A Double Header: Dating Do’s and Marriage Don’ts!

Review for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com)

“It’s Saturday night and you’re chatting it up galore with several men on a dating site. You’re a wonderful, talented, educated woman. So, why sit at home on a Saturday night? Wouldn’t it be nice, for a change, to go on a date?”

I’ve never done online, or eDating. I have plenty of friends who have, however, and after reading eDating the Old School Way: A comedic guide to online dating, I think I need to buy multiple copies and send them out as dating tools!

According to Maura Stone, there are four types of men you typically find in the online dating pool: The Dweeb. The Nerd. Damaged Goods, and The Player. She describes each one in perfect detail, outlining the various signs you need to look out for, even providing sections entitled “Motherly Advice”, to help you further on your journey. This book isn’t just for the ladies. Stone has also included plenty for the men. An example: If a woman has any of these monikers in her online profile, take heed:
It’s complicated
Bi-polar
Not really divorced
Crazy ex or exes
Medication
Police
Arson…
That’s a condensed list. There’s plenty more where that came from, and each one has an in-depth description so you know just what to look out for! I particularly enjoyed the chapter of “universal truths” pertaining to men. As in, they are visual. Or, they like the internet. I also enjoyed the list of edating Do’s and Don’ts, a must-read for anyone embarking in the online dating world!

Stone breaks everything down into simplistic comedic form and fashion, making this a fun and zany read. It also relieves the pressure one might put on themselves during the dating process. It doesn’t have to be so serious; part of the fun is in the exploration. And honestly, you never know what you’re going to get. I have to add, if you’re one that shies away from anything racy, make sure you put your eye muffs on. There are plenty of sexual innuendos, but in my opinion, it adds to the fun of this book.

Nelly Morgan’s wedding day had finally arrived and everything was going by without a hitch. That is, until a complete stranger crashes her wedding professing his undying over for her. Her fiance puts the wedding on hold and Nelly must try to convince him that she has no idea who the wedding crasher was, all while trying to make the handsome stranger go away. Through pranks and attempted bribes Nelly tries desperately to convince this stranger they have never met before…or have they? (synopsis provided by the author)

This was a well thought-out concept, and a truly unique plot line from Vivian Brooks. I was intrigued from the very beginning, at the mention of a wedding crasher who professes his love for a total stranger. I wanted to find out what the outcome would be for Nelly, for her fiancee (who ends up having a dark side) and for the wedding crasher himself. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout the story, and it seems Nelly can’t seem to avoid dramatic situations, all starting with the day she had planned on saying her “I do’s”.

On the one hand, I felt at odds with Nelly. She can’t get her life together, even when her best friends and family try to help her see the forest through the trees where her heart is concerned. That annoyance kept me going, though. I wanted to see what choices she’d make, even though I often wondered what the wedding crasher ever saw in her to begin with.

My only complaint with All Because of You would be the grammatical errors and misspelled words. At times, those errors made it hard to focus on the story. But, because the story was so strong and the concept so fresh and fun, I was able to overlook that and give the book a try. I am glad I did. In the end, I enjoyed what I’d read and appreciated Brooks’ uniqueness. I found the story to be a refreshing take on a romantic comedy; a valiant effort to bring forth a new spin on the classic love triangle scenario most of us enjoy and love so much.

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