Published: July 24, 2018
I received an ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was excited for this novel the first time I read the synopsis and saw the cover. I mean can we just take a second to appreciate the cover? It is so fun and bright. I love the blue background in contrast with the model and her hair. Which by the way is talked about in the book. I wasn’t sure if she was supposed to be a natural ginger or if she just dyed her hair. Spoiler —> it is both. This novel was a super quick read for me like the rest of Emma Hart’s romantic comedies. They are quick, fun, and sassy. God I loved all of the sarcasm and sass. I think Emma and I would be great friends if we ever got to meet in real life. True story.
In this novel, we meet Poppy Dunn who is apparently awkward at life. But who can really say they aren’t awkward at life? I know I certainly can’t. Anyway, Poppy doesn’t have a date for her sister’s wedding and she just knows her mother will have a cow if she shows up alone. Especially after saying she for sure had a date. So she gets this brilliant, yet crazy, idea to ask the man she just slept with if he wants to be her date to the wedding. Does she know anything about him? No. Does she have time to have scruples? No. So the Queen of Awkward strikes again when she asks her one-night stand to be her date to her sister’s wedding. A four day affair that will require him to be with her for at least two full days. She doesn’t expect him to agree to do it! Who in their right mind would agree to that? But there she is at the wedding with this totally sexy guy and as she learns more about him she begins to develop very real feelings for him outside of sexual attraction. Ugh. Feelings.
Adam Winters wakes up to his one-night stand staring at him from across the room like some kind of stalker/serial killer. When he comes to terms with her awkwardness everything starts to make a bit more sense. Only he can’t seem to understand why he said “yes” to go to a four day wedding with a woman, whose name a could not remember from the night before. But after it is all said and done, he went to a wedding with a woman who had no clue who he was but whose family were obvious fans of hockey. Being a famous hockey player he just assumed that Poppy knew who he was. In fact, he was humbled by her not having a clue or a care. However, throughout the weekend pretending to be her fake boyfriend becomes easier and easier. He knows there is no future but can’t stop thinking about the what ifs.
First to air my grievances about the book. Would it kill people to have even-ish chapters for each protagonist? Like seriously, I’m sure other people want to know what’s going on in Adam’s pretty head. If I’m all alone, I still stand by my statement. Secondly, I was laughing until I had tears in my eyes. I haven’t laughed so much at an Emma Hart book since Upside to Being Single. I absolutely adore Emma’s romantic comedies but I would like to see more of the male’s point of view. Okay, that was the last time I’ll mention it. Anyway, I read this book in about a day and a half. I had a hard time putting it down to do boring things, like clean my apartment. I just wanted to keep reading until it was done. And even then I wanted more story. Though this one ended pretty tidily. My final comment is, where does Poppy get her shirts? I need the anti-people shirts in my life. I’m sure work wouldn’t care for them but nothing speaks to me more. Except maybe the Pizza Love Triangle shirt. I need that one too.
As you may have realized by now, I try to end my blog posts with a quote (generally a comical one) from the book I just reviewed. Like I stated earlier, I found this book exceptionally hilarious so I leave you with not one, not two, but three quotes from the book. I read it on a kindle so I don’t have page numbers but they are in order of appearance.
—“I guess he just learned a valuable lesson about fucking with a redhead.
Spoiler: You don’t fuck with a redhead.” – Poppy—
—“I cannot go to my sister’s wedding smelling like sea water and Sauvignon Blanc. I am not a drunk turtle.”- Poppy—
—“I wouldn’t say having a longstanding feud with your roommate’s cat is a fault, because let’s face it, cats are fucking assholes.”- Adam—