In this charming, sexy, and "laugh-out-loud" (USA Today) funny romantic comedy, an online dating ghostwriter's life gets hilariously complicated when she recognizes one of her clients' matchesher ex!and finds herself forced to flirt with him again, on someone else's behalf...
We switch. I bait.
Let me help you snag a date.
All through college, Blanche Carter was known as the love doctor in her sorority. Now she's parlayed her talent into a unique consulting business: she runs the online dating profiles of Washington D.C.'s most eligible women.
Armed with a battalion of rules, Blanche expertly helps her clients optimize their profiles and ace that first date. But although she'll happily message handsome strangers (and fend off dick pics) for other ladies, Blanche's most important rule is the one she has for herself: no relationships. She's seen too much heartbreak to believe in real love anymore.
When a former fling pops up among the matches for one of her favorite clients, Blanche gamely messages him on her behalf. Blanche is definitely over him, and this is how she'll prove it. But if she doesn't watch out, Blanche might end up not only screwing over a clientand possibly tanking her entire businessbut breaking her rule about love as well . . .
Ricki Schultz's trademark irreverent humor and wry insight into the absurdities of modern dating are both outrageously funny and genuinely moving in her unforgettable new novel.
"A wry, audacious romance that is perfect for our contemporary moment...[with] sparkling, irreverent banter that is so good you might be tempted to steal it for your own online dating one-liners." Entertainment Weekly
"Funny, sexy and unexpectedly touching...An often-hilarious and surprisingly endearing read, perfect for beach season!" RT Book Reviews
"Romantic and funny...a great summer read." BookTrib
"Ricki Schultz's relatable novel will have readers LOLing." US Weekly on Mr. Right-Swipe
"A brilliantly funny debut novel about a 21st century girl searching for her happily ever after." Bustle on Mr. Right-Swipe
"Breezy, brazen...a fun beach read." Seattle Times on Mr. Right-Swipe
"This book gave me my absolute favorite feeling: laughing out loud alone in a room, chased immediately by the swoons." Christina Lauren on Mr. Right-Swipe
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Although she is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and has spent the most time there, Ricki has also lived in Georgia and Virginia. (She promises she's not a drifter, though.) In addition to writing, she has molded the minds of tweens & teens as a middle school and high school teacher in both the CLE and the ATL-and she also spent a year teaching writing and communications at the college level. She's back in Atlanta now, and she owns the cutest beagle ever (Molly).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Blanche spent much of her college years being known as the Love Guru in her sorority, for her ability with matchmaking, even though she’s never managed to parlay those talents into a relationship of her own. Now out of school, she’s managing a bookshop a dating site that caters to the women of Washington, D.C., helping them to tweak their profiles to meet a man. She also handles those ‘pesky’ introductions and screenings, fending off inappropriate responses, photos and other such nonsense. Her business is well-regarded, and the quick interactions with men and women are clever and often funny. Until Blanche sees a familiar name cross her desk – her old crush, Henry. Determined to find him a match and ignore her own feelings, Blanche is working to find Henry a match, but her own memories and lingering feelings don’t allow her to stop reviewing their past. On different ends of the political spectrum their interactions were full of snark, bickering and loaded with sexual tension. But, part of her job is to see her client’s find their happy endings, and while she’s flirting and messaging back and forth with Henry, she’s also desperately trying to convince herself that her own feelings are dormant, and despite her facility with matching others, she’s not worth the men who cross her desk. Alternatingly funny, poignant and the occasional moments of “I know this won’t end well”, the story is a perfect light-bite, a read in one sitting or listen on the road, book that will leave you smiling. Narration for this story is provided by Ava Erickson, who perfectly captured Blanche and her voice. Since this is all from Blanche’s point of view, while other characters appear, it isn’t a story full of character voices that would demand a series of specific voices to fit each new appearance, yet Erickson did manage to include some variation to distinguish new arrivals. A bit careful in the performance, her flow does take some time to get used to: there’s a tendency to include slightly awkward pauses, that once acclimated lessen in significance. A clever story with plenty of clear description, a sense of the actual person that is Blanche and her own interior monologue that is far more interesting than the blurb would lead you to believe. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
If you’re a fan of modern romantic comedies that burn up the page AND leave you laughing out loud, SWITCH AND BAIT by Ricki Schultz is for you! Blanche (a book seller / matchmaker) takes on the challenges of playing Cyrano De Bergerac for dating-challenged Ansley, but when Ansley swipes right on Henry – one of Blanche’s old flames – things quickly grow complicated. Add a Justin Trudeau lookalike in the mix, and you have the recipe for a fantastic Rom Com. You will laugh (and cringe) as Blanche figures out her own happily-ever-after. Ms. Schultz’s quirky characters are full of life, and I found myself grinning as I followed Blanche, Ansley, Henry and Cliff (who will forever be Trudeau in my mind) on a bevy of (mis)adventures! I laughed out loud many, MANY times! SWITCH AND BAIT has an awesome BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY feel to it that makes it a must-read! Five enthusiastic stars!
