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I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a series of fun stories, but each book is a stand alone. I find it better to review each book, and my reviews are below.
Driven to Date
Jill had always planned out her life. She has a old crinkled paper with her goals written down that she had written out after high school, that she had in her purse. 1- Graduate college at 21 (Done), 2. Graduate law school at 24 (done) 3. Obtain job at well - established firm (done), 4. Purchase house by 26 (done), 5. Managing position at 29, - 6. Partner at 35 (33, if possible).
Her life is thrown off balance when her law firm gave away her promotion to a nephew of one of the attorney's in the law firm. Jill has worked night and day, and deserved that promotion. When she didn't get the promotion, she realized her life has not been balanced for a very long time. Jill didn't have a social life, she didn't date, she didn't have hobby's. All she ever did was work. Her friend Kristen made her realize there was more to life, than just working.
Kristen made Jill promise to go to her wedding. Jill went to the wedding in a new dress, and ran into some friends. One of her old friends asked if she may be interested in working at her law firm. While they were talking Jill said she was there with a date. Her friend wanted to meet the date, the only problem was Jill came alone. With Jill's quick thinking she walked up to Ryan, (a good looking stranger) and asked him to play along. I loved the way he flirted with her, and called her buttercup. The two danced, and had a good time.
Monday was a interesting day at the office. Jill meet her new boss. The very man that took her job, and the very man she danced with at the wedding!!!
I found this book to be fun. I normally don't like books written in first person, but the story itself made it worth reading. Jill added balance to her life. She found time to volunteer to feed the poor, made more time to visit friends, and dated her boss.
Up to date
What I love about this series, is that Heroine is the one that goes after the Hero in the story. Jill pushed Greg away throughout the story. When she realized she wanted him, she didn't let fear of rejection stop her from asking him out. The story itself was good.
Jill worked a boring office job, and hated it. She donated her talent for decorating to a auction to raise money for a charity. Jill got fired, and she reached for dreams. She had a passion for decorating, so why not make it into a career? Greg was her new neighbor, and won the auction. The two had fun working together to decorate his apartment. Greg was a ER. doctor. Jill grew up with her dad being a doctor. The pressure at work would cause her dad to drink more and more. Jill was really scared of dating anyone in the medical field. You'll have to read to see how Greg won her over. I'm not a fan of books written in first person as I have said before, but I did enjoy this sweet and fun story.
This has been my favorite book in this series so far. Melinda pulled me right into the story. She lost her dad when she was 14. Her mother just found letters that her dad left to them. One for her mother, and one for her. That part of the story had me grabbing for the tissue box... Love a book that can make me cry. Her dad left her a list of things she had to do before she could get the life insurance. Her dad wanted her to seize the day. Nate was a boy that she shared her very first kiss with. He left town Shortly after that kiss, and never wrote, or called. Now he is back in town to help his dad. Nate's dad has been a friend of the family for many years. He was there for her family when her dad died. Melinda remembers working at Burney's bakery, and how much she loved it. Burney is now having health problems, and his doctors has told him that he shouldn't work. Melinda has never wanted to touch her dad's life insurance money, but now that she needs it to buy the bakery she has a list to finish before she can follow her dreams. The list was a fun list, like adopting a puppy. I really enjoyed this story! I enjoyed reading about Nate, and Melinda reconnecting, and getting to know each other again. The friendship never died throughout all the years apart, it picked right back up. Melinda didn't want to trust Nate, but her heart did. It was a sweet story. Real friendship is like that. It doesn't care how many years you go without seeing one another, real friends talk like you've been together every day.
Date and Dash
The last book in this series was fun and entertaining to read. Mary Ann had found memories of a bracelet that her granny would let her wear when she was a little girl. Mary Ann would be upset, and her granny would slip the bracelet onto Mary Ann's wrist, and her tears would stop.
