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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  544 ratings  ·  222 reviews
My name is Calliope and "I bone for a living." Kidding. I am studying to be a paleontologist though. It's the only thing I've ever wanted to be, and I have finally landed the perfect museum internship to make all of my dino-loving dreams come true.

Trouble is, everyone wants me to be a gentle, loving sort of creature, but I'm more of the T-Rex type by nature - the kind who
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 213 pages
Published July 15th 2020
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***2 stars***

I am so disappointed by this book.. 😒

Erin Mallon is probably my favorite female audiobook narrator and I was super excited when I heard she wrote a book. While I definitely see potential in her writing style, I think she might not be quite there yet. The story is cute and there's a lot of humor in it, but at some point it was TOO MUCH for me - up to the point where it felt forced and I ended up cringing most of the times.

Calliope, a paleontology intern at a museum of natural histor
NAT.orious reads ☾
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-clubbing
2 STARS ★★✩✩✩
This book is for you if… you are 100% sure that trying too hard, an overload of dialogue and double standards do not put you off or maybe even immensly turn you on.

disappointment(n.) a book that, due to its title and synopsis, gets your hopes up when you hear about it for the first time and crushes your excitement in multiple ways once you get into it, uncovering itself as the epitome of boredom. Ex.: Flirtasauruas by Erin Mallon.

I had all the vibes going when m
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I have a very low tolerance for humiliation humor. At least this wasn't slapstick (the usual manifestation), but still, Callie forever stepping on her own tongue got old in the first half of the book. I had a double-cringe because it was all about her being super-strident in work situations where she gets all feisty with a super-short trigger with very personal rants. I can see the temptation because she's voicing popular feminist criticisms of male-dominant careers but even though I agree with ...more
Pam Nelson
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing books you LOVED is hard; you don’t want to be too gushy that people think you’re over doing it. But you want to be gushy enough to show just how much you loved the book.

I loved this book no joke I was laughing to the point of tears and I can honestly say that has only happened a handful of times.

What it did have was awesome and relatable characters. Romance genre is my jam and this book had all the things I love –memorable meet cute, awkward get to know you, unforgettable characters,
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
An adorable romcom about a paleontologist! Can you tell from the cover? Super cute cover, sorry Calliope I used the word cute, shit.

Calliope is a no nonsense scientist who is on track for her dream job. Pursuing a career in a male driven field she's not apologetic or at least working on it with her word choice and language. She finds herself in awkward situation after awkward situation but handles it with grace. I find her so refreshing, zany and inspiring as a romantic lead character. I felt li
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
What happens when a successful audiobook narrator becomes an author? You get a hilarious rom-com narrated by said author brimming with loud out loud moments.

Calliope meets Ralph on the first day of her new internship job, when she gets stuck in an elevator. His smooth, sexy voice keeps her calm until she is set free. If only she knew what he looked like?

Calliope and Ralph do eventually meet. He works in the planetarium and she is studying to be a paleontologist, both working in the same museum.
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flirtisaurus is a rom-com written by audio book narrator, Erin Mallon. It's actually quite good. There are a few flaws, but you can see that Erin has picked up the flavor of what works in these sorts of stories, and she pretty much hits her mark in this, her debut (I think) novel. Before I get to the story I'll comment on the narration which was fabulous. The best thing about narrators narrating their own stories is that they absolutely capture the right tone for the story, This was cute and lau ...more
Kelly (AndKellyReads)
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to start out by saying I liked this book. I really don't know how to rate it, but I'm going to do my best. I'd say it falls somewhere around 3 1/2 stars, but that doesn't seem like enough to really praise the meat of this story. At the same time, there were a few issues just keeping me from giving it anything higher.

We start the book with Calliope trapped in an elevator on the first day of her paleontology internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Natural History. We learn right away, tha
Rachel McMillan
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a refreshing and intelligent new voice in contemporary romance! Smart, achingly funny and winsomely deep, I enjoyed the immediate sense of place and the unique spirit and spark of this book!

Definitely an author to watch!
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I tried so hard to like this one, especially since I was super duperly excited for it. The adorable cover, the lead characters, the attention grabbing blurb, it all seemed so perfect.

