Book Review: The Dating Alternative by Jennifer Woodhull

TDA cozy (blank) I loved this book so much that I read it in one sitting. Max is adorable!! The perfect book boyfriend in every way. Brie…well she’s sweet and sassy at all the right moments with a hint of commitment phobia and utter distrust to round things out!

 

Max has been crushing on Brie for years; their timing has always been off. First, she was dating his friend–ok sorda of a friend. He was…ok anyway, one of them have always been in a relationship while the other was single. Brie is no longer engaged and neither is he. We will not discuss his trainwreck of an ex. But he would never cheat like Brie’s ex did. He thought about it–with Brie. Never, ever acted upon it. He is going to do everything possible to keep the girl he has been drooling, worshiping, and dreaming about for the last five years. None of that will matter if he can’t get her to see how much he cares for her. He will even enter into a friends with benefits agreement to get her and hopefully try to convince her how much he loves her.

What guy dates while engaged to someone else? Oh yeah, my douchebag ex who told me weeks! Yes, weeks before our wedding. Who has to cancel of this wedded bliss–yelp you guessed. Is it bad that the only thing I truly miss is sex? How hard is it just to punch the O card? I tried the app…epic fail. If it wasn’t for Max who knows what would’ve happened? Max…he’s always been there. Sometimes to fill up my drinks at our favorite watering hole, other times a New Year’s Eve dance that I shouldn’t’ve accepted–you know, because I was dating his friend. Water under the bridge. Anyway. I just need a release. Surprise, surprise, Max offered to help. A standing Sunday date to punch that big O in. Now, to keep my heart tightly protected so Max doesn’t break me like the douchebag did.

 

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“I could help you, you know. It would be an investment,” she says, glancing at me from under her eyebrows. She knows my response will be the same as it has the half-dozen times she has asked before.

“No, Nana. I’m not taking your money. Thanks, though. I appreciate that you believe in me,” I say, squeezing her hand. “That means more than you know.”

“As long as you’re happy, dear,” she says, reaching for another cupcake.

“Are you supposed to have two?” I ask her, arching up an eyebrow. She isn’t diabetic and she’s in pretty good health, but I always worry about her. At seventy-eight, I know how important it is for her to eat right so she can stay feisty and keep kicking my ass for a lot of years to come.

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“The first one was very small,” she says, grinning devilishly as she bites into the second cupcake. This is exactly why I only brought her half, instead of a full dozen. If I brought twelve, she would eat them all, without hesitation, as soon as I was out the door.

“I brought my toolbox,” I say. “Got any chores for me?”

“Well, if it’s not too much trouble, I might have a couple of things you could do,” she smiles at me. “I won’t keep you all day.” She says, retrieving a notepad on which has scrawled at least seventeen things she needs me to do.

I smile as I take it from her hand. “I’m on it, Nana.”

“Thank you…. I’m going to go watch my programs,” she says waving her hand in the air as she turns to walk away. “Let me know when you get to page three.”

Page three? I flip through the notepad. Yup. Three pages. Fuck. Goodbye, Saturday off.

 

About the Author:

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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.

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