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When Polly Met Olly

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Polly and Olly were never supposed to meet…
Polly might spend her days searching for eligible matches for her elite list of clients at her New York dating agency, but her own love life is starting to go up in smoke.

Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about the very person she’s meant to be setting her latest client up with… surely it can’t get any worse!

But then Polly bumps
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Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published January 7th 2019 by HQ Digital
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Dash fan
5 Unputdownable!


Wow what an Enchanting and Endearing Romance with so much Wit and Humour. Definitely one of my Top reads this year!

Polly is down on her luck, she's a great photographer, but just can't seem to get her lucky break.

So when a job comes up at To The Moon and Back Dating Agency she decides to go for it!
Now Polly hasn't got a great track record with Men or dates so when Derek informs her that their clients expect them to woo their potential date for them whilst pretending to be them,
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Berit☀️✨
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, blog-tour, arc
Zoe May has written a lovely and heartwarming tale full of love. Polly just landed herself a job as a matchmaker, the irony is she’s not very successful at love herself. I found Polly’s work as a matchmaker quite interesting, I wish there had been a little more of her on the job in the book. Loved her relationship with her roommate Gabe. He was such a great friend and an engaging character. Her boss Derek was also a great character who brought a lot to the story, we all would love a boss as ...more
Lili  Marcus
I really liked the concept of this book, the reason why I requested it, but the execution disappointed me. It's boring leaving the good story concept a waste. I don't like the romance, it's lacking too much and I didn't feel even a bit of a spark between the main characters. The characters themselves are not that interesting which really made me sad coz they sound amazing in the description. The dialogues are forced. So unrealistic and I couldn't feel the characters speaking them. They're just ...more
Kelley
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Polly Met Olly by Zoe May is a romantic comedy that takes Tinder and all things online dating to the for front. This is an adorable novel for sure and really shows you what some people go through when dating. This also shows how Polly pushes through everything that is thrown at her even when she feels like she can't. The novel shows you that not all love comes in the simplest of ways and sometimes you really have to fight for it. Polly and Olly are two hilarious characters that drive the ...more
Claire Robinson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 - "If I can’t find you love… no one can." Stars.

I really enjoyed the last book I read by this author, so was really looking forward to getting stuck into When Polly Met Olly unfortunately the same cannot be said on this occasion.

"Love isn’t a checklist…"

The main issue I had with the book was that although it was pretty easy to read. The actual Polly and Olly element is extremely sparse, for the first 70% of the book they knowingly interact a grand total of five times, and three of those
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Noriko
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
To be perfectly honest, I'm still debating whether to give this book 4 stars or settle with 3.5 stars. This book kept me interested most of the time while I was reading it, and I enjoyed this cute, funny and heart-swoony read overall.

The writing is brisk, crisp and adorable in a bit quirky way. It perfectly matched the tone of the story, and I particularly enjoyed the unassuming, friendly, witty banter that shone through the early part of the book where the tidbits behind dating scene/dating
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Lisa Mandina
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This has a really cute start. Now, it is totally a British story, because I had to look up what an aubergine emoji would be, it is in fact an eggplant emoji. And throughout the story there were a lot of things that were totally British sayings or names for things. This was an issue for me because the book takes place in New York City, and most of the people are not British. I feel like the story was good in a lot of ways though. The way people behaved towards each other was pretty real. The way ...more
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romcom
You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews

When Polly Met Olly was wonderfully written heartwarming and thought-provoking chick- lit and a lovely romance. Book was about not just love, romance but importance of compatibility, having substance in relationship; Following passion and not just following it but enjoying it; Being genuine and compassionate in profession; not letting down your own worth and not to let people disrespect you and your work.

Characters-

This book had
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tara
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, arc-read
3.5

Well Zoe May is one talented author thats flying well under the radar. Her writing was fast paced, relevant, witty and humorous. I'm a huge fan of English writing so even though the setting was America it worked well for me. Not only did I adore Polly as our heroine, her independent character development and the side cast really shone in this (more so than our hero). This had a really great plot, but the execution let it down (just slightly).

