10 Blind Dates
Author: Ashley Elston
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook
Synopsis: Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?
“This piece-by-piece romance doesn’t need its Christmas theme to sell, but it makes it glitter all the more.”—Booklist
“In a funny holiday romance that has Sophie dog-sitting in a hockey rink, watching porn at a drive-in theater, and playing the Virgin Mary in a middle school Nativity, Elston cleverly reflects the family members’ personalities through their choices of dates for Sophie.”—Publishers Weekly
I so love a great Christmas themed YA book! They get me in the mood for the holidays and make me feel all extra warm and fuzzy inside. There’s just something about a romantic holiday novel to really just make me…happy.
Anyway, this book? Aside from the freaking awesome cover which I just love so, so much? It’s amazing! It’s fun! It’s sweet!
This book had so many awesome things about it, it’s so hard to pick just one that I could call my favorite!
If I did have to pick one thing I loved about this book the most, I would definitely say the characters. They are fantastic. The main character, Sophie, is just so relatable and really is the kind of character you simply just fall in love with from the start. She’s funny, sweet, kind, and just wants a little freedom from her parents (and some dates).
There’s a big aspect of family going on here, with each family member setting her up on a blind date with someone different. It’s so much fun and I have to say that I smiled so much while I was reading this book.
I don’t want to say too much about this one because it’s the kind of “you NEED to read this” kind of book. It’s fun, sweet, and has such great romantic themes that I couldn’t put it down.
Needless to say? This is the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly day under a big fuzzy blanket. Don’t forget the hot chocolate, either – it’s practically a requirement for this cozy contemporary!
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Ashley Elston is the author of several novels, including THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Awards) and THIS IS OUR STORY. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Ashley worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Louisiana with her husband and three sons.
Ashley is represented by Sarah Davies at The Greenhouse Literary Agency.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of 10 BLIND DATES, US Only.
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