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Not Another Bad Date (Writer Friends Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Gibson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What does a gal have to do to get a good date in this town?

Adele Harris can't even begin to answer that question. She's had so many lousy dates that she's sure she's cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he's lost his mind—and his manners? Adele thought life couldn't get any more confusing . . . until she learns the marriage of her seemingly Miss Perfect sister is on the rocks. So she goes back to their hometown to give her a shoulder to cry on, only to run smack into Zach Zemaitis . . . the one who got away.

Texans love God, family, and football, though not always in that order

Zach, a former pro star, knows all about football. As for the other two, well, he's doing his best. But when Adele comes charging back into his life—still all lush curves and beautiful, big blue eyes—he wonders if his best is good enough. After all, he did her wrong. Can a woman with her track record ever really believe that he's serious this time . . . or is he destined to be another bad date?

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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

With the publication of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson's first book,readers discovered one of contemporaryromance's freshest voices. Four of her novelswere named among the Top Ten Favorite Booksof the Year by Romance Writers of America.She has won numerous awards, includingBorders Bestselling Romantic Comedy, National Reader's Choice, and two RITA® Awards for the Best Single Contemporary Romance Title of the Year.

Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California andnow makes her home on an Idaho farm.She's experienced life in such diverse waysas working in a Hollywood recording studioto chasing down wayward steers. Only onething has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily-ever-after.

Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of Harvardand a former news promo producer. The childof academics, she confounded her family bypreferring romance novels to . . . well, anyother books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husbandand stepdaughters. She's no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

Product Details

  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061178047
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010SEOHQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Shallow... Where is the Love? June 2, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lots of SPOILERS: Please do not read this review if you do not want any.

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.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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14 years ago Adele Harris gave her heart and virginity to Zach Zematis, up and coming football star. He took both, and then returned her heart broken. She left college mid term, unwilling to face him day after day. She got over him, eventually, but unfortunately she has been unlucky in love ever since. For the past three years she has gone on dates that start off good than turn to just plain bizarre. Convinced she is cursed to make all potential suitors nutty, she has sort of given up on love.

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.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 12, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Many people do not understand why there have been such low reviews for this book, hopefully I can explain.

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).

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Could not put it down!
An adult woman novel of true love.....we all dream of!
The best ever! Read it!
Published 20 days ago by Jacqulyn S. Champion
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Gibson never disappoints
Fun read, great characters and witty dialogue. My favorite recipe for my reading choices. Love Rachel Gibson's books. She never disappoints!
Published 29 days ago by L. Renee Nickel
5.0 out of 5 stars Gibson delivers the goods
Am on my sixth read. This is perfect romance. Adele at 35 has been without a good date for 3 years. She calls it a curse....and it is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LovingRomance
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Another Great Book!
A co-worker recommended this jewel, and I'm so glad I followed up on her suggestion. Rachel Gibson's writing style is similar to my outlook on life--sarcastic, humorous and filled... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chanta Rand
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book, after the characters were developed I couldn't put it down! I wanted to know what was going to happen next and if/ when they were going to get caught! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kelsie Benike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 5 months ago by Robin S. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Sometimes a girl just can't catch a break with dates. From one catastrophic man to another, Adele begins to believe she is cursed. Is she? Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Heness
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read by Rachel Gibson.
I loved the story line of this romance so much that I couldn't put it down. It is a great believable story with a heartfelt ending. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ashley R Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really like this Book and rachel Gibson gives all her cariters great personality. Easy read love all her books
Published 8 months ago by Lea N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Another Bad Date - A fun and sexy story - Loved it?
Out of the four book series I liked this book the best. Everytime I need a lift or a break between other books I pull out this book to read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bonnie P.
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More About the Author

With the publication of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Gibson's first book, readers discovered one of contemporary romance's freshest voices. Four of her novels were named among the Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year by Romance Writers of America.

Rachel's storytelling career began at the age of sixteen when she ran her Chevy Vega into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper and broken glass from the ground, and drove to her high school parking lot. With the help of her friend, she strategically scattered the broken pieces and told her parents she'd been the victim of a hit and run. They believed her, and she's been telling stories ever since.

When not writing, Rachel can be found boating on Payette Lake with Mr. Gibson, shopping for shoes, or forcing her love on an ungrateful cat.

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