Thursday 12 October 2023

💜 THE PROBLEM WITH DATING 🌺 Brittainy Cherry ✨ The Problem Series #1 💜

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• 12 October 2023
• Book #1 in the Problem Series
• can be read as a standalone

4.75 Stars

If I had to choose a person to hate, Alex Ramírez would’ve been first on the list…

Welcome to Honey Creek, Illinois, where life was as sweet as the town’s name suggested. That was, until Mr. Fine Dining himself, Alex Ramírez, rolled into town with a permanent scowl. Even worse, he decided to park his snooty five-star restaurant across from my cozy dog daycare. He was tall, dark, and about as warm as a frozen entrée.

After one too many unpleasant interactions, I was determined to stay out of his way and to keep him out of mine.

But fate had a quirky sense of humor. When Alex inherited his great-aunt’s cranky canine, he had no choice but to come to me, the local dog whisperer, for help. As for me? I needed a fake boyfriend to ward off my ex-husband, who was determined to win me back.

So, we struck a deal: I’d turn his dog into the town's best-behaved pet, and in return, he’d be my arm candy for a few family events and social gatherings. Simple, uncomplicated, and absolutely
not romantic—at least, that was what we told ourselves.

As we played house, I couldn't help but notice that underneath Alex’s prickly shell was a dash of charm that wasn't listed in the ingredients. Our pretend dates started to feel a little too real. And our feigned kisses? They were getting laughably close to crossing the line. Suddenly, our interactions felt less like a food fight and more like foreplay.

With every playful touch and lingering glance, I couldn't help but wonder: Was this fake relationship with Alex secretly penning its own authentic ending?
Or was I risking it all for someone who was nothing more than make-believe?

Yara + Alex

Yara grew up in the small Illinois town of Honey Creek. She, her dad and her two sisters are beloved in the town. But after Yara's divorce from police chief Cole, a lot of the people chose his side. If they knew all the things they wouldn't have chosen his side.
Yara wants to finally start dating again. But it's not easy in such a small town with her ex scaring all the bachelors off and telling them that they'll be getting back togehter soon.
Enter Alex. He promised his dying aunt to open a spanish restaurant. He just didn't know that he had to do it in her stupid little town.
Alex hates people. He hates everything. And he hates that horribly beautiful, always smiling and laughing lady from that doggy place across the street.


I really enjoyed reading this.
Yara is just so sweet and happy and good. After all she's been through with her idiot ex, she still has hope for that happily ever after.
And Alex. He's the opposite. He hates people, he doesn't trust anyone or anthing. Definitely no trust in love and happily ever after.
So adorable those two. And so perfect for each other.
This was a funny and sweet and small-townish slow burn romance with a great cast of people. We already meet Yara's sisters - the stars of the upcoming books.
I wanted a bit more dogs in the book. There is puppy content but it wasn't enough for me.
But it was still a really adorable romance!
Can't wait to read Avery'y book next!

Tiny little rant about the writing. And that's just a me problem because I hate the two expressions so much - and Brittainy uses them A LOT!
First: PRIOR. Ugh. No idea why, but I hate that word. Just say LAST NIGHT. Why do people use prior? It always sounds like Hugh Grant is talking to a royal person circa 1829. I hate it.
And then SAID. The said that's used like: She had three dogs, and said dogs were barking all night. Brittainy uses that so much and I hate it. Some of those saids are not even used correctly. Ugh.
But like I said - that's just a me problem.
I really liked reading this!

THE PROBLEM WITH DATING was such a sweet love story. Cute. Very small-towny. Funny. A bit sad & emotional. I loved reading it.
Run to your nearest book dealer for your own grumpy Alex - he'll be sold out in no time! 

 Links to the Book & Author 

Pre-Order Book #2 - 16 May 2024


Other Books by Brittainy:



Compass Book #1

Compass Book #2

Book #3

Book #4

Eleanor & Grey


Landon & Shay Book #1


Book #2


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Book #1

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Book #3

Book #4

Book #1 in the Music Street series - Complete Standalone!

Disgrace - standalone


Amazon #1 Bestselling author, Brittainy Cherry, has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When she's not running a million errands and crafting stories, she's probably playing with her adorable pets.