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The Dating Itinerary

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  110 reviews
As if it wasn’t bad enough to be deemed the “most single person” at her magazine’s office, budding reporter Penny has now been tapped to write a series of features called “The Dating Game.” From speed dating to Tinder, old-fashioned matchmakers to up-and-coming “dark dating,” Penny now has to go on a lot of dates. Silver lining: meeting new people should be fun, right? But ...more
ebook, 206 pages
Published September 7th 2020 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)
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The Dating Itinerary is an adult romantic comedy by Brooke Williams. I loved this book. I had such a great time while reading it. It was the first book I read on my vacation, and it really started me off in a great reading mood. If you are a looking for a fun, romantic feel good read, The Dating Itinerary is really going to hit the spot. 

In The Dating Itinerary we meet our main characters, Penny and George, or Geo as he is going by now. Penny and George are rival journalists, but they didn't sta
Chloe (Always Booked)
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Entangled Publishing for allowing me to review this eARC. This was so cute! This story is about George (Gio) and Penny. They are both reporters for separate companies and both have been given the assignment of fulfilling a "dating itinerary". Basically, they have to try a bunch of different dating strategies and see if they can find themselves a significant other. They run into each other in the first task (speed dating) and they have a history. He got the job she wanted and she onl ...more
Colleen's Conclusions
I liked the plot idea of The Dating Itinerary even though I figured out what was going to happen long before it actually happened and the conflicts were also predicable for me too.

There were a couple of scenes that made me laugh when the characters played Girl Talk. I think that was one of my favorite scenes in the whole book because it was just cute and it brought me back to my freshmen year of high school when I last played it with my friends.

I also thought the friendship the sisters had betwe
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I strongly believe that it is time for me to stop reading romance. Very rarely do romance novel swoon or move me.
Just Love books
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
"love is like a needle in a haystack. If you keep searching through that stack, you’ll find it eventually. If you stop looking, it will be lost to you forever."

When Penny was finally offered the chance to have her articles on the cover, she jumped at the chance. After all how hard could it be to do a series of articles on dating in the modern day? Turns out dating is a lot harder than she expected, adding to the mix her former coworker and major rival George, seems to be doing the exact same sto
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This wasn’t a bad book, but it didn’t feel like a book being released in 2020. Instead, it felt more like a 1990s book, set in a world where newspapers give assignments on “dating” and one freelance writer aims at a syndicated column on ... [unclear] that is lucrative enough to help fund a charity that is aimed at ... helping women. There is a lot that’s not explained in this book, such as why parents with the last name Coyle could name their daughters Penny, Nickel, Dime, and Quarter and still ...more
Brenda Feinen
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed the banter between Penny and Geo. Their dating experiences were realistic and entertaining. Penny and her sisters tried to lend humor and a girlfriend feel to the book- predictable.
I felt doing a series of articles exploring dating options was outdated.
I did appreciate focus on the need for women to pay attention to their safety, as well as Meg's college experience.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Dating Itinerary follows colleagues-turned-rivals Penny and George as they test out the dating scene, from speed dating to Tinder. I really enjoyed their dating experiences and that they kept running into each other at their events and dates. My favorite part was the dark dating, but you'll just have to read the book yourself to find out more.

There was a decent amount of tension and "will-they-won't-they." And the background between the two characters made their relationship read as a natur
Sara Oxton
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Dating Itinerary by Brooke Williams a four-star read that almost deserves more. This had all the makings of a five-star read, but it just missed a little something. The characters were good and the set up great, I couldn’t put my finger on what was missing, there was just something that didn’t sit right, that being said there was so much that did. Including Her Heart, the whole aspect ran through the story in a reminding manner and not in a manner that felt like it was being told but rather ...more
Sofie Sehested
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet and a little old fashioned romance where two journalists meanders into the dating world using a dating itinerary.

I actually found the story compelling and the two main characters were very warm and likable until they just ruined everything for me at the ending unfortunately.
It was actually fun to se them fighting their attraction at the same time as they have to date other people for their articles and television appearances. And the different dating methods are so funny t
Kari Hansen
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Penny is a journalist whose newest assignment is a series of articles about the different ways to meet your significant other and the success or failure that these options bring and if she happens to find love then she will receive the magazine cover which would be a boost to her career. If that isn’t uncomfortable enough she keeps running into her former friend/co-worker who she believes stole the promotion that was owed to her.

George is now a freelance writer whose agent has arranged for him t
Bobbi Wagner
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not my first book by this author but it is my favorite. It is a cute short romance story that pulled me in from the first page. I enjoyed the characters as they brought the story to life. They made me feel as if I was part of the story. They made it fun and entertaining to read. The chemistry between them was great and made the story easy to read. This is a story about Penny and Geo. Penny is writing a series of articles about dating. She now has to attend a series of dates but she never ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Thirty-year-old Penny Coyne is a reporter who’s assigned to try different forms of dating and hopefully find a good match for herself. Penny’s first event has her coming face to face with a former friend and reporter who’d received the promotion that Penny thought she deserved. Although George (Geo) has since moved on to become a freelance journalist, Penny’s resentment still lingers. She has to find a way to deal with Geo, though, since he’s working on a similar assignment.

