Dating-ish by Penny Reid (Book Review)

Hi Blisses,

TITLE: Dating-ish
Penny Reid
SERIES: Knitting in the City #6
Contemporary, Romance
May 16th 2017
4 blissful pages with lilies


There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 
1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre first date in the history of dating, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities: Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?

But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .

A refreshing concept, adorable and sweet characters, humorous and hot. This book is a perfect date for lonely and non-lonely hearts alike.


It is no surprise that this book was a Goodreads Choice Award Semi-finalist for Best Romance and one of Amazon’s Top 10 Romances of 2017. This book is genius in so many ways. Even the title suits the story perfectly.

First The CONCEPT and the PLOT. The spin that the author gives into online dating is so refreshing. It isn’t new concept having the male and female MC meet after being matched in an online dating app. It’s also not new having them dislike each other at first sight turning the date into a disaster but Penny Reid, dearest Penny Reid, made one of the characters really fake for an intriguing reason, a reason I can’t give because it’s a spoiler. And wow, all I can say is it’s incredibly genius because it’s new for AI as an important element to make romance story/plot moves. It’s fascinating and it’s even more fascinating to discover that fake affection is already a thing in real life. Is it a thing? I do know you can rent a friend but a professional cuddler and humper and an orgasm meditation? I’m too ignorant guys.

The CHARACTERS are the best part of this book though. First, their jobs are amazing and really made the plot interesting. Secondly, I liked how complex the characters are, there are so many layers to peel and it was a great experience peeling those layers. The main characters, Marie and Matt kept surprising me till the end. And I really mean that. Like say, Matt. When I met him in his first date with Marie, he seemed so awkward and even though for Marie, he’s the worst date, in my eyes as a reader, he’s so adorable because it’s so obvious there’s an interesting story behind his attitude and weirdness. From that first scene, Matt kept making me smile till the end and then he became this guy who is totally not awkward. Innocent, kind and a little childish Matt. And hey, you gotta read the things he does in the bedroom. Not at all awkward,

Speaking of the bedroom. Oh my God, the romance is my favorite kind – slow-burn. So the sex scenes happened a little later but jeez, it’s so worth the wait. Not that I’m waiting for the sex scenes. I swear, I wasn’t waiting for the sex scenes. Hahaha. Anyway, as I said, it’s slow-burn but the tension, the sexual tension was always at its highest level and the sweetness of these two. I felt giddy everytime Matt and Marie are together. They’re not even dating, as the title says – just dating-ish. There are lots of cuddling and little sweet things they do for each other. They’re so cute. And I love it when Matt gets possessive and obviously jealous.

My only little issue is that I hope there’s more scenes with just Matt and Marie. Obviously, I can’t get enough of them. I just think there can be more, and less of the scenes with the side characters (characters from the other books in the series) but this is one of the authors’s strength, the dynamic between characters. Don’t get me wrong, I also love the other characters, I just can’t get enough of Matt and Marie and want more of them.

FAVORITE QUOTE (I have a lot actually but I’m giving three)

“Hurting is just as much a part of life as joy, maybe even more important. Falling down teaches you how to stand up.”

“Life is a struggle for relevancy.”

“It’s seductive, to live in a virtual space, especially when the real world isn’t what you want it to be.”

These are actually pretty relevant to the main plot and believe it or not, they’re all connected and through these three quotes, I can sum up the lesson I learned. Keep reading.


You can’t truly fake affection or find a substitute to get it. Getting it from someone, or something, that you feel nothing for would just leave you empty and unsatisfied. Taking it from the one you care about is still the best.

Remember the layers I said about the characters? For Matt, the layers are deeply affected by his past, and it’s what made him aim to fake or substitute affection. For Marie, it’s her present and her aspirations that made her rely on virtual world and later on find substitution for it. Gosh, I love this book and I highly recommend it. It’s sweet and adorable and just plain genius. Also hot and humorous. I mean, what else do you want?

What do you think of this book? Have you read it? Or planning to? Let’s chat.

14 thoughts on “Dating-ish by Penny Reid (Book Review)

  1. I LOVE PENNY REID 💙 she’s a queen of slow-burn and steamy romances! Her stories always have such a fresh take on classic tropes and characters’ jobs. They all seem to have awesome careers. Mines not quite as exciting 😂 I love this series and can’t wait to see Matt and Marie’s story 💙 Jen

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  2. Loved Matt and Marie!! Marie always felt like more of a background character in the Knitting in the Cities series but after this book I started paying a lot more attention to her. Love this book and this series! Great review.

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      1. I read one of the Winston brothers books. I’m planning to eventually read them all. I just need to get the last two. I’ve heard those are really good.


  3. This is my favorite of the KitC books. The moment where Marie sees Matt in the hallway with another woman, I felt like it was happening to ME. I had to stop reading and take a break for a couple of days, I was that emotional about it! The audiobook is wonderful also.


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