Polly, an aspiring photographer from the UK is in
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K.S. Marsden
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a failing professional photographer, the last thing Polly expects is to end up working in a dating agency; never mind clashing with their competitor, Olly.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This follows Polly who, after struggling to make a living with her career as a freelance photographer, resigns herself to taking a job working for Derek at his dating company. As much as she hates to put her dreams on hold, they aren't going to pay the rent, plus Derek is a pretty
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Zeynep | BlissfullyBookedd Blog |
• Provided by NetGalley •

Packed with wit and humour, Zoey May’s latest is sure to make you laugh and cry.

This book had the most major ‘Always a Bridesmaid, Never the Bride’ vibes that I couldn’t get over my excitement because of that. I A D O R E D I T. Majorly.

Loveable characters, the most fun dialogues and those juicy twists? The cover also made me pre-order it so I could have it on my shelf hehe!!
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Finitha Jose
An air of caution surrounds me whenever I select a Zoe May book to read; she is the queen of unpredictability. We might be deluded in thinking that this is another cosy read, but then the story takes a totally different direction (in a good way, actually). Well, this particular story at least defines the heroes in the title itself, so I was relaxed in that part. But then came the blow: Olly is not your typical dashing young man, he is rather old. Yup! that is Zoe May for you.
Online dating
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Amanda
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a confession to make- yes, yet another one. Although I have heard of Zoe May, I haven’t actually read any of her books……until now that is. Sorry Zoe. I enjoyed reading ‘When Polly Met Olly’ so much that I now ask myself ‘why the hell haven’t I read one of her books before now?’ I absolutely loved this book but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but take to Polly from the first time I met her. In the end I really did feel as though Polly was a friend. I know, I know this book is
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Amanda
I liked the premise of this book, but the execution was so poor. I'm sorry, but I just do not understand this book at all. Why would an author choose to set a book in a place they know absolutely nothing about? This is written not only as if the author has never been to NYC, but as if she didn't do a basic Google search about NYC. If you're going to set a book in a location like that, you need to do the research. Like, no one would call Staten Island an "unfashionable part of town" and it is ...more
Elaine
Polly is a talented photographer, but is struggling to find work after finishing her degree so is starting to work as a matchmaker instead! She didn’t anticipate this meaning her going undercover to check out a rival agency or her finding the boss there attractive! Her usual job involves her using online dating sites to endeavour to find the perfect match for clients – including messaging potential matches pretending to be her client to set up their initial exchanges and see if she thinks it ...more
Laurie Ellingham
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Fun, Fabulous and 100% Feel-Good read!

Polly is a struggling photographer trying to make it in New York. She takes a job as a match-maker for a dating agency to pay the bills and finds herself immersed in the world of dating criteria and finding that perfect match for each of her clients.

It was an eye-opening read and I really enjoyed learning more about dating and match-making. The novel is filled with laugh out loud dating mishaps along with some wonderful descriptions of New York.

I loved
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Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen)
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A huge thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is more of a 3,5 than a 4 stars, but since I really quite enjoyed it I gave it a 4 star rating on here. It has its issues, and it's incredibly predictable, but not enough to dampen my enjoyment. The predictability is something you expect when picking up a romance novel; you expect a happy ending, you expect cozy and fluffy, and that is exactly what WHEN POLLY MET
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Sónia
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2stars
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Leanne Crabtree
This review and more can be found at my blog A Romance Reader's Reviews

*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I've seen this book on Goodreads quite often with friends rating and reviewing it so when I saw it on Netgalley as a "Read Now" and with me looking for good chick-lit writers that I'm going to buy again and again, I thought I'd give this a try.

So we meet Polly--a British ex-pat--who is being interviewed for a job at a successful dating agency. It
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Juliana
I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
2.5 stars. This story was just okay, honestly. Polly starts working for To the Moon and Back so she can have a steady paycheck while trying to get her photography business up and running. She almost immediately goes undercover to check out the competition, Elite Love Match.
While I liked the premise about two competing matchmaker agencies, it didn't turn out as expected. Something was missing from this story as a whole.
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Kim
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was an ok read but there were some weird things about it that didn’t seem right to me. For instance I get that Zoe May is trying to write about someone living in New York but there were too many British terms and references used that Americans would never use.

