The Dating Experiment by Elodia Strain (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


This  isn't the first book I've read from this author and so I was ready for a cute
chick-lit to bring a smile to face. Read my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

The Dating Experiment
by Elodia Strain
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
February 1st 2017 by Sweetwater Books


After losing her job, her house, and her guy, the last thing Gabby wants to do is be in a dating experiment—especially with her ex. Her only chance of making it through is with help from her best friend, Ian. But as the study and all its hilariously awkward dates goes on, Gabby finds herself wondering what exactly this experiment is all about.

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My Review

THE DATING EXPERIMENT was full of laugh-out-loud moments with a quirky heroine, some interesting dating experiences, a charming group of ladies, one big kindness movement, and a few love interests to mix things up. Chick-lit and romantic comedy lovers are sure to enjoy this one.

Gabby was probably one of the craziest, quirkiest, most awkward heroines I've had the pleasure of reading. She really had been dealt a tough hand and life was definitely not going how she thought it would. I loved that she had all these crazy experiences to earn money in any way she can to survive. Then she did this dating study which just added fuel to an already crazy situation. I loved her voice and I loved when she went home and the ladies there who had such big personalities and their meddlesome ways.

Then there were the guys... I knew right away who wasn't in the running and who possibly was. I  also knew who I'd like her to end up with. At one point, I wondered if she would end up with anyone or if this was a happily-ever-after kind of story. Some of the things were a little too outlandish. I also wanted more development in the romantic relationship area. Just too fast there, but I also got the draw to how it ended up going.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a very entertaining read. I caught myself literally cracking up numerous times. Then, these were these sweet moments of friendship, of kindness, and of romance that brought all those happy feelings. It did have its faults, but an overall enjoyable story.

Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Elodia Strain was born in Alaska and grew up in the middle of California. She spent her childhood exploring Yosemite National Park, skiing—badly—at Lake Tahoe, and enjoying the beaches along California’s famed central coast. She graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a degree in marketing communications.

She is the author of three previous books from Cedar Fort. Her debut novel, “The Icing on the Cake,” was well received by readers of all ages, and earned Elodia the Best New Fiction Author award from CFI. Her second book, “Previously Engaged,” was a Whitney Award finalist. Elodia also wrote “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” the novelization of the widely successful eponymous major motion picture, starring Alyssa Milano. In addition to her creative writing pursuits, Elodia has spoken at writers’ conferences, had the privilege of signing books at national events such as her alma mater’s Women’s Conference and Education Week, and is also one of the founders of Ink Ladies Plus (formerly the Ink Ladies blog), a group of CFI and independent authors who work together to strengthen and promote each other’s work. When not writing or marketing, Elodia spends her time bargain shopping, enjoying staycations with her husband, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.


- Print copy of THE DATING EXPERIMENT (US only)
- Provided by the publisher
- Ends March 17th

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