Not Another Bad Date Mass Market Paperback – Apr 30 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
This yummy lovefest from Gibson (after Tangled Up in You) focuses on a familiar dilemma: how to end bad luck in love. At 35, successful Idaho SFF novelist Adele Harris has had it with losers who make fun of her big fat ass. She feels cursed—and she was, by old rival Devon Hamilton-Zemaitis, who stole Adele's first love, football star Zach Zemaitis. When Devon dies following an accident, she must remove the curse that's prevented Adele's happiness so she can go to heaven. Meanwhile, Adele gets a frantic call from older sister Sherilyn, who's divorcing her husband and has moved back to their old hometown of Cedar Creek, Tex.—where Zach now coaches high school football, and where Sherilyn needs help with her 13-year-old. Gibson keeps the action light but dead-on delicious in Adele's and Zach's sizzling second-chance-at love. (June)
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About the Author
Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats, and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car's broken glass all about. She told her parents she'd been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She's been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.
Top Customer Reviews
The hero was arrogant and self-centered and the heroine seemed somewhat bitter. The ending was so anti-climactic that I may as well not have even read the first 200 more pages.
It was a big disappointment and I will not take a chance on anymore Rachel Gibson books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Adele and Zach first met in their senior year in college. After dating for 2 months, and Zach taking Adele's virginity, he breaks up with her to marry his ex girlfriend who turns up pregnant with his baby. Adele's heart is broken but they both go on with their lives.
It is 14 years later, and Zach's wife has been dead for three years and stuck in between worlds. An angel grants her wishes, to use to help people for the good of the world, so she may one day be allowed into heaven. However, Zach's wife uses these wishes to cause problems to people she's always disliked. Like Adele, whom she's always been jealous of...and so she cursed her, that Adele will never have a good date.
Adele temporarily moves in with her pregnant sister because of complications with her pregnancy and ends up in the same town as her ex, Zach. From here on, is your typical romance, lots of sex, some laughs since its by Rachel Gibson, and of course your HEA.
And my review, why I gave this such low rating..... This book started out great, I giggled myself silly at times, both the hero(alpha hunk), and the heroine were both very like'able, very real people whom I could relate to. But gradually, I noticed a huge problem with this book, I honestly didn't think they really loved each other. More so from the hero's side.
After the huge break up, the hero seemed to have just moved on with his life, really without much regrets. Living it off as a star football player, living away from his legal wife and his daughter, having affairs after affairs. Mean while, the heroine was emotionally torn for years. Then they meet again, and he still didn't seem like he cared for her. It was mostly him whining about not having a sex life due to having a daughter living with him.
After seeing lots of sex, which were not up to Rachel Gibsons standards, and you'd stopped giggling 100 pages ago, feeling quite bored because you've lost your enchantment with the book, the hero acts like the biggest bastard, and the heroine is sick with love for him.... after he treats her like a nobody, and as soon as he says "I love you"... its all forgiven.
First of all, the love is so ridiculously unbelievable its laughable.... and the fact, the heroine takes him back, just like that, without a hint of graveling from the hero, made me loose all respect for her. Practically, the hero goes from saying he does not care for her, did not want her, to showing up one day to declare his love.. I mean where did that come from? I was left feeling he will end up being unfaithful to the heroine, and the heroine will put up with all sorts of crap from the hero... Not a good feeling to be left with after a romance.
All in all, one of the worst by this talented author. If this is your first by this author, know that her other books, like See Jane Score are truly wonderful.
When her sister phones her to come home to Texas to help her during her pregnancy and divorce, Adele does so. She doesn't want to be in Texas again, but she knows her sister needs her. When she bumps into Zach all she wants to do is run in the opposite direction. She has no feelings, good or bad, left over from her first love, but that doesn't mean she wants to create any new ones, either.
