The Dating Disaster by Saxon James _ Blog Tour & Double Review

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The Dating Disaster
By Saxon James

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Franklin University Series, Book 2


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 housemate, 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 on blind dates.


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.

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“Okay, then what about this”—I wave a hand over myself—“would you change to not be disappointing?”

“We are so not playing that game.”

“Why? You’ve never been worried about offending me before.”

He cocks his head in surprise, and then, as though making a split-second decision, he turns his chair to face me too. Our knees have an inch of space between them, and for some reason, I’m overly aware of the distance. “Fine. You shouldn’t have worn black because you’re basically screaming that you either want to cover sweat patches or are anxious about your body.”

He’s right about the sweat patches but not the rest. I might not be some jacked gym bro, but I’m happy with who I am. “Gotta keep them guessing about that six-pack,” I say dryly, patting my soft stomach.

Felix snorts. “Six-packs are overrated.”

“You have one,” I point out. He’s not overly muscled, more thin and lean than anything, but I definitely noticed his abs when he was wearing that crop top last weekend.

“Barely, and only because it’s everyone else’s type, but it’s not mine.”

“You like big guys, right? You don’t want them ripped?” The guy he was with last weekend looked muscly.


“Then you prefer …”

His eyes drop, slowly running over me, before he jerks them away. Interesting. If I didn’t know better, I’d think maybe I’m exactly Felix’s type. The way he kissed me supports that theory.

Before he can get up and leave—or go back to ignoring me—I ask, “So what color should I have worn, then?”

“Royal blue.” There’s no hesitation in his answer.

“I don’t think I own anything that color.”

“Yes, you do. That button-up with the subtle pineapple pri—” He cuts off, and I lift my eyebrows. That got specific.

“Pineapple shirt for my next date. Got it.”

He reluctantly meets my eyes.

“Anything else?” I ask. “To make sure my date shows up.”

“Yes, don’t slick your hair back like that. You remind me of my dad.”

I bark a loud laugh that sounds closer to my brother’s usual laugh than mine. “I look like a dad, got it.”

“And …”

“Yeah?” Might as well get it all out there.

“Well … maybe don’t shave. Possibly. Just my opinion.”

I reach up and run my hand over my smooth jaw. It’s not something I normally do, but it grows fast and looked too long for meeting someone for the first time. “I didn’t want to look like a mountain man.”

His exhale is short and shaky. “Some of us like mountain men.”

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About the Author:

Saxon James is an author from Aus who’s obsessed with writing queer characters.

She has a range of books from YA to adult and they all have one thing in common: swoony, sweet love.

When not writing, Saxon exists on a diet of coffee and chocolate while putting her KU subscription to the test.

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I received a digital arc for an honest review]

The Dating Disaster
 by Saxon James is the 2nd stand alone in the multi author Franklin U series. An MM roommates to lovers romance that start with a terrible first date that leads to friendship and then so much more.

Felix loves sex and isn’t ashamed of it, but he’s ready to actually start dating and find his person. His first date is Marshall who is physically exactly his type but is awkward and when he offers himself up for more he declines and hurts his feelings. He hopes he’ll never see him again, but it turns out he is one Felix’s new roommates. Marshall is demisexual and even though he’s a virgin he understands why others have sex, it’s just not important to him. The two eventually move past that disaster of a first date and become friends. It doesn’t take long for Marshall to have a physical attraction to Felix. Except even after they have sex neither are sure where they stand with the other. A fair bit of assumption and lack of communication have the two orbiting around each other but never firmly stating their feelings. One of them is going to have to speak up in order for them to cement their relationship for good.

I want him closer, I want to crawl in-fucking-side him, and the need is so deep my skin feels tight, hot, that frantic desperation vibrating anxiously though me. God, I want this to last.

