Title // Naslov: The Dating Itinerary
Author // Avtorica: Brooke Williams
Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 7th 2020 (7. september 2020)
Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman
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As if it wasn’t bad enough to be deemed the “most single person” at her magazine’s office, budding reporter Penny has now been tapped to write a series of features called “The Dating Game.” From speed dating to Tinder, old-fashioned matchmakers to up-and-coming “dark dating,” Penny now has to go on a lot of dates. Silver lining: meeting new people should be fun, right? But running into her old rival, George, at her first dating event is decidedly not. Not only does the arrogant know-it-all have zero trouble attracting women, wherever Penny goes, somehow he just. Keeps. Showing. Up.
Geo knows he’s right on the cusp of writing success with the chance to have his own syndicated column. All he has to do is follow his agent’s ideas for showcasing different dating avenues, and he’ll pull in enough to help his sister’s non-profit women’s shelter get off the ground. Sure, his itinerary is starting to look strangely similar to his old rival Penny’s, but all’s fair in love and syndication, right?
The more they look for love in all the wrong places, though, the more they start to wonder if it was right in front of their noses all along. Still, the brutal dating scene just might end them, if these two don’t kill each other first.
When I first read the blurb, I thought ”It’s like How to lose a guy in 10 days but with a twist!” They are both writers but they write the same thing from their own perspective.
I feel like the mystery part of this book is not a mystery at all. They realise pretty soon why they meet each other so often. They start to work together and from enemies goes to sort of friends.
Maybe it’s because I’m used to characters basically jumping each other since the moment they met but this book just didn’t feel interesting. There were stolen kisses that were not acknowledged (they didn’t really talk what this meant for them, they just ignored anything happening between them). The quirky names the side characters had (her sisters were named Dime, Quarter and Nickel with last name Coyne, a matchmaker called Ivana Date) were supposed to make the book funnier but it kind of lost its charm because we never get to know why the four sisters were named that way. I’m sure there could be a lovely, funny story behind it.
There were a lot of scenes that could be better developed. I admit, I didn’t know if the main characters just kissed through the whole book or they slept together too. There’s a hint they might have done it but like I said, it is not mentioned. Through the whole book there are (too) subtle hints of what might have happened. There are words but no actions.
I really liked the whole dating thing and their dates. However, the whole book was just okay for me, a little too clean for me so the story for me is just mediocre.
I thought of giving it three stars but I am not satisfied with this book so I’m giving it a star less. 2 stars because it could be way better developed.
ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.