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Peek Inside Adventures in Online Dating

She has the perfect way to find her perfect match in the most efficient way possible, twenty minutes at a time...

Adventures in Online Dating

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For Alexa McIntyre, the answer to everything comes down to numbers. Three sons. One divorce. One great life...except her boys are getting older and they really need a man around. Enter the number twenty, as in after twenty minutes with someone she knows whether or not she wants them in her life. So, she hatches a plan to meet any man who remotely strikes her interest—for a twenty-minute date at her favorite coffee shop. It’s the perfect way to find her perfect match in the most efficient way possible.

Too bad coffee shop owner Marshall Calloway isn’t keen on her using his shop as her speed-dating zone, especially since she's made it clear he's too young to be a contender. But against her better judgement, Alexa finds herself drawn to Marshall in ways she can’t quantify. There’s no easy answer, and once the kids become involved, her well-ordered world threatens to fall apart—twenty minutes at a time.


“It's a great story, romantic, funny, and highly entertaining.” -Fizza Y., NetGalley

“This was an entertaining funny, quick read that is perfect for an afternoon escape.  Great writing and characters will leave you with a happy feeling.  Loved the fun storyline!” Bette H., Goodreads

“The story is filled with warmth, laughter and fun. There is plenty of sexy escapades and witty banter. The author explores the dynamics of a older woman dating a younger man, how society views it and the insecurities a woman can face as she struggles with her age. It is a wonderful story of family and how it can be anything we want it to be.” -Suzette P., Goodreads

“My first book by this author and it was funny, Witty, Easy to read and full of fun. I loved the authors writing style and her characters descriptions and attitudes. I will be looking to read more from her in the near future!” -Tracie’s World of Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636729
Release Date: Nov 12, 2018
Page Count: 214
Imprint: august
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: opposites attract, right under your nose

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By Fizza November 11, 2018

It's a great story, romantic, funny, and highly entertaining. Alexa is a single mother raising three sons. She hasn't been able to find love after her divorce and plans to do it now. That's the thing about her, she plans everything. She wants to control every aspect of her life and hates it when thi ...more

By Paula November 06, 2018

I really enjoyed reading Adventures in Online Dating. I must admit this is the 1st book by Julie Particka I’ve read, it’s also the 1st older woman, younger man book I’ve read.

Alexa, who likes to plan everything, comes up with the perfect way to streamline her online dating opportunities and find a ...more

By FNM November 11, 2018

I went into this book hoping for a fun tongue in cheek sort of romance book, it is my first book by Julie Particka and I was not sure what to expect. Luckily this was exactly the type of book I was looking for!

We start of by meeting Alexa a single mum of three who likes to plan her life down to the ...more

By Nicole December 18, 2019

Cute rom-com, even if I didn't connect to the heroine (Alexa) much. (It's not her fault; I'm not a mom, and we have different interests. For example, I loved all of the geeky quotes and references said by our hero, Marshall, even when they annoyed Alexa.) I enjoyed it even without that connection to ...more

By Kristin November 20, 2018

Alexa is tired of being alone, a single mom to her three boys. However, the idea of online dating and meeting the guys who actually email her on there just seems like a huge waste of time. She's tried meeting people in social settings, but just never clicked with anyone. So, when her friend pushes h ...more

By Monique December 03, 2018

Alexa has decided that her three sons need a male influence, and opts for online dating, which does not prove ideal. Marshall, the hot barista, is rather entertained by her endeavour but he wishes she would think of him. Alas, Alexa made it clear that at 32, he’s ten years older than her, and not on ...more

By patrick June 17, 2019

Alexa is a divorced mother with three boys, she has not dated in a very long time and one of the reasons is her set of questions that are set to equal a perfect match for her with her boys. Alexa plans and arranges everything in her life along with her boys. When going into her favorite coffee house ...more

By Kathleen November 12, 2018

I loved this book! And Marshall is my new favourite book boyfriend! While i couldn't understand or click with Alexa straightaway (hey I'm not a mum. Or a numbers person or organisation Very analytical) when I did connect with her I understood her motives. And mostly forgave her. Especially after all ...more

By Stacy April 02, 2019

This is how books should be written. There were so many feelings in this book. There were parts I laughed at, swooned for, cried and was so angry I wanted to throw my kindle across the room.

