Title: The Arc
Author: Tory Henwood Hoen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: February 8, 2022
Page Count: 344
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
For fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sally Rooney, and Rebecca Serle, Tory Henwood Hoen’s The Arc is a smart, high concept love story that asks: can you curate your soulmate?
Thirty-five-year-old Ursula Byrne, VP of Strategic Audacity at a branding agency in Manhattan, is successful, witty, whip-smart, and single. She’s tried all the dating apps, and let’s just say: she’s underwhelmed by her options. You’d think that by now someone would have come up with something more bespoke; a way for users to be more tailored about who and what they want in a life partner––how hard could that be?
Enter The Arc: a highly secretive, super-sophisticated matchmaking service that uses a complex series of emotional, psychological and physiological assessments to architect partnerships that will go the distance. The price tag is high, the promise ambitious––a level of lifelong compatibility that would otherwise be unattainable. In other words, The Arc will find your ideal mate.
Ursula is paired with forty-two-year-old lawyer Rafael Banks. From moment one, this feels like the electric, lasting love they’ve each been seeking their whole adult lives. But as their relationship unfolds in unanticipated ways, the two begin to realize that true love is never a sure thing. And the arc of a relationship is never predictable…even when it’s fully optimized.
The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen is a contemporary romance novel but it has a slight sci-fi edge to it with the advanced dating agency known as The Arc. The story in this novel is one that is told by changing the point of view between the characters.
At thirty five Ursula Byrne has had more than her fair share of bad dates and relationships that didn’t go anywhere. Just as Ursula is thinking the may be single forever thinking that her quirkiness isn’t going to ever find a match Ursula hears of a new dating service called The Arc.
The Arc has a hundred percent success rate at matching up couples and that guarantee comes at quite the cost. For Ursula though the cost would be nothing if she finds happiness so she packs for the week long analysis at The Arc where she is matched with Rafael Banks.
The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen is another one of those books that there were things I really enjoyed and things I didn’t. I liked the idea of the perfect match being found and I really enjoyed the twist the author threw into the mix to keep the pages turning. However, the characters seemed a bit over the top to me with a lot of actions in a book taking place in current time and I suppose I should have picked up on that tone with the job of VP of Strategic Audacity but overall I ended feeling this one was just an Ok read for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Tory Henwood Hoen is an American-Canadian writer whose work has appeared in New York Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Bon Appetit, Fortune, and others. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is a graduate of Brown University.
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