Almost immediately I felt my attention waining. The dialogue and inner musings of our heroine were just a little over the top for me. It was trying to hard to be comical and quirky, endearing and offbeat but instead it came across as forced and farcical with stilted dialogue that just didn't flow as seamlessly as th
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Flirtasaurus by Erin Mallon
Narrated by Erin Mallon
Standalone Romantic Comedy. First in a Related series.
Erin Mallon is one of my favorite narrators. She is also an accomplished play writer and author of the recently released audio play, These Walls Can Talk. Flirtasaurus is her first novel, and it is absolutely a 2020 favorite. I don’t often mention other authors, but I have to say that Flirtasaurus is like Jana Aston, Tara Sivec and Penny Reid wrote together
So much fun. Very original. I love Erin's narrations & just had to get and read this book. Ironic, that I could not wait for the audio. (Erin narrates it!)
I love Calliope, but oh my god, she has NO filter. None. I love their meet cute.
I love Ralph. He's beyond patient. He lets "Callie" slide quite a few times.
There were some hilarious moments. I "omg" a million times. At least a million.
I did like that there were so many quirky characters (almost as quirky as Calliope).
Calliope's family is wa
Erin Mallon
Jul 10, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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Paula  Phillips
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book as I expected a couple of laughs as the blurb and taglines sounded funny. What I didn't expect was to find myself hilariously laughing right through the whole book and reading out loud on more than one occasion to my partner - snippets from the book. I loved this book so much as the main characters were both a bit geeky, nerdy and awkward - a bit like myself and the book setting of a museum was amazing as one of my dream jobs is to work in a museum env
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, rom-com
What an amazing debut by author Erin Mallon! Flirtasaurus is hilarious, entertaining and romantic. The story is full of quick banter, science jokes and puns, unforgettable characters and completely unputdownable.

Calliope is focused and determined to excel as a paleontologist her dream since she was a little girl. She is single minded in her drive to succeed, which creates just as many blunders as it does opportunities. She is a very realistic character in that she is not a perfect human. She is
United Indie Book Blog
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much fun and snarky humor!

I love that there is so much to learn about all the dinosaurs that Calliope studies. The descriptions of the various sections of the museum are very vivid.

Callie is a goof. She speaks her mind. Sometimes she is too quick to tell what she thinks.

There are so many funny scenes! I like the sleep over at the museum. Callie learns not to drink from someone else’s bottle of "tea". Otto told her not to, but she did not listen. Much comes from the evening. Ralph finds not ev
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I really don’t know how to rate this book... feels like 3 stars isn’t enough for the story and then in the other hand it’s too much for the quality of writing.
I know that this is the author’s debut as a writer so this is more like constructive criticism for her next book.

The book had way too much dialogue. It was non stop. You really never need that much dialogue. It was like 4 pages of it. Took away all the fun in reading the book. And the book was hilarious if you could get passed the excess
Ariadna Basulto
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They say that almost everyone makes a good first impression, but only few people make a lasting one. Erin Mallon is definitely the later with her debut novel, Flirtasaurus.

Not only does she deliver an epically adorable and hilarious meet-cute, an extremely likable and strong heroine, a deliciously witty hero, and story that is unputdownable, it’s also so well written and freaking smart! Both in its humor and characters. I swear, this was so much fun to read that groaned out loud when adulting g
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The dialogue was not for me. I liked the premise but it was a lot, even as fabulous a narrator as Erin Mallon is, it just didnt work for me. I also found Calliope to be overly aggressive in her everyday interactions and it was just a no from me.
I will give her another go if she writes anything else but this was just not for me.
Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Honestly, when I started writing this review, I had no idea how deep my feelings run for it. The first 50% of the book gets 4 stars, and the second half of the book is worthy of only one star. The average is 2.5 and I am rounding it up for Amazon and Goodreads because this is the author's debut novel.

When I pick a book with the name " Flirtasaurus" I expect it to have clever and quirky humor and not the average crude humor some contemporary books have. I got the quirky part right but the comedi
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books, romance
3.5 stars

Thanks to Social Butterfly PR for the complimentary digital copy of this book.

Flirtasaurus is a debut novel by one of my favorite narrators, Erin Mallon. The book revolves around paleontologist Calliope, an intern at a Natural History museum, and Ralph, an astronomer who works for the planetarium.

