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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Tammy's an all-star. She's smart, rich, funny, and has a drop-dead gorgeous date to the dance...only...that last one is made up. She made up her boyfriend under pressure and now she's down to the wire and unable to procure a real life date. Finding a troubled man desperate enough to pretend to be Ralph Forrester should be hard, but luckily she runs into Gary, whose life is in complete shambles. He agrees to be Ralph for one night, but disaster ensues. Dating Down by Alex Dunn is a cute and quirky romance that does a great job making us laugh, feel, and enjoy ourselves whole-heartedly.
Alex Dunn is a particularly talented writer. I enjoyed her dialogue and romantic interchanges the most, especially because they were unusually witty and fun. The trope of fake boyfriend is a recurring one, and typically falls flat due to its overuse, but Dunn managed to make it feel original and exciting as well. The characterization of the leads was good. Gary is a bit too angst ridden for my tastes, but he plays the part of Ralph well and then really makes Tammy see the need to be a better person. Tammy obviously is quite superficial and flaky at first, but the more you get into the story, the more she grows on you...particularly because she herself is growing too.
Dating Down is a great read if you're looking for a quick bit of fun and romance. It might not have that much depth, but it's funny and sweet, and has the Happily Ever After that many of us need to keep us warm and fuzzy at night. It's got some suspenseful moments and a whole lot of drama to keep you wondering if the couple will get what they are both looking for.