Monday, March 19, 2018

REVIEW - Dating In The Dark - Alexandria Bishop

TITLE - Dating In The Dark
AUTHOR - Alexandria Bishop


Speed dating. With a stranger. In the dark. As if dating isn't hard enough already, why not add in a whole new challenge. 

According to Tinley's very pregnant sister, and best friend, binging on Netflix, wine, and cupcakes won't lead to her happily ever after. What do they know? 

Four courses. Four dates. Four very unwelcome, and unwanted courses. An appetizer, salad, dinner, and dessert. Every last one ends in disaster. 
Except date number four. Dessert has always been Tinley's favorite. 

He's a complete mystery, and she can't seem to stop thinking about him. Whoever he is. 

Falling in love wasn't on her radar but that might be what's happening between her and mystery date number four.

Jennifer's Review:

What happens next? That’s what this book left me saying. Dating in the Dark is a romance novel. This book has a cliffhanger ending, so be prepared. I didn’t love this book, but it was good. I liked the plot and for the most part, I liked the characters. I really liked the premise of the book, but just felt a little disappointed at the end.

The plot and premise of this book is what made me pick it up in the first place. Dating in the Dark. The title of the book. That is what this book is based on. The main female character reluctantly agrees to go to a speed dating event with a twist. Each date is in the dark. This is an exciting way to date as it requires one to really get to know a person rather than basing their judgements on physical appearances. This was a unique plot that I was looking forward to.

Tinley is an okay character. She annoyed me at times. I think it was because I have a different view of friendship than she has. It could also be because I have a different view on work ethics than she does. Nevertheless, she was a decent character. I felt she was realistic because of her interactions with her sister and friend. Marek was my favorite character in this book. I liked his attitude and how mature he was. I also liked his story. My heart melted for him.

The heat in this book was good. These characters had chemistry which always makes books heat up. I really loved most of their interactions together. Some of the serious conversations they had really hit me in the feels. I think these conversations made their more intimate moments even sweeter because there was a genuine connection to increase the heat.

The writing style of this book was good. The pace was steady. There were some shockers at the end. I am sure I felt my jaw drop a couple of times. I wasn’t expecting some of it. I was surprised at the cliffhanger ending. I don’t know why, but I guess I didn’t expect it. This story is told from a single point of view so I do feel I missed the dual, but I also feel it put me solely in Tinley’s head.

Overall, this was a good book. It kept me reading, so that is a positive. I really hope that Tinley matures a bit in the second book. I also hope to learn more about some of the minor characters. I also expect some explanations on the bombs dropped on us readers. I do plan to read the next book, which is why this book is getting a 4 instead of a 3 rating. I marinated on it for a couple days and still need to know what happened next, which means this book got under my skin, which doesn’t happen often.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

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