The Dating Alternative

The Dating Alternative

by Jennifer Woodhull

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Brie picked the wrong guy—gave him the wrong finger. 

When her fiance walks out three weeks before their wedding, she slowly picks up the pieces with the help of her friends. A serial monogamist, she's not quite ready to start dating again. There are some things she misses about having a boyfriend, though. Her friends convince her to try something more casual. Random hookups have never been her thing. When a guy she has flirted with for a while offers his services to solve her dilemma, she can't help but be intrigued. Now she's trying to keep things casual, but when she's wrapped in his arms, it's hard to remember she's not supposed to be falling for him. 

Max has had a few hookups since he split with his last girlfriend. Lately, though, he feels like something is missing. He has crushed on the girl he affectionately calls Cheese for years, but the timing was never right. When he finds out they're finally single at the same time, he is poised to make his move. Unfortunately, she's only looking for something physical. Of course, Max is happy to oblige, but the more time they spend together, the more certain he becomes that she's the perfect girl for him. 

He pulls out all the stops, and just when he's about to make his move from the friends-with-benefits zone to serious dating, Brie completely ghosts on him. Now he has to figure out if she has really walked away, or if something more serious is keeping him from the girl of his dreams. 

Funny, sexy, and satisfying, The Dating Alternative is a standalone new adult/contemporary romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684547685
Publisher: Septem Stellae Publishing
Publication date: 12/26/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 826,042
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. 3

Chapter 2. 22

Chapter 3. 36

Chapter 4. 54

Chapter 5. 72

Chapter 6. 101

Chapter 6. 122

Chapter 7. 133

Chapter 8. 141

Chapter 9. 159

Chapter 10. 168

Chapter 11. 187

Chapter 12. 204

Chapter 13. 227

Chapter 14. 241

Chapter 15. 247

Chapter 16. 261

Chapter 17. 268

Chapter 18. 291

Chapter 19. 300

Chapter 20. 308

Chapter 21. 318

Chapter 22. 337


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The Dating Alternative 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sheena Martinez More than 1 year ago
I've received a ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Three weeks shy of her wedding, Brie is left heartbroken after her fiance ends the engagement and leaves her for a ‘tan goddess’ he had met one month prior. After six months of picking up the broken pieces and her crushed self-esteem, she ultimately decides to try the whole friends with benefits with Max, the local bartender whom she always had a flirty past with. Their timing was never right so when Max discovers that they are both finally single at the same time, he leaps in heart first ready to win her over even despite her swearing off all relationships and not looking for anything more than a casual fling. Agreeing to her rules of not asking for more, it starts as an arrangement but when Max realized his feelings for her are lot more than he anticipated, he’s doing everything in his power to win her over. But would Brie see this more than an arrangement? Will she finally allow her heart to open up to him? Only time will tell. Overall, it was a enjoyable read and the lead characters were phenomenal. Nana and Simon, the secondary characters, added additional humor to the story (fingers cross Simon will have his own series too). With the leads strong connection and great chemistry, you can’t help but root for their happily ever all. It was a quick fun read and the twist towards the end was unexpected! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking a book filled with great banter, hot scenes, and seconds chances.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! With the book blurb for The Dating Alternative being so detailed, I decided to seek out the reviews already posted for this novel. As a result, this book made it to the top of my TBR list. Jennifer Woodhull is a new author for me, and I enjoyed the refreshing way in which she tells a story. The two main characters are likable, fun and genuine, and their journey to a forever together is quite exciting. Sabrina, also known as Brie or Cheese, is an an accomplished accountant that works for a villainous witch. Three weeks before her wedding, her fiance announced that he met someone else, leaving her vulnerable, angry and alone in the place that they shared. Now it is six months later and Brie is finally moving forward in her life. She is not ready for a new relationship, but she is ready for some hot sex. Max, also known as Alexander or Alex, has crushed on Brie for years. He used to be an attorney, and now he is a bartender. After learning the ropes, he plans on opening up his own place in the very near future. He and Brie were never single at the same time, that is until now. Alex agrees to Brie's suggestion of a friends with benefits type of relationship, in the hopes that he can evolve it into much more. Love is definitely in the air, however, Brie's career troubles may prevent them from their happily ever after. Luckily, there is a lawyer in the house. I really liked this book. Brie and Alex are well-conceived characters and their sexy times are quite hot. The plot is unpredictable, which kept me on the edge of my seat much of the time. The secondary characters, including Brie's two best friends, Alex's older brother and their Nana Dorothy, truly add personality to the present happenings. Overall, this is an engaging novel that should not be missed. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Overall I liked this one--the premise was fun, the writing flowed nicely, and the HEA was sweet. Brie ad Alex are both likable characters, and even though it was perfectly obvious that the whole friends-with-scheduled-benefits thing wasn't going to last long, it made for entertaining reading. Max's grandmother was a hoot; that woman couldn't have been on the page too much, IMHO. She always made me smile. Some aspects of the book required a bit more than the usual suspension of belief, though--the drama at Brie's work especially. I'm not an accountant by any stretch of the imagination (two college courses not withstanding) but it just didn't seem like a terribly realistic situation, nor was it adequately explained in its resolution. Max's reasons for staying away from Brie toward the end were more than a little ridiculous--get over your butt hurt self, dude, and try and see things from someone else's perspective for a change--and his career shift felt a bit out of left field. The "Cheese" nickname was cute (Brie=cheese; get it?), but seriously overused and OMG should *not* be used in intimate situations. Took me right out of things, every time. Still, this was a fun way to spend a few hours. The Dating Alternative is a cute friends-to-lovers story that is a bit predictable at times but a fun read nevertheless. It was my first from this author, but probably not my last. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B= I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I loved Max he was so sweet and patient! Lord was he patient. Max had met Brie years ago and they were both attracted to each other but the timing was never right for them, one or the other was in a relationship whenever they saw each other but now they were both single and interested. Unfortunately Brie had a difficult breakup her sleezy ex had cheated on her and broke up with her right before her wedding leaving her scared. But, Max also had a similar experience but he was ready to start a new relationship and Brie was the one for him. Brie was gun shy and she annoyed a little with the (not part of rules) bit, but she wised up only to have her world crash down on her but Max saves the day!!..Grab a copy and Enjoy! Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.