• The Dating Disaster

  • Franklin U, Book 2
  • By: Saxon James
  • Narrated by: Tim Paige
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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By: Saxon James
Narrated by: Tim Paige
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Thousands of students on this campus, and I keep being set up with the roommate I can’t stand.

Felix

One date.

That’s how long it takes for Marshall Harrows to end up on my bad side.

Luckily, I have no plans to see the giant teddy bear again. Except when he shows up as my new roommate, I can’t escape him, and he’s just as irritating as I thought he’d be.

He leaves cupboards ajar and puts empty milk cartons back in the fridge. His bedroom door is always open, I find his underwear on the laundry floor, and he has this whole bashful sweetheart thing going on that I just…can’t…stand.

But the most completely, horribly irritating thing about him is that he’s totally my type.

And my friends won’t stop setting us up on blind dates.

Marshall

One date.

That’s how long it took for Felix Andrews to steal my heart.

The sparky little spitfire is everything I’m not. Confident, adorable, and completely outspoken.

He also wants nothing to do with me. Which is a real problem when I want to give him everything. Including my virginity.

But the more I try to gain his attention, the more I see the real him. The one who doesn’t feel worthy of being treated like anything other than a one-night stand. So I decide to take matters into my own hands.

A total do-over. One night. One date. Where hopefully I can steal his heart, too.

©2022 Saxon James (P)2022 Saxon James

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The performance is the reason why I finished

Having a difficult time with my review because I did not care for the book so much. But I didn't hate it either.

****SPOILERS KINDA*********


I find it shocking and concerning that many of the KU reviews call this book sweet & charming and think that Felix is adorable.

I found Felix's emotional seesaw too much to tolerate (for me) and I find it extremely frustrating when the plot driver is "lack of communication". I had to stop listening twice and come back for a brain refresher because he annoyed me so much. Felix starts out angry that Marshall won't have sex with him, then when they do have sex, he gets pissed that Marshall "used him". wth?! BUT he never tells Marshall any of this . This could very well be be what the author intended? Felix does has a very unhealthy approach to sex .

Then there's Marshall - Although obvs announcing your sexuality isn't required for anyone but to have Marshall be soooooo unable to just say "hey I'm demi and sex isn't a thing for me but I like you" until 80% in ?! there's also a niggly thing where in the first half of the book he is adamant that he's a virgin because he hasn't found the right person and then after he has sex he says several times "its not a big deal, ..social construct,....not important to me " etc - well, which is it ?

There's obviously many a person out there who are this Felix level of insecure and also those that are unable to just say what they want like Marshall. I have a feeling that the author meant to show how Griff's decisions affected his son, maybe? plus she had to write a book to fit into this universe .. I dunno ....it's like taking all the leftovers from the fridge to make dinner. Yeah it's food but lasagna , scalloped potatoes and hot dogs don't really go together do they. (seriously why a spring break trip home other than to have a scene with Robbie & Brandon? its a farm but its not? Felix wants to be a vet but isn't interested in the animals? wth?)

What do I know .. I've never written a book . The narrator is good but I wish he could/would emote a little more because not ALL the scenes are happy. I did finish the book , I do like seeing characters from other stories and books and enjoyed the epilogue very much.

I sound so judgy in this review lol but DAYUM Felix is not likable

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Awful narration on this one. Sounds like a commercial, FU series

So of the 500+ audible’s I’ve listened to, this is maybe the 10th review I’ve left. That’s how bad the narrator performs it. He does the most up talking of any of them. It’s sounds like a bad TV ad, insincere, and no connection with the characters. Also no attempt at distinguishing h the heroes either. So much up talking. Ugh. I have read all of Saxon James’s other books, not their best effort and not the best in the FU series. Read it, don’t audible it. Unless you love uptalking narration then go for it.

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Another Saxon James hit!

I loved this story. I've not read many demisexual books, but the stories are always so special, and SJ gives us an amazing one with this book. Tim Paige's narration was spot on as usual. And I love that SJ told Felix's story. ❤️

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  • Erin, Kindle & Audible customer
  • 10-11-22

Great book with crossover characters

I love Saxon James and knew this would be good. I was surprised when I realized that the main character had already been part of previous books of Saxon's - Felix, Platonic Rulebook and Marshall, Frat Wars. it was great to find out more about them and loved their story even if Felix was annoying sometimes. Great narration by Tim Page as usual.

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  • Kasey
  • 11-22-22

very entertaining

Loved this story. Laughed a lot . Enjoyed the storyline of a true love. The laughes happened right to the end when the nephew did end up trying to ride the three legged goat. The writing enabled me to so easily visualize what happened in chapters eg romancing on the apartment roof as the sun was going down, the vitality of Felix and the reservedness of Marshall the teasing between family and friends. I enjoyed all the laughing and will be checking out other stories by this author.

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  • Miss Dysfunktion
  • 09-25-22

But could one bad date change your life?

The Dating Disaster is book two in the Franklin U series. A MM college romance series collaboration between either authors. Each author writing their own book within the FU world.
Having recently read Platonic Rulebook (Book 2 in Saxon's Divorced Mens Club series), where we meet Felix I was eager to read his book.

Felix is a little sassy spitfire that's outgoing and loves to be social and often the centre of attention but he makes no apologies for it. The opposite to sweet, quiet and introverted Marshall, who feels drained in social situations and is adorably awkward. But could one bad date change your life?

The banter and snark is one of the things I love about Saxon's writing, it's an abundance in this book and I'm totally here for it. And it's not just from Felix…though he is too damn cute when he's jealous.

While the story does revolve around the main couple I loved the Felix and Brady's friendship, so often platonic friendships are overlooked or seen as an impossibility. Not just in books but life as well.
I really enjoyed how Saxon has tied in Riley's characters without spoilery content (I haven't read Playing Games yet I'm holding out for the audio) and we also get mentions of future characters as well.

These books might be part of a series in the same world but you can definitely read them out of order, which is what I plan to do with audiobook releases often following the kindle/book.
As always Tim Paige narrating helped me fall in love with these characters and their story.