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Bailey McMillan’s life is a mess. The general public blames him for his former employer’s nuclear pollution, resulting in professional disgrace. Humiliated, he takes a job as an editor at a science magazine run by his best friend, John.
That part isn’t so bad; Bailey is fond of John, who seems to find Bailey’s abrasive nature amusing. Unfortunately, working for John also leads to writing an astrology column in exchange for getting free rein in some op-ed articles, and then being sued over one. The (totally coincidental) accuracy of the column offers opportunity for further professional disgrace if anyone discovers its author. And then Bailey digs himself a little deeper.
In an attempt to prove astrology is bogus, he agrees to an experiment to date someone from each star sign. As if that weren’t bad enough, Bailey’s got a stupid crush on John, who stubbornly insists on a detailed breakdown of every date, bad and otherwise. Bailey’s luck has to improve sometime, right?
Bailey is a pompous ass who is forced to write horoscopes by the scientific journal he works for. It’s totally beneath him and he hates it.
John is the editor of the journal and also Bailey’s best friend.
As an experiment Bailey agrees to date a variety of men from the different astrological signs and this is the story of all those horrible dates.
In the end John sets up himself as the final “date” because he’s always had an attraction for Bailey and wanted to prove to him just how good they’d be together.
There is a lot of really funny stuff. Alix Bekins clearly has a sharp mind and writes very witty dialog. I thought John was a dear and way too good for Bailey and I never, never, never liked Bailey. At. All.
So… it was hard for me to get behind his success in the dating department. Especially when he ends up having sex with some of his dates.
Call me old fashioned, but that just ruined this for me as a romance.
I wanted it to be all about Bailey and John and developing their relationship. But beyond showing us how un-suited all the other men were (and what a prick Bailey can be) I was never really convinced John deserved to be saddled with Bailey for all time.
Peter B Brooke did a nice job with the narration. He definitely added to my enjoyment and I probably enjoyed this more as an audiobook than if I’d been simply reading it.
Overall I give it 2.5 stars for humor, good writing and a nice narration, but can’t recommend it as a romance because it just wasn’t that believable or engaging on that front.