The Upside to Being Single – Emma Hart


If anyone asks, I knew better than to flash my boobs for Mardi Gras beads.

I still don’t know why I did it.
Maybe it was the dare from my two best friends.
Maybe it was the guys on the balcony saying they’d throw Fireball shots with the beads.
Or maybe it was the quiet guy in the corner of that same balcony with piercing gray eyes, wavy dark hair, and a smile so tempting I wanted to climb up there and lick it off his face.
Maybe it was because I never thought I’d see them again.
Not that it matters. Not today.
Because the hotel I manage was finally bought—and the guy who walks in and introduces himself as my new boss is Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent.

There are many upsides to being single.
Your new boss knowing what your boobs look like?
Not one of them.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Well, I asked for a book I didn’t love, and the universe delivered. I wanted to love The Upside to Being Single, I really really did. Unfortunately there were just a few things that didn’t click with me and I ended up skim reading to the end, something I really don’t love doing honestly.

Let’s start with the positives! The cover of this book is just too stinking cute – its what sucked me in in the first place. I also really loved the premise of the novel! It was adorable and such a fun start to the book. The chemistry and banter between the main characters was pretty cute and I loved that it was set in NOLA, such a fun and eccentric setting. Mellie’s clumsiness was extremely endearing – as a fellow klutz I appreciated it!

Unfortunately, while I found the witty banter fun at the start of the book, it got to be too much as the book progressed. The dialogue felt forced at times and I felt that the constant quips kept me from really connecting with the characters. It was just a bit over the top for me.

The romance was purely physical as well. The main characters had a pretty good reason to stay apart. As a hotel manager, I can say that I would never date my hotel’s owner. Ever. This objection was made into a huge deal and then nonchalantly swept aside. Additionally, the book was primarily told from Mellie’s POV, but there were two Jake POV chapters randomly thrown in. I didn’t feel they were necessary and they honestly confused me a bit.

My Takeaway: Overall, the banter and sarcasm was just a bit over the top and I found myself struggling to connect with the main characters as a result. The writing style just may not have been for me. The book certainly had a cute premise and cover though!

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