I really, really enjoyed this story. Having enjoyed Adele's crazy dating disasters and weird stalking ex boyfriend from the previous stories in this series, I loved finally knowing the reasoning behind all of it. I thought it was extremely clever and humorous idea and it added an interesting mix to this story.
The relationships in this story, not just Adele and Zach's, were compelling in their own right, and extremely realistic. Zach and his teenaged daughter, Adele's niece and friends, the sisters, I teared up a few times and laughed a whole lot. I think this is my favorite story out of the series and I found it really hard to put down; I struggled between one more chapter and responsibility several times, luckily I'm not that big on responsibility. I love books that make you giggle and this one had me belly laughing quite a few times. I thought this book was equal parts sweet and charming, sexy and sassy, fun and hilarious... Not a bad combo.
Although it's part of a series, it's written in a way where you can easily read this one on your own and not be lost. Enjoy!
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Cherise Everhard, May 2008
1. I love Rachel Gibson because she makes me laugh and makes her books believable. Yes, there were a few laughs in the first half of the book, but not enough--after all she's known for writing romantic comedy. Usually when she writes a book, the reader gets to see why the main hero/heroine loves the other. The reader didn't really get to see that. We were TOLD that. It was not believable that Zach just fell in love with her once she came back to Idaho. And for that matter, what did Adele love about Zach so much? I got the vague feeling that she loved him because he was her first. To me, that's total BS considering what century this took place in and how the writer tried to portray Adele.
2. I don't mind the hero's infidelity in the past, but he wasn't shown as a changed character. In RG's previous book, "Truly..." Nick showed that he was in love with the main heroine even though he was previously a player. The reader got the feeling that he loved her and would never think of cheating on her. There's not the same sense that I got here.
3. Zach gets away with everything. He doesn't grovel for his misgivings but expects Adele to forgive him. I like strong heroines. Not ones that are as malleable as the wind pushing a thin tree branch. I'm not saying that there shouldn't be a compromise but in each of her previous books, when the man or woman screws up... They apologized and showed that they cared in a big way. Especially since there are scenes depicting Adele as someone who doesn't take crap from anyone (i.e. when she confronts her brother in law in the hospital).
4. I liked the addition of teenagers but you didn't get to see Adele and Tiffany's relationship grow. I don't understand how someone having your father's children makes you like them instantly. Again, we were just told.
5. There was no point to Devon's character being in the story. PERIOD. If so, her storyline lacked development. Now don't get me wrong, I love the paranormal genre. But ask yourself honestly... If the ghost scenario hadn't been put in the book would it have really taken away from it? I would have much preferred it if those chapters were taken out and chapters were put in for the reader to understand Zach more. To make him more favorable to the reader.
All in all, I guess why I'm so disappointed is because I used to read RG's books and go to my hubby-- "Why can't you be like him?" much to his dismay... LoL. And this time, I read the book going, "I'm so glad you're not like that character."
The main complaint I have is the ghost of the hero's wife seems tacked on. Why try to be paranormal when the rest of the book clearly isn't? I liked the hero, as he was a man with flaws just like a real man. The heroine was OK, but her character needed lots more development to make me care more about her. The teenagers were sweet, but also needed more devolpment. I'd skip this.
This book is filled with great Texas humor, and really pokes fun at their obsession with all things football. Zach is a wonderful hero. He is sexy and funny but a bit jaded from his past. Adele is a successful author who has had a string of terrible dates. She can't help but feel the sparks with Zach after all these years, but she is rightfully cautious. They made a great couple.
I've read everything published by Rachel Gibson, and she really is one of my favorite authors. While this book will not go down as my all-time-favorite, I really did enjoy it a lot.
I will warn readers that the hero was not a faithful husband during his first marriage. I know this can be a big turn off for some romance fans, but given the full story of that marriage (they were separated...etc.) I felt it made sense and didn't take away from his character. I thought he was so great and sexy! Funny and hot. However, I know some readers are staunchly against this no matter what the situation may be.