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Every perfect rom-com has a twist that leads the heroine to her happily ever after. Me? Somehow, in any room full of Prince Charmings, I always manage to find the one frog. So this time, I’ve found my own twist. Four of my friends will each set me up. Four first dates. Four chances at my own happily-ever-after. My brother’s best friend even offered to watch my baby while I’m Every perfect rom-com has a twist that leads the heroine to her happily ever after. Me? Somehow, in any room full of Prince Charmings, I always manage to find the one frog. So this time, I’ve found my own twist. Four of my friends will each set me up. Four first dates. Four chances at my own happily-ever-after. My brother’s best friend even offered to watch my baby while I’m out finding true love.  Only Maddox has seriously grown up since I saw him last. The guy next door now looks more like the guy on a magazine cover. He’s inked and sexy. Muscular. Utterly irresistible. And… big. Oh, and did I mention he’s now my roommate? Surely having a brother’s-friend-with-benefits won’t hurt my search for Mr. Right. Especially if he’s my fifth first date...


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Every perfect rom-com has a twist that leads the heroine to her happily ever after. Me? Somehow, in any room full of Prince Charmings, I always manage to find the one frog. So this time, I’ve found my own twist. Four of my friends will each set me up. Four first dates. Four chances at my own happily-ever-after. My brother’s best friend even offered to watch my baby while I’m Every perfect rom-com has a twist that leads the heroine to her happily ever after. Me? Somehow, in any room full of Prince Charmings, I always manage to find the one frog. So this time, I’ve found my own twist. Four of my friends will each set me up. Four first dates. Four chances at my own happily-ever-after. My brother’s best friend even offered to watch my baby while I’m out finding true love.  Only Maddox has seriously grown up since I saw him last. The guy next door now looks more like the guy on a magazine cover. He’s inked and sexy. Muscular. Utterly irresistible. And… big. Oh, and did I mention he’s now my roommate? Surely having a brother’s-friend-with-benefits won’t hurt my search for Mr. Right. Especially if he’s my fifth first date...

