Review of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by [Lauren, Christina]

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Christina Lauren

September 4, 2018

Gallery Books


BlurbMost men can’t handle Hazel. With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor, they’re often too timid to recognize her heart of gold. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (RoomiesBeautiful Bastard) tells the story of two people who are definitely notdating, no matter how often they end up in bed together.

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?


SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW

In the opening few paragraphs of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, I had this awful feeling that Hazel and her looming adventure were going to be a schooling in disaster,  coarseness, and extreme raunchiness. However, thank all the unicorns, I was wrong.

Despite seeming to be not well put together, Hazel is the exact opposite. Self-aware Hazel delights in being who she is and is unapologetic about it. She knows she’s a lot to take in, not datable, and that men frequently lose interest in dating her because they grow weary of her eccentricities and just want her to be like the other girls. But her friends love her because she has a huge heart and lets everyone in.

Since her freshmen year of college, Hazel has adored Josh Im. Although she hasn’t seen him in years, it becomes clear that her adoration has not faltered when she sees him at her best friend, Emily’s party. It turns out he is Emily’s brother. He is the perfect man. But best of all, he gets Hazel. She can let her crazy loose around him, and he’s fine with it.

As you would expect with an eccentric character like Hazel in the mix, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating has many hilarious moments and some extremely touching ones and others, such as when Hazel is reintroduced to the first love-of-her-life, you say: you go, girl! Hazel is definitely an inspiring character because she makes it clear that we should all be who we are. Facades are tiring. They aren’t fun. And when in the world did we forget to have joy?!

Perhaps Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating doesn’t follow the typical constructs of a romance novel, but, hey, I’m frankly very okay with that. This novel and Hazel made me smile. And Josh was not a jerk–ever. It’s all so hopeful and happy, and it made me want to take my shoes off and dance in the backyard to rekindle all of the joy.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Buy link: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating


rating: 4-and-a-half

4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies


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Review of Hard Sell

Hard Sell (21 Wall Street) by [Layne, Lauren]

Hard Sell

21 Wall Street series

Lauren Layne

Montlake Romance

September 4, 2018


BlurbHe’s a Wall Street wolf. She’s been hired to tame him. From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne comes a wildly sexy novel of business and pleasure. Continue reading

Review of One Wedding, Two Brides

One Wedding, Two Brides (Fairy Tale Bride) by [Betts, Heidi]

 

One Wedding, Two Brides

(Fairy Tale Brides)

Heidi Betts

July 23, 2018

Entangled Amara


Blurb: Jilted bride Monica Blair can’t believe it when she wakes up next to a blue-eyed, smooth-talking cowboy in the middle of nowhere and with a ring on her finger. It had sounded like a great plan at the time. Get married, get revenge, and get her money back. So why is she cleaning out stables and trying to keep her hands off the hot cowboy helping her? Continue reading

Review of Charmed at First Sight

I have had an incredible run of good luck with the novels I’ve read in the past few weeks. And that luck continues! 🙂

Charmed at First Sight (Charmed in Texas) by [Lovelace, Sharla]

Charmed at First Sight

Sharla Lovelace

Lyrical Shine

July 10, 2018


Blurb: A hot mess runaway bride and a smokin’ hot biker lock eyes at a red light. Lord have mercy . . . is our little town of Charmed, Texas ready for this? 

Never one to do things by the book, Micah Roman couldn’t just chalk it up to bridal jitters, or even quietly call off her wedding to her long-time fiancé. No, she has to high-tail it out of the church sporting a dress that cost more than her car, and jump on the back of a smoking-hot stranger’s motorcycle. Her knight in all-black is headed to a town called Charmed, so that’s where she’ll go and try to lay low. Except their appearance raises plenty of eyebrows . . . and a sudden, intense attraction she has no business exploring. Continue reading

Review of Ain’t She a Peach

Ain’t She a Peach

Molly Harper

A Southern Eclectic Novel #4

June 12, 2018

Gallery Books


An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met.

Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello. Continue reading

Review of Hot Asset

Hot Asset

Lauren Layne

21 Wall Street Series

Montlake Romance

May 22, 2018


Blurb: A sexy agent hounds Wall Street’s hottest new wolf in an exhilarating novel from New York Timesbestselling author Lauren Layne.

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.


SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW

Despite being a prolific writer, the quality of Lauren Layne’s work hardly wavers. While I am late to the Layne bandwagon, having read only eight of her novels in the past two years, I am definitely a fan of her characters, who frequently ring true-to-life with appealing qualities, even the prickly ones.

I’ve never been keen for the Wall Street suit-world, but Layne has written Ian as a man who has risen from nothing, yet has not become a ruthless shark. He gives back, and he cares, a definitely nice combination in someone who makes a 7-digit salary.

Layne also isn’t afraid of writing female characters who are strong and driven. She knows how to gentle the edges so that they are likable, as is the case for Lara, a nerdy SEC agent who’s tasked with bringing down the perceived unscrupulous Ian Bradley.

Ian and Lara try to fight their mutual attraction because to do otherwise would jeopardize Lara’s job and her aspirations to become an FBI agent.

Like other Layne novels, Hot Asset is humorous, classy, and sexy with a hint of mystery as to who is framing Ian Bradley. A good read for the upcoming summer, and definitely an excellent introduction for her new series.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
 Hot Asset goes on sale May 22; Buy or pre-order from Amazon: Hot Asset.


rating: 4-butterflies

4 butterflies out of 5 butterflies