmaker.  Of course her technology is more advanced than the previous generation.  Dara is the creator of a successful Jewish dating app called J-Mate.  

Dara and her bubbe (grandmother) appear on a national television show to discuss their matchmaking. Dara’s bubbe reads Dara’s list of what makes for the perfect Jewish husband.  Dara is mortified, but the TV producers want to turn it into a television event.

Single dad, Chris Steadfast isn’t Jewish but he knows what makes for good TV and Dara’s quest for the perfect Jewish husband fills the bill.  Chris’ TV ratings are tanking and this is just the thing that could save his career.  The only problem is that Chris is very much attracted to Dara , but he doesn’t match very well with Dara’s list.  In fact, he doesn’t match it at all.

Dara is busy fighting off her own feelings towards Chris.  Their attraction may cost both of them their careers.

I really enjoyed Jean Meltzer’s The Matzah Ball.  When I saw this one, I just had to read it as well.  She did not disappoint.  In fact, I enjoyed this one even more.  Both books are standalone books and not part of a series.  

The characters in this book are so lively, witty and realistic. They kept me smiling through the entire book.  Dara and Chris have so much chemistry, it sizzles.  Just about everyone can see it, except them, of course.  

The author sprinkles Jewish traditions throughout the book.  Dara and Chris had many legitimate concerns that couldn’t be solved with a simple discussion.  I appreciate that.  One of my pet peeves is when two characters could have a five-minute conversation and their problems would be solved.  That’s not the case here.  It’s more involved than that.

Dara, also, suffers from an anxiety disorder.  The author portrayed it quite realistically.  I could feel Dara’s pain.

It’s a fast-paced, romantic comedy that I gobbled right up. I had so much fun reading this. I’m hoping to see more from this writer. She’s become a “must read” author for me.

For reading challenges:

NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2022

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Bio

Author Jean Meltzer studied dramatic writing at NYU Tisch, and served as creative director at Tapestry International, garnering numerous awards for her work in television, including a daytime Emmy. Like her protagonist, Jean is also a chronically-ill and disabled Jewish woman. She is an outspoken advocate for ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), has attended visibility actions in Washington DC, meeting with members of Senate and Congress to raise funds for ME/CFS. She inspires 9,000 followers on WW Connect to live their best life, come out of the chronic illness closet, and embrace the hashtag #chronicallyfabulous. Also, while she was raised in what would be considered a secular home, she grew up kosher and attended Hebrew School. She spent five years in Rabbinical School. She is the author of The Matzah Ball and Mr. Perfect on Paper.


  1. That's a good rating so this would be a must read.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

  2. I like rom coms with all different situations and premises. Glad you enjoyed this author's books.

  3. J-Mate instead of J-Date- LOL. This looks good.


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