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How to Make the Perfect Man

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  10 reviews

Love isn’t science. It’s alchemy.

Needing a date for the hottest Hallowe’en party in town, scientist Aubrey Waldegrave sets to work creating his perfect man. Unfortunately, the Adonis who emerges from his laboratory is a free spirit who has no time for Aubrey’s brogues and tweeds.

Alchemist Trismegistus Nimlet can turn anything into
ebook, 62 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Pride Publishing
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Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh that was an absolute joy!

It's a strange combination of many things including a friends to lovers romance coupled with the unique flair this author duo brings to all their collaborations.

The plot is essentially as the blurb says. Mix a bit of Doctor Frankenstein with the fabled alchemy of the Philosopher's Stone and you get a perfect mixture with a side order of public schoolboy style werewolves and a talking alligator.

It sounds bonkers but it just works! Perfectly timed for a Halloween tre
Werewolves and banshees and zombies, oh my! Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead add their unique style to this absolutely delightful paranormal love story. A campy and fun friends to lovers romance, which is a smidge more Rocky Horror and a tad less gothic horror, How to Make the Perfect Man is part of the Some Like it Haunted Collection for Halloween 2020.

For twenty-six straight years Aubrey Waldegrave has attended the Halloween Ball with his best friend Tris Nimlet. Aubrey’s been crushing o
Joyfully Jay
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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5 stars

This is a perfect little Halloween sip to put one in the mood for the holiday and also give a person all the sweet feels that a romance sometimes does. Between the outlandish characters, the silly premise of making a surfer dude come to life, and the so very sweet longing that Aubrey is constantly hiding from Tris, this short story flies off the page. This writing duo is so good at making interesting characters fall in love and How to Make a Perfect Man is no excep
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
How To Make The Perfect Man is easily the funniest of all of Catherine and Eleanor’s books, (believe me I have read them all to date unless the ladies have sneaked one past me with me realising) this is a real hoot right from page one when Aubrey’s ‘Monster’ came alive, (even though I was expected the old line of; ‘It’s alive, It’s alive..’ I think I have been watching far too many Carry on’s a lately) I was in hysteric’s honestly a surfer dude Frankenstein that has an aversion to ‘proper’ cloth ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novella is, in a word, cute! We have Aubrey, a reanimation scientist who has been in love with his best friend of forty years, who is literally making himself a date for the Wizard’s Ball, the social event of the season. His best friend, alchemist Trismegistus, is also attending the ball. Coincidentally, he is also in love with his best friend of forty years, Aubrey. Neither one ever said anything and there is a lot of “he’d never feel that way about me.”

Aubrey wants, just once, to walk in
Fiona Marsden
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
What would you get if Doctor Frankenstein was in love with Nicolas Flamel but thought there was no hope so made a perfect man of his own to take to the Halloween Ball? And what if the perfect man turned out to be Rocky from the Rocky Horror Picture show?
This is a fun little novella about two charming protagonists who have been besties for forties years since they met the first day of school. Aubrey, Baron Waldegrave is a noted mad scientist taking inspiration from the good doctor in his quest to
Susan Anne
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of How to Make the Perfect Man by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead from Pride Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This was the perfect Halloween read for me since my long-standing Halloween tradition is to watch Rocky Horror Picture Show, some years both versions. While sweet is the last word I’d use to describe the movie, it fits this story very well. The main characters are both forty-plus, Aubrey a mad scientist, Trismegistus an alchemist, and BFFs. The surfer ...more
Mari  Cardenas
4.5 Haunted Stars!

This was such a sweet, fun friends-to-lovers read, just perfect for a slow Sunday morning curled with my kitten under a fleece blanket. 

Aubrey and Tris were very likable, kind of oblivious about the other's feelings, yet in a realistic way. I just loved how Tris jumped to help Aubrey when Aubrey needed him and how perfect they were for each other. 

I really liked how Kai was just what they both needed to make the jump from friends to lovers and the epilogue had to be the cutest
Ruby Scalera
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful Halloween read! I love any book by Curzon and Harkstead, and How to Make the perfect Man is a quick and fun read that you're sure to enjoy, even if you're not a huge fan of the paranormal. Their quick wit and humor shows through in the fun array of characters and mishaps, and the world is full of ghostly and ghoulish fun, unique retellings of classic myth, and everything you would expect from a paranormal Halloween ball.

I read this story in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed m
Aerielle Bondi
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful story. It starts out a bit like Frankenstein, Aubrey creates “Adam”, a perfect man to be his date for the annual Halloween party. Things don’t go the way he plans. His perfect man end up being a surfer boy who had an adversion to clothes and who wants to be called Kai. They are joined by Tris, Aubrey’s long term friend, and the man Aubrey really pines for. The great mixture of characters and creatures really make this story. There’s werewolves, banshee’s, sequin wearing fro ...more
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Catherine Curzon is an author and royal historian of the 18th century.

Her work has been featured on, the official website of BBC History Magazine, and in publications such as All About History, Who Do You Think You Are?, and Jane Austen's Regency World. She has spoken at venues including Kenwood House, Wellington College, the Royal Pavilion, the National Maritime Museum, the Hurli

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