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Sometimes, it's too sweet for me. The story is good. I loved the characters but there were some things that kept me from outright loving this. There was a lack of distinction between the male and female POV a little bit. It wasn't glaringly obvious but it was enough that I sometimes had to go back to the beginning of the chapter just to see whose POV I was reading. It was fade to black. So this one is not the book's fault but my own. Nothing against fade to black This was sweet. Nothing against fade to black but I prefer my sexy times over it, thank you very much.
That said, I know many readers won't have an issue with this so, yes, if you want something sweet to read, I'd highly recommend this book. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. View all 3 comments. Woodhouse, something might not be quite right.
It's not that I hated it, or even disliked it, it's just that it just It was nothing special. Same romantic story that we've heard before - best friends pretend to date only to realize they actually love each other. Throw in family troubles and bad past relationships and there's your drama. Every romantic cliche was added for extra effect. It all just felt a little contrived to me. It was cutesy but frustrating at times.
I wasn't invested enough in the characters and just really wanted them all to grow up. So thank you Mr. Woodhouse for just being adorable I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Jun 20, Nikki rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed reading my first Amanda Ashby book.
Her writing was engaging and left me wanting more. Her characters were down to earth and really good people. I loved the community aspect of the story. But my favorite part, most of all was the friends to lovers. The upkeep was slow at first, but I think she did that on purpose so her characters would realize that they wanted more out of their fake relationship.
I can't wait to read more of Ashby's work. I recieved a copy of this book in excha I really enjoyed reading my first Amanda Ashby book. I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I didn't dislike this book. The writing was good and the story was fun. I guess that I was just looking for a little bit more emotion from it. I love a good friends to lovers romance but I need to FEEL the attraction between them and unfortunately I just didn't with this one.
Jul 13, Crystal rated it it was amazing Shelves: A good, fun, and heartwarming book! Jun 21, Shari rated it liked it. This review was originally posted on Delighted Reader I went into this thinking I what a quirky couple Riley and Will were going to make only to reverse my thoughts and throw my hands up in frustration. The author jumps right into the story after Riley and Will have known each other for some time and are best friends as well as Will being Riley's landlord.
Will volunteers a lot in third world countries and is rarely home, but when is older brother gets engaged, Will comes home for the wedding a This review was originally posted on Delighted Reader I went into this thinking I what a quirky couple Riley and Will were going to make only to reverse my thoughts and throw my hands up in frustration. Will volunteers a lot in third world countries and is rarely home, but when is older brother gets engaged, Will comes home for the wedding and a little business on the environmental front.
Riley for her part is hoping to get a promotion at the library she works at so she is taking on side jobs that aren't part of her main job like watching a gerbil for her boss. The two are kind of quirky and fun when I first meet them. Will needs a date to the wedding or his brother is going to fix him up with a bridesmaid, so he gets Riley to help him. Will doesn't get along with his rich father who likes to build car garage's by knocking down older buildings.
It doesn't help his father's case that he married Will's ex-fiance. Now everyone knows these two are best friends, but when they start telling everyone they are dating, everyone gets a "we were right" kind of personality. When things finally start to heat up at one point I am all for the They want to get naked, but they don't want to get naked in front of us. Then Will just starts pissing me off.
He is kind of selfish when the author wants you to feel he is selfless. It's all about him and what he needs, never about Riley. For Riley's part, she is just too damn understanding. Stroking his ego, letting him slide when he needs to man up. She does finally hold her ground one time and I was clapping. The chemistry was just lacking even out of bed.
Sickenly sweet at times and just saying the words naked doesn't make it sexy. In fact, I got tired of them sexing it up all week, but never letting me be the voyeur for it. Seriously, I needed my naughty time for this one.
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In the end, I wish I had put it down and walked away after the first night of naughty sex I wasn't involved with. If you want a sweet romance, with no chemistry, this is the one. If you want a sweet book with a naughty side House Plant This review was originally posted on Delighted Reader Jun 11, Julie rated it really liked it. Dating the Guy Upstairs by Amanda Ashby is a friends-to-lovers romance with minimal angst and maximum sweetness. It is a refreshing take on the premise, and delightfully the characters are, for the most part, honest and upfront with one another.
