TITLE: One Fling to Rule Them All
SERIES: The Games of Love, book 2
AUTHOR: Deanna Dee
FORMAT: Epub via Google Play Books
PAGES/LOCATIONS: 174 pages
GOODREADS’ AVG. RATING: 4.10 out of 5 stars; 10 ratings
It began with the forging of a great friendship.
For three months, Lydia Bell has watched Craig, her best friend and the love of her life, be in a happy relationship with someone else. But she’s over it. Or thinks she is until she hears Craig’s voice on the phone. Desperate to put her romantic feelings behind, she joins her roommates for a night out. Maybe she’ll meet someone.
And meet someone she does—a guy named Scott, who looks a lot like Craig. Despite their awkward introduction, flaming arrows fly, and soon Lydia is running off the dance floor to get away from feelings she shouldn’t have. So much for getting over Craig, and so much for Scott.
Until Monday morning, that is. Turns out Scott goes to her school. Worse, they share a class. As if that’s not weird enough, Scott is also trying to get over someone. To help both Lydia and himself, he proposes a fling, and reluctantly, Lydia agrees. Now she just has to hope this fling rules and doesn’t crash into a fiery mountain.
DATES READ: August 28th to September 11th, 2015
DISCLAIMER: I WAS PROVIDED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR, Deanna Dee, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DID NOT IN ANY WAY IMPACT OR INFLUENCE MY OPINION OF Ms. Dee’S NOVEL.
I do a double take. The guy I agreed to have a fling with makes Star Wars references. Perhaps this will not be awful. Perhaps we could even have something.~Lydia
One Fling to Rule Them All was a cute story, it was a light read filled with a great deal of references to geek/nerd culture. Lydia is a geeky, computer programming major who has been in love with her lifelong best friend, Craig, for years. Apparently the first book in the series (Critical Hit-On) tells the story of Craig meeting his girlfriend Molly with this sequel telling Lydia’s story (when I was originally asked to review this book I didn’t realize it was a sequel, however, I don’t think it is necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this book). They have a perfect friendship until Craig meets Molly and Lydia’s life feels as if it is subsequently falling apart around her.
Lydia’s tale starts with her in the midst of a really bad headache and having to choose whether she will visit and play “M and M” (this series version of Dungeons and Dragons) with her friends from home or if she will go out with her college roommates according to tradition. Lydia ultimately goes out with her roommates to a popular nightclub and her group separates. Still dealing with the remnants of her headache, Lydia comes across a guy in the club who looks like a spitting image of Craig. Lydia even goes so far as to say, “He really does resemble Craig. His hair is almost identical, and if I was facing away and pressed against him, my body wouldn’t know the difference.” This is the quote which introduces the reader to Scott and embodies the entirety of the book’s plot – Lydia ultimately wants to get over her love for her lifelong best friend by having a fling with a guy who looks almost exactly like him. Brilliant idea.
If we are being truthful, flings in real life are typically nothing like the flings we read about or watch on television and the movies. In this case, Lydia and Scott are both looking to move on from their respective unrequited crushes by having a fling with each other, but they wind up having probably one of the worst flings in the history of flings. There are always complications which come up such as upset roommates, roommates video gaming who weren’t supposed to be in the dorm, and then comes the eventual development of feelings. This is a very familiar trope, a fling which is complicated by other factors and then one or both of the participants develops feelings for the other only to be hurt but they still wind up together in the end. Lydia is in an almost constant state of confusion it seems regarding her feelings because she is unable to separate what she actually feels towards Scott himself and what she feels towards him because of his similarity to Craig. It takes her thinking that she has lost Scott for good to finally admit her feelings for him as an individual, rather than as a replacement for Craig, and I think this was incredibly important for her.
The majority of the book focuses on Lydia cataloging everything about Scott into how he is or isn’t like Craig which is a frustrating way to learn about a character. We ultimately do come to find out that Scott is a relatively good guy. He is practical, yet passionate about music, and working towards a degree in business with the hopes that he can use it to his advantage in getting into the music industry. He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for his band, yet he is outside the stereotypical norms expected of college aged musicians (i.e. sex, drugs, and rock & roll!). For example, there is a dorm party held in Scott’s dorm and rather than the typical making out you might expect, Lydia and Scott wind up sitting there cuddling, talking, and just gaining a sense of comfort in each other’s company. Definitely atypical behavior of two people looking to have a fling. They do eventually decide to go somewhere more private (like Lydia’s dorm room), but complication arises in the form of a roommate who had a fight with her boyfriend and now wants to watch sad movies and complain about guys in general. Good guy Scott though doesn’t react in an overly negative manner, he instead supports Lydia in being a good roommate and leaves it at that. The one time that the two of them do end up alone in Lydia’s dorm room is filled with a bit of making out and cuddling on her bed with video games. Honestly, that makes for a pretty perfect night if you ask me.
Regardless of the original reason why Lydia and Scott ended up together, I actually did like them together as a couple. They were a cute couple who enjoyed one another’s company and came to share their differing interests and ultimately enjoy them more in doing them together. I appreciated that Lydia was forced to grow up because of their “fling” and be honest with not only herself but Craig as well. Lydia was finally forced to tell Craig exactly how she felt about him, how she had always felt and explain how Scott was originally nothing more than an attempt to get over Craig. This fight, this moment is pretty much when Lydia recognizes that all this time that she was spending trying to get over Craig using Scott led her to actually develop real feelings for Scott as well. “Scott’s not Craig. Those three words hit me in the chest…It’s taken me way too long to admit that. He may look like Craig and make me feel as safe and wanted as Craig does sometimes, but he’s a different person.” Lydia’s ability to admit this and ultimately tell Scott how she feels about him, not Craig but him, is important because it is what allows them to actually have a real shot at a relationship and not just a fling.
TL;DR REVIEW: 3.50 out of 5.00 stars. Overall, this book is a solid, quick, cute, geeky, romantic read, but it does suffer from that sense of over familiarity with the plot line and perhaps too many geeky references? Is that even a thing? Anyways, if you are looking for a cute, geeky, quick, romantic read – One Fling to Rule Them All may be a good choice for your next book! Thank you again to Ms. Deanna Dee for providing me the opportunity to read and review your book!