30 review for Five First Dates

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4 It Was Always You Stars * * * * Spoiler Free What does a guy do when he has always had a thing for his best friend's sister. When he was a geek, she was his dream girl. Now it has been 10 years and he isn't the geek anymore. The thing is, he still has a thing for this girl, now woman, and he has decided to make her see...he is the one for her. This tale had all the sweet, sexy fun Erin McCarthy is known for. Five First Dates is a book related to Weekend Wife. There is the same circle of friends a 4 It Was Always You Stars * * * * Spoiler Free What does a guy do when he has always had a thing for his best friend's sister. When he was a geek, she was his dream girl. Now it has been 10 years and he isn't the geek anymore. The thing is, he still has a thing for this girl, now woman, and he has decided to make her see...he is the one for her. This tale had all the sweet, sexy fun Erin McCarthy is known for. Five First Dates is a book related to Weekend Wife. There is the same circle of friends and familiar faces. You do not have to read the other book in order to enjoy this to its fullest. This stands on its own perfectly. This hits all the romcom notes with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek because of how the main character has a fatal flaw of falling hard for the wrong guys. She has a six-month-old baby boy from a relationship she thought was the one. The ex is a huge disappointment and now the woman just doesn't think she knows how to pick men if her life depended on it. Hence the title of the book. Her girlfriends are going to set her up with dates. Now the geek who grew up and is a tattooed muscled god is staying with her because he is filming a reality show. He is there to help her with her son when she is working in exchange for the couch. The only problem with all of that is She sees him as the Man he is now and doesn't know what to do with all these feelings... This was fun, sexy, and sweet. Looking forward to more Erin McCarthy. Weekend Wife (Sassy In The City #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Five First Dates (Sassy In The City #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Forty Day Fiancé (Sassy In The City #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Who's the Boss? (Sassy In The City #4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Halftime Husband (Sassy In The City #5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    2.5 stars. It was cute but kind of...lukewarm? Maybe it was due to the length, because I didn't feel like I even had time to connect to characters or start caring about them. Brother's best friend/best friend's brother is one of my favourite tropes but this ended up being disappointing. 2.5 stars. It was cute but kind of...lukewarm? Maybe it was due to the length, because I didn't feel like I even had time to connect to characters or start caring about them. Brother's best friend/best friend's brother is one of my favourite tropes but this ended up being disappointing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    Savannah believes in romance and hopes one day her Prince will come, even after being dumped by the father of her 6 month old child. She is working hard at being a mother and looks forward to the day she can share that love and responsibility with someone else. Meanwhile her brothers best friend Maddox has come to town and he will be helping her out while filming a new show that he prays will be picked up. Maddox isn't the geeky boy she remembers but a handsome tattooed male with a body to melt Savannah believes in romance and hopes one day her Prince will come, even after being dumped by the father of her 6 month old child. She is working hard at being a mother and looks forward to the day she can share that love and responsibility with someone else. Meanwhile her brothers best friend Maddox has come to town and he will be helping her out while filming a new show that he prays will be picked up. Maddox isn't the geeky boy she remembers but a handsome tattooed male with a body to melt for. Savannah decides it is time for her to get back out there and asks her friends to set her up. Each date seems to be worse than the next and having Maddox around has her looking at him in a new light. Follow along as these two dance around each others feelings, both hoping that romance will win out in the end.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    After reading Erin McCarthy’s Weekend Wife, I was eager for the side characters to have their stories told. With Five First Dates, such is what we are given. Although Five First Dates tells the story of a character introduced in Weekend Wife, both books work perfectly fine as standalone novels. I enjoyed getting to see more of the characters and I’m even more excited for future characters to get their stories told, but entering this as a standalone is also perfectly fine. From the start, Five Firs After reading Erin McCarthy’s Weekend Wife, I was eager for the side characters to have their stories told. With Five First Dates, such is what we are given. Although Five First Dates tells the story of a character introduced in Weekend Wife, both books work perfectly fine as standalone novels. I enjoyed getting to see more of the characters and I’m even more excited for future characters to get their stories told, but entering this as a standalone is also perfectly fine. From the start, Five First Dates pulls you in, ensuring you’ll be happy to devour this book in a single sitting. The characters are great, the story is entertaining, the chemistry will have you wanting more, and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments. It’s not the funniest rom com out there, but there are enough moments that will get a deep chuckle, making it more than worth it. Without a doubt, Five First Dates is another wonderful read from Erin McCarthy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I Absolutely adored this book. Erin Mccarthy has such a wonderful humorous writing style that made this book a winner for me. The characters and the storyline are both fun, sexy and romantic. The characters wormed their way into my heart and made me not only laugh but gave me that warm fuzzy HEA feeling as I read along. The synopsis is spot on with the gist of the book, so I won’t restate the obvious, but what it doesn’t tell you is the amazing way this heartfelt, fun romance is written or how l I Absolutely adored this book. Erin Mccarthy has such a wonderful humorous writing style that made this book a winner for me. The characters and the storyline are both fun, sexy and romantic. The characters wormed their way into my heart and made me not only laugh but gave me that warm fuzzy HEA feeling as I read along. The synopsis is spot on with the gist of the book, so I won’t restate the obvious, but what it doesn’t tell you is the amazing way this heartfelt, fun romance is written or how love for single mom can be found right under our noses with the help of 4 besties and a very sexy next door neighbor. Just watch out for a few humorous bumps along the way. I Highly Recommend grabbing this up and simply enjoying Maddox and Savannah's journey. Kudos Ms. McCarthy for giving me another outstanding romance that I am sure will be a go to book for me on many occasions to come. 2 Thumbs Up and 5 Stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wilson

    I absolutely loved Maddox! He was so sweet and loved Savannah so much. Savannah is struggling to get through the day with a baby and work. When Maddox offers to help her out she jumps at the chance. Only problem is that he is no longer her brothers nerdy best friend. He is gorgeous, tattooed and amazing with her son. When she realizes that she hasn’t had a date in over a year, she challenges her friends to find dates for her. Standing on sidelines, Maddox is not thrilled with this idea. He needs I absolutely loved Maddox! He was so sweet and loved Savannah so much. Savannah is struggling to get through the day with a baby and work. When Maddox offers to help her out she jumps at the chance. Only problem is that he is no longer her brothers nerdy best friend. He is gorgeous, tattooed and amazing with her son. When she realizes that she hasn’t had a date in over a year, she challenges her friends to find dates for her. Standing on sidelines, Maddox is not thrilled with this idea. He needs to find a way to make Savannah see him as man and not a little kid. I really loved this entire book. Everything was kept at a good pace with lots of funny, sexy scenes. Really hoping that the other friends get their own books! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    This book was so cute and let me tell you that I am not minding this quarantine right now because it is giving me a chance on reading some great books and this my friends was one of them. We meet Maddox and Savannah who from pretty much the beginning you are rooting for and hoping that they get there chance. So we have Maddox who used to have a crush on his best friends sister, and now is helping her out as her mannie and sleeping on the couch so win win for both of them. So Savannah does not kn This book was so cute and let me tell you that I am not minding this quarantine right now because it is giving me a chance on reading some great books and this my friends was one of them. We meet Maddox and Savannah who from pretty much the beginning you are rooting for and hoping that they get there chance. So we have Maddox who used to have a crush on his best friends sister, and now is helping her out as her mannie and sleeping on the couch so win win for both of them. So Savannah does not know how to pick them so her friends are going to help her with that and Maddox is not going to step back and not get his chance..Seriously cute book, and my only regret is that I didn't know that this cast of characters were in a previous book, however I plan on remedying that. Enjoy! rcvd and ARC at no cost to author...voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog

    3.5 Stars This is the first book that I have read by Erin and I thought that it was cute and enjoyed the writing. Savannah is a newly single mother trying to find the balance in life. She is looking for her real life romantic comedy but has the tendency to pick the wrong guys. I loved how Savannah was determined to do what is best for her son. She has a great group of friends and a job that offers her the flexibility she needs. Then there is Maddox, nerd turned tattooed eye candy. I found him to 3.5 Stars This is the first book that I have read by Erin and I thought that it was cute and enjoyed the writing. Savannah is a newly single mother trying to find the balance in life. She is looking for her real life romantic comedy but has the tendency to pick the wrong guys. I loved how Savannah was determined to do what is best for her son. She has a great group of friends and a job that offers her the flexibility she needs. Then there is Maddox, nerd turned tattooed eye candy. I found him to be so sweet and kind. I love his big heart. I love the history between Savannah and Maddox. I also enjoyed how patient Maddox was with Savannah. If you are looking for a friends to lovers/brother's best friend with humor, romance, and feel good vibe this is the book. ~Alexis💜

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin Mcmahon

    5 stars!! I love all of Erin’s books she was the one to change my mind about romance and she still makes me laugh out loud swoon and want more. I feel like her books are never long enough for me I can’t get enough of her stores!! Maddox needs a place to crash and where else would he go but his best friends sisters place. It doesn’t hurt that he’s had a mad crush on her since they were young and he also might even have a chance with Savanna. Savanna new mother and single needs some help and love. 5 stars!! I love all of Erin’s books she was the one to change my mind about romance and she still makes me laugh out loud swoon and want more. I feel like her books are never long enough for me I can’t get enough of her stores!! Maddox needs a place to crash and where else would he go but his best friends sisters place. It doesn’t hurt that he’s had a mad crush on her since they were young and he also might even have a chance with Savanna. Savanna new mother and single needs some help and love. When Maddy asked to stay with her in exchange he will be a nanny she jumps on that offer. She needs some help bad and maybe she will even be able to go on a date or two. Savannah didn’t expect little Maddy to be sexy Maddox. He may be younger but he grew into that body and those tattoos... Maddox will do whatever it takes to show Savannah he wants to be with her. He wants to love her and have a relationship with her. Will he be able to change her mind? When Savannah gets this crazy idea to have her four best friends each pick a date Maddox asked to pick the fifth. Will she find love in one of these dates? Who would Maddox pick? When it turns a little complicated and the lines of friendship start to blur to more than just friends what will she do? This book was so good and I love seeing Leah again! This new series is just fantastic. I’m so excited for book 3 who will find love next and how??

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    5 Star Review of Five First Dates by Erin McCarthy Erin McCarthy is a new author to me and I have no idea why that is. Five First Dates was an entertaining read that drew me in and get me riveted from the first to the last chapter. A friends to lovers story with heart and soul, with secondary characters that added to my reading pleasure.   Offering to help look after Savannah’s baby while she goes on the dates arranged for her by her four friends, Maddox was swoon worthy. Not only does he babysit f 5 Star Review of Five First Dates by Erin McCarthy Erin McCarthy is a new author to me and I have no idea why that is. Five First Dates was an entertaining read that drew me in and get me riveted from the first to the last chapter. A friends to lovers story with heart and soul, with secondary characters that added to my reading pleasure.   Offering to help look after Savannah’s baby while she goes on the dates arranged for her by her four friends, Maddox was swoon worthy. Not only does he babysit for her, she suddenly finds herself with a new roommate.   I fell hard and fast for Maddox, there is something about him that ticked all the boxes. Add in baby Sully and I was a goner. I loved how the relationship was built from friendship, it added an additional layer. This was a romantic, steamy, funny book and is a little gem which I thoroughly enjoyed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    McCarthy brings light to an often times dreary day. Her mysteries are eccentric, her characters are eclectic and her sense of humor is a welcome breath of fresh air. Five First Dates is a perfectly, imperfect temptation that proves itself irresistible on multiple levels. Chase away your blues and open your heart to an addictive kind of fun.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Maddox has been in love with his best friend's older sister for what seems like forever. He's not the shy nerdy comic book-reading guy he used to be anymore, and now that he's rooming with Savannah while he's filming a reality show, he plans on showing her just how much of a man is now. Only he doesn't just want to be with her in that kind of way, he wants everything from her - her heart along with her body. Savannah cannot believe the change in her little brother's best friend. No longer awk Maddox has been in love with his best friend's older sister for what seems like forever. He's not the shy nerdy comic book-reading guy he used to be anymore, and now that he's rooming with Savannah while he's filming a reality show, he plans on showing her just how much of a man is now. Only he doesn't just want to be with her in that kind of way, he wants everything from her - her heart along with her body. Savannah cannot believe the change in her little brother's best friend. No longer awkward and skinny, he's now gorgeous, bulked up and tatted. Still unbelievably sweet, though, and so great with her new baby. Yep, baby. Sully's father isn't in the picture, though, and Maddy is so great with him. Thank God, because he's the one who's going to watch Sully while she's on the 4 dates her friends set her up on. She needs help in her love life because she's an unrealistically romantic woman who falls for the wrong guy while looking for Prince Charming. Will Maddox be her last first date or is she too scared to let him in and give him the chance to hurt her? Brother's best friend is one of my favorite tropes, especially when the two leads in question are so unbelievably sweet together like Maddox and Savannah are. Their story is slightly slow burn with snappy, witty dialogue and serious, serious chemistry. Like Weekend Wife, Five First Dates is sexy and fun and I can't wait for more of this circle of friends that Erin McCarthy has created. ARC via Social Butterfly PR for an honest review. Review & Release Blitz: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roselyn_Reads

