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Title: THE DATING ALTERNATIVE
Author: Jennifer Woodhull
Genre: Romantic Comedy
About The Dating Alternative:
Max has crushed on Brie for as long as he’s known her but the timing was never right. When he finds out they’re finally single at the same time, he’s poised to move from friend zone to serious dating… until he finds out she’s only looking for something physical. He offers his services in hopes she’ll come around. Just when things are starting to go his way, a shocking turn of events snatches her from his grasp. Now he has to resurrect the life he thought he’d left behind to help the woman he’s falling in love with before it’s too late.
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Overall I liked this one–the premise was fun, the writing flowed nicely, and the HEA was sweet. Brie ad Alex are both likable characters, and even though it was perfectly obvious that the whole friends-with-scheduled-benefits thing wasn’t going to last long, it made for entertaining reading. Max’s grandmother was a hoot; that woman couldn’t have been on the page too much, IMHO. She always made me smile.
Some aspects of the book required a bit more than the usual suspension of belief, though–the drama at Brie’s work especially. I’m not an accountant by any stretch of the imagination (two college courses not withstanding) but it just didn’t seem like a terribly realistic situation, nor was it adequately explained in its resolution. Max’s reasons for staying away from Brie toward the end were more than a little ridiculous–get over your butt hurt self, dude, and try and see things from someone else’s perspective for a change–and his career shift felt a bit out of left field. The “Cheese” nickname was cute (Brie=cheese; get it?), but seriously overused and OMG should *not* be used in intimate situations. Took me right out of things, every time. Still, this was a fun way to spend a few hours.
The Dating Alternative is a cute friends-to-lovers story that is a bit predictable at times but a fun read nevertheless. It was my first from this author, but probably not my last.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B=
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the Author:
We all need moments of escape. With all the demands on us day in and day out, we each need something just for ourselves. Perhaps nothing provides a private moment – a brief respite from every day – like escaping into a great story. When you pick up one of my books I hope you find that place that you can escape to. Explore the streets of Paris with new heroines or fly around the world to reclaim your lost love with a favorite hero. Whether it’s the romance that takes your breath away or those climactic encounters that make your pulse race, I hope you find that solitary moment of enjoyment while lost in one of my stories.