Jenna Persons, 29
Hometown: Fort Myers
Celebrity crush: Brad Pitt
Favorite hangouts: Spirit of Bacchus, The Edison, Ford’s Garage
Three words that describe you: Independent, ambitious (she ran for mayor of Fort Myers in 2010), fun
Something people would be surprised to learn about you: I shot an eight-point buck in Alabama and won a fishing tournament off Cabbage Key in April.
Any pets? A cocker spaniel named Lovie and two cats named Sophie and Jasmine
First thing you notice about a guy: His eyes
Desire to settle down: Today it’s a 2, but in a couple years we might bump that up a few points.
Perfect first date: Laughing with someone and getting to know them over a beer or soda—something simple
Most played song on your iTunes: Blake Shelton’s Hey
Turn offs: Ego, cockiness, insensitivity
Does age matter: Yes, it matters—I’m looking for someone at the same point in life as I am.
Call or text: Text, definitely
How will a guy know you’re interested? I’ll get nervous, blush and start rambling
Do you check out a guy online before a first date? Oh yeah, we do it all …
The perfect guy is: Witty, passionate, strong and fun.
Her biggest vice: Politics
Ian Holmes, 34
Civil Litigation Attorney
Hometown: Hallowell, Maine
Last book you read:The Proud Highway by Hunter S. Thompson
The perfect girl is: Easygoing, compassionate, non-confrontational and outgoing. We can’t both be shy.
Favorite vacation spot: Going back home to Maine in the fall
Favorite hangout? BBG or Burn
What do you notice first about a girl? Her smile
Desire to settle down: If it happens, it happens.
Three words to describe yourself: Shy, competitive, easygoing
What do you do in your free time? I like cooking and playing golf and basketball. I also read a lot.
What makes a relationship successful? Trust, brutal honesty and not holding anything back
Perfect first date: Something simple, like drinks and appetizers
Hottest thing a girl can wear: Dressed down in something casual, like jeans and a T-shirt
Most played song on your iTunes? Skinny Love by Bon Iver
Dating dealbreakers: None. I’m really easygoing.
Does age matter? Not really. My age range is anywhere from 25–40.
Call or text? Text
Do you check out a girl online before your first date? Yes. If it’s there, you have to look.
On kids: I have a daughter, Isabella, who is two-and-a-half. I don’t want more kids right now—I can’t imagine splitting up the time I spend with her.
Biggest fear? Failure.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be more outgoing.
Karen Ryan, 51
Public Relations Manager
Hometown: Air Force brat (born in Asheville, N.C.)
What you notice first about a guy: Confidence—not to be confused with cockiness. You can tell if someone is comfortable in his own skin.
Desire to settle down: 3 out of 10 (I don’t want to give up one of my two walk-in closets.)
Turn offs: Overconfidence, jealousy, guys who don’t treat waitresses well
Does age matter? Mine doesn’t, but his does.
Three words that describe you: Unpredictable, driven, creative
Perfect first date: A traditional date in an unfamiliar setting
Celebrity crush: George Clooney
Something people would be surprised to know: I dated a professional boxer—he was ranked No. 2 in the world. Last book you read: 50 Shades of Grey
Dating deal-breaker: Being late. My dad was in the Air Force, so if you’re on time, you’re five minutes late.
Corniest thing you’ve ever done for a guy: FedExed a box of helium balloons to a construction site
How will a guy know you’re interested? I’ll make eye contact and get in his space.
Guilty pleasure: Movie marathons
Do you check a guy out online before your first date? Doesn’t everybody?
Do you have kids? I have two amazing daughters in college.
The perfect guy is: Not perfect.
Ian Bunnett, 51
Logistics and Transport Storage Management
Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
Last book you read? The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The perfect girl is: A best friend with great chemistry and integrity who has my back in any situation (and vice versa).
Favorite vacation spot? Anywhere near the ocean
What do you notice first about a girl? Smile
Desire to settle down? 10. It’s time now.
Three words to describe yourself: Patient, compassionate, loyal
What do you do in your free time? Cycle as much as I can and fish. I also love playing polo and polocrosse, which I did a lot more of when I lived in Zimbabwe.
What makes a relationship successful? Once you’re in it for the right reasons, mutual respect is hugely important for it to endure.
Your most important accomplishment: Making sure my children grow up with the right values. [He has two—a daughter, 21, and a son, 17.]
Speak any other languages? Shona, the second native language of Zimbabwe
Perfect first date? Dinner at Trulucks
Hottest thing a girl can wear? A little black dress
Does age matter? It’s more about chemistry and personality.
What can’t you live without? Coffee
Dating rule you wish girls abided by? Be more punctual.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Working a lot less and enjoying life’s pleasures with somebody
Dating dealbreaker(s)? Talking about an ex. If you’re moving forward with me, we don’t need to talk about that.