Alexa is a divorced woman who's whole life runs on numbers. She tried to take the emotions out of things and ...more

By Suzette November 12, 2018

I love that this story is not the typical romance novel. Marshal and Alexa’s relationship is typical of the many challenges most couples face in real life. Alexa is divorced with 3 children and trying to put her life back together. Typography a single mom, her children are her priority which does no ...more

By Sandra November 14, 2018

by Julie Patricka is a funny, romantic book with a happy ending.

Alexa, single mother of three boys is still single after her divorce. Even though she is good looking, successful and a nice person she simply can't find a guy for herself.
So she decides to try online dating a chance. Convinced that t ...more

By Lita November 09, 2018

Adventures in Online Dating by Julie Particka is a cute story of Alexa a forty something divorcee and mother or 3 boys. She is at the point in her life where she feels the boys need a father figure so she comes up with a hair brain scheme to find someone to fill the position. Since her life is numbe ...more

By Lori November 12, 2018

What a cute story! I loved Alexa and all her neuroses. She would blurt out whatever popped in her head, had numbers and statistics coming out the wazoo, and plans taking over her life. But she was cute and funny, a refreshing single mom in her early forties. Throw in Marshall, a younger stud who is ...more

By Sadie November 12, 2018

I love a good romance story and Julie Particka's Adventures in Online Dating certainly delivered that and so much more! The story focuses on Alexa McIntyre, a forty something successful business woman who begins online dating to search for her Mister right! Obsessed with statistics and doing things ...more

By Bette November 11, 2018

This was an entertaining funny, quick read that is perfect for an afternoon escape. Great writing and characters will leave you with a happy feeling. Loved the fun storyline!

Alexa is a serious organized single mom of 3 rambunctious boys. She's worried that her sons need a man's influence on a more c ...more

By Lara November 14, 2018

This was a fun read by a new-to-me author. I could really relate to Alexa as a woman in her 40s looking for The One, and I adored Marshall because right from the beginning he was a perfect match for Alexa. (Her algorithms even said so!) The age difference didn't bother me in the least, and it was ni ...more

By Becky November 27, 2018

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 11/17/18/


The title is a bit misleading, though--Alexa spends only about a hot minute--or maybe twenty hot minutes--actually trying her online dating plan. (Okay, it's longer than that. But Ms. Particka doesn't spend too much time dwelling on the details ...more

By Delacey November 01, 2018

I thought this was a pretty solid read. It had some amusing parts, and was not dramatic. Alexa is a divorcee who is more scarred and scared after her marriage break down than first expected. Our h has come to rely on planning, structure and research in pretty much every aspect of her life. Our H Mar ...more

By Carole June 17, 2019


A great thing about this book is how real and in depth the characters are. I personally have never done online dating, but I can imagine it must be quite an experience. Alexa tries it but it isn't working out very well for her. She is a woman who plans everything and keeps her life neat and ...more

By Tracie November 12, 2018

I gave this Book a rating of 5 ✩’s
Title: Adventures in Online Dating
Series: Standalone
Genre: RomCom
Author: Julie Particka
Format: Kindle Edition
Published on: Nov 12, 2018

I voluntarily received a Courtesy Copy of this book from AuthorsPal and am choosing to leave a review.
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I found this book to be a refreshing change of pace from most of the romances I read. I love the fact that Alexa is over 40 and I love the fact that Marshall was a little younger. It was also refreshing that Alexa was not just consumed with bitterness about her ex-husband's wandering spirit and less ...more

By Dramirez1987 November 28, 2018


This book was cute, I was looking for something with an older woman and younger man dynamic and while I would have preferred one without kids being involved I still surprisingly enjoyed this.

Some of the chemistry seemed forced as well as some of the steamy scenes. But that’s just my own persona ...more

By Katrina April 23, 2019

I had a lot of fun reading this one and plenty of laughs from start to finish; engaging characters, entertaining storyline and defined world, etc. My one and only issue was the way in which Alexa tended to treat Marshall like a child at was frustrating but everything else made up for this ...more

By K is for Cathy January 20, 2019

I almost put they book down and stopped reading, but I am glad I didn’t. The story made me think about my life, plans and actions. A great book. I am so glad I finished it. I hope you read and enjoy it as much as I did. ...more

By Kim January 01, 2019


Super cute and fun, Alexa and Marshall’s story rocks! This is a new author to me, but my first read will definitely not be my last! ...more

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Julie Particka

About the author

Julie Particka

Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor's degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love--writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all. She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she's pretty sure there's no way it can fail...except the minions keep eating the cookies.

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