This debut author has loads of potential, but I also feel like she’s not quite there yet. The story is light and playful with SO MUCH quirky humor that it reached the point of too much of a good thing. By the halfway point – and one highly problematic scene involving shrooms – I was kind of exhausted by the nonstop (sometimes preachy) personality of our heroine. There’s a ton of dialogue and comedy that will keep you laughing, but it could’ve benefited greatly from another set of eyes in the editing process (more on that in a minute). I would definitely check out more from the author as she learns and grows, because while there were some issues, it was also a pretty fun read.
The story follows Calliope, a woman starting a new internship at a museum. She gets trapped in an elevator on her first day at work and meets a guy (by voice only) who lightens up the experience. Turns out that her mystery man is Ralph, an astronomer who is actually a really nice guy. As the two begin to bond over shared interests, they figure out each other’s quirky personalities and move past friendship into something more.
I really enjoyed the love story and all of the great conversation. It stays incredibly light, fun, and easy to read. There are a couple of steamy moments but nothing overly explicit, and the romance is central to the plot. This was clearly written for narration – and I mean that in both the best and worst of ways. If you’re listening to the audiobook, then the dialogue will keep the story entertaining. If you’re reading the book, then it’s highly probable that you’ll be lost at times. There are several instances where a conversation runs over the course of multiple pages without any context clues as to who is speaking. So if you’re not 100% focused, it’s VERY easy to get confused. The only other major problem I had with the book is a scene involving shrooms (yes, those shrooms). That was the turning point for me; where the humor became too much. And having it be the catalyst for their first hookup – which made me very uncomfortable with the consent – was less than ideal. Mallon clearly has a talent for writing, so I bet she’ll continue to learn and grow into the potential that’s shown here. There’s a lot of good in the book, so I would not hesitate to give her next one a try – even if I do have a few issues with Flirtasaurus. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review of this comedic love story.
“Flirtasaurus is fantastic, flirty fun! Full of fabulous banter, clever characters and a delicious romance!” – Lauren Blakely, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
Flirtasaurus, an all-new not-to-be-missed workplace romantic comedy from debut author Erin Mallon is available now!
My name is Calliope and “I bone for a living.” Kidding. I am studying to be a paleontologist though. It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be, and I have finally landed the perfect museum internship to make all of my dino-loving dreams come true.
Trouble is, everyone wants me to be a gentle, loving sort of creature, but I’m more of the T-Rex type by nature – the kind who is determined to stomp and tear her way through any obstacle in order to get what she wants.
But when a sexy, rumbly-voiced astronomer plummets into my orbit and threatens to break open my hard little heart, my career and my whole way of looking at the world is suddenly on the line.
The dinosaurs didn’t see their asteroid coming.
And I sure as hell wasn’t prepared for mine.
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Erin Mallon‘s debut romantic comedy novel, Flirtasaurus, releases in July 2020. She is an award-winning narrator of over 450 books and an accomplished playwright and producer in New York City. She has written over 40 plays, which have been produced Off-Broadway and all over the country, including These Walls Can Talk, a raucous theatrical love letter to the romance audiobook community. She lives in a little yellow house on the outskirts of NYC with her husband and Three J’s.
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