Contemporary, Romance

Review: The Upside to Being Single by Emma Hart

THEUPSIDEIf 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.

3 Stars

Romance | Contemporary | Humor 

I generally love Emma Hart’s books, up until this point I more or less lean towards a higher rating for her books, probably more around four-ish. I generally have loved most of what I read to some degree. However this novel had such a great synopsis it isn’t my favorite. 

First things first, my favorite trope has called me to the mother ship: Office Romances. I don’t know what to say other than it is something about office romance that just tickles my fancy, just drool worthy scenarios. I love them. I like on the desk tension, some on the wall action while a co-worker knocks on the door – shimmer my loins. With that being said this positive comes my first negative… yikes I know, so early on in the review but I gotta get this off my chest. As much as I love office romances this one did not play out as easy flow as I had hoped. There was sexual tension, fun banter yet at times the banter turned into what felt like forced dialogue that was unnecessary, all seemed rather lacking in the connection for the characters. For me it just came off like Hart was trying to create drama for the two when really it could have played a little differently. 

Speaking of the characters, I have to be honest, I wanted to like them. I tried really hard. At first I liked Mellie. She was fun and adorable, clumsy yet at times she was too serious for her personality that made her seem slightly boring. I just couldn’t connect with her. The book was also from her POV while randomly getting snippets from Jake, who I honestly would have preferred much more. I liked Jake a lot more than Mellie. Maybe I am a sucker for an alpha male, but he just had an air about him that screamed please fuck me. With this though at times, even from Mellie’s view, Jake came off extremely pushy, it made me not respect him as a human being. 

I will say majority of the time the tension between them is fun. It is hilarious and cute yet swoon worthy wrapped in a bundle, which is definitely something I have come to love from Hart’s writing style. I liked how they interacted, Jake really forces himself onto Mellie, and it is a fun scenario. I just would have preferred a little more of something – not quite sure what to say other than I just wanted more.

Though I enjoyed a great deal of the novel in some ways it was the negatives that really outweighed my positive overall. I did not connect with the characters in the least, I enjoyed the banter and sarcasm (because that is just my inner bitch coming out to play) but at times it seemed overplayed and quite frankly forced. It was definitely still a cute premise, I still like Hart’s writing style enough to continue to support her work, but this definitely is not my favorite.

I still recommend giving it a go, or really any of Emma Hart’s novels. Thus so far I have been decently pleased. Normally they are pretty solid, fact paced reads that are enjoyable. Beyond never a dull moment during a read! 

2 thoughts on “Review: The Upside to Being Single by Emma Hart”

    1. Yeah it was good I just think it lacked some of the Hart flare I had come to really appreciate from her previous work. I will say I LOVED The Hook Up Experiment more but this was good, just missing something 🤔🤔


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