Your biggest vice? Vanilla ice cream.
Your signature drink? Wine, particularly merlot.
Biggest fear: Fear itself.
Kevin Zylstra, 41
Hometown: Rock Valley, Iowa
Last book you read?Success to Significance by Lloyd Reeb
The perfect girl is: Active in pursuing her Christian walk, adventurous, has a playful spirit and enjoys volunteering.
What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? I’ve been struck by lightning a couple times.
Any pets? A Basset Hound/Boxer named Baxter
Favorite hangout? Avenue Wine Café on Fifth Avenue South. It’s low key, which I like.
What do you notice first about a girl? Her face, particularly eyes and smile
Desire to settle down? 10, and I’d like to have kids.
Three words to describe yourself: Trustworthy, quiet-mannered, humble
What do you do in your free time? I attend Bible study, volunteer, play soccer and usually spend my Sunday afternoons sailing.
What makes a relationship successful? Being respectful and unselfish, and admitting when you’re at fault
Perfect first date: A coffee shop or street-side café with live music
Turn offs? Smoking and unavailability. If it becomes hard to plan something, then it’s time to move on.
What can’t you live without? A good cup of coffee
Call or text? I prefer to talk to people. You can’t always read them in a text.
Guilty pleasure: Action movies
Dating rule you wish girls abided by? Be sincere. It’s better to say I’m not your style than to play the not-available game.
Do you check out a girl online before your first date? No. I’m not even on Facebook.
Your signature drink? Rum and coke.
Barbra Reed, 45
Hometown: Creston, Iowa
Last book you read: Rick Steves’ Spain 2012 Guidebook
Best thing you’ve learned from someone: Live life now—do the things you want to do now or it may be too late.
Most played song on your iTunes: Low by Flo Rida
Three words that describe you: Fun, loyal, independent
Celebrity crush: Keith Urban (before he got married)
What you notice first about a guy: His smile, eyes second
Does age matter? No, I’m open to a range. (Not super old though—unless he’s Sean Connery.)
Your biggest vice: Shoes and handbags
Dating deal-breakers: A guy being on his phone checking emails or sending texts during a date
Desire to settle down: 5 (10 with the right person)
Where you see yourself in five years: I know I’ll be right here working hard. My mortgage tells me that.
How will a guy know you’re interested? If I come back from the bathroom
Turn offs: Negativity, self-centeredness, bad hygiene
Hottest thing a guy can wear: A great pair of jeans
Can’t live without: My iPad and iPhone
The perfect guy is ... Fun but with a sense of purpose, knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor.
Favorite hangout: LaPlaya
Something people would be surprised to learn about you: I’m a NASCAR fan.
Ashleigh Henry, 31
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Last book you read: White Girl Problems by Babe Walker
Favorite vacation spot: The Mediterranean—I love Santorini, Greece.
What you notice first about a guy: His posture—it shows his confidence. And then the eyes.
Desire to settle down: 9—I’m ready to meet the right person.
Three words to describe you: Genuine, witty, loving
What makes a relationship work: When both people have the same values, and knowing that the other person has your back no matter what.
Perfect first date: Having dinner at a restaurant on the beach
Hottest thing a guy can wear: Either jeans and a fitted T or a well-tailored suit
Turn offs: Arrogance, reckless behavior, bad temper
Most played song on your iTunes: Anything by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Does age matter? Yes, in that I don’t want someone too old—15 years difference might be the cut-off.
Can’t live without: Grande Americano from Starbucks
Call or text: Call. If a guy likes me, he should call.
Dating rule you wish guys abided by: I like the little things—like opening a door for me.
Do you check out a guy online before a first date? No, I don’t want to ruin it or prejudge them.
Guilty pleasure: Reality TV
Adam Fischer, 29
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Last book you read: Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
The perfect girl is: Intelligent, witty and driven
People would be surprised to know: I love to dance.
Celebrity crushes? Olivia Wilde and Anna Kournikova
Any pets? Khloe, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Favorite hangout: Burn
Desire to settle down: 6 or 7
Three words to describe yourself: Genuine, intelligent, lighthearted
What do you do in your free time? Run, Crossfit, volunteer and socialize
What makes a relationship successful? Honesty, communication and attraction. There has to be a spark.
Perfect first date: Something light and not too pressure-filled, like drinks and appetizers
Call or text? Call, but I text a lot.
How will a girl know you’re interested? I’ll just tell her.
Dating rule you wish girls abided by? Live in the moment—don’t get ahead of yourself.
Dating dealbreaker(s): Smoking and pretentiousness
Do you check out a girl online before your first date? I’ll try!
Dating rule: “Live in the moment—don’t get ahead of yourself.”
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