The Dating Bender (book review and giveaway)

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Does anyone else have pictures with trees and frizzed out hair on their camera roll from yesterday? I’m not sure what I was hoping to capture but I decided to try the selfie mode because arts and crafts were never really my thing and I worried about destroying my retinas.Nailed it.

Speaking of eyeballs, when was the last time you sank your peepers into a really great beach read? (Side note: when was the last time you made it to the beach?! Sadly, I haven’t been once this summer. FOR SHAME.)

I’ve been reading quite a bit lately—going back to my early Pixie roots and favoring light books about romance and dating—and I want to introduce you to a fun, easy breezy book to pop into your beach bag.

Here’s a bit of info about The Dating Bender from the press release:

Meet Samantha Serrano, your new favorite dysfunctional leading lady. In The Dating Bender by debut author and Napa Valley resident Christina Julian, Samantha stumbles from one romantic misadventure to the next, while relying all too heavily on relationship advice from glossy mags like Cosmo, Redbook, and O. You’ll laugh (and cringe) as she navigates family drama, exciting career opportunities and humbling disasters.

Samantha was planning on a happily ever after, courtesy of an early marriage to her best friend, because that’s what good Catholic girls do. When that, quickly and shamefully, falls to pieces, she moves to Colorado where her job at a tech startup flies as high and fast as her sex life. Things look promising until she stumbles out of the boardroom and into the available arms of a colleague—who happens to be her boss.

I won’t share more than that because I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say this—this is a book that will make you laugh and cringe (that is absolutely true) and leave you thinking about the lovers you left in your wake. It opens with Samantha’s wedding to her best friend Sheldon, a man who quickly takes a turn for the worst.

Do you ever yell at movies when the heroine walks down an empty corridor or looks in the closet? This book will have a similar effect; you’ll find yourself tsk-tsking out loud and wishing that Samantha would just dump the loser already.

If you’re looking for your next fun read, please enter the linky below for a chance to win a copy of The Dating Bender. And let me know in the comments—what’s the last great book you read?XOXO

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11 Comments… add one
Beth August 22, 2017, 10:32 AM

I LOVE light fluffy reads like this in the summer, this definitely sounds like a good vacation book. Even if I don’t win I’ll have to check it out!

Lindsay August 22, 2017, 11:56 AM

Ooooo this looks good!!! I’ve been reading a lot this summer. Currently reading The Unexpected Everything

ShootingStarsMag August 22, 2017, 3:37 PM

Sounds like a fun one. I enjoy humorous and light reads sometimes – especially in the summertime! 🙂

lisa thomson August 22, 2017, 3:44 PM

This sounds like a fun read, Charlotte and not too late for the beach. I love your eclipse selfie! LOL. Do not look into the eyes of the sun—but mamma that’s where the fun is… haha–remember that song?

K. my last great read was (we’re only talking fiction) Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon.

Christine Tatum August 22, 2017, 6:33 PM

Sounds fun! Currently reading A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke. xoxo

Akaleistar August 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

Sounds like a fun read! I just finished Rising Strong, and it was really good 🙂

Courtney A. Casto August 22, 2017, 9:33 PM

Jennifer Weiner is always my go-to beach read. This year I didn’t go to the beach and she didn’t have a new book so I guess it worked out.

I just read Hunger by Roxane Gay. It’s not a fluffy read but it was amazing. I could not put it down.

Great eclipse picture! I wish I had eclipse glasses. I do feel like I missed out. Oh well, next time!

Anthea August 23, 2017, 5:39 AM

This looks like a great read! I love books that are perfect for a vacation.

I finished reading “The Food of Love Cookery School” by Nicky Pellegrino last week and it was a stunning story.

Karen August 23, 2017, 9:36 AM

Sounds like a fun summer read.

I love your eclipse picture. (frizzy hair and all lol) I didn’t go outside but I ate lunch out on my lanai during it because it got nice and cool lol
I heard the kids next door oohing and ahhing during it though.

For What It’s Worth

Kimberly Airhart August 23, 2017, 1:58 PM

I started a book swap with Jason’s 17 year old niece and I am always looking for books to send her. Is it too old for her? I want to read it first though.

Akriti sen August 24, 2017, 6:47 AM

Sounds like a fun read! I just finished Rising Strong, and it was really good.

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