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Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker

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Welcome to the world of Marla Martenson. The Cupid of Beverly Hills, she has introduced countless couples who have gone on to get married and live happily ever after—so far. But for every success story, there are more dating disasters, high-maintenance clients, out-of-touch men (and women), and downright comical situations with which she has to contend. ....

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Published by Bettie Youngs Books (first published April 1st 2010)
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Mayra
Oct 05, 2011 Mayra rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be the head matchmaker of a high-class Beverly Hills dating service? In this her candid and witty memoir, Marla Martenson takes you on a humorous ride through the ups and downs of her life working for such a place, as she struggles with the often unreasonable demands of her wealthy clientele.

"I honestly had no idea how shallow, picky, selfish, and entitled some clients could be. After six years of feedback, demands, and expectations, I'm still thrown for
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Carol
Jul 04, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I enjoyed reading ‘Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker’ by Marla Martenson. It was light, breezy, and witty and funny. It was exactly what I needed after the dark and gloomy book before it. She nailed Los Angeles for the people living there with oddball characters, the demand for being physically fit and underweight. I was relieved when she discussed that because I moved from the Midwest where people don’t work out hours at a time every day and all the women are not size zero. She also got into ...more
Kari Anderson
Jul 28, 2010 Kari Anderson rated it really liked it
Marla went to Beverly Hills to become an actress, why else to people move to Beverly Hills? But she ended up behind a desk, trying to match the filthy rich men of Beverly Hills with women 20 years younger and a few notches prettier. This book goes through a period in Marla’s life where she is writing her second book, contemplating getting out of the matchmaking business to become a full time writer and trying to prove to people that she’s good at her job and knows better than they do what kind o ...more
baggyparagraphs
Oct 05, 2011 baggyparagraphs rated it really liked it
Meeting one’s match might be left to the vagaries of Internet dating sites, but couldn’t a professional matchmaker refine the search? Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker is Marla Martenson’s account of her duties with “Double D Dating Service” in the rarified atmosphere of Beverly Hills. The book is a deftly handled dual narrative as Ms. Martenson wryly recounts episodes from her own fraught life in addition to presentations of home runs and strikeouts in the world of dating, where “clueless dic ...more
Danielle
Nov 22, 2010 Danielle rated it liked it
It’s tough when you’re a matchmaker to the exorbitantly wealthy male population in Beverley Hills. With demands coming in from both her clientele at the busy Matchmaking firm she works for and from her book publisher, Marla’s life is a roller coaster of excitement. Busy days answering emails and star gazing nights leave her with enough material to fill book after book. Now, if only she could focus on writing and not so much on the temperamental demands of her clients, her life would be perfect.

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Orbs n Rings
Feb 02, 2012 Orbs n Rings rated it it was amazing
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Funny, whimsical story of a real life Beverly Hills female-cupid preserving the harmony of her own life, those of her clients while also juggling her new writing career.

Breathe... Ah, the crazy dating scene of Beverly Hills and the Hollywood life of Marla Martenson. Marla, the author of this book has quite a unique job. Like an artist, she perfects her art of playing matchmaker. Even if she had this same job in another state, there just would be no comparison. What a stressful job. Marla surely
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Teena in Toronto
This is the memoir of Marla, a matchmaker in Beverly Hills. She'd had high hopes of making it as an actress but it didn't really happen as she had wished (she'd had some parts including a small one in What Women Want). She ends up working as a matchmaker for a dating company, matching rich picky men with the women who are looking for them. On the side, she had become an author of dating books. She was hoping to make enough as an author to be able to leave her job at the agency and focus on writi ...more
Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker gives readers an inside look at author Marla Martenson’s intriguing life as a Beverly Hills matchmaker. Didn’t know matchmakers truly existed? Oh, they do. Marla worked at an agency in LA where she expertly matched rich, older men with beautiful, young and thin women.

It wasn’t all that simple though, of course. Marla shares several e-mails she received and sent to clients. It was VERY interesting getting a sneak peek at what ACTUALLY happened and how Marla han
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Deborah
In Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Author Marla Martenson mixes a little bit of insight about the matchmaking game together with a whole lot about her life. For the first quarter of the book it felt like the balance was leaning a little too heavily on Marla's life and not quite enough on her day to day work of connecting hearts. In fact, sometimes it felt more like I was reading Diary of a Beverly Hills Writer (who's a matchmaker to pay the rent).

