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Best Dating Rules: A Romantic Comedy (The Best Girls) Paperback – August 27, 2017
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (August 27, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1975846265
- ISBN-13 : 978-1975846268
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,179,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 3 -- Plot mixes cliche/overly convenient with unique/interesting. Includes a handful of scenes that pull away from the main focus. Plot points in sub-plots are dropped or not resolved. Setting (including timeline) is somewhat unclear or inconsistent. There's too much going on in this one. Not only is this about Emily and Spencer's relationship, but we also have a continuation of Anne and Steven's story, plus the introduction of several other romances that will apparently be wrapped up in books 3 and 4. And while there are interesting and enjoyable aspects to all these stories, the end result is a book that feels unfocused and messy. We also now have 3 romances that are variations on the same theme: trying to decide whether to trust a man with a reputation (deserved or not) for being a player. The lack of variety is disappointing. And the timeline is super vague throughout, and sometimes contradictory.
Characters: 3 -- Main characters are only partially relatable, realistic, interesting, and/or dynamic. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Relationships between characters are not especially well developed, but what is there is generally good. I didn't really connect with any of the characters in this one. There are just a lot of bizarre or outright stupid decisions going around. Emily makes several especially poor decisions, several of which could have ended up killing her. I like Spencer, but his choice to let pride keep him from correcting Emily's misconception of him is plain foolish. There's a range of minor characters, including some definite stereotypes. I did enjoy the bits about Anne and Steven, though.
Mechanics and Writing: 3.6 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<16/100 pgs) Some of the errors are mildly confusing. Good use of POV. Generally skillful writing. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion (most often mixing up any more and anymore), mild punctuation or formatting issues, some awkward or inconsistent phrases. POV is all 3rd person, but switches between quite a few different perspectives: Emily and Spencer, Anne and Steven, Charlie, etc. It's a big change from all-Anne book 1, and I prefer the other way.
Redeeming Value: 3.6 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified. No explicit sex scenes, but plenty of emphasis on physical attraction. Implied moral guidelines for behavior. As with book 1, the characters set some clear sexual boundaries, but lots of time is devoted to describing them ogling each other and kissing. Lessons perhaps include honesty, and being wise, not just innocent.
Personal Enjoyment: 3 -- I liked it. It was enjoyable and entertaining. I wouldn’t mind re-reading it someday, but it’s not a priority.
On the romantic front, Anne’s daughter Emily - newly employed by Steven’s company- has met Spenser. Both work at the company and are fast friends - could it develop into something more? Is Spenser the man about town as Emily suspects or does one woman make waves with her future in mind?
We meet a host of new characters- each interesting in their own right- and old favorites from the first installment.
An easy read, perfect for the beach or a lazy afternoon.
A friend has told her friend about this woman, and plans are made to get her to answer "a job contest" to become a executive assistant to an extremely wealthy CEO of a large company in New York.
After the interview she is outspoken and wins the CEO's approval and gets hired. Thus begins a comedy of errors as she thinks of herself as somewhat of a matchmaker and she is trying to find someone for her boss. Meanwhile, the boss'es grandmother and others are trying to get her to marry the boss.
Through a series of mistakes and unfortunate timing, Anne becomes aware that she is drawn to the boss romantically, but doesn't think herself worthy of his love so she runs from the scene only to be caught by him, and then marries him, living happily everafter.
Steven is known to be player, always seen with a lot of girls around him. Little did they know that he actually hasn't dated anyone or any girl for that matter. He's got lots of girl friends in the hiking club, but he never ever has kissed one, because he's waiting for that one special girl to share it with.
In Best Dating Rules, we meet a lot of new characters and fun personalities. There's Becca, an untrustworthy shameless girl who's got the hots for Spencer; there's also Spencer's four charming and quite boisterous sisters Grace, Claire, Hannah & Olivia; and Brad & Josh, two doctors who have somehow found their way to the Best family. I love all of them, (except for Becca) and I had a great time reading their banters, hoots and loud & crazy convos.
Oh, there are also two little additions to the Best-Gherring family and they're probably going to be my most favorites yet.
Tamie Dearen hits another jackpot with her Best Girls series. She really does know how to make the reader feel happy, tickled in love and satisfied. I always enjoy reading her stories, even the miscommunication among the couples, and most especially the simple but witty dialogues. I look forward to reading Charlie's lovelife next. Woohoo!
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Spencer is loving his internship at Gherring Inc. especially when he sees that Emily is working on the same floor. He has been trying to persuade her to go out with him since they met through her mom. With them both in the same city, it should be easy to get her to agree to a date or two.
The course of true love never did run smoothly and a series of misunderstandings leaves them on a rollercoaster of a ride. Navigating through the 'Best family dating rules', reputations and proving their feelings for each other.
One that will have you rooting for them to be together and frustrated that they keep getting diverted.