Title: Dating the Guy Upstairs
Author: Amanda Ashby
Expected Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 193
From Amanda Ashby, author of the charming contemporary romance Dating the Guy Next Door, comes an all new story of a fake relationship that might not be so fake after all…
LIARS OR LOVERS?
Young librarian Riley Harris has always maintained her independence, leaving the drama of love to anyone silly enough to fall for it. Her Jane Austen novels are as close as she cares to get to “true love.” Luckily, her handsome upstairs neighbor—and landlord—Will Henderson feels the same way.
Since his ex-fiancé crushed his heart, Will devotes himself to charity in an effort to atone for the misdeeds of his wealthy, ruthless father. So when Will needs a date for his brothers high-society wedding, he asks Riley to be his faux girlfriend.
After a spontaneous kiss throws both Riley and Will for a loop, they find themselves fighting their mutual pride and prejudice against love. And when Riley is rocked by something from Will’s past, both will need to decide whether to follow their heads or their hearts…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This is the second book by Amanda Ashby that I read. While her writing is nice, conversations entertaining at times, I didn’t feel engaged with the story.
The saving grace for me is Mr. Bingley (or later, Mr. Woodhouse) of the rodent variety.
Wasn’t he adorable? Who could resist that cute face!
As for the hero and heroine, despite the issues the characters having somehow I felt it only touched the surface. I couldn’t warm up to them even though they were described as charitable to a fault. Riley with her dedication to work, community kids, and could never say no when asked for help. She struck me as rather weak.
The hero, Will was another bleeding heart with his volunteer work. A white knight who got twice betrayed by his father and ex-fiancee. That last blow left a scar that fed his judgeytendency to others, especially to his father. And even then, the fact was told by Will instead of shown on page.
Riley and Will supposed to be best friends, yet again I couldn’t feel their chemistry. Even after they agreed to really dating – and not only be fake boyfriend/girlfriend – they seemed more keen on sex than built a relationship. But the upside was, all those sexy times happened off pages (another point to add along with the guinea pigs).
Toward the end the story got somewhat interesting with – although predictable – an incident that force Will to confront his father. This followed by misunderstanding and the burst of happy bubble, then intervention and how conveniently the questions of Riley’s and Will’s past answered. There were potential in all those, but again the delivery felt bland. At least to me it felt that way.
And let’s not forget about mediocre grovelling and make-up between our two goodie two shoes. To conclude: the idea of the story itself was not bad. It just didn’t leave much good impression to this reader.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.