Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
Original Publication Date: September 04, 2018
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
MY MINI REVIEW
I haven’t read too many Adult Romance novels in the past. I’ve picked up many and have just dropped them immediately. I finally read one of Christina Lauren’s novels last year (Dating You, Hating You) and I realized I actually could enjoy this genre. I was super excited when Goodreads e-mailed about this release of Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating.
Hazel and Josh were both so incredibly lovable. I’m a big fan of alternating POVs and it worked really well here. I enjoyed rooting for them to get together throughout the whole story. Everything that happened leading up to the end was fun and I caught myself letting out a few giggles here and there. The ending was a little unexpected and honestly, I would have preferred some of it be left out.
Like I said, I haven’t read too many novels in this genre so it’s hard for me to fairly rate and review it. I can say that it was definitely a good, light-hearted, and sexy read!
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Dates Read: October 01-October 08, 2018
MY FAVORITE QUOTES
“When I meet someone I love, I become an octopus and wind my tentacles around their heart, tighter and tighter until they can’t deny they love me just the same.”
“I do one more check of my outfit. I swear it’s not a vanity thing; more often than not, something is unbuttoned, a hem is tucked into underwear, or I’ve got an important garment on inside out.”
“It’s his calm center that’s a gravitational pull to my chaotic one.”
“I loved her in the way we love in high school, sort of intensely, idealistically, and without knowing each other all that well.”
“Raw emotion paints his expression. I’ve honestly never seen anyone look at me this way… it’s more than desire. It’s need.”