The Upside To Being Single

The Upside To Being Single

by Emma Hart

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BN ID: 2940154547854
Publisher: Emma Hart
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 25,628
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She first put fingers to keys at the age of eighteen after her husband told her she read too much and should write her own. Four years later, she's still figuring out what he meant when he said she 'read too much.' She prides herself on writing smart smut that's filled with dry wit, snappy, sarcastic comebacks, but lots of heart... And sex. Sometimes, she kills people. (Disclaimer: In books. But if you bug her, she'll use your name for the victims.) You can find her online at,, or join her reader group at

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The Upside To Being Single 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 23 days ago
I freaking LOVED this one! If I didn't mention this on the first book I read by this author, I'm pretty sure Emma Hart is going to become a favorite author, one that I hope I get the chance to meet sometime so I can totally fangirl over her! First I loved this book taking place in New Orleans, as it has become one of my favorite cities to visit. The fact that they went on a ghost tour was really neat, because I did one of those this past summer when I visited NOLA myself! Then so much about her characters and their sarcastic sense of humor is just like me and the people I hang around with. This is one that I had so much trouble getting out of the car and having to stop listening because of how much fun it was, and how close to the edge of my seat I was as I listened. While there were a few chapters told from Jake's point of view, they were still narrated by the female narrator, so that wasn't my favorite, but I still liked getting those little glimpses into his thoughts. While it felt like the sexual tension was very much a slow burn, to be fair, the book basically took place only over a couple of weeks, so that didn't bother me too much. Also, loved the term "shark week" at the beginning. Had never heard, have no use for it myself these days, but loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had fun reading this story. I did feel like the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more, though. But what I am really enjoying about the author Emma Hart is that she has a way of telling a love story without all the overly emotional hoopla that you sometimes get with a romance novel. Her stories are fun and funny and the characters feel real. She doesn’t make up an excuse for her characters to have to break-up and then make-up. Instead the story is played out in a more emotionally realistic way, for me at least, where some big climatic event does not have to happen for Love to find its way. And I really like that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The editing in this book is terrible making it difficult to figure out what the writer what trying to say and the book impossible to read. Plus the characters repeat the same lines over and over like children! Couldn’t finish it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annoying, characters. An uncomfortable read. Stopped reading after the first 50 pages because the main character is that friend of yours that is always hurting herself and always has drama going on. You know, the friend that you can't stand. She finds herself either partially undressed or in a sexually submissive position in front of her new boss and then can't figure out why he doesn't take her seriously so many times within the first 50 pages that I lost count. It felt like I was reading the script for a Sexual Harassment video that employers are required to show their new employees.
Yamikirky More than 1 year ago
What I love about Emma Hart is her sense of humour and it was in full force in The Upside To Being Single . It's hysterical, sexy and so full of swoon moments. Emma Hart writes real people that are flawed and beautiful and you can't help falling in love with them. Mellie, Peyton and Chloe are 3 best friends and when they are together … you need to be prepared for the unexpected!! Their friendship is what made me laugh so hard and the texting and interaction between them was like watching an episode of Sex and the City- NOTHING IS TABOO BETWEEN THEM!! One night, Mellie and the girls went out and after too many drinks, they acted carefree but Mellie did not think that this will follow her at work the day after!! Mellie has been managing a hotel for years on her own but now the new owner wants to come in and meet his staff. She was far from expecting to see the man from her drunken night that saw, for sure, too much of her. Jake put all his inheritance in this hotel and decides to take charge of it. One day, Mellie arrives at work and realises that someone is sharing the small space of her office