Title: Dating Roulette
Author: D. Kelly
# of Pages: 200
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Seven chances to win my heart.
It’s not hard –
Don’t put ketchup on your eggs.
Don’t wear tassely loafers.
For the love of all that’s Holy, don’t ogle the waitress.
Yet no one can get it right.
It’s Bexley’s game.
Correction – it’s her life.
A constant rotation of dates.
You might get one; you might get seven.
No one has ever gotten to eight.
There’s only one rule –
Don’t commit a dating sin.
I’ve watched for years and bided my time.
Now, it’s my turn to play. (Goodreads)
Looking for the perfect quick read to end off the summer? If you love a good slow-burn, tension filled romance then Dating Roulette is the perfect book for you. This was my first novel by D. Kelly and I’ve already added a few more of her books to my “To Be Read” list!
Dating Roulette introduces readers to main characters, Bexley and Tristan. For years, Tristan has watched Bexley playing dating roulette with man after man, but no one has made it past the coveted date 7. Each time a new man enters her life, Tristan fears that he will be replaced as best friend and lose his chance to roll the dice with Bexley himself.
The best friends to lover’s trope is one of my personal favourites, but I find it’s also a trope that a lot of writers seem to struggle with. Sometimes because the two characters have been so close for so long there isn’t much depth to their story. Fortunately, this was not the case with Dating Roulette. It felt like such a natural progression for the two characters, and the familiarity between the two added to the depth of their relationship. I found that they still had a lot to learn about each other and therefore the reader got to dive into their character a little more.
My only real issue I had with the story came from the conflict between Bexley and Tristan towards the end. I feel like there wasn’t a big enough issue between Bexley and Tristan to warrant Tristan’s response. I’m not sure if the author was trying to make sure that both characters were forgivable in that moment, but it felt like conflict was tip-toed around instead of actually giving them something to truly overcome.
Overall, Dating Roulette was a very easy book to fall into. I loved the concept of Dating Roulette and I thought it was a really clever way to bring these two friends together.