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Date Me, Baby, One More Time (Immortally Sexy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Rowe
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This delightful and witty paranormal romance debut features pretzel-eating dragons, cursed mathematicians, and a guardian of the Fountain of Youth in desperate need of a date. Original.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Rowe carves out her very own niche—call it paranormal romance adventure comedy—with this freewheeling series kickoff. The novel introduces Justine Bennett, the immortal guardian of the Goblet of Eternal Youth (an espresso machine named Mona), and her former bombshell of a roommate, Theresa Nichols, now an 11-foot-tall fire-breathing dragon. They've watched over Mona for 200 years, but now hunky pretzel mogul Derek LaValle is certain that beheading Justine and taking Mona will break the family curse that leaves every LaValle man dead at 31. If Justine fails to protect the Goblet by killing Derek, she'll face the Chamber of Unspeakable Horrors and her mother will be sent to hell as Satan's eternal love slave. Naturally, Derek and Justine fall for each other and start a rocky courtship full of he said–she said and "who tried to kill whom first" arguments. The leads spar winningly, and Rowe's lusty, maudlin Satan is hilarious. The plot gets tangled at times, and a share of the jokes—as well as the adult material—are straight up groaners (including sex-starved Justine fighting off the advances of an army of evil, gorgeous men called Penhas—say it out loud for full effect), but Rowe's wit and imagination make this a strong start for what should be a refreshing series. (May)
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*Starred Review* Thanks to a two-century-old curse, for four generations all of the men in Derek LaValle's family have departed this world as soon as they have lived for 31 years, 46 weeks, 4 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes, and 5 seconds. Derek's male relatives have been killed by everything from babies to lemonade to pet hamsters, and not only is Derek less than thrilled about his date with Death, he's worried about his twin, Quincy. There is only one way to break the curse--behead the Guardian and steal the Goblet of Eternal Youth--and Derek has only one week left. Justine Bennett has been the Guardian for two hundred years, and she's mighty tired of being celibate in New York City with only the shape-shifting goblet and her best friend, Theresa, who has been turned into a dragon, for company. Rowe's laugh-out-loud paranormal romance has a breakneck plot, delightfully bizarre situations, and the quirkiest of quirky characters: a lovesick Satan, a pretzel-addicted femme fatale dragon, and a goblet that changes into an espresso machine. Magically mirthful! Shelley Mosley
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Product Details

  • File Size: 935 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446617660
  • Publisher: Forever (December 19, 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000Z94TQM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celibacy and Pretzels: A Tale of Sex October 19, 2006
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Justine Bennett is a Guardian. She has been charged with protecting the Goblet of Eternal Youth known as Desdemona's Temptation (Mona for short). She has been doing this for some two-hundred years. During that time she has had to remain celibate due to Guardian rules. She lives with her appointed successor who was transformed into a dragon when she was appointed. Just when Justine is belaboring the dullness of her life, someone makes a play for the goblet (now disguised as a cappuccino maker). Also interested in the Goblet is Dereck LaValle. The men in his family are cursed to always die at the same age. His time and that of his twin is fast approaching. He believes that killing the Guardian and drinking from the Goblet will end the curse. Add Satan, Justine's dead mother, Satan's son and the Guardians Council and you have quite a twisted tale.

This is a book about sex. Justine has been unable to have sex for two-hundred years. Her successor is a dragon addicted to cybersex. For most of the book, every woman immediately thinks about sex whenever she meets a man (sounds like a man's dreams come true). There is no talk of love or romance until the last few pages (apparently love is the offspring of quenched lust). I found the plot quite interesting and sufficiently convoluted but I have to wonder at Dereck. At one point he learns that killing the Guardian and drinking from the Goblet will not end the curse. Yet for the rest of the book he still feels driven to have to kill the Guardian. Why? I don't know. It is one of two questions I have for the author. All in all this is a fun book but not one for those offended by excessive sex (even between different species). I look forward to the sequel. Check it out.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amusing . . . kind of May 4, 2006
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Maybe the problem is that I didn't read this book without interruption. I was about half way into it when I decided to read another book I was desperate to get my hands on, and when I came back to this one I just couldn't find it as funny anymore. What had been rather amusing soon became absurd and tedious.

In Date Me Baby One More Time, you've got Derek, one of the curse La Valle men who needs to find the Guardian of the Goblet of Eternal Youth and kill her, and you've got Justine, the Guardian, who has to kill Derek or else end up in the Chamber of Unspeakable Horrors. Justine and Derek are pretty cute, but it's the other characters who quickly got on my nerves. There's the Guardian's successor who is trapped as a dragon, has cybersex all day and has a serious addiction to carb free pretzels. There's Satan, yes Satan, which may seem kind of cool, but trust me, is not. He's written for laughs which aren't funny and no one takes him seriously. Dialogue like: 'My love pumpkin! I sense your distress! I come to rescue you!' speaks for itself and it's never a good sign when even an ex lover says such things as "Satan! Down! Stay!" as if he was a dog. Even worse than Satan is Satan Jr, and yes it's as ridiculous as it sounds.

When the books is more focused on our hero and heroine it's pretty good, and worth reading. It's only toward the end that the secondary characters and the plot spin out of control. If you like your humor bordering on the absurd then Date Me Baby is for you. If not, then forget about this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and inventive paranormal romance December 19, 2006
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I really enjoyed this book. Justine and her friend Theresa (who has been turned into a camisole wearing dragon) are Guardians of the Goblet of Eternal Youth. The fun begins when a hottie named Derek needs to kill the Justine and drink from the goblet to break a generational curse on his family-- all the males die in funny freak accidents at the exact age of 31.