There are no games or guilt trips. Both coming from broken homes, Riley and Will are each committed to not being involved in romantic relationships, so when strikingly good looking Will inquired about posting his flyer for his low rent flats at the librar Dating the Guy Upstairs by Amanda Ashby is a friends-to-lovers romance with minimal angst and maximum sweetness.
Both coming from broken homes, Riley and Will are each committed to not being involved in romantic relationships, so when strikingly good looking Will inquired about posting his flyer for his low rent flats at the library, Madam Librarian Riley had dollar signs in her eyes not stars. In addition to a sweet love story, Ms. Ashby has packed Dating the Guy Upstairs with a great message. They fervently avoid dealing with their respective parents and the misperceptions of their marital relationships. Not having open conversations to deal with the perceived issues has resulted in them erecting brick walls around their hearts.
Running and hiding from issues serves no one. Once Will and Riley stop avoiding confronting the past, they are finally able to move forward together. Thanks to Book Nuts Reviews and the author for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book by Amanda Ashby that I read.
While her writing is nice, conversations entertaining at times, I didn't feel engaged with the story. The saving grace for me is Mr. Bingley or later, Mr. Woodhouse of the rodent variety. Who could resist that cute face! As for the hero and heroine, despite the issues the characters having somehow I felt it only touched the surface.
I couldn't warm up to them even though they were described as charitable to a fault. Riley w This is the second book by Amanda Ashby that I read. Riley with her dedication to work, community kids, and could never say no when asked for help. She struck me as rather weak. The hero, Will was another bleeding heart with his volunteer work. A white knight who got twice betrayed by his father and ex-fiancee. That last blow left a scar that fed his judgey tendency to others, especially to his father.
And even then, the fact was told by Will instead of shown on page. Riley and Will supposed to be best friends, yet again I couldn't feel their chemistry. But the upside was, all those sexy times happened off pages another point to add along with the guinea pigs. Toward the end the story got somewhat interesting with - although predictable - an incident that force Will to confront his father.
This followed by misunderstanding and the burst of happy bubble, then intervention and how conveniently the questions of Riley's and Will's past answered.
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There were potential in all those, but again the delivery felt bland. At least to me it felt that way. And let's not forget about mediocre grovelling and make-up between our two goodie two shoes. It just didn't leave much good impression to this reader. Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review. Jun 14, Arelys rated it really liked it Shelves: This is my first book from Amanda Ashby.
The story tugged at my heartstrings as it references "Pride and Prejudice" that made my inner Jane Austen fan girl very happy. We meet Riley Harris, librarian, who's parents are not of the stable reliable kind. Riley finds herself in debt as her mom's last love interest took all her money. She is working toward a promotion at work and has agreed to take care of a Guinea pig named "Bingley. Riley is trying to feed the stubborn Bingley w This is my first book from Amanda Ashby.
Riley is trying to feed the stubborn Bingley when her upstairs neighbor, friend and landlord, Will Henderson, who has returned from Indonesia is at her door. Will is estranged from his father. He walked away from the wealth and high-society life into more altruistic ventures. His brother, Tucker, is getting married and Will asks Riley to be his plus one. You see, neither have the desire to deal with the ups and downs of a romantic relationship.
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Go in for a kiss? Do you go upstairs? The confusion is rooted in our fear of being upfront and honest with one another. What did we find? And it doesn't really matter if I like the woman a lot or not. If I know I like her, I get worried I am going to come on too strong, go in for a kiss and if she's not into it, blow the whole thing. I get worried she wants me to make assurances that I want to see her again, and so I try to do that — but then I've had women tell me I shouldn't do that because it is too much pressure to put her on the spot, and it's better to wait and text her the next day.
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I don't want to push my luck, especially if things are going well, and I'd rather not make her feel like she's in a compromising position. I like handing over the power to her. If she's goes in for a kiss, then that's my green light that the night was a success. I've always had self-esteem issues, so I've always assumed the date is going nowhere by that point and been ready to wish her a good night and leave, regardless of how it actually went. The most I've ever expected was a 'Thanks, I had fun,' paired with a high five. The first real date I had with my current partner, we were lying on her bed face-to-face, and she finally had to say, 'You could kiss me any time now,' before I would budge.
I'm shy by nature and tend to let the woman take the lead on an invitation, because I hate the idea of being an imposition in any way. I always hope to get invited in, but in my mind I feel that's usually more fantasy than reality. Then again, I think I suck at dating. My long game is way better. I think that's why I very rarely had second dates.