The Upside to Being Single

The Upside to Being Single

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...

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Title:The Upside to Being Single
Author:Emma Hart
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The Upside to Being Single Reviews

  • Shayna

    Absolutely HILARIOUS! Both SEXY and insanely RIDICULOUS, this is one CRAZY TRAIN that I never wanted to get off of! Emma Hart is and WILL ALWAYS BE my spirit animal!

    What is there left to say, really? I mean, it’s an Emma Hart Romantic Comedy! No one does Rom-Com quite like the queen! THE UPSIDE TO BEING SINGLE is Mellie and Jake’s story. It’s the first of three that fol

    Absolutely HILARIOUS! Both SEXY and insanely RIDICULOUS, this is one CRAZY TRAIN that I never wanted to get off of! Emma Hart is and WILL ALWAYS BE my spirit animal!

    What is there left to say, really? I mean, it’s an Emma Hart Romantic Comedy! No one does Rom-Com quite like the queen! THE UPSIDE TO BEING SINGLE is Mellie and Jake’s story. It’s the first of three that follow Mellie, Peyton, and Chloe. So while this is a standalone there will be over-arching storylines. And hey, whatever gives me more of these three crazy women, I’m ALL FREAKING IN!

    This INCREDIBLY funny romance is all about the awkward meet-cutes, the comedic and snort-inducing banter, the overindulgence of donuts, insane friendship goals, and enough sexual tension to set your reading device aflame! Mellie and Jake are so freaking cute, I can’t stand it. The patience that Jake holds is ridiculous. It just showed how much these two crazy characters were meant to be. Don’t even get me started on the three musketeers i.e. Mellie, Peyton, and Chloe. When they get together, they are on a whole other level. And the wonderful backdrop that is New Orleans was the perfect setting for this book and the books to follow.

    This is mostly in Mellie’s POV, but we do get little treats that are Jake’s POV mixed in, which I wanted MORE of! With each chapter brought a hilarious heading telling us what IS the upside to being single and I thought that was an amazing touch on an already fantastic romance read. I’m not surprised in the least that I absolutely LOVED and ADORED this book, these characters, and this storyline. Emma Hart is my absolute GO TO in this genre and of course, she never disappoints. I can’t wait for Peyton and Chloe’s stories. I’m already giggling like crazy, thinking of what the future holds for these characters!

    And just a warning! Reading THE UPSIDE TO BEING SINGLE will cause an excessive urge to run out and buy donuts. It may cause heavy texting between your best girlfriends. It will cause a need to purchase a plane ticket to New Orleans. It will definitely give you the urge to head out during Mardi Gras and flash a random cutie, hoping to find a Jake of your very own!

  • Wit & Wonder Books

    ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **

    Mardi Gras is a time to live it up and party hard. There is copious amounts of alcohol and beads for all. Emma Hart latest release

    turns the Mardi Gras experience into a rom-com of epic proportions.

    A dare from her best friends ends with Mellie flashing the goods; after all, she’ll never see these guys again, right? Wrong! When Jake shows up as her new boss things get a little awkward and a whole lot heated.

    This is a

    ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **

    Mardi Gras is a time to live it up and party hard. There is copious amounts of alcohol and beads for all. Emma Hart latest release

    turns the Mardi Gras experience into a rom-com of epic proportions.

    A dare from her best friends ends with Mellie flashing the goods; after all, she’ll never see these guys again, right? Wrong! When Jake shows up as her new boss things get a little awkward and a whole lot heated.

    This is a ridiculously hilarious read. Everything you want in a romantic comedy and everything you expect from Emma Hart. From fireball shots and Mardi Gras beads to comedic banter and donuts, Jake and Mellie’s journey to love is both romantic and amusing. I absolutely adored Jake’s pursuit of Mellie, all the small cutesy meaningful gestures.

    I cannot write this review without saying how much I love Peyton and Chloe, Mellie’s BFFs and the instigators of the flashing incident. Their friendship is the kind that is solid and strong, yet fun. I wanted to be a part of their antics.

    Emma Hart has written a story that touches the heart with both love and laughter. I cannot wait to read Peyton and Chloe’s stories to see what kind of mischief they get into! Five stars.

  • Bookgasms Book Blog

    I absolutely adore Emma Hart and her novels as they always have a sassy heroine and a hot alpha male. There is something about the spirited back and forth banter and the hot chemistry between her protagonists that I just love because it always has me devouring her books in one sitting. That is exactly what we received in The Upside to Being Single with Jake and Mellie. To just call this book an office romance would be a crime as it is so much more!! Jake and Mellie were fantastic!