    When the first line in a book is, "I should have worn a bra." you know you're in for a treat. Five First Dates was my second book by Erin McCarthy and I absolutely loved it, especially because this book follows the group of friends we were introduced to in Leah and Grant's story, "The Weekend Wife." Savannah is a single-mother to her six-month old son Sully. Despite having bad luck in relationships she continues to have hope of one day finding her true love. She dreams to be whisked a When the first line in a book is, "I should have worn a bra." you know you're in for a treat. Five First Dates was my second book by Erin McCarthy and I absolutely loved it, especially because this book follows the group of friends we were introduced to in Leah and Grant's story, "The Weekend Wife." Savannah is a single-mother to her six-month old son Sully. Despite having bad luck in relationships she continues to have hope of one day finding her true love. She dreams to be whisked away by her Prince in Suit and Tie wearing prince of wall street to a white picket fence house in Connecticut, or so she thought. What happens when she opens her door to find her younger brother's, nerd turned sexy, hot as hell tattooed best friend? Maddox is extremely mature for his age. He doesn't like playing games and he has always known what he wanted (or who he wanted). Raised most of his life by a single mother himself, Maddox or "Mad" is very respectful of women. He puts their needs above his own and he is caring and wonderful with kids. He was definitely not what Savannah was expecting. Now, living together "temporarily" in order to help one another, Savannah finds herself having some very lustful thoughts about Maddox, but is this simply because that aspect of her life had been lacking for some time now? In an effort to shake off those thoughts and not trusting her own judgment, Savannah summons her best friends to set her up on a series of first dates. This is one of those books that had it all - brothers best friend, single-mother, friends to lovers, older woman/younger man. I DEVOURED it in one sitting. It was filled with a lot of laugh out loud and swoon worthy tender moments. Savannah and her group of friends + Jenna are exactly the team of power house diverse ladies I need on my side. They are hilarious, caring and loyal. I hope Erin McCarthy gives us more of these characters in future stories. To sum it all up and in the wise words spoken by Jenna, "What Would Reynolds Do?" I voluntary read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    A view weeks ago I read my first Erin McCarthy book ‘Weekend Wife’. I absolutely loved that book, so when I got the opportunity to read this book, I couldn’t resist. And the fun part, although this book isn’t part of a series, the main characters of both books are from the same circle of friends.. and I love that. In ‘Five First Dates’ we meet Savannah, a single mom who is known for being one to easily get swept of her feet. Now she is a mom, and she tries to change her ways. The first thing she A view weeks ago I read my first Erin McCarthy book ‘Weekend Wife’. I absolutely loved that book, so when I got the opportunity to read this book, I couldn’t resist. And the fun part, although this book isn’t part of a series, the main characters of both books are from the same circle of friends.. and I love that. In ‘Five First Dates’ we meet Savannah, a single mom who is known for being one to easily get swept of her feet. Now she is a mom, and she tries to change her ways. The first thing she has to do is make life a little easier, and help a friend out. That’s why her brother best friend Maddox, is coming to stay for a little while. In exchange for no rent, he babysits her little boy whenever she needs it. But Savannah hasn’t seen Maddox in five years. What she didn’t expect is the sweet nerdy boy, being changed into the handsome sexy guy who stands before her now. ‘Five First Dates’ was definitely a book I enjoyed very much. The two main characters Savannah and Maddox, where easy to like. Savannah is this young mom, who easily falls in love and who is desperate to find a ‘real’ relationship now she is a mom. But she has very bad taste in man. Savannah is slightly naïve, but very hard working and she is not afraid to ask her friends for help. I found her character very fun to read about. Especially as a young mom myself, I could picture her being a mom easily. Maddox, is handsome, hardworking and overall just a very sweet guy. He loves kids, and he always wanted the opportunity to show Savannah who he really is. Not only the shy young guy who used to hang around her childhood home. I loved how Maddox was around Savannah and her kid. And above all I loved how hard Maddox tried to so things to make Savannah see who he really was. The chemistry between Savannah and Maddox was definitely flying of the pages. And I loved how they interacted with each other. This book was just really fun, and relaxing and I truly enjoyed myself! Sure, Maddox seemed a little to desperate at times.. but it didn’t bother me. And I loved the fact we got to see little parts of the characters of ‘Weekend Wife’. And we definitely got to read more about other potential main characters, I think. I for sure can’t wait to read more by Erin McCarthy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)

