SWITCH AND BAIT & THE REAL DEAL | MINI REVIEWS

July 15, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
SWITCH AND BAIT & THE REAL DEAL | MINI REVIEWSby Ricki Schultz
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 12, 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
Format: ARC
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3 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

In this charming, sexy, and "laugh-out-loud" (USA Today) funny romantic comedy, an online dating ghostwriter's life gets hilariously complicated when she recognizes one of her clients' matches--her ex!--and finds herself forced to flirt with him again, on someone else's behalf...

We switch. I bait.
Let me help you snag a date.

All through college, Blanche Carter was known as the love doctor in her sorority. Now she's parlayed her talent into a unique consulting business: she runs the online dating profiles of Washington D.C.'s most eligible women.

Armed with a battalion of rules, Blanche expertly helps her clients optimize their profiles and ace that first date. But although she'll happily message handsome strangers (and fend off dick pics) for other ladies, Blanche's most important rule is the one she has for herself: no relationships. She's seen too much heartbreak to believe in real love anymore.

When a former fling pops up among the matches for one of her favorite clients, Blanche gamely messages him on her behalf. Blanche is definitely over him, and this is how she'll prove it. But if she doesn't watch out, Blanche might end up not only screwing over a client--and possibly tanking her entire business--but breaking her rule about love as well . . .

Ricki Schultz's trademark irreverent humor and wry insight into the absurdities of modern dating are both outrageously funny and genuinely moving in her unforgettable new novel.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I read the premise for Switch and Bait  I was immediately hooked, it’s about a woman who runs other women’s online dating profiles to help them find dates. While helping a client, she finds out that the woman matches with a guy she used to have a thing with, and is conflicted about what to do.

What I enjoyed about this novel was the writing style and the setting. Shultz has a writing style that is super easy and quick to read, but there was something about it that also kept the characters distant. I also enjoyed the setting of the novel. It takes place in D.C. and talks a bit about dating people with different political views than our own.

Henry and Blanche have an interesting relationship. There’s def some chemistry there, but their political views and timing are keeping them apart. Overall I didn’t feel the romance very much. Even though I enjoyed the writing style, there was something about the story that distanced me from the characters, so I didn’t care about them as much as I wanted to and I wasn’t super invested in their relationship.

My biggest pet peeve in the story is that Blanche smokes cigarettes. It’s only a small part of the story, but it’s continuously mentioned throughout. Smoking is one thing I can’t get over, and I felt like the book made it add to her “cool” personality.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
SWITCH AND BAIT & THE REAL DEAL | MINI REVIEWSby Lauren Blakely
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: July 10, 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL!

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on GigsforHire since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the GigsforHire ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL.

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau -- the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.

They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Before diving into this novel, I knew I was going to enjoy it because of the fake dating trope. April is going home for a family reunion, but doesn’t want to deal with her family trying to set her up with anyone, so she hires Theo to be her fake boyfriend for the weekend.

Overall this was a funny, light hearted book. I enjoyed the characters, their chemistry seemed believable, and the speed of their relationship also seemed believable. I loved the setting of the book, at April’s family reunion, where there’s plenty of family stuff going on.

I definitely think the first half of the book was way better than the second half. There were some things that happened that felt really unbelievable, and would not have occurred with two people that only knew each other for two or three days. Because of the events that did not fit in with the rest of the story, I had to lower my rating.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think of the books?

Victoria

Book Blogger at Latte Nights Review
Victoria is a twenty-two year old from Texas. She’s an avid reader of YA and NA, and reads at least seventy books a year. She is new to blogging, but excited to meet new people and share her favorite books. In addition to being a book hoarder, Victoria is a former gymnast, a coffee enthusiast, and aspires to be a mental health counselor.

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