The Dating Experiment by Jennifer Edlund is a fast-paced story about one woman who's offered a million dollars to go undercover at a dating site and share details about those dates. Of course, there's rules...but aren't those meant to be broken??
Sassy, contemporary romance with likable characters and fun-filled situations...The Dating Experiment is sure to thrill readers! Make sure you get your copy today!
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At twenty-nine, Holly Sparks finds herself in a position few women her age could ever imagine—CEO and owner of a prestigious matchmaking company. The red head can predict engagements, find impossible matches for the company’s unreasonable millionairesses, and dish out dating and relationship advice on her blog like nobody’s business. But none of that has helped her get far in love.
Just when this matchmaker fears her own love life is doomed, she is visited by family friend and renowned relationship therapist. The doctor hopes to use her as bait for her latest experiment. Now Holly must go undercover on a new dating website, and dish about each date for an entire year. There is only one rule—no getting involved romantically with any of the test subjects, every date is strictly blog material. This should be a breeze since Holly detests online dating.
After a slew of miserable dates, love is suddenly in the air and an unexpected real romance unfolds, the kind that was never supposed to happen. Holly soon realizes that sometimes the line between right and wrong can be blurry and happy endings aren’t always neat.
Will Holly risk everything for love?
Date #6: Jordan
April 25, 2014
Date #7: Gregg
April 28, 2014
Date #8: Tony
May 3, 2014
Date #9: Les
May 10, 2014
Date #10: Johnny
By the tenth date, Holly was still waiting for something noteworthy to come out of all her experimental endeavors. Thankfully, not all the dates had been terrible. According to her blog, ninety percent were awful and the other ten percent were just okay or boring. The main problem was trying to score a stinking second date, which never seemed to happen. After all the failures, Holly knew she had to try a different approach. She became the hunter, instead of the hunted. In no time, Holly stumbled upon a New Jersey transplant named Johnny. The engineer was still relatively new to the area and knew hardly anyone but his co-workers. On the phone, the thirty-three-year-old blond seemed shy and reserved. He wasn’t yet tainted from living in Los Angeles, so there was a good chance he’d be different from all her other dates. They seemed to click in nearly every aspect, but then again, there was no room for optimism just yet. Whenever Holly got her hopes up, it only led to disappointment.
On a Thursday evening, the two met up at Sushi-Gen in Los Angeles. It was a relief to see Johnny looked just like his pictures. His appearance came off as rough, suggesting he was most comfortable hanging out with the boys, drinking tons of beer, and slapping chicks on the ass. He made up for it with his easygoing smile. He happened to have pretty, clean, white teeth, as if he brushed them obsessively. He had blond buzz-cut hair and a firm jaw line—a definite military look, After being seated, the two went to town and ordered nearly everything on the happy-hour menu. By the time the first spicy tuna roll arrived, the date appeared to be going along swimmingly.
Johnny took a bite of his eel skin roll and said as though in sexual ecstasy, “Oh, the sushi is so fucking good.”
A little warning bell sounded off in Holly’s head. There was absolutely no need for that kind of language within the first thirty minutes, especially on the first date. Everything appealing about him suddenly flew out the window and truthfully, it was a shame. They’d been getting along so well Holly wondered if maybe she should have just let it slide. It could have been a Freudian slip.
After consuming four pieces of a crunchy shrimp roll in silence, Holly finally asked, “So do you live by yourself or with roommates?”
“By myself, actually. My apartment is the ultimate bachelor pad.”
“Wanna come by and see it tonight?” he asked with a wink.
Holly wasn’t a prude. She knew what he was implying and it was totally inappropriate first-date suggestion. He was nothing more than a horndog waiting for the perfect opportunity to get his hump on, and, he’d done an outstanding job of hiding his true colors.
Jennifer has written three novels, which include her best-sellers, Forever Blue and Forever Blue: Old Songs to Sing, New Tears to Cry.
In 2013, Jennifer tried her hand at writing cookbooks. As of today she has published seven paleo cookbooks.
Jennifer lives in Orange County, California where she enjoys, reading, movies, country music, Sex and the City reruns, and cooking for her friends.