Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe

dating by the book

3/5 stars


Fiction – Romance

Goodreads Summary

Six months ago, writer and bookstore owner Maddie Hanson was left at the altar. Since then, she’s had zero interest in romance–despite the fact that she runs a book club full of sexy eligible bachelors. But when her latest novel is panned by an anonymous blogger who goes by the name Silver Fox–and who accuses her of knowing nothing about passion–she decides to prove her nemesis wrong by seeking a romance hero in real life…

There’s the smoldering rock musician, the bookish college professor, and her competitive childhood friend who may want to steal her bookstore more than her heart. Even Silver Fox is getting in on the action, sending Maddie alarmingly–and intoxicatingly–flirtatious emails. And that’s not all. Her ex wants her back.

Now Maddie is about to discover that like any good story, life has twists and turns, and love can happen when you least expect it–with the person you least expect… 


Goodness, I am in such a funk right now with reading! I really wanted to love this book, but it just wasn’t for me.

I’ll start out with the things I enjoyed about this book! I really loved that the main character, Maddie, was an author, owned a bookstore, and ran her own book club. As a total book lover, this was so fun! I also enjoyed the talk about Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) and how the way you review a book can really be a huge deal to the author. As I’ve said before, I never want to bring an author down or make them think I don’t appreciate all the work they put in to publish a novel. However, each person has different opinions when reading a book and the beauty of it is that there is no “right” answer.

What didn’t really jive with me was the overall chaotic feeling of the characters and storyline. There was just a bit too much going on for my taste. I never fully connected with the main character or any of her love interests and, because of that, there was no one I was rooting for her to end up with.

I’d also like to note that if you enjoy many of the classics such as Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Little Women, Gone with the Wind, and The Little Prince, then I would guess that you may absolutely love this book! I, unfortunately, have yet to read any of the aforementioned titles so I felt a little lost during the book club discussions the characters in the book had.

While this book was just okay for me, please do not hesitate to pick it up! I have seen some rave reviews so I know I’m not necessarily in the majority.

Available June 25th!

Thank you to Kensington Publishing for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Mary Ann Marlowe’s website

4 thoughts on “Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe

  1. I just finished this yesterday and was actually feeling left out because of the mostly high ratings… Nice to know I have company… my thoughts are pretty similar to yours, I really couldn’t connect with the main character…
    Nice review 👍👍👍


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