with her!!! Jake, the man that she is meant to hate but that she finds so so hot!! “Jacob Creek was my boss. Not only he was my boss, but he was handsome and, to my annoyance, disarmingly charming. “ Jake takes a real pleasure into driving her mad and knows how to push her buttons. The attraction between them is sizzling but how long are they going to be able to play the game of cat and mouse? The sass of Mellie combined with the wit of Jake had me in tears because they made me laugh so hard and when you had Peyton and Chloe to the conversation- you are guaranteed to be LAUGHING OUT LOUD!! “Mellie’s always in crisis. IT’s in her DNA. If it weren’t from this, it’ll be from the papercut she got opening the donut bag.” Emma hart has a flair for describing a completely normal situation and turning it into the funniest thing you have ever heard! The Upside To Being Single was fun and mouth-watering sexy!! PS: This book should be read with a big bag of Donuts by your side!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The Upside to Being Single is one of those romantic comedies, which quickly weasels its way into your heart. Mellie aka Melanie has been the manager of a hotel for awhile and has learned that her new boss will be visiting. Someone who has gladly purchased the hotel. But it’s not at all who she imagined. This is one of the most hilarious books I’ve read this year, the never-ending banter between Mellie and Mr. Creed was so much fun. I wished I could have been there myself. Hart made you feel that passion, that simmers just before there’s no going back. The amount of sarcasm just leaking off these pages is brilliant. I loved the secondary characters as well, the employees at the hotel and Mellie’s BFF”s were just hilarious. There’s no way that reading this story, wouldn’t put you in a good mood. I’m glad that I took a chance on this book, I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. I think it’s just because it’s the new year and new things are happening. So this is an excellent start to the new year and… the second one of this series is coming out in a couple of months so win-win. Overall, I give this Five Boundless Stars. It didn’t make me cry, but it sure made me laugh.
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CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
He had the most real kind of smile. Not forced, and you could see it in his eyes, whether it was a smirk or a wide grin like the one he was wearing right now. It was dangerous. Daring. Like crack for my libido, if I was honest. Fans, friends, fans and a tub of popcorn. Because THE UPSIDE TO BEING SINGLE is that chock-full of sexual tension and witty banter, moments that veritably sizzle and ones that had me laughing out loud. In short, it's the perfect combination of sexy and sweet, funny and steamy, and a prime example of why Emma Hart is one of my go-to authors. Mellie and her friends are a riot, and exactly the kind of ladies that I would want as my mid-twenties posse. They lift each other up, they egg each other on, and they take no prisoners when calling each other out, which makes for some of the more endearing moments of this book. And Jake, oh, my goodness. This is a man who very obviously knows what he wants, and repercussions be darned. He's single, available, and pretty well-adjusted. I have to say that he's one of my favorite of Emma's leading men yet, and I hope to see more of him. Emma's a pro at romantic comedies, and her books never fail to draw me in and leave me smiling. I enjoyed everything about THE UPSIDE TO BEING SINGLE, and I can't wait to see more of the characters that we've met here in THE HOOK-UP EXPERIMENT. In the meantime, 4.5 stars for Mellie, Jake, and all of the gang. Fans of Emma, grab this book!
StephB More than 1 year ago
I think this could be my new favorite by Hart. It felt completely different than any of her other books while still maintaining Hart's trademark witty sarcasm. It is easy to fall in love with Mellie and Jake. I can't wait to see what Hart comes up with next.
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Mellie has become my favorite heroine in The Upside to Being Single! Emma Hart writes these great books and the female leads that make me proud! This story is about unconventional and forbidden love. Jacob is Mellie's new and hot boss! It was lust at first sight. Emma writes these books that I know I am going to enjoy! She just tells it like it is and makes no excuses. Jacob was on a one man mission, but Mellie made him work for it. The comedy of the story was well written. I could only wish I met Mellie in real life and watch the antics fall in place. The Upside of Being Single gives you laughter, sexy times, and a good ol fashion peace of mind! I am excited to continue reading Emma's books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 40 pages in and I can't take the 2 adults bickering like 16 year old girls.
