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Love Him Not

2.87  ·  Rating details ·  424 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Are you an expert at the game of love? Find out in Love Him Not, an interactive unromantic comedy where YOU become the protagonist. As Elle Masters, you'll navigate hundreds of familiar dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments inspired by popular advice books and modern romance. Each choice is more complicated than the last, and the stakes are raised with each turn of t ...more
Paperback, Second, 530 pages
Published November 6th 2015 by Doorflower Company (first published April 13th 2014)
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Elizabeth Ray
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was SO MUCH FUN!!! I read the description and thought, "Hmm... this sounds interesting." I checked it out on Goodreads and it had great reviews, so I downloaded it. I'm so glad I did!

This book was a "Choose Your Own Adventure" romance book. Super creative, right? In this book, you play Elle Masters, a girl looking for love after a recent break-up. You meet a cute guy named Nick at a bar and are faced with your first choice. This book ended up making me extremely grateful that my husban
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Ok, this book was bad. Sure, it's fun to try all the different ways the story can go and feel like you are the one who chooses how the heroine will behave, but the actual story is so lacking in depth and character development and full of so many cliches and sexist stereotypes that as a normal book it wouldn't stand a chance.
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Karen Whittard
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm enjoying this book very much right now. It's very fun and frustrating at the same time. I like how the story changes every time you make a decision and I love the fact you are in charge of how the story goes although never in charge of how it ends. And more often then not it ends in the most frustrating way. I find this book funny and I love the way you are the main character and you are submerged in the story. ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: What e-books were made for.

This book really explores the possibilities with e-books. It's interactive and puts you in charge and I really enjoyed that aspect. It's engaging in a way I haven't yet come across with e-books, and that was refreshing.

My ending was always the same... I guess I don't make the best choices! But it was fun to go back and explore what could have been if only.

I wasn't such a fan of the writing style, but I think that's because I didn't relate much to the main char
Becky Monson
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had so much fun with this book and have been telling everyone about it! I loved doing the choose your own adventure as an adult and with adult themes. Once I found the story path - my story - that I was happy with, I then went back and read all of the other options. There are just so many twists and turns that you can keep reading and reading! Seriously addicting!

I have no idea how Ms. Reed was able to write a book like this, I can't even begin to understand the kind of imagination and writin
Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a fun, different reading experience
4.5/5 stars

I'm not going to lie- when I got this as an ebook for free on Amazon, I wasn't expecting all that much. I thought the premise sounded fun, and I recalled loving choose-your-own-adventure-type books as a kid, so I thought I'd just give it a go. Little did I know how obsessed with this story I would become and how absolutely in love with the characters I was going to fall.

Let's start there, shall we? Though the book is written in second person, our main character Elle Masters is not jus
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Where has this book been all my life?!?!

This book was soooo much fun. And exciting. And satisfying!

I enjoyed this book for many many many reasons, the two most important being:

(1) I hate when characters in books make stupid, god-awful decisions, that not only I would never make, but that inevitably ruin everything. So being able to make "better" decisions was instantly appealing and insanely gratifying.

(2) We all play the shoulda, wuolda, coulda game. All. Of. Us. So being able to play, re
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda is an entertaining interactive romantic comedy that engages the reader to step into the shoes of Elle Masters as she journeys down the path of romance in search of elusive true love. The author sets up every chapter with romantic situations that you as Elle gets herself into only to have to choose between two intriguing steps to see how the situation ends. Hmmm ... which option would you choose? How will it work out for Elle? Will she find romance and true love?

Author Tar
Edythe Hamilton
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elle Masters stopped dating since her last relationship was bust and with some convincing from her friends, Valerie and Rachel to have a girls night out on the town she hesitantly decides to indulge them. During the outing Elle meets Nick Wright and with the novel being interactive in your choosing one of two results for each chapter as you read Elle’s fate with Nick, you have the chance to backtrack your decision for the other choice.
Another interesting plot of the book is being able to decide
Robyn Koshel
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” is a unique take on a traditional chick-lit book. It is written as a choose your own adventure style- so the possibilities are endless. So far, I have read this book at least 10 times and have had 10 different outcomes. I can not remember when I was so excited by reading a book before. Written in the impossible second person- Tara Lee Reid pulls it off with style. I really loved the contemporary Bridget Jones like feel to the book. This book can be read over and over an ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
l love the concept of the book. It is so fun and has unlimited re-reading potential. I thought it is nicely written and I enjoy the female characters. So why the low rating? Nick. Ugh. I understand that there has to be reasons they break up. It would be nice if they weren't all because he is a jerk. Because he is. If you don't agree with him on everything, you break up. If you try to pay your own way, he stops calling. You have to dress like a slut but can't act like one cause then he dumps you. ...more
Kelly Mccurdy
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~I received this in exchange for an honest review~~

This has to be the strangest book that I have ever read. I have heard of the choose your own adventure books when I was little, but I was never a fan of them, I was frustrated easily. It was the same with this book. It has a great premise, but, no matter where I would go, two "choose your way's" later, I was back near the beginning. I should have just read it straight through (author has a note at the beginning on how to read the book)

I gave t
Samantha March
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tara Lee Reed is on tour now with CLP Blog Tours and Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

I need to go full disclaimer here with my review and say that I did proofreading for Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda so my reading experience for this interactive novel was probably different for most. I knew all the situations “you” could get into but I didn’t know how they would correlate while I was actually reading the book and following along and seeing where my decisions led me to. This book is seriously such a blast. It’s
Josie  Ann
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this novel from CLP Blog Tours in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely loved this novel. The novel begins with the main character, Elle Masters, going through an old shoe box of memories. Her friends, Rachel and Valerie, whisk her away from "heartbreak hotel" and force her to go out, Elle finds Nick Wright. I love the fact that the author, Tara Lee Reed, made this novel interactive and unique. Although I kept ending up alone, I definitely enjoyed this novel, and will conti ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda brings me back to my childhood, but grown-up style. The characters, who are true to life, witty and fun, draw you in and make you never want to leave. Reading this book feels like a fun night out with your bff's, but with as many do overs as you want. My only qualm, I was bummed when my bad decisions meant I'd reached The End! The up side it's not really the end because you can go back and choose something else and another story unfolds.

