Series: Better Date than Never
Author: Susan Hatler, Veronica Blade, Virna DePaul
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: October 8, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Three stories. Three authors. Three kinds of romance.
Sweet. Sassy. Sexy.
Sweet: Love at First Date by Susan Hatler
Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life...
Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person.
When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him.
Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance?
Sassy: From Fame to Shame by Veronica Blade
When good-girl Maddie switches places with her famous bad-girl twin Jackie, she has some pretty high stilettos to fill.
Despite the danger of tabloid drama if their identity swap is discovered, Maddie has to save her sister's butt. When Jackie’s ex-boyfriend shows up with a rekindled spark for “Jackie,” his deep gray eyes and sweet kisses make Maddie's heart thumpety thump. But dating the guy who dumped her sister is a no-no. Too bad Dallas isn’t used to girls saying no. What will happen when he discovers Maddie’s deception?
Sexy: Wild For Mr. Wrong by Virna DePaul
Can an uptight prosecutor and a laid-back defense attorney find love despite their opposing agendas?
Bryn Donovon became a prosecutor for a reason and defense attorney Daniel Mays seems to take his job about as seriously as he does his love life. While straight-laced Bryn can’t deny she’s attracted to the southern charmer, she’s determined to keep her distance. Instead, she ends up finding something she’d lost long ago—a willingness to risk all for love.
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Love at First Date was so sweet I couldn't stop grinning afterward. Yes, I felt like an idiot, but I couldn't help it. I just loved it to bits. I loved Ellen with her anal-ness and rational thinking about relationships—you just knew her approach to finding Mr. Right was doomed to fail from the start. I liked her friend Rachel and their relationship was very well-portrayed and realistic, I loved the little cutie Chester, and, of course, I adored Henry, the green-eyed "warlock" that enchanted Ellen from their "first glance". I admit I thought he was an undercover cop or something (I'm a sucker for men in uniform), so his true profession came as a surprise, but a gorgeous one with that picture-perfect ending.
A cute, sweet, lovable story. I didn't even mind the length (short story/novella). It was just perfect.
From Fame to Shame, although I don't get the connection between the title and the story, was also a cutie patootie of a short story. Yes, I hated being reminded how young the characters really were, but otherwise you won't hear me complaining (despite the first person POV, which isn't exactly my favorite). The difference between the two sisters was nicely fleshed out, I also preferred the down-to-Earth Maddie to her twin, and Dallas Bines, the hot, hunky hero was absolutely dreamy. Where can I get one of those, but older?
The ending reminded me a little of a Barbara Cartland's Beauty or Brains, but it worked in the context of the story.
Again, just the perfect length so the characters are fleshed-out just right and the pacing doesn't slow turning the story boring. Loved it.
And Wild For Mr. Wrong completes this amazing anthology. Though not as sweet and cute as the first two stories, the heroine's issues prevented too much of that, and the final "twist" that ended the conflict between the two leads, gave the story a slightly darker tone, it was still a great story. The characters were well-rounded, the "issues" realistic, and the heat off the charts. While we barely got a kiss in the first story, and a couple of them in the second, Daniel and Bryn didn't stop at kissing, and while the tameness of the first two stories worked, so did the heat in this one.
It was "short notice" yes, but believable and worked in the context of the story (the resolution of the main conflict) and the characters and their portrayal as well. And also offered a "cherry on the cake" of the whole collection.
Short and sexy. Loved it.