Date Me Like You Mean It by R.S. Grey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Me Like You Mean It by R.S. Grey

I’m good at hiding my feelings.
Having to pretend I’m not in love with my best friend?
Pfft. That’s child’s play.

Here’s how I do it: I avert my eyes when he walks out of his room, shirtless in all his toned glory. I squash the butterflies that fill my stomach every time he slowly unfurls a dimpled smile. And, most importantly, I keep an arsenal of “personal massagers” in my bedside drawer. Wink.

Not to brag, but Aiden Smith isn’t hard to resist if you’ve been doing it for as long as I have. In fact, we might have continued as best friends forever if not for the fact that I needed him to play the part of my fake boyfriend.

Date me like you mean it, I told him. Nudge nudge. C’mon, just go along with a little lie, help a girl out, and then we can all return to life as we know it.

Except he veered from the plan.

He crossed the line.

Flirting with me when no one else was around? Pinning me down and kissing me like that? Okay, how exactly is taking off my bra part of the ruse, Aiden?!
I’d ask him about it if I could, but well…things got ugly and we’re not best friends anymore.

In fact, we’re the exact opposite.

Now, I have to play nice even though I want to crush his heart in the palm of my hand.

Pretending not to love Aiden was the easy part.
Pretending not to hate him?
Well…I might need a little more practice


I really enjoy R.S. Grey’s books. I noticed on a lot of a her reviews, some of her readers complain that her newer books aren’t as good as her older ones, but I didn’t read the books in order of publication, so it honestly hasn’t been something I noticed haha. I would necessarily classify this book as a romcom, but more like a romance where sometimes the characters are funny and sometimes they are awkward haha. However, overall I did like this book and it did make me feel a bit emotional and sad, which I think is a sign of good writing haha.

Maddie is a cute character. Young and trying to work her way up into a better job, she moves in with Aiden, who she has a massive crush on. She works hard to hide her feelings and not lead on how much she truly cares about him. Aiden is a journalist also trying to vie into a better job. When Maddie is invited to attend a couples joint bachelor/ bachelorette party, she asks Aiden to go as her fake boyfriend. As you can tell by the synopsis, that doesn’t exactly go as planned. Can they find their way back together and finally admit their feelings?

This book was good, nothing exceptional about it, but I did really enjoy reading it. Some of the situations and conversations the characters had, I just wanted to strangle them and be like dude, say what you actually feel because everything could have been avoided, but that’s not how books go so… There is a bit of a time jump in the middle of the book, which I actually really enjoy. I think that and the final bit of the book make it so much better because it seems realistic, which I always like.

If you are interested in reading this book, it is available on Kindle Unlimited. Have you guys read any of R.S. Grey’s other books? What do you think of them?

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Book and Travel blog. I am an avid reader who enjoys many different genres including fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, science fiction, nonfiction, and more. I have spent the past few years living and travelling around the world and I want to share my experience with you! This blog combines the best of both worlds.

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