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New Release Review! PARENTAL GUIDANCE by Avery Flynn

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All I want is to play hockey on the Ice Knights, instead, I’m in a viral video for all the wrong reasons and my mom—yes, my mom—has taken over my dating apps. Then, when I think it can’t get any worse, the fates deliver Zara Ambrose, a five-feet-nothing redhead with more freckles than inches and who’d rather be anywhere other than on a date with me. 

Now a bet with her friends and my PR nightmare have us both stuck in this go-on-five-dates-with-the-same-person hell situation. But if we band together, we can get the whole thing over with and go on with our lives. It’s perfect! No feelings. No future. No fuc— *ahem* fun. No naked fun.

What could go wrong? Nothing—as long as I remember the rules. Don’t notice the way she looks in a dress. Don’t react when she does that little shivery sigh thing whenever we touch. Don’t think about the fact that she’s never had a toe-curling orgasm that wasn’t self-delivered and just how badly I want to change that.

Five dates—that’s it—and then we go our separate ways. At least, that was the plan…

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So stinkin’ adorable!

Parental Guidance *might* be my favorite Avery Flynn book yet–though it’s pretty darn close to Tomboy (probably not a coincidence, since PG’s Caleb and T’s Zach are teammates, so…), which has me practically salivating waiting for the next Ice Knights book…write quickly, Ms. Flynn! 😉

On the surface, the premise of two I-don’t-want-to-date-ers being forced/conned/convinced to use a dating app for a set amount of time seems like a been-there, read-that kind of story. Ms. Flynn throws enough “new” in there to keep it interesting, though–and enough humor to keep me (snort) laughing–from the first page to the last. The parental guidance aspect was different (if kind of creepy) and the dates orchestrated by the app were really kind of neat. I loved Zara’s dog Anchovy, and did I mention that Caleb’s teammates cannot possibly have their own books fast enough to suit me? 😉 That teaser for Cole’s book made me want it right now

So yes, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It was a lot of fun to read, and more than made up for some less-than books that have crossed my path lately.

Plus, a hockey hero. You really can’t go wrong with a hockey hero. Or a heroine with crazy red hair and freckles who creates tiny authors reading tiny books for a living. I mean really, what more can you want?

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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