Title: Dating the Billionaire
Author: Poppy Dunne
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 12, 2017
I'm Dahlia Rossi, dating coach extraordinaire. I know how to land you the man of your dreams. Follow my rules, you'll meet the love of your life and have a gorgeous destination wedding in French Polynesia. Okay, that last one happened just the one time. But my rules work every time. I guarantee it.
1. The man makes the first move. Seems unfair? Life's unfair.
2. Never have sex on the first date. No, not even oral. And hands above the table, please.
3. Play hard to get, but don't make it too hard.
Solid rules, right? I thought they were. But then I met Jack Carraway, an impossibly sexy, frustratingly unpredictable billionaire, and broke them all. Everywhere. In an elevator. On a balcony. Beneath a gazebo, of all places.
Whether I like it or not (spoiler alert: I like it!), Jack is taking me on wild adventure and we're writing a whole new set of rules. Like, always reserve your matching Harry Potter costumes a week in advance; wrestling swans is not as easy as it looks; and sometimes, the man of your dreams pops up in the most unlikely of places and has a really big...boat.
After years of watching couples find love, it may be my turn. But is this spontaneous playboy the real thing, or just a fun detour around my predictable life? All this time I've been following my own rules and going to sleep alone, with nothing but my second slice of princess cake to keep me company.
But the more time I spend with Jack, the more I learn that rules...they're meant to be broken.
In love there's only one rule: there are no rules.
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Something about the characters...
While I liked the premise of Dating the Billionaire as well as the blurb, there was something that rubbed me the wrong way about the characters.
First up we have Dahlia Rossi, a single woman in her early thirties telling people how to fall in love when she's really never been herself, (I loved the movie Hitch, so I think that's why I gravitated towards this book). She is the master at do as I say, not as I do and living by her rules. Which are annoying at first, but make sense after a few chapters.
Next we have the ever arrogant Jack Carraway, always the first to compliment himself. Sure it was in jest, but there were lots and lots of them. It instantly rubbed me the wrong way with him. The one redeeming quality I found in Jack, was him being a bit nerdy still. That brought him back down to earth in some ways.
The blurb gives away that Jack and Dahlia meet and hit it pretty darn quick. What we don't know about these two, is all the emotional b.s. and baggage they are both carrying around with them. There's a reason they're still single at thirty and it was interesting to see how it was all going to play out.
The book is well written, but didn't hit the spot for me, however I did like that the characters weren't perfect going into and even after the relationship. Plus, we get a nice little epilogue to peek in on Jack and Dahlia a few months later.
Poppy Dunne writes books with relatable heroines who speak their minds and whose riotous inner dialogue reflects their complex characters. Her goal is to deliver a story that has equal parts heart, romance and humor. Her heroes are swoon worthy, yet hold on to your suspension of disbelief, because they pick up their own socks and cook.
In her free time, she looks for hobbies other than Netflix and procrastinating to fill out this author bio. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.