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31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?

Izzy is a journalist who usually writes a technology column for a local newspaper. Her somewhat-intimidating boss William sets her the task of dating thirty-one men, via an internet dating site, all within a month, and writing about it for the paper.

Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend Donna,
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Published July 12th 2018 by Bombshell Books (first published November 3rd 2012)
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4 Delightful Stars

31 dates in 31 days! Sounds exhausting, but it sure made for a fun book... A little reminiscent of Sex in the City minus New York and shoes...

Isabel is a journalist who has been tasked by her boss to forgo her usual tech column and write a dating column.... she signs up with a online dating site and buckles up for 31 dates in as many days.... this book really explored the good... the bad... and the ugly of dating.... as you can imagine Isabel dated a wide variety of different
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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This caught my eye over on NetGalley due to the following: “31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?” Maybe one of these days I’ll learn to look before I leap when it comes to clicking that request button because “SMASHWORDS” should have been my first clue . . . .

This storyline was one with potential and instantly had me thinking it might be a little reminiscent of . . . .

However, the execution was simply awful and
Dash fan
4 A Humorous look into the world of internet dating.... 31men.... 31 dates... what could possible go wrong!!

The Serial Daters Shopping List is a funny look at romance and internet dating to find the perfect partner.

Izzy works as a journalist. But she has been called in by her boss and asked to write a dating column in order to spice things up.
31 dates.... 31days!! ..... He has challenged Izzy to date 31 men over 31 days and to write all about the dates. Lol what could possible go wrong!
I would
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The cover and blurb sold this book to me instantly. It looks and sounds great so couldn't wait to delve into it and I wasn't disappointed.

Izzy lives on her own and works for a paper. I actually quite envied her life style. Coming and going as she pleases with no one to answer to. To be able to watch what she wants on television and when she wants, she certainly sells the single life to the readers. Well apart from the dating side of things that is.

I couldn't think of anything worse than going
Susan Hampson
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is just brilliant and seemed to feature every bloke that I have ever known! Right from the start I just connected with Izzy, a journalist who normally reviews new techno stuff but has agreed to a bit of an undercover mission from her boss William. Izzy has to date 31 men, of her own choosing, from an online dating site and she has to complete it in within 31 days. This makes for some pretty funny reading. It is an absolute perfect pick me up to put a smile on anyone’s face.
After each
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isobel MacFarlane is a technological writer for a Northampton newspaper. That is until William her boss gives her a new assignment. She is tasked with setting up a profile on a dating site and going on 31 dates in 31 days and then writing about each of her dates for the paper. Isobel is far from happy with this request, but sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do just to stay employed.

Isobel is single and forty years old. She really enjoys her life as is and really is unsure about this
Thanks to NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for this early release copy.

Izzy is a journalist who's usual articles are reviewing the latest techy gadgets on the market.
As one of the few single gals in the office she is asked to do an expose of online dating by doing 31 dates in 31 days.
This was kinda like smashing Bridget Jones Diary together with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and it works well.
Izzy is an accessible character, who had me giggling and nodding in agreement with her a lot.
It was funny,
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was supposed to be a light summery read, but I struggled to get into it, I just couldn't find the humor. The premise of the book was great. A tech writer Izzy who was asked to write something more, 31 dates in 31 days and she had to write about them all - online dating... Wow sounded scary. And her dates were really weird.

The story moved in the same slow pace and tone, it dragged at most places, there was no development of the characters. I didn't like or connect to the main character,
Sally Coles
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Izzy's boss at the newspaper gives her the task of dating 31 men in 31 days from internet dating sites and writing an article on it she rises to the challenge! Making up a tick list she sets about the task with hilarious results

