Oct 16

Single Dad Seeks Juliet by Max Monroe Review


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Dear Internet: Am I a horrible person for wanting to sabotage my work assignment—completely wreck a dating contest—because I hate the idea of love?

I know it sounds bad, but just hear me out, okay?

I (33F) work at a local paper, and two months ago, my editor assigned me a huge project—run the upcoming, highly anticipated Bachelor Anonymous contest.

In essence, I’m supposed to help a reader-nominated bachelor find his special someone, and while I should be excited to handle something of this magnitude solo, I can’t help but get queasy over how gross it feels.

Like, how cheesy could this thing get?

Not to mention, I’m the last person who should be involved in this—my dating and relationship history is a cluster. Generally, the person in charge of these things shouldn’t fantasize about lighting the whole three-ring dating circus on fire.

Anyway, men from all over Southern California, vying for the coveted bachelor role, submitted their personal ads to my paper. The readers voted, and Single Dad Seeks Juliet won by a landslide.

Enter Mr. Bachelor Anonymous (40M), the single dad Romeo seeking his Juliet.

Blah, blah, blah, right? Wrong.

You guys—and I cannot stress this enough—this guy is the ultimate man in a six-foot-three, chiseled-muscle, freaking Adonis package with aquamarine eyes that would haunt the dreams of an insomniac.

He’s a former Navy SEAL, successful business owner, motocross-riding, charming, supportive, funny-as-heck single dad, and the more time I spend with him, the more I want to bring this contest thing crumbling to the ground for an entirely different reason.

Real talk: I think I’m falling for him.

Me, the woman who despises love, might be falling for the completely off-limits Bachelor who I’m ironically assigned to help find love, while five other women think they’re the only contestants competing for his heart.

So, Internet. Am I scum? Or is all fair in love and war?

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Well, it seems that the talented romcom-writing duo, Max Monroe, has kicked off what promises to be another must-read series with Single Dad Seeks Juliet—or, at least, I hope they have. I have to be honest, there hasn’t been a single book these two have written that I haven’t enjoyed. Their stories are romcom gold – the trifecta of story and steam with the kind of humor that skirts the edge of ridiculous – and I am here for every single word of them. Endearingly genuine and relatable main characters make these stories the kind a reader cannot help but get lost in, and the side characters are just as integral by rounding these stories into fully satisfying, rich reading experiences.

Single Dad Seeks Juliet is great example of the fiery, funny and fantastically well written story that their readers have come to expect from Max and Monroe. Brimming with humor, snappy banter and smoking hot chemistry, Jake and Holley’s sweet romance pulled me right in. A fresh, entertaining plot loosely based on a very current concept, former Navy SEAL and single dad, Jake, gets shanghai’d into participating in a matching-making contest a la The Bachelor sponsored by his local newspaper. An irresistibly sexy and heart-meltingly swoony hero, Jake’s Adonis-like good looks were definitely a plus, but it was the way he was such a great dad to his teen daughter, Chloe, that stole my heart. Recently burned by love, Holley is the reporter assigned to this story, and she couldn’t be more against the idea. I loved these two instantly. Their chemistry was so effortlessly natural, and I wanted them together from that first dip in the ocean. Where Jake was calm, confident and in command, Holley was an lovable combination of clumsy, amusingly awkward and a little bit dorky and it just upped her charm factor. While not at all angsty, there were still some feels to be had here, too, just not of the heart-breaking variety.

Single Dad Seeks Juliet was a wonderfully uncomplicated, easy-breezy, pleasure to read, and I enjoyed every single second of Holley from The Tribune and Jake from the ocean’s journey to happily ever after. Heart soaring, cheeks flushing and smiling from cover-to-cover, I devoured this unputdownable romcom in a day. My fingers are crossed that there will be more single dad romcoms (ahem, Garrett!) born from this series—and soon! Single Dad Seeks Juliet by Max Monroe gets five smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo




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