    When Mellie and

    I absolutely adore Emma Hart and her novels as they always have a sassy heroine and a hot alpha male. There is something about the spirited back and forth banter and the hot chemistry between her protagonists that I just love because it always has me devouring her books in one sitting. That is exactly what we received in The Upside to Being Single with Jake and Mellie. To just call this book an office romance would be a crime as it is so much more!! Jake and Mellie were fantastic!

    When Mellie and her two girlfriends have one too many drinks during a night out during Mardi Gras, a dare gets thrown and then the shenanigans begin. But what happens when two days later the mysterious man who saw her flash her goods turns out to be her sexy new boss! What follows is a fast paced story full of sassy wit, laughs and hearts.

    I loved this story as it was another example of an amazing "feel good"sexy romance from this author. I can't wait for her next one! 4 stars! ~Ratula

  • Sanaa  ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆

    Emma Hart is my go to author for romantic comedy. And after the last book I read, that was exactly what I was looking for.

    is a sexy, witty, and feel good romance that will leave you begging for more.

    Millie was someone I absolutely loved. If there's one thing I love about Emma, it's the fact she creates some of the strongest, most independent and sassy heroines. I also adored her friends. I really do hope that they get their own book. Jake and Millie had so

    Emma Hart is my go to author for romantic comedy. And after the last book I read, that was exactly what I was looking for.

    is a sexy, witty, and feel good romance that will leave you begging for more.

    Millie was someone I absolutely loved. If there's one thing I love about Emma, it's the fact she creates some of the strongest, most independent and sassy heroines. I also adored her friends. I really do hope that they get their own book. Jake and Millie had some crazy hot chemistry and I loved, loved, loved seeing them together at the beginning. It was something that I was desperately looking for and got; great banter and laugh out loud moments.

    TUTBS is a heartwarming book that will make you want to buy a ticket to New Orleans and go to Mardi Gras hoping to find your own prince charming.

  • Catarina

    Mellie is a hotel manager in New Orleans, and during Mardi Gras when she’s going out with her friends they make the drunk decision of flash their boobs to random strangers on a dare. They do and they don’t think about it again, after all it is Mardi Gras and they were strangers anyway.

    But unfortunately next day at work she finds that the “stranger” is no one other than her new boss who recently bought the hotel where she works. And if their first encounter is

    Mellie is a hotel manager in New Orleans, and during Mardi Gras when she’s going out with her friends they make the drunk decision of flash their boobs to random strangers on a dare. They do and they don’t think about it again, after all it is Mardi Gras and they were strangers anyway.

    But unfortunately next day at work she finds that the “stranger” is no one other than her new boss who recently bought the hotel where she works. And if their first encounter is

    , the next ones aren’t going to be much better. Especially when their relationship and what they want is anything but conventional.

    This was a funny and cute romantic comedy, and since it’s not a very long book makes it a nice light reading. And yes, even though it was an enjoyable reading I had some issues with it, starting with how many times the MC’s kept thing about “their teenage self”, most people will probably not care about that, but annoyed the heck out of me. I get it, we were all teenagers before, we all did stupid things (guilty!), but enough is enough… no one thinks about their teenage years

    .

    But more than the heroine’s immaturity, more than the forced dialogue which really did it for me was the lack of professionalism. I’m a hospitality worker, I know how hotels work. I work over 70 hours a week in one… and even if the director and the manager were having sex 50 times a day with each other, they would never be half as unprofessional and careless as Mellie and Jake. Yeah, I know,

    , but I believe that all fiction should at least have a reality basis where

    research was made.

    But anyway, if you’re looking for a light romantic comedy for a quick fix, yeah, you’ll probably like this book.

    3 Stars.

    Mellie started as funny, a little crazy (like all 20 somethings have the right to be sometimes!!), and adorably clumsy… but that clumsiness soon stooped being adorable and started to be extremely annoying. It was too much, and from funny and adorable she soon started looking as immature and the “hot mess” turned into “mess”. She was one of my issues with this book. Jake was sexy and sweet and I liked him for the most part, although for someone who just made a huge investment (I’m guessing hotels aren’t exactly found on off-license shops), he spent more time worried about flirting with his manager than actually doing some work. Mellie’s friends looked alright and I’ll probably going to read their books, but the dialogue between the three of them did seem forced at times, like they were trying

    to be funny.

    Some heated moments, not too much.

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  • Tracy *To the point Reviews*

    Yammer Yammer Yammer!!!

    Between the incessant pointless and unfunny dialogue between the heroine Mellie and her two BFF's and the non-stop inappropriate verbal volleying between the heroine and her new boss, I got a huge migraine!! It was just over-the-damn-top!!!

    In the beginning, It was cute how the heroine was clumsy but the author pushed the formula and overworked silly situations, turning her heroine into an embarrassed, blundering, mouthy clown of a character. The constant rom-com became rid

    Yammer Yammer Yammer!!!

