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Review ❤️ Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

November 13, 2019


Jack Nolan is a gentleman, a journalist, and unlucky in love. His viral success has pigeon-holed him as the how-to guy for a buzzy, internet media company instead of covering hard-hitting politics. Fed up with his fluffy articles and the app-based dating scene as well, he strikes a deal with his boss to write a final piece de resistance: How to Lose a Girl. Easier said than done when the girl he meets is Hannah Mayfield, and he’s not sure he wants her to dump him.

Hannah is an extremely successful event planner who’s focused on climbing the career ladder. Her firm is one of the most prestigious in the city, and she’s determined to secure her next promotion. But Hannah has a bit of an image problem. She needs to show her boss that she has range, including planning dreaded, romantic weddings. Enter Jack. He’s the perfect man to date for a couple weeks to prove to her boss that she’s not scared of feelings.

Before Jack and Hannah know it, their fake relationship starts to feel all too real—and neither of them can stand to lose each other.

Release Date: Nov 12, 2019
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley
Price: $9.99


When Hannah and Jack meet at a bar, they both convince themselves that despite their initial attraction, nothing will happen. Jack starts to pursue Hannah with all intentions of getting inside her head and using her for an article on How to Lose a Girl. Hannah’s focus is to make sure Jack doesn’t go anywhere since she needs to clean up her image and show she has a romantic side.

So I admit I really wanted to read this to do a comparison for the movie, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I love that movie and to see a book with some of the same premise but with gender reversal sounds exciting. However, the execution is slightly off and it may be due to the fact the readers are inside the mind of the main characters.

Hannah has a lot of issues. Her previous relationship really damaged her. I also believe that her own views of being biracial really started the issues she continues to face as an adult in relationships. Let’s break some of this down. Hannah use to date a guy name Noah who wanted her to embrace her “black” side and since she went to a primarily white school and have mostly white friends, she struggled with being the girlfriend he wanted. He ended things and told her that she is not the girl you marry. I say good riddance but of course, this messed Hannah up and she believes no one will ever marry her.

I liked Jack but for the life of me I couldn’t understand why he continued the charade with the article. Every chapter that had his POV, he spoke about loving Hannah and how great she is. So did he think this would end up working out and he gets the girl? Maybe if he wasn’t so into her and slowly realized how great she is, I could have stayed with the silly idea of the article.

The chemistry between Jack and Hannah kept me going. I love all the silly banter and sexy times with them. Hannah’s conversation with her best friend really reminded me of some of my own conversations with my friends. They were spot on.

Overall, this is a cute and funny romance that I would recommend.

~ Samantha

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