Tracy_Reads_Kissy_Books More than 1 year ago
Full of wit and fun, The Upside to Being Single is another hilarious Hot from Emma Hart. I could not put it down, I was completely sucked into this world, falling more in love with each page. A sassy heroine and a swoony hero meet in NOLA. Next thing you know, our swoony hero, Jake, is Mellie’s new boss. One thing I always love about Ms. Hart’s novels is the banter between the leads. Upside is no exception to that. It’s well written, paced quickly, and it’s so easy to fall in love with this set of characters. I’m already hoping to see Mellie’s besties find their HEA!
AmandaKozi More than 1 year ago
4.5☆ I absolutely loved the humor in The Upside to Being Single! I highlighted so many quotes that had me cracking up. My inner clutz bonded so hardcore with Mellie. She was very relatable to me and I was very entertained being in her head through out. Jacob played so well off Mellie. Their chemistry reminded me of a certain PI and police officer... Jacob was very likeable and swoony through out. They have a very natural connection and may butt heads on the surface, but are very similar when it comes down to it. My only wish was that the book was longer and able to go further and deeper into their relationship. I feel like we just scratched the surface of their potential. The flow and pace was nice, I just wish some more at the end. If it weren't for that it would have been 5 stars. I flew through the book and loved every second.
AmandaKozi More than 1 year ago
4.5☆ I absolutely loved the humor in The Upside to Being Single! I highlighted so many quotes that had me cracking up. My inner clutz bonded so hardcore with Mellie. She was very relatable to me and I was very entertained being in her head through out. Jacob played so well off Mellie. Their chemistry reminded me of a certain PI and police officer... Jacob was very likeable and swoony through out. They have a very natural connection and may butt heads on the surface, but are very similar when it comes down to it. My only wish was that the book was longer and able to go further and deeper into their relationship. I feel like we just scratched the surface of their potential. The flow and pace was nice, I just wish some more at the end. If it weren't for that it would have been 5 stars. I flew through the book and loved every second.
SusanReads1 More than 1 year ago
he Upside to Being Single is a laugh out loud, feel good romantic comedy. I “donut” where to start with my praise! The friendship, banter and donut enticed apologies are just great! The evolution of love with humor is awe inspiring. The author is able to successfully write many different genres. One click this rom-com!
JkD88 More than 1 year ago
"In the middle of the French Quarter, I admitted something to myself. I was wildly attracted to Jacob Creed. I was wildly attracted to my boss." This book was laugh OUT LOUD hilarious! From start to finish I found myself almost in tears laughing at the antics of Mellie & her friends. These three are not only an awesome group of friends, but they are a little crazy. When they get together, I was always surprised at what happened -- especially when they get Mellie into a bit of a situation involving ... her new boss! When Mellie finally meets her boss, Jacob, she wants to move past their, umm, awkward first meeting, but Jacob doesn't seem to mind at all. In fact, Jacob seems quite enthusiastic about learning more in regards to Mellie. The best part about Jacob is that he is so real, in everything he does. "He had the most real kind of smile. Not forced, and you could see it in his eyes, whether it was a smirk or a wide grin like the one he was wearing right now." I'm not sure who I fell in love with first, Jacob or Mellie. To watch them fall for each other was a ... rollercoaster ride, to say the least. And, man oh my, the tension! It seemed like these two waited forever to make a move, and it was totally worth it. This story was hilarious: filled with warm donuts & awesome best friends, spectacular Mardi Gras antics, ghost stories, and love.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
When Mellie's best friends issue her a dare she is reluctant to do it, but with some arm twisting and a little encouragement she figures why not it's Mardi Gras and no one is bound to remember her face or her assets anyhow, right? Wrong, the gorgeous gray eyed man she spots on a balcony and flaunts her stuff to comes waltzing into her world the next day and informs her that he just so happens to be her new boss. While the sparks seem to be present, the irritation that they instantly towards one another is also lurking with every interaction they have, and even with all that going on Jake seems to think they can find some common ground... Mellie on the other hand is very skeptical. Mellie knows her attraction to Jake is strong, but she isn't about to act on it and she isn't so sure it's