Aside from those there were a few other problems like Polly thinking Derek was an old creep and then crushing on a guy around his age. Guess Olly isn’t a creep because he dresses like a twenty something hipster despite nearing 45? Ok.
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Els
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title is fun and put a smile on my face straight away. It was the first thing that attracted me to the booK.

The title is not the only humourous thing. The author has sprinkled the story with some funny bits but the main focus is on romance.

Everybody is keen on finding the ‘one’ and we have ticked boxes on a (mental) list with how we want our ideal partner to look, but looks are not everything! Maybe we should delve deeper and extend our list with things we want or don’t want our ideal
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Luanna
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
An unexpected romance, that's funny, heartfelt and nostalgic.

Polly's life did not pan out the way she planned it. She lands up taking a job as a matchmaker even though her heart is in photography. She doesn't believe she can matchmake as her dating life is a bit slate. But life has other plans for her.

Olly is 20 years senior to Polly and runs a competing matchmaking agency. He has a clinical take on love, having never been in it.

Both the protagonists develop new lifeskills as they interact
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LianaReads blog
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
A refreshing story about a woman who wants to start a photography Career but she needs to get a job before setting up her dreams. Polly starts working at To the Moon and Back, a matchmaker company, and without wanting she gets herself in spying on the competition which is Elite Love Match owned by Olly, a divorcee man twenty years older than her.
While the settings, the story itself was quite interesting and the secondary characters are that great that maybe deserves their own
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Bailey
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
When Polly Met Olly by Zoe May is a contemporary romance novel. Polly is a struggling photographer, who moved to New York to pursue her dreams. She comes on an opportunity to work for a small matchmaking agency leading to her meet the handsome competition that is Olly. At first I was not as interested by the description of this book, but I ended up reading it quickly. Polly is somewhat naive and I really thought Derek was going to be a conman (dude, that is corporate espionage). Boy and girl ...more
Tianna✸loves books✸
“ARC provided in exchange for an honest review”


Polly just landed a job in a matchmaking agency. Her boss gives her, her first assignment. She has to pose as a client in the rival dating site to spy on them as to why there dating site is more successful. As she is already quite desperate for job she agrees to do it.
She then goes to the rival, Olly’s office. She is attracted to him.

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This book
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Kelly
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: uno-2019
Formulaic and pretty non eventful romance. The one redeeming scene is the Valentines party which bought some magic and sparkle to the book. It wasn’t a bad story or the telling of it but nothing to cling too or miss when it’s gone. Polly can be pretty irritating at times which does not endear her to readers. Derek however is a triumph although I found myself wondering throughout if his sick wife story was a sham as it was referred to constantly. I think by the time I got into the story it was ...more
Gina Moltz
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Polly met Olly was a charming book! Just what I needed during the dark and gloomy winter. Polly was a wonderful character I wanted to see happy. Her side kicks were pretty fun also. The storyline may be a little predictable but I still enjoyed it very much.
Flo
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, publisher, romance
2 stars: Started off strong and then quickly went downhill...

For the positives: I liked the main character. This book is more like a Sophie Kinsella/Mhairi McFarlane "General Fiction with a side of Romance" than a true romance book. Yes, romance is a big subject in it, but the actual romance between two characters is more of an (awkward) side-plot. But I liked Polly, and I think May captured really well that feeling of being lost at 25, of constantly feeling like you're not living up to
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Julie
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun, flirty and fabulous read that will have you giggling on many an occasion, When Polly Met Olly is the latest delightful page-turner from Zoe May!

Polly might be a professional matchmaker, but her own love life is certainly nothing to write home about. While she spends her days looking for suitable matches for her elite clients at a top New York dating agency, Polly’s own personal life leaves a lot to be desired! While she is a dab hand at finding the one for other people, her own knight in
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