    Between the incessant pointless and unfunny dialogue between the heroine Mellie and her two BFF's and the non-stop inappropriate verbal volleying between the heroine and her new boss, I got a huge migraine!! It was just over-the-damn-top!!!

    In the beginning, It was cute how the heroine was clumsy but the author pushed the formula and overworked silly situations, turning her heroine into an embarrassed, blundering, mouthy clown of a character. The constant rom-com became ridiculous and killed all the romance in the story. (for me)

    Oh! these two go at it all the time like two pre teens. Its really unfortunate that by the end of the book, they basically know shit about each other. How is that ok?

    The heroine basically resists the hero until the end of the book, where they have the most anti-climactic, boring sex I've read in years!! I am not lying folks!! They do it once, for what feels like 2 minutes, and then the book goes to the epilogue.

    Snoozer for me.

  • OLT

    I'm giving 0 stars to myself, in addition to 1 star to the book itself. After all, I didn't have to read it and probably should not be writing a review, since I'm definitely not the target reader for it. I'm gonna play the Age Card here and blame everything on my feeble, aging brain and its accompanying faulty memory. I pre-ordered this book because I mistook Emma Hart for another contemporary romance author that I like. So I apologize in advance for this review with opinions likely not shared b

    I'm giving 0 stars to myself, in addition to 1 star to the book itself. After all, I didn't have to read it and probably should not be writing a review, since I'm definitely not the target reader for it. I'm gonna play the Age Card here and blame everything on my feeble, aging brain and its accompanying faulty memory. I pre-ordered this book because I mistook Emma Hart for another contemporary romance author that I like. So I apologize in advance for this review with opinions likely not shared by many other readers, but I really, really feel the need to vent.

    Plot in a nutshell: Heroine Mellie is manager of a New Orleans hotel which has recently been purchased by a new owner. The day before said owner is to arrive Mellie goes out drinking with her two best friends. It's Mardi Gras, the time when women flash their boobs for beads, and Mellie is dared to do this by her BFFs. So when they pass a group of guys including one that is especially hunky, up goes her blouse.

    Next day she's at work and the new owner, Jake, arrives. Yep, it's that hunky guy she flashed the day before. Well, now, isn't that embarrassing? Not only that, but Jake needs an office and there are none available so he'll be sharing Mellie's.

    Basically that's the story. The boob flash and the close proximity working in the same office lead to inappropriate sexual attraction and sexual innuendo between boss and employee and finally to an HEA in which they agree to be inappropriate outside the office, instead of inside. This is not a good book for anyone sensitive to the #MeToo movement except that Mellie behaves just as inappropriately as her boss, so there is that.

    So you may say, "Well, what's wrong with all that?" Sounds like fun. Well, I guess...Except that all the characters are shallower than a puddle. They are all in their late 20s or early 30s yet act like horny teenagers. Their behavior and interactions and conversations are immature, verging on stupid, totally lacking any cleverness or wit or humor beyond first-year-high-school level. While reading this I began to wonder if the author was a big joker insulting the intelligence of her readers or if readers should be wondering about the author's intelligence level.

    Conversations are all about boobs, dicks or doughnuts and full of juvenile innuendo. No one has a serious or intelligent thought to express ever. Scenes in the book include the boob flash, eating doughnuts, discussions about putting down the toilet seat, shopping for office furniture, going on a tour of New Orleans, and some cooking lessons.

    What a waste of my time. I read the whole thing as punishment for choosing poorly and in the hopes that from now on this author's name will be engrained in my feeble brain as a Do Not Buy.

  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    I really wanted to like this, especially because I'm a sucker for office romance books, but unfortunately this really wasn't working for me. If I'm being honest, the book could really really use an editor. There are blatant grammatical errors and sentences that didn't flow well, and it took me out of the story every time it happened (which was often).

    Aside from the lack of editing, I struggled with the overall plot. The gist is that Mellie flashes a group of men during a Mardi Gras celebration,

    I really wanted to like this, especially because I'm a sucker for office romance books, but unfortunately this really wasn't working for me. If I'm being honest, the book could really really use an editor. There are blatant grammatical errors and sentences that didn't flow well, and it took me out of the story every time it happened (which was often).

    Aside from the lack of editing, I struggled with the overall plot. The gist is that Mellie flashes a group of men during a Mardi Gras celebration, and one of the men ends up being her new boss. That's all fine. What I took issue with was the fact that the boss constantly brought up her boobs/the flashing, which seemed wildly inappropriate. I just could buy into it, because I feel like it just wasn't realistic at all. Overall, this wasn't a winner for me, and I rated it 1.5 stars.

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