Release Day Review: The Problem with Dating by Brittainy Cherry

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?

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

The Problem with Dating centers around Yara in Honey Creek, Illinois, who can't stand Alex Ramírez, owner of a fancy restaurant. They make a deal: she helps with his dog, he poses as her fake boyfriend. Things get complicated as their fake relationship starts feeling real. The story explores love and connections in a small-town setting.

“The problem with the world was they all talked about falling in love, but it was hardly discussed what falling out of love felt like.”

The Problem with Dating is a delightful romantic comedy that skillfully plays with the grumpy/sunshine dynamic embodied by Yara and Alex. Their banter is absolutely fantastic, injecting a light-hearted charm into the story. Witnessing how these two opposites come together is a real delight. Both Yara and Alex come with their own set of issues, which adds depth to their characters and makes their journey towards each other feel genuine and relatable.

“I became drunk on him, on his kiss, on his touches, on every piece of him. He might’ve been the town’s poison, but he was my remedy.”

Seeing how they bring out the best in each other is truly heartwarming. Brittainy masterfully balances humor and heart in this tale, making it an immensely enjoyable read. The side characters were just as fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series, focusing on Yara's sisters. However, I do wish there were a bit more intimate moments between Yara and Alex to further deepen their connection. Furthermore, I found a few characters to be overly emotional, often becoming teary-eyed or crying rather quickly. It was a tad excessive

The Problem with Dating was very easy to read and had a great pacing, which added to the overall enjoyment of the book. I was invested from start to finish.

Meet Brittainy


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.

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