Date Me Like You Mean It
Having to pretend I’m not in love with my best friend?
Pfft. That’s child’s play.
Here’s how I do it: I avert my eyes when he walks out of his room, shirtless in all his toned glory. I squash the butterflies that fill my stomach every time he slowly unfurls a dimpled smile. And, most importantly, I keep an arsenal of “personal massagers” in my ...more
I had really high hopes for this book because I love a good rom-com friends-to-lovers story.
The book started out ok. Maddie and Aiden meet at their sibling’s wedding. Soon after they move in together as roommates and become close friends. Of course, Maddie has always been in love with Aiden but she hides it and even consoles the women he has broken up with. Aiden doesn’t even hint that he feels the same way so when it comes time for Maddie to express herself she doesn’t.
Then the bo ...more
Romantic Comedies, most of the time are always a miss for me but I’m glad I finally found one I actually really enjoyed reading!!
So this book starts off pretty cliche, we have Maddie and Aiden who have been roommates and best friends since the past 2 years. Both of them secretly harbor feelings for one another but never express it and go on with their lives with other people. Until one day Maddie ends up blurting out that Aiden is her boyfriend. They keep up the charade until “someth ...more
I have to be honest, this was probably the second or third book of R.S. Grey's in a row that I ended up not liking which is surprising because I have always loved her books since they are your typical romcoms.
Date Me Like You Mean It had pretty much everything that I look for in a romantic comedy and something that just instantly makes me happy and soft: bestfriends to lovers/ roomies/ fake dating/ sunshine ...more
The bestfriends-roomies/fake dating/enemies to lovers trope promised something good, but I really didn't like the execution. The miscommunication was huge here as they have been friends for two years and both have secret feelings for each other, but no one takes the first step until Aiden is offered his dream job and Maddie hopes he stays for her and h ...more
Along with this story being entertaining, it also included some of the struggles of adulthood such as balancing relationships (both platonic and romantic) with a difficult work ...more
As usual the comic relief is there in spades. Great lines of dialogue -- just not enough. At times things took a turn into lalaland and hard to swallow as true to l ...more
➵ Hero : Aiden Smith is Maddie’s sister’s husband’s brother, which is how they met. He’s a sexy journalist who works in Austin but his dream job is to work at the New York Times.
➵ Heroine : Maddie is quirky with a penchant to hide, avoid and lie about her true feelings toward Aiden even when asked point blank by the object ...more
I really have mixed feelings for this book, I don't think it was bad, boring, or anything like that, but IMO to write friends to lovers you have to actually write the characters slowly realizing their feelings and building a relationship from that and the principal thing it should have its angst from the fact that they don't want to ruin their friendship.
now my problem with this book was exactly that, since the first chapter you can clearly see they're attracted to each other, especially Maddie, ...more
So much tension, longing, some pain, and a beautiful story from start to finish.
Aiden and Maddie start off as roommates, though Maddie has a big crush on Aiden, and then become the best of friends. They know each other’s habits, tics, pet peeves, favorite foods, music, ever ...more
“No. Listen to me. Work is what we do to pay the bills and fill our time. Sure, I’m fortunate that I enjoy what I do, but if you think I care more about that than I do about you…Maddie, it doesn’t compare.”
I absolutely adore R.S. Grey's books and when she posted about this one I knew I would love it as well because it has some of my favorite tropes: fake dating and best friends to lovers.
Even knowing this, I was still surprised by how much I loved it.
It was such a fast read, as every book by her is, with that on the point humor that made me laugh sooo many times.
I love the characters, Maddie and Aiden were amazing! I was expecting ...more
One person has been in love with another person in secret forever, they start fuckin for some reason, other person reciprocates feelings, the girl resists and is in a fuckin tiffy for half the book about it for some unknown reason, love confessions then everything’s wonderful.
This book followed that formula too but with a few lil tweaks (angst) that made it slightly more interesting.
I’m n ...more
“These are the words I’ve wanted to hear. They’re the words I imagined during so many lonely nights. But they’re just…words. They don’t change the past. They don’t repair the damage that’s already been done.”
“It feels like I can’t get her close enough. I want her inside me, part of me.”
“It’s the kiss of a lifetime. The kiss I’ve wanted for years. A kiss that comes right after the truth.”
R.S. Grey has knocked it out of the park with Date Me Like You Mean It. Aiden & Maddie’ ...more
See, like most R.S. Grey books, I thought it was a very funny story! She is great with the humor and it’s why I love her stories so much: they never fail to make me laugh. But aside from that, I didn’t care about anything else in the book at all unfortunately.
The second part is filled with so much miscommunication fro ...more
2-years later, they’re the best of friends and roommates. And Maddie still has a secret crush on Aiden. When an awkward situation presents itself where Maddie needs a boyfriend, she says Aiden is hers. An ...more
This was such a fun and fast read! I really enjoy R.S. Grey's writing style because it always gets you hooked in the story.
I was very excited about the tropes in this book friends to enemies to lovers (although I consider it more a friends to strangers to lovers), unrequited love and fake dating are some of my absolute favorites and this definitely delivered.
The first part explores Maddie and A ...more
i stayed up late reading date me like you mean it because i wanted to know where things were going. the whole thing felt a little cliche but it's not a bad thing. i liked how r.s. grey wrote and developed the relationship between maddie and aiden.
the main thing that really bugged me was their insane ability to misconstrue everything. miscommunication is a huge factor that played into them having the whole "push and pull" situation. despite finding maddie a little whiny, ...more
↳ ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.
When I first read the blurb, I was taken aback. I mean, I freaked out because the book was promissing some of my favorite tropes!! And I dare to say that Rachel didn't disappointed me.
The story spins around Maddie Lane and Aiden Smith, not only best friends and roommates but Aiden's brother is married to Maddie's sister, so they are always around each other.
Aiden became one of my favorite male characters from Rachel's books. ...more
This book mostly follows Maddie, a girl who is in LOVE with her best friend and roommate but of course is too afraid to tell him. So instead she endures countless girlfriends roaming the house and even tries to date other guys along the way. I don't know. I didn't real ...more
this was such a cute and funny read! it was super angsty which is exactly what i love and it was done so well ! i do love an unrequited love story and this delivered! i read part one in a sitting and i just couldn’t stop reading, i loved the setting of them being bestfriends and the fake dating aspect (even though i wish we saw a bit more of them fake dating).
after the time jump i wasn’t really sure what to expect because the synopsis implies th ...more
Date Me Like You Mean It by R.S Grey is such a good read.
The storyline is beautifully written, it's entertaining from start to end and I couldn't put it down.
Aiden and Maddie are likable, relatable characters that I easily connected with. I laughed, I swooned and I may have shed a tear watching Aiden and Maddie's relationship unfold.
They're each other's BFF's and watching them try to steer clear of their deeper feelings had me both smiling and frustrated with them. But once they took th ...more
this book was funny (as rachel just inherently is), VERY SAD (but don’t worry, it doesn’t stay sad), & also so so beautiful. the ending ??? THE ...more