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Project Date (Zebra Contemporary Romance) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Contemporary Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821780298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821780299
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,356,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philomena Donovan's boyfriend, Barrington Emery Wallace III, has money and prestige, but he kisses like a St. Bernard. As soon as she breaks up with him, her parents invite her and Barry to her perfect sister Daphne's thirtieth birthday party. Mena's parents are Barry's biggest fans, and he is the only thing about her they approve of. Following her lifelong habit of trying to please her mother and father (albeit unsuccessfully), Mena decides to get her boyfriend back. But there's a glitch: Barry has replaced Mena with another woman. Using television hero MacGyver's planning tactics, Mena decides to date Barry's best friend, the stunningly handsome boxing instructor, Riordan McKenna, to make Barry jealous enough to leave his new love. But instead of the results she expects, Mena finds herself falling for the hunky Rio, a man her parents definitely won't endorse as son-in-law material. Perry (Project Daddy, 2006) has fashioned a hilarious romp with clever characters, especially Mena; her best friend, Matt; and Mena's insect-collecting, environmentalist parents. A sure-to-please, entertaining romantic comedy. Mosley, Shelley

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"A wacky romance that keeps readers laughing while touching them at the same time." Romantic Times"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janet on October 19, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading Project Daddy, I ran to get Project Date. The same sarcastic humor was there. It was definitely funny (laugh out loud throughout) and witty. The big problem I had with it was the main character, Philomena. She was shallow, self-centered and not likable. The way she treated her sister, all because she was jealous of her not because said sister was a bad person, was appalling. The way she broke up with her boyfriend was callous. It's no wonder he warned Rio about her untrustworthy ways. The only bright spot about her was the way she was with Rio, her hero. He brought out the best in her. Too bad they didn't begin a relationship until the book was half done. I nearly quit up to that point and gave up on the story. Rio was the saving grace of the book. When he found out what Phil had done I didn't blame him for his response.

Another weakness was introducing the mysterious Magda, but the reader never finds out what she is about or why she was even in the story. I was left hanging on that one.

It's a shame, as Perry clearly has writing talent. She has great humor and showed in Project Daddy she can also write emotionally taught scenes. If she could just write a good heroine the reader can sympathize with she'd be great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Hatler on February 3, 2008
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Philomena Donovan gets devastated when her parents fawn over her sister, Daphne. Heck, Mena can't even get her parents to attend her graduation. Then, surprise! Mom admits she loves Mena's boyfriend. Finally, she gets the approval she's always craved. Only problem, Mena and Barry broke up!

Thus begins PROJECT DATE: Mena must find her true love before Mom and Dad notice Barry's history. Next comes a series of disastrous dates that will have you laughing aloud and cheering for tech-savvy, Philomena Donovan. And when Mena meets hot boxing instructor Rio McKenna...the sparks FLY!

Kate Perry does it again. She's created fun, whacky characters that deal with everyday problems like sibling rivalry, parental approval, and finding Mr. Right. If you're looking for a fun escape, I highly recommend reading PROJECT DATE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean M on November 6, 2007
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My first book by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. Perry truly has an amazing talent! I laughed out loud so many times. The character of Mena really resonated with me and I especially enjoyed her techie humor. All of the characters were fun and though I grew up with a brother, I could totally empathize with Mena's sister and their dysfunctional relationship. I enjoyed this book so much that I purchased four more copies for my friends. I loaned my copy to my boss's wife and three days later he came in grumbling about how she woke him from a dead sleep because she was cracking up. If you don't enjoy this book, I will be really surprised!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sc_reviewer on February 7, 2009
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After reading Project Daddy (which I found hilarious - especially as the main character was endearingly clueless), I was eager to read this. After a few weeks wait time to get from my local library, I dived right in as soon as it was in my hot little hands. Mena is a whacked-out, passive-agressive, screw-up, IMO. Yes, I think she had somewhat-justified issues regarding her parents lack of attention (which she should have addressed with them long ago), but please! - can we say self-absorbed and involved here? I mean, come ON honey, the world doesn't revolve around any of us. We deal with what is our life, understand people are not perfect, change what we can for the better and get on with it, already! I gave this book 3 stars because it was enjoyable and chuckle-worthy in a few spots: 'albatross around the neck; what does a bird have to do with anything' (smickle). And yes, I realize this is only a BOOK but, still... ;-). I will continue to be on the look-out for more of Kate Perry's contemporary, funny, romance. I believe she will only get better as time goes on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By s.a.h.momma on September 14, 2008
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I enjoyed Kate Perry's first book: Project Daddy; but when i read the couple of reviews for this one where they didn't like the main character I put this book on the back burner.

Then when I started reading this book, Project Date, I got so nervous that it was the exact same basic plot from Project Daddy that I almost didn't want to read it. But once I hit about the middle of the book I had a hard time putting it down. It's a light hearted read that will put a smile on your face.

The main character, Philomena (Mena), has stood in her sister Daphne's shadow her whole life. But for once, her parents think something is great about Mena: her boyfriend.... who she just dumped. Whoops. Mena goes on a wild goose chase of bad dates to find someone her parents will adore and then happens to find someone better than who her parents would adore.... she find the man she loves.

I'm glad I gave this book a chance. It was cute, and I really like Perry's sense of humor. I look forward to reading the next book she puts out.
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PROJECT DATE - the second book of Perry's Family and Love series turns out to be a very good book. At the beginning I was having trouble with Mena's childhood baggage she's carried over into adulthood - but she finally sees the light and makes some life changes as she's about to lose the love of her life. With the dynamics this author has - she could have gone off into many different directions; however she stayed focused on 2 people who was going together originally, then broke up and each found their "soul mates." The story ends up with 5 stars from me. Happy reading to all.
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Kate has tangoed at midnight with a man in blue furry chaps, dueled with flaming swords in the desert, and strutted on bar tops across the world and back. She's been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, had her butt pinched in Florence, and been serenaded in New Orleans. But she found Happy Ever After in San Francisco with her Magic Man.

Kate's the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels and Summerhill series, plus a few other books thrown in. She's been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she's big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love.

Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she's wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh...