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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bettie Youngs Books; Large type edition edition (20 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780984308101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984308101
  • ASIN: 0984308105
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm

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Marla Martenson is the bestselling author of Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting and Good Date, Bad Date. Marla is a dating and relationship coach, Beverly Hills matchmaker, and professional speaker. She has appeared on numerous TV shows, including the ""Today Show,"" WGN Chicago ""Morning News,"" and others. When not busy writing or coaching, she can be found sipping vanilla soy lattes, getting Botox injections, and nagging her husband to put the toilet seat down.
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Dating In LA Is Awful...But Makes Entertaining Reading 20 May 2010
By Kyra Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Diary Of A Beverly Hills Matchmaker details Marla Martenson's experiences when she was a matchmaker for some of the richest men in the world. The cost of her services ranged between $20,000 and $50,000. The agency's price was dependent on how unreasonable the man's demands were. To quote Marla: "If a guy looks like Danny DeVito and he wants to date someone who looks like Heidi Klum that's going to cost him a little extra." And you will not believe how many Danny DeVito types expect to date Heidi Klum lookalikes! In fact the demands of some of her clients are so unreasonable I frequently had to remind myself that this book was nonfiction! Men who want a super-model-gorgeous woman (they call them 10-pluses) who are 20 years younger than them, ivy league educated and want to play the role of a 1950s housewife. How many ivy league educated women do you know who want to play that role? Or how about the guy who decided to ditch on of his matches because although she was beautiful and perfect in almost every way he didn't like the way her nipples looked. Apparently her areolas were too big. And then there's the female client who appears to be willing to sleep with any man who buys her a $1000+ handbag. Not all of the clients at the dating service are this dysfunctional but almost all of them are...shall we say, eccentric? Marla on the other hand is this totally normal, likable and perhaps most importantly, relatable person and watching her navigate her way through a sea of egos and excessive materialism is sort of surreal. And lets not forget the decent people who happen into her matchmaking service. Reading their emails (and this book is filled with the real emails of her clients) as they delicately try to tell Marla that the man or woman they went on their last date with was insane is more than a little amusing. Considering how specific some of these people's checklists are it's amazing that Marla is able to make any matches at all. But she does. Again and again she finds a way to bring people who were clearly made for one another together.

It's sort of the Nanny Diaries of the dating world. The book is definitely an entertaining and enlightening read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Light, fun read! 5 Oct. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 a loop now and then," says Martenson. But what can you do when her clients pay $40,000 and up to find the right woman?

The author starts off by showing us what a regular day for her is like, answering annoying emails and trying to understand her clients' often incredible and unreasonable requests, as they continually find faults with their gorgeous, perfect Barbie-doll dates.

After this initial glimpse into her 'regular day,' Martenson goes back in time to recount how she got started, working at restaurant jobs and waiting on rude celebrities such as Joan Collins, who once barked at her for forgetting a fork. "For all my work, she left me a $2 tip on a $120 tab. The woman was clearly typecast as Alexis, right?" says the author.

She also talks about her dreams of becoming an actress, her marriage, divorce and remarriage to the perfect guy, her father's death and, finally, taking charge of her life. Eventually all fell into place and she started earning good money making commercials and getting small parts in films and print modeling work. She even got a couple of lines in the Mel Gibson film, What Women Want. Then, finally, how she got started as a recruiter for the dating service, on the lookout for what she calls "a fresh supply of goddesses" and her life as an author--a calling she never suspected she had.

The book is full of interesting anecdotes about Martenson's work in Hollywood with the stars. The writing is simple, straight forward, witty and honest. This is the perfect fun, beach read. I like the author's satiric slant on beauty and the mystery of dating and relationships, as well as the shallowness of Hollywood and the pressure put on women to look good. The book, though a light read, makes you think about society and the role of women and men in it, and explores interesting issues of gender.

Martenson is the author of two best selling relationship books: Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting and Good Date, Bad Date.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Matchmaker approved! 28 April 2011
By Maria Avgitidou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker. As a matchmaker myself, I honestly couldn't stop nodding my head and scoffing in agreement with many, many parts of Marla's descriptions of her professional life.