Derek and Justine are wild about eachother, and are torn up because to survive, they need to kill one another.

There is a great cast of eccentric characters, the plot is fun and layered, and the dialog is hilarious.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, wild and hilarious read. The trick is to remember to not take it so seriously-- it was meant to be ridiculous. Oh, and the sex is hot.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely hilarious! July 6, 2006
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This book is so funny and sexy!! "Pretzel King" Derek is H-O-T and makes a perfect match with their romantic tension and bantering with the guardian of the goblet of youth (an espresso maker who doesn't say much but is certainly "perky" - pun intended) Justine. Justine's roommate a sex-kitten currently in the form of a dragon (who relieves her, ahem, "tensions" by an addiction to cyber sex) is a scream. Ms. Rowe has a crazy and fabulous imagination and I laughed out loud a lot while I read this book. She's an author to watch, that's for sure. A nice change from vampire novels and highly entertaining on every page!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely paranormal romance! August 29, 2006
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It's the first time i read a paranormal romance and i loved it! Great sense of humour,well built characters and suspense until the last page. Plus vivid descriptions of intimate moments between Justine and Derek. Get it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious read! January 14, 2007
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This is the funniest book I've read in a long time (since the first few Stephanie Plum novels) I was laughing out loud. I bought the book and then bought another one for my sister. This is a definate keeper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced August 3, 2007
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It was a lightweight read. Even lacking a lot of indepth characterization the plot moved along quickly and didn't bog down.

Justine is the Guardian of Desdemona's Temptation. Mona for short. She's currently in the form of an expresso machine. Justine shares these duties with her friend Theresa. Theresa as been turned into a dragon. Justine laments on how boring her life is and how much she misses having sex. It seems the Guardian is not allowed to have sex. It comes down to be careful what you wish for.

Justine foils an attempted theft of Mona, and instead of running to a new safe house, decides to stay put.

Derek LeValle is trying to end a curse which causes all male members of his family to die on their 31st birthday. By reading his ancestor's journal he determines the only way to stop the curse is to behead the Guardian and steal Mona.

When Derek and Justine come together, neither wants to kill the other. They work together to remove the curse and find a way around the no sex clause for the guardian.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute...
And sexy. I enjoyed the characters and the plot was unique. I enjoyed the surprises in the story. I'm going to get more by this author.
Published 2 months ago by kindle customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Romantic Comedy, easy read.
Published 9 months ago by P.A.S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Date Me, Baby, One More Time
I didn't like the characters or the story line. Whether they were human or supernaturals, they murdered off the helpless humans without compunction. The 'humor' fell flat for me. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jgtimm
4.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny!
First in the Immortally Sexy hysterically funny, paranormal-romance series based in New York City. The couple focus is on Justine Bennett and Derek LaValle. Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by Kathy Davie
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I really wanted to like this book. But the main character is annoying, the plot could have been good if she was a better writer, and satan talks like Puss in boots (only dumber). Read more
Published on November 7, 2011 by Stephanie Bolen
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain Awful!
All I have to say about this book is I gave it 8 chapters in and it is completely annoying. The writer writes like a teenager would for a summer book assignment. Read more
Published on May 17, 2011 by Jennrosey
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and funny.
This was a cute and very funny book but not what I was expecting. I laughed out loud a couple of times mainly due to Satan's wooing of the main character's mother. Read more
Published on March 21, 2009 by Jessica M. Mcgee
4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY!!!
I really enjoyed this book. Cute story, great characters, well written!! I laughed out loud. Already ordered the other 3. Can't wait to get my hands on them. Read more
Published on January 5, 2009 by T. Sotolongo
5.0 out of 5 stars Date Me, Baby, One More Time
Derek is trying desperately to stop the curse that is killing the men
in his family. Each man dies on their thirty first birthday. Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by M. Nix
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Creative Supernatural Chick Lit!
There is nothing boring when it comes to a chick lit novel about an immortal guardian named Justine, whose sole purpose in life is to protect Mona, a Goblet of Eternal... Read more
Published on October 15, 2007 by C. Crockett
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More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is the author of more than 40 novels, including her popular Order of the Blade and NightHunter paranormal romance series. Stephanie is a four-time nominee of the RITA® Award, the highest award in romance fiction. She has won many awards for her novels, including the prestigious Golden Heart® Award. She has received coveted starred reviews from Booklist, and Publishers Weekly has called her work "[a] genre-twister that will make readers...rabid for more."

In additional to her paranormal romances, Stephanie also writes a thrilling romantic suspense series set in Alaska. Publisher's Weekly praised the series debut, ICE, as a "thrilling entry into romantic suspense," and Fresh Fiction called ICE an "edgy, sexy and gripping thriller." Equally as intense and sexy are Stephanie's contemporary romance novels, set in the fictional town of Birch Crossing, Maine.

A life-long reader, Stephanie began crafting stories at age ten, but didn't realize it was her dream until she was an adult. Once the light dawned, she immediately left behind "work" as the world defines it and went to "work" as she defines it, which means getting up every morning with a smile in her heart so she can spend the day doing that which makes her spirit sing.

Stephanie believes in learning to listen to your heart in order to figure out what your dreams are, and then opening yourself to the inspiration that will direct you there. She believes we all deserve the right to enjoy life, and for the ride to be as easy as we want it to be, and that we all should accept nothing less than making our dreams come true.

Stephanie lives in New England, and spends every day doing her best to fill it with people, observations and activities that uplift her soul, which include writing, hiking with her rescue dog, friends, and her amazing family.

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