Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: The Dating Experiment | The Experiment Series by Emma Hart

THE DATING EXPERIMENT1.Get over my best friend’s brother.
2.Remember that I’m over him.
3.Prove I can date other people.
It should be easy.
It’s not.

Setting up a dating website with the guy I’ve been in love with since I was five wasn’t my smartest idea.
Especially since he’s my best friend’s brother—thankfully, she’s okay with the fact I’m pulling a Sandy and I’m hopelessly devoted to him.
Which is why it’s time to get over him.
So I do something crazy and ask Dominic Austin to find me a date. He does—if I find him one, too.
Since we own Stupid Cupid, it should be easy, right? And it is.
My date is perfect. His date is perfect. Everything is perfect.
Until he kisses me…

Three dates.
One kiss.
And a big-ass mess… 

3 Stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary

In recent reads I have been a HUGE fan of Emma Hart’s novels. I loved Miss Fix-It, Miss Mechanic, and Mix Up, so obviously I continued to support this hilariously amazing author. Though I wasn’t overly happy with The Upside to Being Single, but I definitely enjoyed The Hook-Up Experiment more than I thought which is why I continued on with The Dating Experiment. I mean honestly the synopsis alone is one of my favorite tropes so I was game to continue on! 

Unfortunately though it did not deliver on my expectations as much as I had hoped. It wasn’t horrible, I still love Hart’s writing style, her uniqueness with her quirky fun female leads, the banter she creates really hits home with my personal sense of humor. Again, the hate/love/best friends brother trope is one of my favorites, I love when there is a best friends sibling romance budding – sadly though it just wasn’t a connection for me.

So what did I like? What didn’t I like?

Firstly the characters, I did enjoy Dom and Chloe at the jump, throughout the middle and slightly towards the end. Dom was this broody, cocky rugged guy who really clashed with Chloe. Chloe on the other hand was hot headed, stubborn with some of her own cute quirks that I thought was adorable mix with Dom’s personality. 

It really was the chemistry and pacing that really set this off to the irk factor for me. There was this extremely fierce, feisty banter that was nothing short of sexual tension between the characters. I loved their arguments. However it slightly fell flat over the course of the development. They were obvious match, they were battling their own feelings thinking they couldn’t be together, or that the thought the feelings were one-sided which made sense and was great play on the plot. But there was no build. I just wanted, no expected more from their relationship than I was given.

To put it simply, there was this huge tension, once it hit the climax, it was done. Plus there was not enjoy juice in the middle to make me feel the passion, feel their romance. It was just there, then done. The rush factor just made it less believable. I couldn’t connect, I wasn’t invested into their relationship in the slightest when it started off with such a jump. 

Honestly, the bottom line is I did like aspects of it, but I didn’t love it. I just cannot get over the pet peeves I am seeing more and more in the books from Emma Hart. At least from these most recent reads. I still admit that I did enjoy Dom and Chloe, their banter is sexual foreplay fun melting off the pages yet not enough for me to say that this was a diehard favorite. Even with that being said though, I will still be the first to splurge buy any future reads – I honestly think that this just wasn’t my cup of tea this go, and I look forward to seeing her redeem herself back onto my favorites list. 

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