The thing that really upped this book to the top of the TBR was when the author told me that every single blind date in this book was based off a real terrible blind date. (She also told me that she picked them out of 700 stories. Talk about crazy!) I was so intrigued. And wow, does the author deliver. Every blind date is so cringey and awful and just…unspeakably bad. But also hilarious.
Title: Blind Dates, Bridesmaids, and Other Disasters
Author: Aspen Hadley
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
Genres: Sweet Romantic Comedy
On the surface, Rachel Stevens’s life looks perfect.
One great job, two awesome roommates, and a supportive family. But when her roommate Hannah announces her engagement, Rachel sees eternal singleness and innumerable cats in her future. When the bride-to-be issues a challenge–go on six blind dates before I say “I do” –Rachel isn’t convinced her imagined future is that bad in comparison.
The dates are predictably horrible and the situation further complicated by the return of James, Rachel’s first, long-lost love. James says he is over her, but is Rachel over him?
This novel just completely and utterly stole my heart. Not even kidding. It’s gone. And I don’t even want it back.
Blind Dates, Bridesmaids, and Other Disasters is a hilarious rom-com. I could not stop laughing. I could not stop reading sections aloud. I could not stop talking about this book. My poor husband got quite an earful. But it’s so good! I just needed to share!
I guess I should move onto our main character, Rachel Stevens. She is SO relatable. Her voice immediately grabbed me. After being single for seven years, she’s finally willing to get in the dating game again, in a big way. But the more I read, the more I understood her, and the more I sympathized with her. Her strength just really showed through in the end.
The secondary characters were also pretty three-dimensional as well. Her roommates are fun and caring, but are not afraid to use tough love. The guys Rachel meets through her blind dates are awful, but hilariously so. And the love interest. Gosh. You’ll be swooning, I can promise you that.
I read this so fast, and I already want to read it again. The writing is wonderful—a sharp, breezy style that doesn’t go too deep into details but immediately immerses me into the character’s mind and situation. Loved it. Everything about this book, I just loved it. Definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys an excellent, fluffy, and fun romance.