Dating the Guy Upstairs by Amanda Ashby #Review

Posted June 21, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Dating the Guy Upstairs by Amanda Ashby #Review
Dating the Guy Upstairs

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Intermix
Released on June 21, 2016
Pages: 162
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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I went into this thinking I what a quirky couple Riley and Will were going to make only to reverse my thoughts and throw my hands up in frustration. The author jumps right into the story after Riley and Will have known each other for some time and are best friends as well as Will being Riley’s landlord. Will volunteers a lot in third world countries and is rarely home, but when is older brother gets engaged, Will comes home for the wedding and a little business on the environmental front. Riley for her part is hoping to get a promotion at the library she works at so she is taking on side jobs that aren’t part of her main job like watching a gerbil for her boss.

The two are kind of quirky and fun when I first meet them. Will needs a date to the wedding or his brother is going to fix him up with a bridesmaid, so he gets Riley to help him. Will doesn’t get along with his rich father who likes to build car garage’s by knocking down older buildings. It doesn’t help his father’s case that he married Will’s ex-fiance. Now everyone knows these two are best friends, but when they start telling everyone they are dating, everyone gets a “we were right” kind of personality.

When things finally start to heat up at one point I am all for the….nope, it is a cut to the next chapter when they have sex. They want to get naked, but they don’t want to get naked in front of us. This made the chemistry I started to feel between these two go flatter than a popped balloon *POP*.

Then Will just starts pissing me off. He is kind of selfish when the author wants you to feel he is selfless. It’s all about him and what he needs, never about Riley. For Riley’s part, she is just too damn understanding. Stroking his ego, letting him slide when he needs to man up. She does finally hold her ground one time and I was clapping.

The chemistry was just lacking even out of bed. Sickenly sweet at times and just saying the words naked doesn’t make it sexy. In fact, I got tired of them sexing it up all week, but never letting me be the voyeur for it. Seriously, I needed my naughty time for this one. In the end, I wish I had put it down and walked away after the first night of naughty sex I wasn’t involved with.

If you want a sweet romance, with no chemistry, this is the one. If you want a sweet book with a naughty side…keep looking because this just won’t do it for you.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Huh, sounds like it was trying to be a bit of both sweet and naughty and didn’t quite hit either for you. Friends to lovers can be so fun, too. And what a situation- his dad married his ex? Wow!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It started off so great, but I never felt it went out of sweet mode. I never felt like they really grew closer and became lovers. It was kind of juvenile. Which when I looked up the author, she is mainly a young adult author.

  • While I don’t have to have the actual sex scene, I do need to feel the heat and chemistry.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I could have lived without the sex, but the chemistry was missing that I think the sex would have restored. It just felt off.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Wow that’s really disappointing for no chemistry, I need chemistry especially if there’s no between the sheet heat πŸ™‚ Thanks Shari

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Me too!

  • This did sound like it was going to be fun when you first described the characters, too bad it went downhill after that. That’s too bad the chemistry went flat. I definitely want to feel the chemistry and connection between two characters in a romance. And sometimes a sex scene can help a book and have you feel their chemistry.
    And when one of the characters starts pissing you off it’s difficult to fully enjoy a book. And with him acting selfish and Riley stroking his ego I can see why this one didn’t fully work for you. Too bad this one didn’t fully work for you with the lacking chemistry.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It started out fun, but it kind of went downhill for me after that. He was selfish even if he figured it out in the end.

  • I’ll pass on this one. Nothing wrong with stories like this but I want more. Things have to click, the characters have to have chemistry and I most times have to like them in order to root for them.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love me chemistry and this lacked it all!

  • Oh no, I’m sorry this book had some issues. I would have been so frustrated too! I don’t like that Will is selfish when the author wants him to be, and that Riley understands his issues. Sometimes people need a kick in the butt, and it sounds like Will needed one.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am so not a fade to black fan. It ruins flow of the story. He need to a big kick in the butt!