The Dating Experiment

Emma Hart
The Dating Experiment
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Release Date
May 2018
Book 2 of The Experiment
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

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.
It's not.

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…

Three dates.
One kiss.
And a big-ass mess…

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
May 16, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
52 people found the following review helpful
3 angry stars for THE DATING EXPERIMENT.

Even though Chloe Collins has been in love with Dominic Austin, her business partner and BFF's brother, forever, she is 100% over his juvenile, assholish ways. After a brutal argument, the two half-heartedly agree to find dates for the other, and not just hookups. Chloe wants to show him that she is lovable (with the right man), so she asks him to find her the perfect guy. Not one to be outdone, Dom agrees, as long as she finds him a match too. Dom knows the dude that he picked for Chloe is perfect for her, and he'll just have to try real hard to get rid of the sick feeling in his belly when he thinks of her with another man. It seems like her date could be the one, but when Dom decides to lay all his cards on the table, will Chloe choose the man she's been in love with for years or the very fine man with loads of potential?

I was so excited for THE DATING EXPERIMENT, book 2 in The Experiment series (but book 3 with these characters) and Dom and Chloe's story. Chloe is uptight, rigid and furious most of the time. Dom was completely the opposite: laid back, forgetful and childish. They didn't seem like a match made in erotic romance, but their constant bickering led to a strong passion. But still, they fought. They fought over coffee and keys and friendship and love. They fought over killing each other and business matters and ice cream. They constantly fought but never communicated, which, if I'm honest, was pretty off-putting. More than the romance between these two, I did love the story of friendship. Chloe, Peyton and Mellie had the type of bond that women everywhere hope for. I could've done with about 99% fewer references to the TV show Friends, though. It's nitpicky, but the constant mentions drove me a little nuts. So, in the end, THE DATING EXPERIMENT didn't live up to what I had hoped for between Dom and Chloe, but it was still a decent read by the talented Ms. Hart.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; no condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
May 17, 2018
54 people found the following review helpful
I stewed over this for a while, wondering if it was a book that I wanted to take some time over to unravel my thoughts about in a review, walked away and said 'nah', then returned to pretty much get it off my chest.

It's probably fair to say that I had certain expectations of the unrequited, best friend's brother crush type of plot that Emma Hart set out to write here. Having these characters mentioned in the previous book as a strange, dysfunctional pair made me want to know how both Chloe and Dominic would get on after being friends for years as well as business partners.

In the end however, I found myself disturbed by this odd vibe between them - constantly filled with bickering that made it exhausting to get through - as Chloe behaved like a petulant, shrewish harridan (while placing the blame on Dom for not getting the idea) as her crush/love for Dom turned from heartbreaking agony to sniping anger. The sympathy that I'd normally feel here for the one-sided pining didn't come however, seeing as the same kind of unrequited feelings came from Dom who tried to repress them.

Both had mouths; both could communicate. So why didn't they? Was there some secret or some tacit agreement about not dating a sister's friend or a best friend's brother that I wasn't privy to at all? Had I in fact, spent my entire time reading a book about two characters who'd found themselves in a conflict simply because they hadn't bothered to talk but go at each other's throats like difficult children?

Ultimately, 'The Dating Experiment' fell somewhat flat for me as a rom-com - the constant, extended fighting to the sudden fall into bed to the even more sudden resolution just left me more gobsmacked than satisfied.
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