#CJSReads2017 – Mr Right Swipe by Ricki Schultz

Book two is finished for June! We’re on a roll and there are so many more coming 🙂

Our genre cleanser came early this month in the form of MR RIGHT SWIPE by Ricki Schultz (releasing June 6th, 2017)

 

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Chandra’s Thoughts: 2.5/5 stars

Quinn’s getting married and her only stipulation is that Rae find a date and bring to the wedding. Val, the third BFF and married, agrees with Quinn and they decide Rae needs to get on the dating app, Spark. Rae, coming off a relationship that hurt her deeply, is jaded but agrees to try Spark. Finding a match, she lets her guard down a bit…but then there’s Nick, a friend who she establishes a friendly rapport with who gets under her skin. I think we can all see where this book is going to go, right?

The opening paragraph taking about tequila being “…pure, unadulterated DGAF juice..” cracked me up! While I veer towards rom-coms as palate cleansers, they don’t always work. The issues I had with this novel: 1. Way too many acronyms such as DGAF. 2. Way too many hashtags #why? 3. I couldn’t figure out how old these women were – they seemed older, but spoke like they were much younger. 4. The excessive use of the word “yanno”. Things I loved: 1. Some extremely funny parts. 2. Rae felt relatable and her relationships with her BFFs were realistic, even if dramatic at times.

Don’t get me wrong – as fluffy, easy, romantic comedies go, this is a fantastic debut. If you want an easy, beach read that will have you laughing, I’d say this book is for you. If (what I call) teen speak gets annoying for you, you’ll probably be turned off. Yanno? 🙂

Sam’s Thoughts: 2.5/5 stars

I’m always looking for a solid palette cleanser and Mr. Right Swipe, by Ricki Schultz, seemed like just the book to give me  little something different! Rae is looking to find love after her divorce the 21st century way: by going online. When one of her hot co-workers ends up on her dating app, she swipes herself right into a new problem.

There were lots of funny moments in this book and some one-liners that had me laughing out loud. Ricki Schultz is clearly quick witted and that transfers over to her prose.

However, so much of this book seemed so young. Half of the time I struggled with the way the characters spoke and I struggled with the use of the hashtags. #ifeeltoooldforthis #idontneedthisasimreading . For a character that is in her early thirties, I felt like this made no sense and it didn’t feel as if they were being used ironically. I kept picturing her as Amy Poehler in Mean Girls (you know where she states she isn’t a regular mom, she’s a cool mom). I think I would have loved this novel WAY more if the language would have made more sense for a thirty something or if the character would have been in their early twenties. I couldn’t take Rae seriously.

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

Mr Right Swipe by Ricki Schultz was a genre cleanser for me – gotta have something lighthearted mixed in with all the thrillers and mysteries! This is definitely a book I can see people either loving or hating – I don’t see much of a middle ground. If you don’t want to read in hashtags then I’d say move on (I know that can throw a lot of people off or when texting abbreviations are used.) But if you want to read about a snarky and funny heroine, then this is for you!

Rae Wallace is a witty and sarcastic woman. She’s too focused on molding the young minds of 1st graders and potentially finishing her novel – she doesn’t have the time or energy to waste on a man. However, when her friends decide that enough is enough, they make her create a profile on an online dating app. While skeptical, she’s out to prove her friends wrong in that she isn’t too picky when it comes to men. She runs into a problem though, when Nick’s profile pops up (the hot substitute teacher at her school) and she swipes right.

With some of the slang, abbreviations, and hashtags used I can see this turning some people off. Typically I try not to read any reviews before starting a book, but I’m glad that I glanced at some before reading. I knew what to expect – otherwise I probably would have been more in the 3/3.5 star range. While Rae can come off as selfish at times, she ends up being a character you can relate to and like. Her use of the app is great and how she interacts with some of the profiles – if you’ve used it then you’ll appreciate it! Some great secondary characters and friendships thrown in made for a good light, quick, and genre cleansing romance.

If you want something more contemporary and can handle the text speak, then I’d recommend this!

A big thanks to the awesome people at Grand Central Publishing for the advanced copies!

If you read this book be sure to tag #cjsreads2017 ! We’d love to discuss with you!

–Jess

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