    Adorable, smexy, hot tattooed man, and one cooing baby that will melt your heart. First Five Dates has it all! Every ovary bursting moment that I read in one sitting! Maddox has had a crush on Savannah since he was a teenage boy. He's best friends with her brother, so it was a bit awkward to ever say much about that crush when he was a gangly teen, but it's now years later and Savannah is a single mother which only has intensified his crush into a deep lust now that they are adults. Savannah has Adorable, smexy, hot tattooed man, and one cooing baby that will melt your heart. First Five Dates has it all! Every ovary bursting moment that I read in one sitting! Maddox has had a crush on Savannah since he was a teenage boy. He's best friends with her brother, so it was a bit awkward to ever say much about that crush when he was a gangly teen, but it's now years later and Savannah is a single mother which only has intensified his crush into a deep lust now that they are adults. Savannah has graciously opened up her home to him, allowing him to stay there while he films for his new job, but Maddox also has a secondary plan to win her over. He plans to finally show her that he is no longer just a skinny boy who is best friends with her brother, he is now a man who wants to take care of her and her son. Savannah has the worst taste in men. Take being a single mother with a six month old son. When her last relationship ran out when she informed him she was pregnant it only goes to prove that her taste in men haven't improved in all the years she has dated. When her brothers best friend, Maddox, agreed to move in and help her with her son, Sully she was thankful beyond belief. What she didn't know was that Maddox is now hot AF. She hadn't seen in him in person in several years and the tattooed, ripped man who shows up on her doorstep is not the same gangly boy she last saw years ago. Her hormones may not be in charge with him staying under her roof. Savannah enlists her friends to help her set up blind dates to get back on the dating scene. This begins the first of four dates. When Maddox gets wind of her plan he wants in and becomes the fifth to join in on this plan. While living under Savannah's roof the two of them not only get to know one another better, but they also "get to know one another better" (wink, wink). Savannah and Maddox have a natural chemistry and everytime they are together it is wicked hot.  Maddox is the absolute best. As a manny he is glorious. He has a natural instinct with Sully which is ovary melting, especially when I imagine him covered in his tattoos. Totally yummy.  A fun, smexy read that is exactly what is needed during this stressful time. 

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lexi

    I haven’t read too much by Erin McCarthy so far but this was the perfect low key story to bring some laughs during the crazyness the world is going through right now! Savanah is a new mom working on raising her six month old son by herself. While it’s hard work she wouldn’t trade it for the world. She knows she has a history of picking all the wrong guys so she has her four best friends each pick a date for her to go on! Sound like it might be a disaster in the making? Well it just may be. Maddo I haven’t read too much by Erin McCarthy so far but this was the perfect low key story to bring some laughs during the crazyness the world is going through right now! Savanah is a new mom working on raising her six month old son by herself. While it’s hard work she wouldn’t trade it for the world. She knows she has a history of picking all the wrong guys so she has her four best friends each pick a date for her to go on! Sound like it might be a disaster in the making? Well it just may be. Maddox is in New York for work, broke and needs a place to stay. Savanah is his best friends older sister who has no idea that Maddox has been hiding his feelings for her for years He stays with her for a free place to crash in New York and hopefully have her fall for him in the process. For Savannah she is finally able to get some help with her baby so maybe she can go out and find the man of her dreams. These two are hilarious! They have an easy going nature since they’ve know each other forever but will their friends with benefits continue? This is a hilarious, light, sexy and fun read just what I know I needed during this difficult time! If you’ve never picked up Erin McCarthy I think Five First Dates is the perfect place to start! To see this Review and more please visit Dirty Reads Book Blog http://dirtyreadsbooks.com/