The plot paves the wa
Pelusa Rivera
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Well I was surprised that it was written in this era, at times I was reading a Danielle Steele novel but it wasn't so I didn't jive with them and really didn't connect. We get a little mystery wonder how was it the George and Penny ended up at the same place same it, but we found out to soon which to me was what kept me wondering. As I mention didn't feel the chemistry. ...more
Samantha Grubey (ABookHaven)
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, arc
I really liked this, it wasn't like wow but it was cute it was okay

Full review at ABookHaven
Varsha M
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Note: a big thank you to the publisher, the author and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for my honest reviews! 😄
This funny, romantic book is about two rival writers, Penny and Geo, who have to undertake a range of dating activities and adventures as part of 'The Dating Itinerary' - a feature in the respective newspapers they work for regarding the highs and lows and the binga bangas of the dating scene across di
Riya Reads
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imagine, if you are chosen to try all the different kind of dating avenues out there and get paid to write about it.
Yeah, this blurb was enough to pique my interest in reading this book as I love reading/knowing about dating experiences of people. It has an air of surprise. awkwardness, trepidation and a weirdly pleasant hilarity to it.

Penny Coyne, the 30 year old protagonist is a talented writer, who has been unlucky in love.She has never been good at dating and now she has to do it for a livi
Paulina Maurovich
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
"because love is like a needle in a haystack. If you keep searching through that stack, you'll find it eventually. If you stop looking it will be lost to you forever"

The Dating Itinerary is a very fast paced, cute, enemies to lovers office romance. George "Geo" Monais and Penny Coyne used to be work partners, until Geo got the promotion Penny deserved and it all went downhill from there. They meet again, in the brink of another job related promotion for the both of them. Everything is lying up
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
To date, or not to date? That is the question. Or rather, how to date.

Penny Coyne (yes, that was a purposeful name) is a writer for the St Louis Happenings, and she has just been assigned a new series - The Dating Itinerary, where she will be trying out different dates from using Tinder, to blind dating to a good old fashioned matchmaker. Only, she keeps on bumping into her old rival, Geo Monais....

The author attempts to weave in a tiny bit of suspense into the book, although it's not entirely d
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book!!

Penny and George are both passionate writer and who are both writing a piece on dating. This includes tinder, speed dating etc. Dating is harder than they expect however when they put their differences aside and work together they realise they work well... together 🤣.

What I liked?
*I loved the banter between George and Penny. Their friendship was really funny and I kind of got "the hating game" vibes off them. They had a great enemies to lovers thing going on.
Sophie (slovenianbookworm)
When I first read the blurb, I thought ''It's like How to lose a guy in 10 days but with a twist!'' They are both writers but they write the same thing from their own perspective. 

I feel like the mystery part of this book is not a mystery at all. They realise pretty soon why they meet each other so often. They start to work together and from enemies goes to sort of friends.

Maybe it's because I'm used to characters basically jumping each other since the moment they met but this book just didn't f
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

The Dating Itinerary by Brooke Williams is a superb romantic comedy with a bit of an enemies to lovers aspect to the story, a bit of a “hating game’ which I really enjoyed. There is some drama, just enough to keep things interesting. The story was a little predictable and somewhat cheesy- but that added to the fun factor of the story and didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book in any way.
I have read quite a few of Ms. Williams’ books now- and can always rely on her to deliver an ente
Stella Thompson
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Dating Itinerary!

This was a refreshing romantic comedy. I loved the characters names, and how the Coyne sisters were all named! Their support for each other and the interactions sound so real, I felt like I was sitting at the next table listening! George put on a persona as Geo, who he used to get ahead in the journalism world. However, it wasn’t the real George!

The Dating Itinerary (or The Dating List) was an idea from Penny’s publication. And since Penny was the only single person on staf
NICUnurse Stephanie
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brooke Williams is a new-to-me author, but I’m going to say right off the bat that I’m going to be digging into her backlist soon! The Dating Itinerary had it all: lots of laughs, some angsty moments, and some emotional scenes that really tugged at my heartstrings.

What I liked most about the book: It totally entertained me. Now, I know that sounds simplistic, but I liked the whole package of this story so, so much that it’s hard to separate all the elements that I loved about it out. While our
Meredith Jacobs
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC to review!

I absolutely love rom-coms and the plot — rival writers falling in love over an assignment — is right up my alley. However, Penny and George's — I mean Geo's (and to be honest, I found myself more interested in why the name change to that than some of the plot details at times) — relationship didn't exactly hook me the way I'm sure it was supposed to. Instead, I found myself more eager to find out more about
Tehreem Tahir
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dating Itinerary is about a journalist who is semi-forced into going through different dating routes such as tinder, matchmaking, dark dating etc. and she has to give her feedback on it every week for her company’s magazine. If she ends up finding love by the end, she might finally get a cover story! The twist however, lies in her old colleague/nemesis who has the same task as her (albeit in a different magazine) who ends up bumping into her everywhere! Will they finally become friends or is ...more
Reads A-Lot
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Penny was never good at the whole dating scene, especially with her endless string of heart breaks. For a job assignment, she was asked to go on a dating itinerary using practical dating methods to meet someone. Speed dating, dating sites, even a matchmaker. She was to do this for the next couple of weeks, writing articles on her experience. A cover story would be a guarantee if she got a boyfriend through The Dating Itinerary. This Dating Itinerary might be her path to love and a magazine cover ...more
Nikki Brooks
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have never been so glad to be out of the whole dating scene (by about 25yrs LOL) but I'd hate to be trying to find love in this digital age!

Penny and George have been rivals for a long time. They are both journalists and both hungry for success. But back when they started out they were actually friends. But promotion got in the way of friendship and now they are die-hard rivals!

Penny has been voted the most single person in her company and has been set the assignment of trying out all the dif
Jeanie Jacobson
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
What's not to love when a book’s opening line is, "Penny Coyne worried she looked like a disco ball. Or perhaps a baked potato.”
The author’s trademark zany humor and quirky characters are evident in this book.
Penny is a columnist writing a feature series on modern dating. The catch? Instead of simply reporting, she must go through each dating process—online, matchmaker, speed dating, etc.--herself.
And Penny will only end up with a coveted cover story if she finds love by the end of her dating
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