Her struggles with balancing both matchmaking and her personal life were extremely relate-able, regardless if one is or isn't in the business of love. You feel her struggle in coping with femininity, expected gender roles, and the "masculine" energy one would need to tackle unbearable (or unrelenting) clients.

Can't wait for the next one!
Terrific Read!! 16 Feb. 2014
By michelle lesko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Have you ever ran into an old friend and immediately one of your friends, acquaintances or co- workers popped into your mind like the two would find like Cinderella and a slipper? Well imagine doing that for countless hours a day; where only the exclusive and wealthy princes order up a bodacious, smart, and worldly princess ( oh lets not forget big hooters are a bonus). Poof! You are about to enter the world of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker who rolls out the red carpet for you and takes you into the world of high income, high maintenance and high strung where her job is to walk around putting out fires and polishing stones into diamonds all done in style and 4 inch heels.
Marla Martenson has done a fabulous job not only entertaining her audience by providing a birds eye view into this life changing field of matchmaking. She does a beautiful job of taking us into the life of a real time high end matchmaking business pulling the reader into what feels like you are sharing her body. You experience the triumphs, disasters, and emotional toll it takes on her and the ones she cares about. Marla does such a magnificent job of walking you through her thinking process that you actually want to bring her a bottle of wine at the end of the day so she can relax. The most interesting part of this book as a reader is that throughout it Martenson never forgets her values and the strong foundation from her mother to"do the right thing". Some of her clients may seem very demanding, emotionally draining and not in the least bit concerned about anyone else s happiness but their own. Actually that is the point; they all are her priority and each and every demand is taken seriously not because the client is paying mega bucks for a service, but the author cares more about the end product. The reader is introduced to a small sampling of her clients ; and their personalities: rude, genuine, liars, cheaters, users and posers all to find they have one common denominator --------true love. The age old dilemma is that every person defines what love is quite differently and it only takes one person with the same answer to create that magic......and boy by the end of this book you will either a) put on your Chanel stilettos, open a bottle of vino and dance around your house happy your are in love, or b)open a bottle of vino and pray these souls find love.
As an avid reader who has little time to spend actually reading, this book was a quick, easy, entertaining and refreshing book that I had a difficult time putting down. Actually the only time I put it down was to charge my Kindle and once when I felt piercing eyes gazing at me and I realized it was my children looking at me with forks in their hands and drooling that I gave it a break. If you want a wonderful read and a glimpse into this wonderful world high power mega wealthy hormone dancing ........pull up a chair and get ready to be taken on a ride of your life! Just a word of caution---make sure you charge your kindle and order in take out because you won't want to put this book down.
Funny, whimsical story of a real life Beverly Hills female-cupid. 9 Feb. 2012
By Autumn Blues Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 pays the price of living in this area of California, sometimes with her health, other times with the frustrations of not being able to find a decent home, in a decent neighborhood at an affordable price.

Marla had me laughing many times throughout this book. Many times I could totally relate to Marla and her relationship with her latin husband. Whether during her excitement when house hunting or other times as her and her husband have little spats and disagreements. I knew exactly where she was coming from. Being latin myself, and my husband not, we have similar silly situations that happen between us. I love how Marla and her husband refer to themselves as Lucy and Ricky, which enlightens their relationship and sets an even funnier picture of the couple for the reader. Marla is truly blessed to have her husband, who is her guiding light and helps her fight her insecurities, that come along with her matchmaking job.

I found this book an enjoyable read. In fact, the day I started the first chapter I lost my footing on my elliptical while laughing. Marla describes some of her clients, their requests, circumstances and conversations throughout the book. It is kind of sad that some of these male clients may never find real love because of their high expectations of women. Other times, while reading this book, it makes you wonder if wealth is a curse for some of these men. But it is not a completely unsuccessful endeavor as Marla does have some success in matching couples together.Some do end up finding true love and even marriage.

Although this book is a peek at Marla's real life, it just cannot be taken too seriously. Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker is one of those books one reads because it is fun, funny and even funnier. It is a well written pick-me-up book that will help you leave your cares behind, while you join Marla on her matchmaking journey and life adventure, because life is what it is.
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