the best practice to canoodle with your employer. Jake thinks otherwise... and is determined to change her mind! The Upside to Being Single is a hysterical and charming tale that is sure to have romantic comedy fans reveling, with it's captivating story line and endearing characters you just can't go wrong!! Right from the start this one had me smiling, Mellie and her friends were an absolute hoot, and their shenanigans had me giggling out loud more times than I could count. I thoroughly enjoyed devouring this one, the story line was quite inventive and the characters were downright amazing!! If you are looking for something a little on the steamy side, and brimming with humor then I highly suggest you give this one a try, it's sure to leave you a happy camper!! Requested an advanced copy from the publisher, and voluntarily read and reviewed.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A super fun read--my first from Ms. Hart, but definitely not my last! The Upside of Being Single was a real hoot from start to finish--from the titular "upsides" that started each chapter (hallelujah to the one about never needing to worry about the toilet seat) to the snarky banter between Mellie and Jake to their scorching chemistry to Mellie's signature clumsiness--I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this one from statrt to finish. And Mellie's two best friends, who are also getting their own books? Can't freaking wait. One niggling little detail, though... The only real conflict here is the whole we-shouldn't-have-a-relationship-because-we-work-together (worse yet, it's a boss/subordinate relationship) issue. Mellie and Jake know this, obviously, and along with nearly every other character warning them about the many pitfalls, they admit themselves this is problematic. And it absolutely is--every single concern voiced is valid. At the novel's end, however, this fact still hasn't been dealt with, and it really should have been. The characters literally go from their first real night together, though, to two weeks later, when they are an item and book two is being set up for Mellie's friend. No mention of how the working together (they share an office, for pity's sake! and coworkers were already beginning to wonder several chapters before the end...) issue is going to be dealt with whatsoever, making the book feel ultimately unfinished. So...five stars for all of the fun stuff--characters, banter, voice, LOL-inducing situations, and sexual chemistry--but three for plot resolution. I had a lot of fun here, even if I ended up wishing for just a little a bit more. Will I read more from Ms. Hart in the future? Absolutely. Am I on board for Peyton and Chloe's books? Just try to keep me away from them! (No really, don't. It won't got well for you.) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
BookwormBetweentheSheets More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars for this slow burn, office romance that is full of amazing one-liners that Emma Hart is known for in her writing. I highlighted a ton of passages while reading. First up the BLURB had me so hooked into this book that I could not wait to get my grabby hands on it! Mellie is the Hotel Manager of a hotel that was recently bought under new ownership. She has no idea who is the new owner... Jake Creed is the new owner along with being new in town. I swooned so hard for him, but felt that I didn't really get to know him and his background too much in the book. The book is primarily in Mellie's POV, but we get treated to a few chapters of Jacob Creed! I smiled and laughed out loud throughout this entire book! Emma has you swooning for Jacob & Mellie and craving donuts after this book!
NightbirdNovels More than 1 year ago
Mellie Rogers is happily single. And even if she wasn't, the last person she would want to date would be her new boss... who may or may not have seen her partially naked... Jake Creed had quite the welcome to living in New Orleans. And now the object of his fantasies turns out to be his newest employee... no conflict to see here, folks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This was a fun read! Featuring the slowest of slow burns, and a LOT of sexual tension. Mellie is the manager at a local New Orleans hotel. She spends her days putting out fires and basically running the entire business. She is also sweet, sassy and extremely klutzy... especially around her new boss. Jake moved to New Orleans with the sole purpose to renovate the hotel that he recently purchased. Meeting Mellie was unexpected, and something he is extremely interested in pursuing... whether he's her boss or not. This book is filled with an entertaining back and forth between Mellie and Jake and their off the charts sexual tension. While their working situation completely complicates things, there's no denying how much they want each other. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.