  17. 4 out of 5

    Reading Addict

    I will start my review by saying that I am an Erin McCarthy fan. I have read and own most of her books. Five First Dates was a very fun, sweet with just a touch of spice rom com. We were first introduced to Savannah in Weekend Wife. It is not necessary to read it before however it was a great book and shouldn't be missed. Savannah is the single mom of a 6 month old son, Sully and her younger brother's best friend has offered to help out. Savannah hasn't seen Maddox in 5 years and when she opens I will start my review by saying that I am an Erin McCarthy fan. I have read and own most of her books. Five First Dates was a very fun, sweet with just a touch of spice rom com. We were first introduced to Savannah in Weekend Wife. It is not necessary to read it before however it was a great book and shouldn't be missed. Savannah is the single mom of a 6 month old son, Sully and her younger brother's best friend has offered to help out. Savannah hasn't seen Maddox in 5 years and when she opens the door to this tattooed, buff hottie she cannot believe her eyes! Maddox has had a crush on Savannah ever since he noticed girls but she was older and unattainable in his mind. Now he is 23 and has an opportunity to show his tattooing skills on a reality TV show filming in NYC and staying with Savannah is his chance to show her that he is the man of her dreams. Savannah has had horrible luck with men in the past and is not going to let her attraction to Maddox sideline her plan to find the right man for her and her son. She wants her friends to set her up on a date with 5 different men and hopefully she'll find her match. Maddox is determined to be that man so let the shenanigans begin! I really enjoyed this fun, light, no angst rom com. It was told from dual POV and is a definite must read for all Erin McCarthy fans!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Goodman

    Erin McCarthy brings yet another wonderful book to your collection with Five First Dates. This new release features a single mom trope as well as brother's best friend trope. As a sucker for both, it was no surprise that I fell hard and fast for Maddox and Savannah. Oblivious to Maddox's childhood crush and everything she has to offer a man, Savannah takes her four friends up on being a matchmaker. Except Savannah has no clue Maddox wants to get her last first date. Maddox and Savannah's relatio Erin McCarthy brings yet another wonderful book to your collection with Five First Dates. This new release features a single mom trope as well as brother's best friend trope. As a sucker for both, it was no surprise that I fell hard and fast for Maddox and Savannah. Oblivious to Maddox's childhood crush and everything she has to offer a man, Savannah takes her four friends up on being a matchmaker. Except Savannah has no clue Maddox wants to get her last first date. Maddox and Savannah's relationship is a unique one. Having not had the stability in his life that Savannah and her family gave him, Maddox is determined to have it all with Savannah. It's his unique background and crave for the normalcy of love that really reeled me in from the beginning. My only complaint is I wished McCarthy had upped her slow burn game. As an author with several novels under her belt, sometimes the sweetest slow burn angst driven part of romance novels fall behind. I think that was the case with this one. The heat, chemistry and idea was there, I just wanted them to tiptoe around their feelings more. All in all, McCarthy delivered a solid, well thought out, and interesting novel ready to be devoured by you.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Maddox is... sigh. He's flirty, fit and one filthy talker who is just what single mom Savannah needs in her life. Who cares if Maddox is her little brother's best friend? Well, Savannah cares but what is she to do? Maddox is helping her as a part-time Manny while he's in town filming a reality show.  Savannah is SHOCKED when she opens her door to Maddy. The cute best friend of her little brother, whom she hasn't seen in 5 years. And boy has those 5 years been good to him! Filled out and no longer Maddox is... sigh. He's flirty, fit and one filthy talker who is just what single mom Savannah needs in her life. Who cares if Maddox is her little brother's best friend? Well, Savannah cares but what is she to do? Maddox is helping her as a part-time Manny while he's in town filming a reality show.  Savannah is SHOCKED when she opens her door to Maddy. The cute best friend of her little brother, whom she hasn't seen in 5 years. And boy has those 5 years been good to him! Filled out and no longer the scrawny teen she remembered, Maddox is causing all kinds of feels for Savannah. She's having an identity crisis - being a newly single mom who spends most of her time in sweats with milk stains all over her. The only thing is there is this magnetic connection between the two that Savannah thinks is a little too dangerous and so she convinces her friends to each set her up on a first date, hoping to find Mr. Right and pulling her away from her attraction to Maddox. This was a sweet story with a big bit of steam thrown in. I love Maddox from the start and Savannah was a little all over the place but what new mom isn't. It was a fun story and I loved the chemistry between the two of them and of course baby Sully! Maddox with Sully made my heart melt! Great read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Thuy Taylor

