Dentophobe Hannah O'Dowd is almost 30 and she's determined to find a husband. She and her cozy circle of single friends live in Portland, Oregon, a city of 2 million souls, roughly half of which are male. Hannah hatches a plan to find her one man in a million via free Internet dating services--and challenges her friends to do the same. Unfortunately, all of Hannah's dates are turning out worse than your average root canal.
Lisa Cach's Dating Without Novocaine is a witty, sexually frank look at what a smart self-employed woman might do to find the man of her dreams. Will she make the first move on Wade, the wildlife biologist who keeps asking her out but has yet to even hold her hand? Will she agree to a second date with Pete, the hunky cop with attention deficit disorder? Could she possibly be attracted to a wealthy computer engineer who paints his toenails gold? Hannah's sure the right guy is out there, it's just a matter of finding him.
Like Bridget Jones's Diary and television's Sex and the City, Cach's first contemporary romance presents a single girl who has great friends and a variety of unacceptable romantic prospects. Wiser than Bridget and warmer than Sex's Carrie, Hannah may find her man just in time. --Jennifer Lindsay