Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Hatco, Inc
My Copy: Sent
This book bundle includes six contemporary romance novellas from the bestselling series, Better Date than Never. Dating is so much easier when you have good friends to lean on. . . .
(Love at First Date, Book #1) Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life. . . . (Truth or Date, Book #2) Truth or Dare is all fun and games until a spontaneous dare has Gina falling for the office playboy. (My Last Blind Date, Book #3) Should Rachel risk another dating disaster by trying yet again for love? (Save the Date, Book #4) Kristen swears off men, but temptation swoops in when her sexy friend Ethan starts flirting with her. (A Twist of Date, Book #5) Will Melanie have to follow her best friend’s narrow dating rules in order to find lasting love? (License to Date, Book #6) Kaitlin agrees to five dates in five days only to fall for the mysterious bartender who’s there to witness them all, neither realized their hearts are part of the bargain…
All these are cute short stories filled with sweet romance. It is delightful to see characters frequently appearing in each of the stories making this a very cohesive and engaging collection as we watch the progress of previous relationships.
Love at First Date – Ellen decides she wants to know everything about the next person she dates, so she signs up for Detailed Dating, an online service, only to find love does not always follow the rules. When she takes her friend’s dog to obedience class, she meets Henry, an extremely sexy man she knows nothing about. This is a good start to the series, as we meet Ellen who had some bad luck with dating, she wants to meet the right person but he must fit her model and be ready to settle down. Henry is perfect for her but she continues to look for someone special not realizing he is right in front of her.
Truth of Date – Gina is finally ready to move on; she wasted enough time on George who has never wanted a commitment. Her friend Kristen and new roommate tries to set her up, but maybe her perfect man is right before her, a co-worker named Chris. This is a cute story and I like Chris, he dates many women only because he is looking for the right one, whom he suspects is Gina. When Gina is finally free he puts all his energy into pursuing her but she only looks at his history which seems jaded. They go through several miss-steps before they finally get together.
My Last Blind Date – Rachel is looking at spending Valentine’s Day alone, not by choice but because she is not dating anyone and so far her friend Ellen is not having any luck setting her up. When the new VP at the office finds out about her dating experiences, he finds a way to be her last blind date. I really liked this one, Noah is the sexy new guy, someone who Rachel would never think would look twice at her, but then he goes out of his way to make Valentine’s Day special and they click. So romantic.
Save the Date – Kristen is a Marriage and Family Counselor who doubts her ability to counsel as she did not see the signs when her fiancé cheated on her. Her confidence is gone so when others ask her questions, she gives negative advice, causing havoc for friends and family. When she reconnects with her friend Ethan, she does not trust her feelings. This is the only one I had problems with connecting to the heroine, Kristen is difficult to like and I wanted to throttle her a couple of times, but I really like Ethan and was cheering them on through the miscommunications and distrust. Kristen did redeem herself in the end and I enjoyed seeing her find her HEA with Ethan.
A Twist of a Date – Melanie is a fitness instructor at the local gym, she believes she has found the right man for the rest of her life and dismisses her flirty co-worker Matt. But when she talks about her feelings to Brad, he is out the door so fast and she is devastated. This one had a lot of drama in it, several other characters are featured and their lives are interwoven into this story, it is a good one to catch up on and also feeds into the next story and even though Matt and Mel’s story is cute and romantic it seems to get buried with the drama of others.
License to Date – After having broken off her wedding because of a cheating ex, she has sworn off dating. Her friends are not buying it and bribe her with home improvement help if she will go on five dates. She reluctantly agrees only to find the man she is attracted to is the sexy bartender who works at the place she frequents with her dates. This is my favorite in the series, the heroine is smart and funny and the hero is thoughtful, sexy and enigmatic. There is a bit of drama when she finds out who he really is but they get through it quickly and the ending works well.
Each romance is sweet with a few complications that are solved quickly, be aware that the sex is nonexistent as most stories end with the promise of more. The stories are short and well written with fun and engaging characters that reappear throughout the series, it is fun to see them again and see how their romance is advancing. All in all this is a recommended series for those that enjoy cute romances without the heat.
I give Better Date than Never by Susan Hatler 4 stars!