October 9, 2018
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.
Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.
Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is Christina Lauren’s newest laugh out loud, sexy romance. I love their writing style with its quirky humor, fun playfulness, sexy characters and feel good emotions. Josh and Hazel are complete opposites. They haven’t seen each other in ten years and now Hazel is Josh’s sister Emily’s best friend. They met under hilarious circumstances years ago and now when they see each other again, there are still some sizzling sparks. But she’s a little crazy and he’s very normal and quiet. This time they become friends. Best friends and what do best friends do? Set each other up on dates of course. After a string of really bad set ups and always ending up together, their attraction gets the best of them. Josh and all his muscley sexiness and Hazel and her carefree beauty end up naked together. But just that once. Or not. Their friendship is solid but when they both start to have more than friends feelings they are scared. Will someone make the first move before it’s too late? What happens when your dreams change and then they all come through? I loved this story! These characters are some of my favorite from Christina Lauren! They are just so perfect for each other. The yin and yang. I laughed out loud so much and even shed a tear or two. Their witty banter is priceless and their chemistry is off the charts! I wouldn’t mind seeing these characters again!!
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)