1.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.
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…
And a big-ass mess…
Emma Hart is always my go to when it comes to quick, funny, light romances and I’ve never come across one of her books that I didn’t love. Until this one. It’s not that The Dating Experiment was bad, because it wasn’t. It just wasn’t as good as her other books. I didn’t find a connection to the characters that I had before with her heroines, and I thought the story felt a little forced, and perhaps even a little stale.
The Dating Experiment is a contemporary stand a lone romance, but in my opinion, is best enjoyed after reading The Upside to Being Single, and The Hook Up Experiment. This will give you a great introduction to the side characters in The Dating Experiment, plus it will give you some background on Chloe and Dominic. Without it, I feel like a person would really struggle to understand where these characters are coming from.
Chloe and Dominic are co owners of a dating company, and they’ve known each other nearly their entire lives. They’re also both completely in love with the other, but have never admitted it. Instead, they fight like cats and dogs, and dance around the obvious elephant in the room. It isn’t until they goad each other into setting up dates with their perfect matches, that they both realize maybe its time to finally admit what they’ve both been fighting for years.
I really liked both Chloe and Dom, and thought they were a good match for each other. They were a feisty pair, and their endless bickering and torturing of the other made for some fun moments. However, the fighting and constant discussion of the same thing became overused, and didn’t help to move the story forward. This was lacking tension, and a think there were definitely some missed opportunities when it came to the dates that they set each other up on. They could have added some real tension to the story, and helped to move it along, and instead they seemed more like filler.
Overall, this story was still funny, and a quick read, it just wasn’t what I’ve come to expect from Emma. I’m glad to see the happy ending that everyone got, and the adorable epilogue, but I wish there would have been more to the entire story itself. If you’ve read the first two books, definitely pick up The Dating Experiment, because it’s good closure on the tales of these three best friends, plus it was refreshing to finally see Chloe find that one person she was always meant to be with!
I am usually a huge fan of Emma Hart’s books because they are light and funny and easy to read. Unfortunately, The Dating Experiment fell flat for me. It was pretty mediocre and I missed the magic spark I generally feel between the main characters in her books.
I really really wanted to like this book because I have watched Chloe and Dom dance around each other through two other books before their book finally came. I just felt like this book could have been wrapped up in one simple, adult conversation, but it wasn’t. It was dragged out and I felt like I was reading the same conversation over and over except in different settings. I wanted some raw honesty between the main characters and none of the “I am gonna hide my feelings from you because I do not think you have the same feelings, but I am secretly dying inside while you flirt with other people.” I don’t know…I just got annoyed.
Chloe and Dom were a great pair with great chemistry, which made them perfect for each other. They were feisty and defiant, but they were also very considerate of each other. I really could have liked them as a couple if I got to spend more time with them as a couple and less time with them bullshitting each other.
Overall Rating: 2/5 Stars!
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.