This was the perfect way to start my summer! This book was so fun and charming that I read it all in one sitting. I seriously loved Blanche and all the drama that came with her. Blanche manages a book shop in D.C. but in order to help pay the bills she also helps women get online dates. She considers herself a guru of online dating and offers to make dating profiles and online chat with men in order to get these women a date! However, her own dating life is basically nonexistent--through her own choosing! Blanche and Henry have known each other for ages, but their political differences and poor timing have left them at odds. When one of Blanche's clients, Ansley, match with him online things start to get interesting! This book is told entirely from Blanche's point of view so we get a lot of insight into her funny and sarcastic demeanor. I really loved Henry and wish we got to see even more of him in the story! Even though this was a romance, I think my favorite parts of the book were when Blanche and Ansley were causing a ruckus together!! They were both so funny and cute! Ansley is a complete disaster when it comes to her clumsyness and it was so endearing! I hope she gets her own book! This book was very funny and is the perfect light read to get your summer going! My ARC copy of the book was provided in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
This was my first time reading a book by this author. After reading the first chapter of this book I was hooked. The title, book cover and saying “We switch. I bait. Let me help you snag a date.” Intrigued me. I really enjoyed reading this story from beginning to end. I loved the characters. Blanche, Henry, Gordon, Ansley, Isla and Graham. My least favorite character is Cliff. The romantic/comedic banter between characters was fun and the family type friendships were a little emotional at times, and overall the story was a wonderful fun summer read.
Blanche Carter has always had a knack for helping others make a love connection, she enjoyed doing it so much that she decided to try her hand at making a living off of it, and so far it has been quite profitable. It brings her so much joy to pair people up and watch the fireworks happen, but with all her experience she has yet to create her own fireworks with someone, which really isn't that concerning to her since she swore off relationships a while ago. She goes above and beyond for her clients, even if it means it means being a little traumatized by the occasional photo of someone sans their unmentionables, the way she looks at it, it's all part of the job. But when she is sifting through male dates options for a new client and runs across a unforgettable man from her own list of past suitors, she has a hard time convincing herself that she is over him. And then before she realizes the gravity of her actions she begins to flirt with him via messaging... full well knowing this situation isn't going to end well for all involved! Switch and Bait is a comical little page-turner that is sure to have readers giggling throughout... Blanche is a hoot! This first time read left me dazzled, a mere two pages in and I found myself pulled right into Blanche's world and completely at her mercy, the feisty matchmaker puts on one heck of a show!! She was brutally honest, determined, sarcastic, and I had a delightful time watching her surrender to her own rules and finally make a love connection of her own. If you are looking for a light and heartfelt read to settle down with this summer I highly suggest you pick this one up, Ms. Schultz's well crafted story line and endearing characters are sure to treat you to a good time!! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.