The Introvert’s Guide to Speed Dating
Series: The Introvert’s Guide, #2
Author: Emma Hart
Narrators: Avery Reed, Will Watt
Publication Date: October 5, 2021
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
After four years living the single life, it’s decided that I, London Stuart, am back on the market. I’m not even mad when my cousins and best friends put my name down for the speed-dating sessions. In fact, I’m actually a little excited about it.
But then one of my dates turns out to be my six-year-old son’s irresistibly sexy soccer coach―his irresistibly sexy British soccer coach. Oliver Hayes is too good to be true―he’s tall, dark, handsome, hilarious, and genuinely loves kids…especially mine. But he’s not sure if he’s even staying in the country, and I’m not sure I can handle giving him my heart if he’s only going to leave.
So why is he over for dinner almost every night? Why is he giving Leo private goalie lessons in the backyard? Why is he sending flowers to my desk at the newspaper? And why, oh why, can’t I stop kissing him?
There was something so simple and sweet about this romance from Emma Hart. I loved pretty much everything about it. London was a boss. She was a single mother who was balancing work and taking care of her young son. She didn’t have time for romance — no matter how many times her family tried to get her to speed dating events. Her son, Leo, was adorable. I loved his dedication to wanting to be a soccer goalie and how London supported this. It was especially fun that that dedication led London to meeting Ollie. Ollie was Leo’s British soccer coach. He was one of those great guys who is amazing with kids. I loved how London and Ollie’s relationship burnt slowly.
There were a few things that kept me from giving this one 5 stars. First, the title doesn’t fit. London does not come across as an introvert and speed dating is a very little part of the story. Second, I can’t decide if I missed Hart’s normal sarcastic banter and steam. Neither would have fit London or her relationship with Ollie, but it’s been so ingrained in Hart’s romances set in White Peak. Now that I wrote it out, I actually think it’s a positive. It might not be for readers looking for those two things, though. The final thing is that everything wrapped up at warp speed. I wanted more for and time with London and Ollie.
Overall, this was a fun read. It’s a great book to relax with and very cute. It isn’t as steamy or witty as her other books, but I found that to be refreshing and different. The narration was top notch and brought the story to life in the best way. I’m now very interested in seeing where Hart takes the next book in this series.