Dating by the Book
Is love just something you find in books?
Six months ago, writer and bookstore owner Maddie Hanson was left at the altar. Since then, she’s had zero interest in romance—despite the fact that she runs a book club full of sexy eligible bachelors. But when her latest novel is panned by an anonymous blogger who goes by the name Silver Fox—and who accuses her of knowing nothing about passion—she decides to prove her nemesis wrong by seeking a romance hero in real life . . .
There’s the smoldering rock musician, the bookish college professor, and her competitive childhood friend who may want to steal her bookstore more than her heart. Even Silver Fox is getting in on the action, sending Maddie alarmingly—and intoxicatingly—flirtatious emails. And that’s not all. Her ex wants her back.
Now Maddie is about to discover that like any good story, life has twists and turns, and love can happen when you least expect it—with the person you least expect . .
Praise for Mary Ann Marlowe’s Some Kind of Magic
“Marlowe makes a name for herself in this hilarious and sexy debut.”
“Frisky, Flirty Fun!”
—Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of The Total Package
“Fun, romantic and sexy. . . . This love story will make readers smile!”
—RT Book Reviews
“Sexy, engaging and original. . . . An amazing first novel.”
—Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling author of Wishing for Us
Set in a small town in Indiana, this smart and snappy contemporary romance is marred by a painfully self-involved narrator. Maddie Hanson owns the beloved bookstore in her small Indiana hometown of Orion, and her first novel, written as Claire Kincaid, is about to be published. However, dimming all this success is the fact that her fianc , Peter, recently left her at the altar. Maddie misses him though it's not clear why, as they had textbook irreconcilable differences but other potential romances surround her. A significant one is blogger Silver Fox: Maddie (as Claire) sends him a nasty note after he gives her book a tepid review, but the emails they go on to exchange make Maddie rethink her whole life. For all Maddie talks about loving the bookstore, she often treats running it as a chore, and even her writing career seems like an afterthought compared to finding her romantic hero. She snubs her roommate's freelancing as not a "real job," turns down offers of help despite supposedly cherishing Orion's community, and is generally self-centered and unlikable. As frustrating as it is to watch Maddie's obliviousness, though, the suspense will keep readers engaged as they wait to see whether she finally comes to appreciate everything she's taken for granted.