Bianca has three loves: her job, her cat, and Bloody Mary's. Not necessarily in that order. Life is good, the best, until Drew sabotages Bianca's black and white world and forces her to see the gray in it. Which is really annoying, as it disrupts her Bloody Mary drinking time.
Drew Montgomery left his old life to start a new one, but still the past continues to haunt him. Bianca Fisher makes him forget, gives him hope, and confounds him, all at once, and from just one encounter. Drew tells himself to run, to run away and fast, but his feet won't listen. Neither does his heart.
Dating Husbands is a sort-of light read, full of sarcasm (that not everyone can appreciate) and tons of moments that make you laugh out loud. Bianca's prickly exterior is the consequence of her parents' estrangement and other failed relationships, and causes her to see the world as this or that, without a middle ground.
Bianca is a real person because her everyday experiences were real, from playing dancing games on Wii to enjoying her Bloody Mary's. We see her grow throughout the story, and see her start to see the gray areas of life, where not everything can be classified as right or wrong.
Drew is the type of man Bianca avoids because of the prejudice that she has developed. He is the gray area, although Bianca tries to categorize him into the black void of life.
Bianca's family is real because of the weird circumstances involved in many of the relationships. No family is perfect, and Bianca's family dynamics are pretty diverse and complicated. Through her family, we learn about Bianca's past and how certain experiences have shaped her to be the somewhat bitter person that we read about.
Drew is a lone character, with no family save for his wife. He is haunted by an event which causes him to leave his wife. He isn't jaded like Bianca, but his life, like hers, has been anything but simple.
I loved this story, like I love any story that can make me laugh. But I loved it also because the characters are real and complicated; they aren't perfect. I love it when the characters are people I can relate to.
This book gets 4 out of 5 Platypires from me.