Love it and can't wait for the next
Do you remember those books where you pick your adventure and there is more than one possible ending? I loved those books as a kid. Well, this book is exactly like that but for adults. I was surprised how much fun I had going through various scenarios and seeing where they ended. The only complaint I have is that Nick's personality could change drastically depending on the adventure you chose. However, I suppose that's nitpicking since the author needed to create as many different possible optio ...more
This is such a fun idea and I've certainly never read a Choose Your Own Adventure Romance! I've read through a few of the outcomes, but I can definitely see how fun it is trying to "win" the HEA. Love Rachel and Val, but I didn't really click with Elle, aka "me", so it was a little frustrating making choices and then having Elle react in ways I would not have. But that's just me. Love how unique this is and will keep coming back to it just for fun. ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this novel, reading it was one enjoyable experiment. The author made it interactive which, in my opinion, is a very smart and exciting thing. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family...
a fun choose your on adventure for adults. a quick read and realistic outcomes. super fun quick chick lit read. leaving as read even though I can go back to it again and again for diff stories each time
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute premise! I kept trying to figure out how to get a happy ending though haha
Briana Brooks
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fabulously Modern Blast from my Past

I used to read choose your own adventure books ALL THE TIME as a kid. Like, seriously, I would sit down with the book and tiny pieces of paper and bookmark every choice so that when my current plot ended, I could go back to each point and make every single decision to ensure I got every ending in the book. Those books tended to have 70% of endings conclude with death rather than a return to single life, but as my reading tastes have matured, I was so thrille
Mandi Morgan
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So fun

This is the first book I halve read that as the reader I got to pick the path. What a unique and fun time. I highly recommend the Heart-a-Track. I made it to the happy ending on my own. But it was a trial. I had several, several, miss turns and upsetting abrupt endings. But got my happy ending in the end. So fun!
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Definitely fun to see all the ways your decisions change the story
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
I think it is fair to say that I found my way to most of the 58 unhappy endings - I lucked my way into the only two happy endings fairly early on, within two or three days of reading. This was a fun, light-hearted read - as much as it can be for a book that is mostly about breaking up!

Full review to come!


Rating: 4 Stars

Full Disclosure: The author, Tara Reed, and I became friends
Marie Chow
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love the concept of this one. Tara Lee Reed’s debut novel is a wonderful blend of dating do’s and don’ts combined with choose-your-own-adventure with a dose of single-in-the-city. Every few pages, “you” get to make choices for a protagonist who’s currently on the rebound: is she out for a night with the gals to unwind? Does she take the number of the cute, sexy finance guy who’s more date-material than rebound-material? Does she give him her number? Do they kiss on the first date? Do ...more
Jessica Burstrem
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the idea of a choose your own adventure e-book. It utilizes the opportunities of the format beautifully. I can't decide what I think of what Reed has done with it, though. I'm not sure whether it suggests that whether a relationship succeeds is almost a matter of chance or whether it makes me feel as though any decision that a woman makes is probably the wrong one in dating. So far I haven't found the so-called happy ending that, as I understand it, is possible. And, of course, there are ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a long one, so be prepared for 600+ pages if you aren't usually a lengthy book reader. Typically romances tend to be in the realm of shorter books, but this one was a lot, and it was completely, entirely, worth it! The reason for the length is soon to be explained, because it was a million stories in one really. It was a choose your own adventure book! I haven't read those since I was a kid reading Goosebumps You Choose the Scare! books! It was super creative, imaginative, and completely ...more
Just another reader
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Armed with an innovative narrative technique, Tara Reed lets us live the life of Elle Masters, a begruntled girl who is over dating of any kind. As Elle and her friends figure out the good and the bad of finding meaning behind dating and romance, Elle meets the captivating Nick at a bar. As Elle, what would you do next? You have many different options, and each option takes you through a different path.

I loved the
Zee Monodee
Oh my, what a fun book! And I mean not just the plot, but the whole deal of going on this adventure! This was my first interactive book and I am so glad it was with a light and fluffy and totally hilarious chick-lit story like this one! Gosh, it felt like having a toy that you just don't grow bored with - the number of twists and turns you can take by making the choice to go to this section or the other... Wow! It totally wowed me! I still haven't finished 'playing' with this one though I have t ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a kid, I absolutely LOVED the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series. Ahh to be a child of the late 80's- early 90's! Great times!

So when I heard about a modern, adult-version Choose Your Own Adventure, I had to check it out. I really got into this book. This is a great book for commuting or reading right before bed because you can finish up an "adventure" in a short amount of time.

I dropped a star because I wish the author had incorporated other men/plot twists into the book. Towards the end, a
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When her PR career was derailed by a sickening plot twist, Tara K. Reed published her first interactive novel, ‘Love Him Not’ - a satirical dating adventure inspired by dozens of advice books, with hundreds of choices and 60 (mostly unhappy) endings. She recently published 'A Bitch In Time: 30 Snarcastic Stitches For You to Stab' with her (much older) brother. Tara lives on the Canadian side of Ni ...more

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