A lovely fun light heated read with great comedy moments and some momentous dates....perfect easy summer beach read
Cathy Ryan
Single and turned forty, Isobel McFarlane, or Izzy Mac to her friends, is a journalist who normally writes about technology and the gadgets she’s given to test. William, her boss has her given a temporary new direction for her column, with a view to attract new readers with something a little different from the usual. Her assignment is to join a dating site, line up one date per night for a month, then write about her impressions and experiences. Totally out of her comfort zone, not at all
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy as a part of the blog tour.
Izzy is a journalist and her new assignment is to go on 31 dates in 31 days. Needless to say Izzy joins an internet dating site to find the dates and each man is different in his own way; some dates go well while others don’t. If you think Izzy’s dates can’t get worse, just keep reading as Bailey comes up with one crazy situation after another! One night Izzy and her co-worker/best
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Isabel our leading lady is a journalist who has been set a mission by her boss. 31 days in a month so she needs to have 31 dates via INternet Dating Sites all for her column! I think Izzy is somebody as a character I had to warm up to but once I did I found her quite funny. This was almost like reading snippets from hilarious stories either you have had or your friends have had in the past with all of her dates she goes on.

I did initially think this would be a little reminiscent of the film How
michelle  Simons
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A totally enjoyable feel good story of a journalist who sets about dating different men every day for a month, with some very unexpected results.

I loved this book. It totally made me smile, laugh and occasionally have tears in my eyes.

Living reasonably local to the author means I enjoyed reading about locations I know pretty well.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this story in the 'New' section of the carousel on my kindle. Not recognising it, and without reading the blurb etc, I simply opened it up and started reading.

Immediately, there was something familiar - the book is set in my home town! How odd it is to read a story set in places you know so well! I became so excited to keep reading, to see if I could work out where the lead character lived based on the timings provided/distances travelled etc!

The story follows Isobel McFarland through
Isobel is a new-40-something who writes a tech column for the local paper, and has a boss who wants something “more”. Challenging her to write a column on internet dating, 31 dates in 31 days – he sets her assignment. And at first, there is a solid sense of “why not” from Izzy, as she makes her list of ‘likes”, establishes her profile and gets ready to go. She’s not entirely alone in this ‘search’ either for a man or navigating the maze of ‘social life after 20’, as her colleague, the ‘health ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
If, like me, you've forgotten what it's like to be in the dating game, this will bring back memories - but most of all it will make you laugh!

Izzy has her own column in the local newspaper; she is the tech-geek and loves her job as she gets to try out all the new tech toys. When her boss, William, gives her the new assignment of joining an online dating site, meeting up with a man each day for a month and writing about it she thinks 'why not?'. It's not as if her love life is bursting at the
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My thanks t NetGalley for an advanced e book in exchange for an honest review. And thanks to Morgen Bailey and Bloodhound Books Publisher

I was interested when I saw the pretty cover and the title of this book.

Isobel is a 40ish journalist who has an intimidating boss who surprisingly gives her an intersting assignment : 31 days to meet 31 men on the internet and date them in person!

She creates Do's and Dont's which are funny enough and they are in
Donna Maguire

I love the cover for this book and that tag line – 31 Days. 31 Dates – along with the blurb had me really intrigued and I knew this was definitely a book I would want to read – as soon as it arrived on my Kindle I jumped right in!

I loved the concept and Izzy is a fabulous character and I loved going on the dates ‘with’ her, it is a very funny book in places and I loved the way the book was set out and I loved the ending – and best of all this book brought
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a happy ending to a story!! I liked the writing style where each chapter was a different date! Throughout the whole book I was hoping for a certain ending, and it did not disappoint. As someone who has participated in online dating, I felt so much of this book was spot-on to real life, and even though it was just an experiment, you felt her frustration and happiness she experienced throughout! I will say that 31 dates seemed like a lot as I was reading - probably because I was anxious to ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my kind of book. I love books about dating especially online dating. I wish there was more books about online dating. I found this book to be funny and well written. I did have a way I wanted the book to go and I was pleased how it ended. I loved her friend Donna, but didn't think izzy spoke that highly of her even though they were best friends. Even though the book was about izzy and her dating experiences I'd like to see a book about Donna written.

