Author: Emily James
No. of pages: 445
Genre: Romantic comedy
Publication date: 16 May 2017
Date read: 6 July 2017
Joanie Fox can’t wait to settle down and marry the man of her dreams. However, when her engagement starts to look more stalemate than soulmate, her best friend stages an intervention sure to make even the most hardened, serial daters wince: 10 Dates in 10 Days.
Statistically, if you kiss a lot of frogs there’s bound to be at least one that’s not a complete toad, isn’t there? With nothing to lose, Joanie embarks on a crazy rollercoaster of blind dates. After all, what can possibly go wrong in the search for Mr. Right?
10 Dates is a standalone, sexy, laugh out loud romantic comedy with a happy ending. It is not for the feint hearted and is best suited for readers over the age of eighteen due to sexual themes and mature content.
On January the 26th I posted my review on Emily’s debut Mistakes of my Past and today I’ll be telling you my thoughts on her other romantic novel 10 Dates. I really liked reading Emily’s first book and, in my opinion, this one’s even better!
First of all, I really liked the concept of the story: Joanie has to go on 10 (different) dates in 10 days. Because of this I knew what I was up to and I actually really liked that! I knew what was going to happen and what the possible ending of the story would be, because Joanie has this annoyingly hot neighbour, called “Six” (he lives in apartment number six. In the end you get to know his actual name, but I won’t spoil that for you, because it’s really part of the fun of reading this novel). I shipped Joanie and Six throughout my whole reading process: they were just perfect together. There was humour, there was lust, but Six also took care of Joanie, when she needed this (for example, when she breaks her butt and can’t take a shower on her own, winkwink, but he also warns her about the possible dangers of going on blind dates) And I did not only love the relationship between Joanie and Six, but also the relationship between Joanie and her group of friends: Melinda and Mikey. They are so very sweet, but they can also crack a joke when needed. And man, I did laugh out loud every now and then while reading 10 Dates!
Overall, Emily did a great job on writing this book. I thought it was very well written and I couldn’t really find any things that really annoyed me or that I thought that were wrong in any way. The only thing that kind of annoyed me after seeing it too many times was the sentence: “Trust Six to do [this]”. At one point in the book it seemed like every chapter ended with this line. Luckily, this didn’t diminish my love for this book.
And of course, as it has to in romances, this one also ended in THE most cliche way. But I loved every single word of it!
Just like in Mistakes of my Past Emily also did a lovely job on building rememberable characters and surroundings in 10 Dates. I could clearly imagine Joanie’s cosy and Six’s modern apartment, but also the hall, the foyer of the building and even number Two’s poodle (and even the stain it left on the carpet in the hall). I definitely won’t forget about Joanie, Six and the building they lived in anytime soon!
*I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*