    Savannah and Maddox have pretty much known each other from their teenage years. Sav is slightly older, and have always had a caring spot for Maddox. But, boy has he grown up. This is definitely the brothers best friend/best friends sister "forbidden" story and I enjoyed it. Maddox will have you swooning over how much he is so in love with the girl that was off limits. How much he respects and adores her and now what comes with her. You could feel their chemistry, their sweetness towards each oth Savannah and Maddox have pretty much known each other from their teenage years. Sav is slightly older, and have always had a caring spot for Maddox. But, boy has he grown up. This is definitely the brothers best friend/best friends sister "forbidden" story and I enjoyed it. Maddox will have you swooning over how much he is so in love with the girl that was off limits. How much he respects and adores her and now what comes with her. You could feel their chemistry, their sweetness towards each other and how much they really belonged together. The book before this is Weekend Wife, these are the set of friends who are getting their happily ever afters. I think it could be read as a standalone and told in dual POVs. The only issue I had was when it changed POVs, there is no label or name, I had to go back several times to figure out which POV it was. I think it was the same issue in Weekend Wife also. But overall, it was a good book to read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    When it comes to men Savannah’s experience has shown her that her judgment can’t be trusted which is how she finds herself a single mother to her son Sully. Her friends have decided to take matters into their own hands and arranged four date with four different men. Maddox is her brother’s best friend and is staying with her while he films a reality show and in return he will help her out with her son. He has been attracted to Savannah for years and he isn’t about to let the opportunity go to was When it comes to men Savannah’s experience has shown her that her judgment can’t be trusted which is how she finds herself a single mother to her son Sully. Her friends have decided to take matters into their own hands and arranged four date with four different men. Maddox is her brother’s best friend and is staying with her while he films a reality show and in return he will help her out with her son. He has been attracted to Savannah for years and he isn’t about to let the opportunity go to waste and is determined to show her that the fifth date is the only date she needs. Maddox is not the boy she remembers, and she is very attracted to the man that he has become both physically and emotionally which leads to some hot and humorous interactions. This is an enjoyable story that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Moritz-rosenthal

    I received a complimentary ARC - early release copy of this book in Kindle format from the author for review purposes. This was a really adorable and HOT romance between Savannah and Maddox. She is a new mom and a little bit older than our hero, Maddox but he is a very mature guy and has always had a thing for S. But she has always seen him as her younger brothers best friend. Now she has a new roommate who is staying with her while he films a reality show and he helps out with her new baby. I ha I received a complimentary ARC - early release copy of this book in Kindle format from the author for review purposes. This was a really adorable and HOT romance between Savannah and Maddox. She is a new mom and a little bit older than our hero, Maddox but he is a very mature guy and has always had a thing for S. But she has always seen him as her younger brothers best friend. Now she has a new roommate who is staying with her while he films a reality show and he helps out with her new baby. I have not read much by this author but I was missing out. This was a very hot and fun romance between two people who have known each other a long time but who have a slight difference in ages and at 16 that's a big deal but in your twenties so so much. The five dates premise is that S friends find her a date and Maddox gets to pick her 5th date.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Wright

    Erin McCarthy is a relatively new author to me and I’m really struggling to understand why I have read more of her books, well that’s about to change because after reading Five First Dates I need to play catch up with her previous works as soon as time permits. Maddox is a man on a mission for over 10 years he has wanted and needed his best friends older sister but Savannah has only ever seen him as her baby brothers nerdy friend..... but Maddox has done a lot of growing since she last saw him an Erin McCarthy is a relatively new author to me and I’m really struggling to understand why I have read more of her books, well that’s about to change because after reading Five First Dates I need to play catch up with her previous works as soon as time permits. Maddox is a man on a mission for over 10 years he has wanted and needed his best friends older sister but Savannah has only ever seen him as her baby brothers nerdy friend..... but Maddox has done a lot of growing since she last saw him and when he arrives to help her with her new baby while working on a local reality show she can’t believe her eyes. The nerd has gone and been replaced by a hunky hot muscled up stud who still wants her but will she be brave enough to cross the line and take a leap of fate or will Maddox always be her brothers best friend who really should be off limits...... This is a fun entertaining read that ticked all my boxes, I laughed, I swooned and smiled a lot throughout this story. I was captivated from the first page and there was no putting down until I had read the final line and I was left so excited for the next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    JoyTheLazyCatLady

    Savannah is a new working single mom. Her brother's best friend needs a place to stay for a short time and Savannah needs a nanny so she can try dating again. She always picks the wrong guy including baby daddy so she let's her friends set her up with guys they think are perfect for her. Two things happen. Maddox is all grown up and he wants to pick out a date for her, too. What could possibly go wrong? Sure Maddox is hot enough to set off the smoke detectors and Savannah is feeling the heat. A Savannah is a new working single mom. Her brother's best friend needs a place to stay for a short time and Savannah needs a nanny so she can try dating again. She always picks the wrong guy including baby daddy so she let's her friends set her up with guys they think are perfect for her. Two things happen. Maddox is all grown up and he wants to pick out a date for her, too. What could possibly go wrong? Sure Maddox is hot enough to set off the smoke detectors and Savannah is feeling the heat. A lot of heat. But this is Maddox. He's like family. Too bad Maddox has a different opinion. Maddox is adorable and pretty swoony. If you read the book you will see just how swoony he can be. Great read for some fun and romance. Go ahead. Give it a read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky Wise

