3:00 pm EST, January 31, 2018

‘The Upside to Being Single’ by Emma Hart review: A workplace romance with a fun Mardi Gras twist

By Sonya Field | Edited by Karen Rought

The Upside to Being Single by Emma Hart is a new stand-alone romantic comedy that introduces a fun group of girlfriends as they stumble through trying to find love!

About ‘The Upside to Being Single’ by Emma Hart:

If anyone asks, I knew better than to flash my boobs for Mardi Gras beads.

I still don’t know why I did it.
Maybe it was the dare from my two best friends.
Maybe it was the guys on the balcony saying they’d throw Fireball shots with the beads.
Or maybe it was the quiet guy in the corner of that same balcony with piercing gray eyes, wavy dark hair, and a smile so tempting I wanted to climb up there and lick it off his face.
Maybe it was because I never thought I’d see them again.
Not that it matters. Not today.
Because the hotel I manage was finally bought—and the guy who walks in and introduces himself as my new boss is Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent.

There are many upsides to being single.
Your new boss knowing what your boobs look like?
Not one of them.

‘The Upside to Being Single’ by Emma Hart review:

Rom-coms are my jam right now. The laughs are great stress relievers while also providing that happily ever after that I’ve grown to love so much. I’ve come to expect a great time while reading Emma Hart’s novels, which are both witty and sexy.

The beginning of The Upside to Being Single is great: Emma Hart introduces readers to a hilarious group of three best friends (who also happen to all be single). Probably one of the best things about this book is reading about all of the shenanigans that these girls get into.

It was obvious from the start that this book was going to provide some great laughs while the heroine Mellie Rogers laments about the cranky customers that come to her hotel during Mardi Gras.

It’s not long before the main storyline of the novel is set up, and Mellie tries her hand at flashing a stranger for beads for the first time. She also quickly learns that the same stranger she flashed is her new boss, Jacob Creed.

“I knew that dark, wavy hair. And that jaw. And those lips. And I definitely knew those gray eyes. Because I’d look into them as I’d flashed my boobs not even forty-eight hours earlier. I was going to fucking kill Peyton Austin and Chloe Collins.”

Although Mellie feels very awkward about it, Jake is more distracted by Mellie’s sudden bouts of clumsiness whenever he’s around, rather than the first time that they met. When they do get around to clearing the air, Jake doesn’t hold the boob flashing against Mellie.

That doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about his instant attraction to her. Unfortunately for him, Mellie wants nothing to do with an office romance and their chemistry creates the wrong kind of tension between them.

While Mellie tries to deny her feelings for Jake, she ends up arguing with him…a lot. There is definitely a ton of banter in this book and at times it almost takes away from the romance. But, Emma Hart throws in enough heated moments to make it all work and the book was quite enjoyable overall.

“I wanted to kiss him. I wanted to break the rule we’d set, the one I was so steadfastly determined to keep, and kiss him. I didn’t care that he was my boss. It was impossible to remember that when I looked into his eyes. All I saw was a guy, a regular guy, who wanted me. And it was tempting, intoxicating. None of the stuff we’d agreed mattered.”

Though I did feel like it wasn’t as good as her other two most recent novels, Miss Mechanic and Miss Fix-it, which I loved. The ending also felt a bit off to me, and I think it would have been a stronger book if there had been at least another chapter or two included.

However, the epilogue sets up the next novel coming, called The Hook-Up Experiment, which will be about Mellie’s BFF Peyton. It sounds amazing, so I’m excited and hopeful that it will be even better than The Upside to Being Single.

The Upside to Being Single by Emma Hart is available now! Order your copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, or Kobo. And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads!

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