Review: Dating Roulette by D. Kelly
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.
Oh, how I adore a well-written friends-to-lovers romance with its unique twists to it! D. Kelly is a new-to-me author and Dating Roulette is my first read from her, and it proved to be one fun-filled story about best friends that try their hand at dating each other. When they were sophomores in high school, Bexley Marie Scott broke up with Tristan Xavier Jacobs's best friend and then promptly declared that they should become friends as well, believing she deserved something from the whole disaster of a dating experience she had. Ten years later and Bex and Tris are the closest of friends; heck, they've shared the same apartment for half that time! Tristan knows all about Bexley's less than stellar dating life and has even called her routine the "dating roulette". No one's gone past seven dates, and even getting to that point is a rarity. So, after her latest failed dating experience, Tris makes Bex promise to give the next guy a real shot and going through all seven dates. When she makes that promise, she has absolutely no idea that the next guy who asks her out is none other than Tristan himself. This time around, she really hopes that he'll be the first guy to make it to the eighth date, but will the seventh date be lucky or unlucky?
Tristan and Bexley's love story was adorable from the moment they had their first honest-to-goodness conversation, and it proves to be a truly life changing event, especially for Tristan--you'll have to read the book to find out why because I am so not going to spoil it for anyone! These two shared a true friendship, one that didn't have any hidden agendas involving one or the other playing platonic even though they've been nursing far more non-platonic feelings from the get-go. Did Tristan have a thing for Bexley? Yep, but their friendship was genuine, at least as far as I could tell, and it's not like neither one of them were with other people in the decade-long friendship they shared, albeit Bexley has never had a boyfriend. Their friendship and then developing romance was one that I found refreshing because nothing was ever forced with these two, the evolution of their relationship feeling more organic than anything else. I loved Tris and Bex but kudos on having a fab twosome in Adam and Rita, Tris's and Bex's other best friends, respectively. They brought in a bit of wisdom and humor, especially in critical moments of the Tristan and Bexley's romance. Dating Roulette was lighthearted fare with some angst, which is a personal favorite combination of mine in the romance novels I read, making for a wholly fantastic 4.5-starred read. ♥
Release Date: 09 July 2019
Date Read: 08 July 2019
Learn more about D. Kelly.