I’m here today with The Dating Bender by Christina Julian. It’s a fun and liberating story that takes a look at society’s expectations for women (especially the ones with strict parents with family expectations) and gives it the middle finger!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
Samantha’s family is completely insane, strict, drunk, and hysterical all at the same time. After reading the beginning, it’s clear why she was desperate to marry and start her life. Obviously, this goes terribly wrong because I said the beginning. Things with her husband become…strained. I guess that’s a good way to put it. He is offered a job away from their home in Florida and takes it without discussing it with Samantha. Bad move, bro. However, it leaves Samantha in the perfect position to take the job that’s been offered to her across the country. Here is where we meet her boss, Babs. This woman…oh man. She is basically Samantha Jones and within five minutes we find her banging some young sexpot in the bathroom. Power to her. This is the story of how Samantha takes Babs’ advice and finds her own bathroom buddy, or maybe more than one.
This story started off a little slow for me but picked up steam quickly. The characters are fun, likable, and realistic. I think that was one of the things that I enjoyed most about this story. I have a large group of girlfriends and I felt like I was talking to them and hearing their stories. This book is written well, has enough humor to keep you smiling but not too much that the satire becomes cheesy and overdone. However, there are parts that may involve laughing out loud. In which case, roll your eyes at the people judging you because they haven’t experienced the world you’re living in.