Felix is one of those characters that you can’t help but love. He’s flirty and affectionate, and at the same time insecure and a bit of a hot mess. Lack of self-worth and making assumptions without having all the facts doesn’t make the best combination. Yet you can’t help but feel for his need to be love and feel worthy of being someone’s forever person. Then we have Marshall, who is the most precious cinnamon roll of a human. He is demisexual and a romantic. He’s a mountain of a man, who’s a little nerdy with his love of history and introverted, which all makes him a little insecure at times. From the start, he wants to show Felix that he’s worth being treating special outside of sex. The two are opposites when it comes to their stance on sex but they both want the intimacy that comes with being in a relationship. It was painful at times to read them be so oblivious to each others feelings because they wouldn’t believe unless it was spelled out for them.

“I don’t need sonnets or fancy words. It’s okay for you to just use me.”[…]
“You might not need them ,but I want to give them to you anyway. You’re beautiful, Fe. And there are no words for how much I want you.”

While I loved the sex positivity that came with Felix’s character. I didn’t love the pressure that was put on Marshal to lose his virginity. They kept making such a big deal out of it even though Marshall didn’t think it was himself. I wish he hadn’t kept being demisexual such a secret. It was almost like he felt it was an imposition to need that emotional connection to be physically attracted to someone. When all along it would have been helping for Felix to have known ad then he wouldn’t have doubted their connection.

“Tell me how much you want me.”
“Want?” I shake my head . “Need you, Fe.”

The Dating Disaster by Saxon James was an entertaining romance with quality steam, great banter, ukulele skills, failed dates, snuggles, cartoon underwear, skinny-dipping, meeting the family, miscommunication, an adorable ten years later epilogue that will leave a smile on your face.

—Written by Amanda–

[I received a digital arc for an honest review] 

The Dating Disaster by Saxon James is the second book in the Franklin U universe. Felix has decided to hang up his hook-up hat and try to find a serious boyfriend. After agreeing to a date that goes horribly wrong Felix is horrified to find that his bad date is moving into the open room of his off campus house. Marshall is thrilled to be getting out of the dorms and moving into the same house as his best friend. He never expects to come face to face with Felix after their date imploded. Marshall has accepted that Felix may never like him but tries to keep things civil but with the tension rising will the two find a way to move beyond their dating disaster? 

Felix is a character who was the quintessential only child. He is self centered and regularly jumps to conclusions when he isn’t fully informed. He lives a very sex positive life and is thrown when Marshall pumps the brakes. He immediately assumes Marshall is judging him for his lifestyle rather than getting all the facts. Not getting all the facts could have been the title of this book because it happened over and over again. Although jumping to conclusions was Felix’s main activity you still found yourself loving him for his outrageous antics and witty humor.Felix appreciating Marshall for his appearance as it is was also something you love Felix for especially because he goes out of his way to express how attractive everything about Marshall is both physically and as a person.  

A kiss. Right behind my ear. Soft hands sliding up under my shirt. A stuttered exhale. “You might now need them, but I want to give them to you anyway. You’re beautiful, Fe. And there are no words for how much I want you.” 

Marshall is the ultimate cinnamon roll and I loved him from the very beginning. He is thrilled to be moving out and in with his bestie. He wants to get along with Felix but assumes that Felix hates him after the date. This is another case where assumptions lead a MC down the wrong path. I loved Marshall’s quiet caring personality and how he more wanted someone to cherish than hook up with and forget. His sexual identity as demisexual lead to him being immensely attracted to Felix after getting to know him even though he assumes Felix could never feel the same way back. 

Tell me how much you want me.” 

“Want?” I shake my head. 

“Need you, Fe.”

Let’s talk about miscommunication and how assumptions can lead MCs down crazy paths. Both Marshall and Felix struggled to just be open about how they felt for each other. This inability to just say what they were thinking led to ridiculous and sometimes precious situations. I loved seeing Robbie and Brandon pop up and connect with Felix as well as support Marshall as he opens up. This book sets up meeting other men in the Franklin U universe that I am excited to see get HEAs. 

4 stars for Felix and Marshall finding that even the worst first date can lead to forever. 

—Written by Katie—

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