Thanks goes to net galley and the
B.R. Maycock
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To start with, I have to tell you that I am lucky enough to know Morgen Bailey in a professional capacity, in that she was my right hand and editor of ‘Snowday.’ As I worked with her I inwardly did a very happy dance as I found I’d come across someone who, rom com/chick lit wise, was not only on the same page as me, but also the same sentence! Her help, her feedback and her changes were bang on, wherever I had an issue Morgen’s suggestions and prompts and encyclopedic knowledge gave a proper ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the tour organiser

I'm with my husband almost fourteen years so it is fair to say it has been a long time since I had to think about the dating scene so when I saw this book, the title sounded like it might be a story with plenty of laughs and I was definitely right!

When Izzy is given an assignment to join an online dating site and set up thirty-one dates over thirty-one days and report on each one for their readers, she feels that she is up for the
Lel Budge
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Izzy is a writer for a Northampton newspaper, she usually writes a tech review column and is a bit of a tech nerd…… Then, William, her boss gives her a new assignment….she is to write about dating by taking on 31 dates in 31 days… she sets up an online dating profile…….and so it begins.

Izzy writes a shopping list of do’s and dont’s (which could really be Wants and don’t wants). Such as don’t smell, don’t smoke a pipe, don’t sweat like a pig ….and do’s ….be tall, be kind, be fun and be tall
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I saw the cover of this one combined with the title, I knew it was going to be a must read for me.

And it soooop was. I loved it from the very first capital letter until the very last full stop. I received some strange glances from my son when I was erupting with laughter, but I just could not help myself. Some parts were too funny to keep a straight face.

When I write a review I try to make it nice for people to read and it’s not always easy to find the right words to express your feelings.
Sally Whiteside
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a great book and a lot of fun. I loved that izzy isn't desperate for a man to be in her life. Would recommend this book to anyone.
In answer to the question on the cover - just about everything. An amusing, if not hugely original in concept, piece of fun. It's better than the rather wonky layout of this first edition copy suggests, honest.
Zoé-lee O'farrell
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tf, read-in-2018
What could go wrong with this story....31 dates in 31 days. Simple no? I feel tired just thinking about it! God knows how Izzy feels!

Each chapter of the book is a day in the life of Izzy, her day to day and then the evening for her dates. Some of these dates are epic failures and so laugh out loud funny that you could relate to the disaster. Izzy writes a column for a paper about technology when her boss William sets the task of dating thirty-one men and then write about it. The column becomes a
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was attracted to this book because I have had pleasant experiences with Bombshell books so figured this would be up to the same high standard. Admittedly I have read several lately that take on the whole online dating trials and errors and you know from common sense that you’re not likely to meet your soul mate at first attempt … they wouldn’t be on the site if they were irresistible!

Izzy is a journalist with her own column in the local rag .. her boss asks her to experiment on the dating
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I loved this book. It was a refreshing read and I found myself engrossed in the antics of Izzy and her 31 dates willing just one of them to sweep her off her feet.

Now this book is definitely Chick Lit no doubt about it but it's not your usual boy meets girl story and I found it a completely different style of story to what I expected.

Izzy is set a challenge of going on 31 dates set up online for her job as a journalist and we get to go along for the ride. As Izzy begins her dos and don'ts
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a review of "The Serial Dater's Shopping List" on another blog and it caught my eye as a fun change of pace from some of the stuff I normally read. Besides, who doesn't want to read about bad dates?

Izzy is in many ways your typical chick lit protagonist: she's single, like books and movies but nothing serious, and eats too many sweets and doesn't get enough exercise. She's forty, which makes her older than your typical chick lit protagonist, something that has promise but isn't really
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Morgen Bailey – Morgen with an E – is a freelance editor, writing tutor (in person and online), blogger (helping other authors, sharing tips etc.), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, speaker, author of several novels (at various stages), 400+ short stories, a series of writer’s block workbooks, an editing guide, articles, and has dabbled with poetry. She is an avid supporter of ...more