Mary Ann slipped into her sister's house, and saw where her sister was going to a auction that afternoon. Mary Ann picked up the information about the action, and saw a picture of her granny's bracelet. She knew she had to get to the auction, and bid on that bracelet. That bracelet would mean the world to her. On the way there, she rear ended a man in a suit, that insisted on having a police report done. She knew she would be late, so she asked a friend to bid on the bracelet for her.
Once she got to the auction she won, but what she won was not her granny's bracelet. Turns out there was a mix-up on what her friend bid on. What she won was a series of dates, and a spot on a reality TV show. The person she was to date, was the very person she rear ended. Now that I have read all the books in this box set, it's a toss-up as to Déjà Date , or this book, Date, and Dash was my favorite... I really enjoyed both books, and can't decide.
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I've read a couple of the books in this series and really enjoyed them, but I completely fell in love with this boxed set! The stories can stand alone, but characters from other books do make appearances, so don't be surprised if you know how a relationship does or doesn't turn out.
The set starts out with a bang with Jill's story in Driven to Date. There is so much chemistry going on, almost right from the first page. Jill is a lawyer and when she loses out on a promotion, she grabs a guy at her friend's wedding to try and impress a potential employer. Ryan doesn't mind going along with the game. Jill is very committed her to work and has a list to accomplish by a very young age. Ryan is more laid back--he still gets his work done, but balances work with family and fun. They're good for each other, but sometimes being too opposite has it's disadvantages.
I love how the story is told in first person--it felt more intimate that way. Like I said, the romance is sizzling clean and I enjoyed the way the events unfolded, especially the ending.
Book 8, Up to Date, is Ginger's story, told in first person. She's got a talent for decorating, but is hesitant to break out on her own, until fate almost forces her to. In the previous book, she met Greg, but wasn't willing to have a long distance relationship. When he moves back to town, she realizes that she has to overcome her fears or spend a lifetime alone.
I love the references to Gilligan's Island--so much fun! I enjoyed Ginger's personality--she's more serious, especially about relationships and the future. As much as she tries to fight it, she's got sparks going with Greg and he's willing to be patient with her, but won't wait around forever. Ginger has fears and expectations to overcome and with that, big decisions to make. I loved the journey!
Deja Date, Book 9, is Melinda's story, told from her point of view. Melinda is a very "perfect" character, one who used to work with Ginger, but they were both laid off at the same time. She's intimidating. Because of her past, she's very disciplined and controlled, which results in her coming off as perfect, which scares the other girls off. Her dad passed away years before in a freak accident and only now does she discover a Carpe Diem list--one that she must do before she can get her inheritance. As with the other stories, Melinda has a lot to do in order to discover herself, get over her fears, and really live life.
She goes back to the bakery where she worked when she was younger and sparks are rekindled with the owner's son, Nate. The problem is, they're too different--he's adventurous and she's boring. I loved the chemistry! Ms. Hatler is a master at weaving those clean, yet toe-tingling moments and I enjoyed every single one of them.
Last, but not least, we get Mary Ann's story in Date and Dash. Mary Ann is the impulsive, crazy, and fun younger sister of Ginger (get the Gilligan's Island references yet?). Mary Ann makes a mad dash to an auction to buy her Grammy's bracelet that her mom sold off years ago and gets into a car accident. Good looking, but stuffy, Trevor makes things complicated for her and instead of bidding on the bracelet, she bids for a spot for a new reality show...and Trevor's her date! Now they have to convince the audience they're in love...but it may not be an act.
I love the way Mary Ann and Trevor come to learn more about themselves, Mary Ann especially. It is possible to be content with who you are, but compromises and change are sometimes necessary. Once again, sparks were flying off the pages and I couldn't get enough. I've come to know and love these characters and thoroughly enjoyed getting a glimpse into their lives. So much fun!
I'm going to go back and read the ones I haven't yet, and probably re-read the ones I have. This is a great series for a reader who loves light, clean, contemporary romance. Each story is short enough to read in a day, which is perfect for me. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this author's future books!
Content: mild romance (kissing, sparks, some non-descriptive mentions tongue); no language or religious elements. One story (#10) briefly mentions a mild abuse situation, but it's not graphic. Clean!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*