I loved that the book centered around a museum and dinosaurs. It was fun getting to know the museum and the various staff members and inner workings of the museum.

Another strength for me it
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This is Erin Mallon’s debut book but it doesn’t read like it. It's funny and sweet and a delight to read/ listen to. A must read/ listen for rom-com fans. The characters are fleshed out and likeable. I loved Ralph so much, he was such a sweet hero, who always put others first and helped Calliope in ways I don't think she even realised, by allowing her to see things in a different way. She was so laser-focused that so much passed her by. She was such a fun heroine, though, I loved that she was sm ...more
Jackie Wright
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars for Flirtasaurus
I was intrigued to read a book written by one of my favourite narrator’s and once I realised Erin Mallon’s debut rom-com I was excited to get my hands on Flirtasaurus and I wasn’t disappointed, this book is well written, it has characters that are easy to like and it has plenty of witty banter, what more could you want in a romantic comedy.
Calliope is determined to make her dream of becoming a palaeontologist come true, it’s all she has ever wanted to do since childhood
Lisa Mandina
First off I have to say that this is probably going to be my favorite book of the year. For several reasons. First, it’s about a female who loves dinosaurs as much as I do, and it was so freaking funny! And on a total side note, in a way it reminds me of the very first novel I ever tried to write, one that I debate about going back and finishing, but now I really want to! Of course my story was nowhere NEAR this funny.

First there was the hilarious “meet-cute” bit at the beginning where neither h
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

YOU GUYS. This is a book you need to pre-order like.. Now.

Calliope is the weirdest, nerdiest, person ever and it totally works. Her awkward flirting was cracking me up! Like literally dying laughing. Ralph took all her awkwardness with grace, that man is a trooper.

Oh Ralph. I love that man. Such a brilliant mind and a tender heart.

I don't want to give much away, but one of my favorite scenes, there may have been some shrooms involved and a very drugged out Calliope trying to put the
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a debut!! Funny, filled with very memorable characters and a very quirky and smart heroine... Flirtasaurus is the summer escape we all need! Calliope is such a character! Her mouth basically has no filter, and we benefit from it. The way she is so passionate about her work and all of the possibilities of now working in such an important project is completely endearing. Many people will relate to her for sure! The meet-cute in this story is quite funny because the way it's written you can cl ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The debut book by one of my favorite audio narrators, Erin Mallon, is funny, witty, and sweetly romantic. It started a little slow for me, but quickly built up to rip-roaring laughter and snark. Calliope and Ralph were the perfect couple, total geeks, and science nerds. Calliope’s vocabulary was so out there, I honestly don’t know how Erin was able to read this and make it sound easy. Calliope came off rather unlikeable in the early part of the book, a woman with absolutely no filter, but Ralph ...more
When I saw Erin Mallon wrote a book and it involved dinosaurs I knew I had to read it. OMG this book was hysterical and sweet and filled with dinosaur fun. Calliope is definitely a quirky girl who found just the right person in Ralph. Their banter and flirting was so fun to read. Also Calliopes parents are just the best!! Great start to this series!
A Book Obsessed Brit
Having listened to Erin Narrate other novels for a variety of Authors, I was really intrigued about her debut novel Flirtasaurus. I love a nerdy hero but this gave me a nerdy hero and heroine and I was in my element! Calliope is a palaeontologist who right at the start gets stuck in an elevator and meets the voice of our hero Ralph. In amongst the panic of her rescue a miscommunication means their meet cute comes a couple of chapters after but I thought it was hilarious.

The novel as an Audiobook
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my cuteness!!!

I can’t even with this book, it’s so adorable I might actually cry.

Calliope is a strong, no holds back kind of woman. She says what she thinks even if it gets her in trouble. She’s quirky and an absolute hoot. She’s one of few women studying palaeontology and she’ll do anything she can to make sure she survives in a business that is male focused. When her first day on the job had her trapped in an elevator, she finds her calm at the voice of a stranger on the opposite side of t
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Erin Mallon's debut romantic comedy novel, Flirtasaurus releases in July 2020. She is an award-winning narrator of over 450 books and an accomplished playwright and producer in New York City. She has written over 40 plays, which have been produced Off-Broadway and all over the country, including These Walls Can Talk, a raucous theatrical love letter to the romance audiobook community. She lives in ...more

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