I’ve been eagerly awaiting this second book in the wonderful Better With You series ever since I read The Happy List. And I’m so so happy to say that this The Dating Experiment met all my high expectations! It was such a cute, heartwarming and hilarious story with my favorite trope enemies-to-lovers and some amazingly snarky banter that almost made me laugh out loud at times.
In the first book in this series, we got to know the two friends Gray and Kai and see them fall in love, and see Gray take an amazing journey from repressed to a person who is willing to take risks and put his heart on the line. This time, focus is on Gray’s older brother, Connor, who is even more self-restrained and controlled, and his PA Jamie. Jamie is quite the opposite to Connor and, needless to say, they don’t get along very well. Jamie spends his time daydreaming about the perfect way to kill his grumpy boss without getting caught, and Connor can’t stand Jamie’s sloppy appearance, his spelling mistakes and his charming ways. But, thanks to help from beyond the grave and a game of Words With Friends, they both get to discover the real person behind the mask, and slowly their connection and suppressed attraction grows into something unexpected.
I loved Briar Prescott’s writing style and the wonderful love/hate dynamic between Jamie and Connor. Their chemistry was amazing already from the start, and the enemies-to-lovers relationship developed with just the perfect pacing. And the banter! The dialogues and comments were so witty, snarky and funny that I almost laughed out loud at times.
I also really loved seeing Gray and Kai from the first book and be pulled into their adorable romance again, as well as Jamie’s friends and their wonderful group dynamics and humor.
Some parts of the book were perhaps a little too explicit for my personal taste, but all in all this was a wonderful and heartwarming story full of snarky banter and sizzling chemistry that I recommend with all my heart!
Thank you to the author Briar Prescott for providing me with an ebook copy! All opinions are my own and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
4.5 stars rounding up to 5
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