    If you are looking for a cute falling for brother's best friend romance and a single mom read then look no further the Five First Dates. You will find Maddox to be total swoon worthy. There is nothing sexier then a tattooed man caring for a baby. I love Maddox and the way he goes after Savannah. He always known who he wanted and watching Maddox get closer to Savannah is so much fun to watch. I love Savannah and all her friends. They will make you giggle for sure when it comes to setting Savannah If you are looking for a cute falling for brother's best friend romance and a single mom read then look no further the Five First Dates. You will find Maddox to be total swoon worthy. There is nothing sexier then a tattooed man caring for a baby. I love Maddox and the way he goes after Savannah. He always known who he wanted and watching Maddox get closer to Savannah is so much fun to watch. I love Savannah and all her friends. They will make you giggle for sure when it comes to setting Savannah up on dates. Savannah is super sweet and trying to do the best she can being a single mom. She didn't see Maddox coming at all. You will love the banter between Maddox and Savannah. They have this chemistry that is hot and so sweet. I loved every moment of this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Read.Review.Repeat Blog

    "Savannah & Maddox’s story had me enthralled from the very beginning. Maddox is Savannah’s brother Steve best friend. He has always had a thing for her, but as she is a little older she never really saw him as a potential boyfriend at all. Fast forward ten years and things have changed - especially Maddox. This is where the book really takes off. It really had me on tenterhooks with the will they or won’t they. I just wanted them to make that leap and when they did - holy moly it was good. I reall "Savannah & Maddox’s story had me enthralled from the very beginning. Maddox is Savannah’s brother Steve best friend. He has always had a thing for her, but as she is a little older she never really saw him as a potential boyfriend at all. Fast forward ten years and things have changed - especially Maddox. This is where the book really takes off. It really had me on tenterhooks with the will they or won’t they. I just wanted them to make that leap and when they did - holy moly it was good. I really liked Savannah’s friends and hope that they all end up with their own books as well. Or maybe even Steve? I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book"

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Kinda cute. The characters are cute.

  28. 4 out of 5

    SyLvIa

    [1.5 star] meh~ so-so only...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jill Hart

    Wow did this book pack a punch! The minute Maddox hit the scene the tension was sky-high and never dropped. It was awesome! I couldn’t put this book down! Savannah was happily living her life, taking care of her nine-month-old son Sully, until her younger brother’s best friend needed a place to stay in New York for a few weeks while he filmed a reality show about tattoo artists. When Maddox arrives he is isn’t the adolescent that Savannah is expecting … he’s ALL grown up. AND flirting with her. S Wow did this book pack a punch! The minute Maddox hit the scene the tension was sky-high and never dropped. It was awesome! I couldn’t put this book down! Savannah was happily living her life, taking care of her nine-month-old son Sully, until her younger brother’s best friend needed a place to stay in New York for a few weeks while he filmed a reality show about tattoo artists. When Maddox arrives he is isn’t the adolescent that Savannah is expecting … he’s ALL grown up. AND flirting with her. She sets some boundaries – can’t be flirting with the live-in nanny! – and thinks everything will return to normal. She soon discovers that she wishes she was dating again, so she has her best friends set her up on first dates – it will be fun, right? However, coming home to Maddox is getting harder and harder. He’s keeping the boundaries she set. He doesn’t even seem to mind. So why does that bother her so much? Augh! The tension!! Yeah, you’re gonna want to just read this book…you don’t really need me to say more than it was awesome sand you’re wasting time reading this when you could be reading Five First Dates. ;) Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Boris

    Five First Dates Erin McCarthy Savanah Prescott is a new single mom who does video blogs for a living. She is a romantic and loves love! Maddox Malone is a tattoo artist who’s moving to New York for a realty show opportunity. He’s going to stay with his childhood friend, Savannah, who he has loved since they were kids. Savannah asks her four friends to each set her up on a blind date in hopes to find a man to love and hopefully marry and raise her son, Sully. She goes on three dates, none seem t Five First Dates Erin McCarthy Savanah Prescott is a new single mom who does video blogs for a living. She is a romantic and loves love! Maddox Malone is a tattoo artist who’s moving to New York for a realty show opportunity. He’s going to stay with his childhood friend, Savannah, who he has loved since they were kids. Savannah asks her four friends to each set her up on a blind date in hopes to find a man to love and hopefully marry and raise her son, Sully. She goes on three dates, none seem to pan out. Date #1 is a jerk, date #2 only wants a hook up and date #3 is a great guy, a widower, but Savannah doesn’t feel any chemistry. All the while, Maddox is sitting at home pining for Savannah and watching the baby. Waiting to make his move. Walking around shirtless in order to tempt Savannah is the first step in seducing the love of his life. Savannah’s brother, Steve, is Maddox’s best friend. Steve has always warned him away from her. Afraid his friend will hurt her especially now that she’s most vulnerable as a stressed out single mom. Maddox and Savannah begin a hot affair. Maddox attempts at giving her the romantic fairy tale ending with the help of one of his co stars on the reality show. Maddy knows he wants forever with Savannah but she isn’t sure of herself since she seems to have terrible luck in love. Five First Dates will give you smiles with a HEA.... if you love a man with tattoos... this ones for you. And even if you don’t- this book is a hot AF love story. You won’t be disappointed!!

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