Friday, August 31, 2018

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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?

4 Stars

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is another witty, hilarious and sexy read from this duo! 

Hazel and Josh are such opposites, but for some reason, their dynamic worked. Hazel Camille Bradford is quirky, eccentric and a funny character. She is free-spirited and does what she wants to do, even though some may view her as being "weird." Whereas Josh Im, is more reserved and likes to do things by the book. 

Hazel and Josh begin an unusual friendship. When she met Josh in college, Hazel had a crush on him, but her quirkiness and embarrassing moments were all witnessed by Josh. So she was convinced, she was never going to be a fit to his calm and reserved personalty. And jump to years later, Josh and Hazel are back into each other lives and Hazel is determined to be Josh's best friend. 

These two form a friendship by setting each other up with blind dates. But the more these two spend time with each other with other dates, they realize that their attraction is more than friendship. But how they tell each other they want more than friendship? It takes many bad dates before these two figure it out. And getting there is the best part of their story!

What I love about this book is the Korean culture and lifestyle that is brought into the characters of this book. Being Asian-American myself, it's rare to get a glimpse of interracial couples in romance books that I can sort of relate to with my family. So it was refreshing with the diverse story line. And again, these two authors always hit it out of the park with their storytelling!  And looking forward to more new reads from them!


Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. They are New York Times, USA Today, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Sublime, The House, Dating You/Hating You and the critically acclaimed Autoboyography. Roomies (released December 2017), has been optioned for film by Jenna Dewan’s company Everheart Productions, with Christina and Lauren set to write the screenplay.  

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