However, once I got into the book and connec
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Lauren
Jul 02, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it
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Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker reads like an extra-long addition to one of those trashy yet fun to read celebrity magazines. You know the type. Glamorous, exciting, and funny. But this book has something most of those magazines don't have. Those aspects? Substance and an extra-dose of reality.

Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker tells different tales straight from author Marla Martenson's life. Stories that include dealing with her matchmaker status and the tasks that come with it, to encoun
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RYCJ
Feb 22, 2011 RYCJ rated it it was amazing
Part way through reading I had to laugh at myself after re-examining the cover and synopsis of Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker. Marla says nothing about providing *insight* on matchmaking, though it was what I mostly expected. It was all in my imaginings however. She delivers EXACTLY what the back cover promises, and one big unplugged surplus more.

I mean, will all the Adolfo's in the world please stand and step forward!!! Marla does a wonderful job lavishing her diary with accounts of how s
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Susan Williams
Sep 24, 2016 Susan Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

What am amazing story. Part autobiography, part day by day story of her high level matchmaking job, part expose on the vapid values of southern California rich and old vs young and beautiful, and the rest, good clean, hysterical fun! It brought back a lot of memories for me of life in La La Land. Loved the affirmations at the end of each chapter. Glad the author has a real, grounded, loving, supportive marriage as well as friends and family to balance the craziness of her profession. Wh
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Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it liked it
Marla Martenson is a matchmaker. There are people out there who just don't have time to play the meet, greet, and then date game. They go to Marla, explain what they are looking for and want in a relationship, and she does her best to match them up.

Being in Beverly Hills though is more of a challenge. Silicone Valley and high rollers, they want only the best and are willing to pay for it. Marla charges quite a sum for her services but then again, sometimes what they request can be quite challeng
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Monica
Dec 05, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it
"This is a fun and quirky read, it's based on the authors own personal journey and you get an inside, behind the scenes look at what actually happens in the life of a Beverly Hills matchmaker. You're privy to e-mails, conversations with clients, handling of sticky situations and happily ever afters!
And, if that's not enough to keep you entertained, you'll also read all about Marla's marriage to her Latin lover and her everyday struggles with her job, home, friendships and relationships.
I though
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Joana Arteaga
Sep 13, 2006 Joana Arteaga rated it really liked it
At first I thought this book was going to be more like a diary with dates and page entries. It wasn't exactly like that but it was diary like because she included very personal details about her life. The stories she tells about some of the men and women she tried to match up were pretty funny. Some of those guys were so ridiculous and expected to much. Some of the women were a little crazy. What I enjoyed the most were her own stories about her relationship with Adolfo. They are such a beautifu ...more
Jennifer
Jan 31, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Another book I won here at GoodReads! this one looks very interesting... :)

This one was so fun to read. And made me SO HAPPY to be married to a man who love me and all my wrinkles. It was interesting to see into a life so different than mine. This was a book you could read a bit, put down, and then pick it right back up and jump back into it. At times I did get confused with all the different men and women she was setting up, but the author did a good job of making them uniquie enough that I was
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Machel
Jul 05, 2010 Machel rated it it was amazing
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This was a fun, quirky memior based on Marla's own personal journey. I found it to be utterly charming, fun and just a good read period. It's always wonderful to find a 'disarming' memior that makes you love the person more by finding humor in their own ups and downs, while writing a wonderful story about it. Marla is an excellent writer. I look forward to reading her two other books. m
Roxanne
Sep 16, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book to read. Marla goes to Hollywood to become an actress which did not happen and somehow she fell into matchmaking. With all the rich people she is around it is a pretty good gig, and she has fun doing it. Of course you have to put up with egos and power trip people but i really enjoyed the book.
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I everyone, welcome to my author profile. Books are my life. Ever since I was a little girl, I was a bookworm. My favorite genre is memoir, I love digging into a juicy true life story.

As well as being an author, I'm also a professional matchmaker, helping people connect with their soul mate.

I also love travel, learning about far away places, other cultures and learning new languages. I have lived
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