Series: Better Date than Never
Author: Susan Hatler
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: April 24, 2013
Publisher: Hatco Publishing
Gina Hall is done with men who won’t commit. Ten years waiting for her ex to propose wasted her time. Never again. When her friend Kristen starts a game of Truth or Dare, she dares Gina to go on a date with Ethan, who’s amazing and total marriage material.
As Gina plans the going away party for office playboy Chris Bradley, she spontaneously initiates a game of Truth or Dare with him. When his turn comes around, he dares Gina to pose as his girlfriend to help get a flirty colleague off his back. Gina finds playing couple with Chris way too much fun.
Even though Gina and Chris are pretending, their relationship begins to feel painfully real. Fearing she might be falling for another fly-by man, Gina must focus on Ethan so she doesn’t make the same dating mistakes all over again.
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In Love at First Date Gina finally dropped her boyfriend of ten years because he wouldn’t fully commit (to Gina, full commitment is marriage and kids). Now, she’s single, but still living with her ex, since he won’t move out. Kristen, one of the bridesmaids at her friend Ellen’s wedding has a solution. Gina would move in with her and Kristen has the perfect guy to set her up with. Newly single and utter marriage material.
Gina is determined to give it another go. First with a new roommate and second with a new guy. But, you see, there’s this another guy, a soon to be ex-coworker that’s sort-of roped her into a pretend date. Of course, it’s pretend. Chris is a serial dater, and Gina is looking for a serious commitment. Chris definitely isn’t a serious-commitment kind of guy...So why can’t she stop pretending to be his girlfriend?
This would’ve been a very good story if it wasn’t for the heroine and her fixation on marriage and children which she saw as serious commitment. Come on, she’d lived with her ex, was in a monogamous relationship...And what is it with the idiotic mentality that a woman must have a guy and/or be married with kids to feel fulfilled? A mentality subtly enforced by romance novels, if you ask me.
Anyway, Gina and her idiocy annoyed me like heck, since she kept pushing away a great guy. A guy who wanted the same thing as her, mind you, but she wouldn’t stop prattling (aloud or in her head) about serious commitments long enough to listen to him, to see what he was trying to communicate.
Also, as in the first story in the series, the stringing along of two guys at the same time bothered me, although in this one a little less, since the other guy was a complete bore.
Still, could’ve been better by scaling down on the heroine’s fixation.