justonemorechapter13 More than 1 year ago
With hilarious banter, donut filled apologies, and friendship goals that are out of this world, you’ll be sure to laugh out loud while falling in love. Another hit by the Queen of Rom-Com! I can never get enough of the romantic comedies that Emma Hart writes. They are hilarious and have too many embarrassingly relatable moments to mention. Whenever I finish reading one of her books, I have a smile on my face that lasts for weeks. After meeting in an extremely awkward and embarrassingly way, Mellie and Jake have to try to maneuver around it as boss and employee. I laughed out loud more times than I could count while reading this story. I couldn’t get enough. This story is told mainly through Mellie’s POV, it was great to get a few chapters sprinkled in with Jake’s POV. Mellie is a sassy, spunky, and stubborn girl who has witty comebacks and recovers from her clumsiness better than anyone I know in real life. Jake is the typical alpha hot male lead who is blunt and calm. His sweet moments are full of charm and make him truly swoon worthy! One of the things I love the most about Emma’s books are her secondary characters. The other two parts of the trio of friends in this story is no exception. Mellie, Peyton, and Chloe are what true best friends are made of. I can’t wait to read what they all continue to get up to when we get Peyton and Chloe’s stories. If you want a story that will make you laugh your butt off and want buy your local donut shop’s entire supply, don’t hesitate! Go get yourself a copy of this book right now!
Jenny_B_AZ More than 1 year ago
The Upside to Being Single is yet another hilarious book written by Emma Hart. This book is done through Mellie's point of view and is set in New Orleans and starts at Mardi Gras and that just sets the stage. Mellie is hilarious and the banter between her and Jake and the sexual tension between the two of them is just classic. I found myself laughing out loud in parts and I just loved the story setting and how the author wove this tale.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
The Upside to Being Single by Emma Hart is the first of three books surrounding a trio of best friends, Mellie, Peyton and Chloe. A hilarious romance with a slow burn that will drive you wild. Told mostly from Mellie's POV we do get a couple of chapters from Jake's perspective as well. Mellie is a mess - to quote her directly "an organized hot-mess" and when the hotel where she has been general manager for the past few years comes under new ownership she is waiting for the arrival of the new boss with trepidation. When her friends drag her out, ply her with cocktails and then dare her to flash the Mardi Gras crowd, shocked that she has never done it before, she locks eyes with a gorgeous man on a balcony and goes for it - sans bra. When said hottie turns out to be the new owner she was waiting to meet - well, it gets really awkward at the hotel. Jake knows what he wants and regardless of the fact that she is his employee, he wants Mellie. He is calm and in control but not an overbearing male character. He is compassionate and consistent and just persists in gently breaking past her barriers. Well-written with a slow build throughout the entire story to the romantic climax (*wink*) and leading us into the setting for the next story. Loved it! Enjoy!
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
The Upside to Being Single is a quick witted romantic comedy that will make you laugh, swoon and will have you begging for more. From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked on Mellie. She is strong. She is blunt and has no filter. She is a hot mess and never backs down from a challenge. When she meets Jake, all bets are off. Not only is he sexy, but he is cocky as ever. He gives just as good as he gets and has no problem handling Mellie. Yes, when she meets Jake, she quickly discovers that she has finally met her match. The Upside to Being Single is a great workplace romance that is filled with classic Emma Hart humor. The story-line is entertaining and the banter will give you a run for your money. Only Emma Hart can make snark filled banter into the hottest sexual tension. The tension just oozed off of Mellie and Jake and I for one could not wait to see just how explosive these two could be together. The Upside to Being Single is fun, smartly written and just an overall enjoyable read. It was sexy, hilarious and was filled with great anticipation. The Upside to Being Single is a quick read and is one that you won’t want to put down because it is just so delightful. From good to flow to funny characters to OMG, did that just happen moments. This book had it all. I loved getting lost in Mellie and Jake’s story and look forward to getting my hands on Peyton and Chloe’s stories in the future.