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"It's been a long time since I've laughed this much while reading a book. I sat down and picked up The Guy I'm Not Dating not really intending to read it, just thinking I'd glance over a few pages. Two hours later I'm still ‘glancing over' those pages and laughing enough to make my husband ask, ‘What is so funny?' Later the same night, I turned to the last page and had to declare, ‘Loved it! Loved, loved, loved it!

"I can't recommend this book enough--no matter your personal stance on the dating game, you're going to get a kick out of Kara's misadventures. Perry proves herself to be witty and insightful, a combination that'll have you coming back for more. The characters are all realistic and lovable--okay, with the exception of the ones who aren't supposed to be--the plot is well developed and fresh, and the writing style is addictive. I was hooked from page one and am hooked still. You're never going to want to put down The Guy I'm Not Dating, even once you've finished reading it. It's a not-a-romance to set your heart aflutter."
--Roseanna White, Christian Review of Books

About the Author

Trish Perry is an award-winning, multi-published novelist. Before her novels, Perry published numerous short stories, essays, devotionals, and poetry in Christian and general market media. Perry holds a B.A. in Psychology, was a 1980s stockbroker, and held positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in several Washington law firms. She serves on the Board of Directors of CCW and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She invites you to visit her at trishperry.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; 1st edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736918728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736918725
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning novelist Trish Perry has written Unforgettable (2011, Summerside Press) and Tea for Two (2011), The Perfect Blend (2010), Sunset Beach (2009--winner, 2010 Greater Detroit RWA Award), Beach Dreams (2008), Too Good to Be True (2007), and The Guy I'm Not Dating (2006), all for Harvest House Publishers. She collaborated with several renowned authors on the devotionals Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days (Spring 2011) and His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT (Fall 2011) for Summerside Press. Her short Christmas novel, 'Tis the Season, is featured in Summerside's Love Finds You on Christmas Morning (2011), along with Debby Mayne's Deck the Halls. And her novella, Labor of Love, is included in The Midwife's Legacy, released June 2012 by Barbour.

Perry wrote a monthly column, "Real Life is Stranger," for Christian Fiction Online Magazine and was editor of Ink and the Spirit, the newsletter of Washington D.C.'s Capital Christian Writers organization for seven years. Before her novels, Perry published numerous short stories, essays, devotionals, and poetry in Christian and general market media.

Perry holds a B.A. in Psychology, was a 1980s stockbroker, and held positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in several Washington law firms. She serves on the Board of Directors of CCW and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She invites you to visit her at www.trishperry.com

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on October 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Kara Richardson decides that from now on she will take time to get to know a guy and just be friends before even thinking about dating. Then she meets Gabe Paolino and that no-dating decision becomes a problem.

Instead of being scared away by Kara's determination to just be friends, Gabe sticks tighter than super glue. He even offers to drive Kara to Florida to see her parents. They end up taking Gabe's teenage brother Ricco,and Ricco's twin sister Rachelle with them, plus Jake, Rachelle's boyfriend. Ren, Kara's friend is invited to go too, and Tiffany, a sultry blond who wants Gabe, invites herself along. Then they pick up Addie and Lurlene, Kara's elderly relatives. All that togetherness can't leave room for romance can it?

This is a fast-paced, warm, humorous story with a great Christian message. The characters are great. Don't miss this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By luvs2read on February 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Kara-- Physical trainer, klutz extraordinaire, but only in front of the guy she's so not dating.

Gabe-- Hot, sexy, caring, hunk-of-a-man, who is so not the guy dating Kara. Huh? Then just what are these two to each other? As if?!! Read, The Guy I'm Not Dating, to find out.

Jeremy-- British man... Hottie McLicious, who every woman shoves aside because he's... nice? Surely not. And just how does he fit into Kara's life?

Ren-- Best friend to Kara and almost divorcee. Or is she divorced? Hmmm. Also, Friend/co-worker to Jeremy, aka, Hottie McLicious. Potential romance between them? Does the book even mention that? And how does Kara fit into this threesome? I'll never tell. *smiling coyly"

Tiffany-- Pain in the backside and all out annoying bomb-shell, who wants Gabe all to herself. Can the sometimes breathy Marilyn Monroe imitator capture Gabe's heart? If you think I'm going to tell you, then you have another think coming. *grin*

Rachelle, Ricco, and Jake-- Cause of road trip. Seven, soon eight, almost strangers and some family members head from Virginia to Florida, where one will be added, and one will be left. Soon, another is added and four are left. Later, three are left. And then there was one. Which one? And who are all of these people, heading on this wild road trip, where one rescues a little girl from a squirrel. Or was that a badger? ~wink wink~ I know, but I'll never tell. You have to read the book and find out for yourself. Oh yeah, will the ones bitten by the critter have to endure a series of rabies shots? Hmmm.

Addie-- Oh! Oh! You'll love Addie! She's one amazingly forgetful, eccentric, bossy, fun-loving aunt. Or is she a friend? hmmmm. Just exactly who is this Addie woman to Kara, Morine, Stan and Lurlene?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy Wallace on August 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
The premise of this story was intriguing, but after reading the first chapter I was up till 2am reading, laughing, and thoroughly enjoying this delightful book.

The characters were endearing, the spiritual thread well-woven and heartwarming, and the ending...well, let's just say Trish knows how to write and wrap up a book packed with humor, insight, and a ton of fun.

Chick lit gets a bad rap for being bubblegum, but Trish's book was filet mignon. In the midst of the fun, there were deep insights into the world of dating and time honored wisdom shared within the pages of this story. The life issues touched on in this book~ divorce, aging, fear, and honesty~ were not wrapped up in nice little bows either. They were handled with integrity and hope, a very nice break from edgy for the sake of being edgy.

The Guy I'm Not Dating is a book I want my daughters and the teens I teach to read because the real life lessons within teach through the power of story. And the fun factor makes learning a pleasure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NoGreaterLove on March 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I had heard good things about this book, so I took it along on my honeymoon to read on the airplane. I could not put it down! It was easy to imagine Kara and Ren and Gabe as real people... they are so much like my own friends. Perry wrote a story that was funny, poignant, and not schmaltzy.

My husband read it, too, despite the pink cover & chick-theme. Once he picked up the book, he had a hard time putting it down, too- even on our cruise!

Hooray for a true romance & a fun read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sally Ford on February 26, 2007
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At last, moms of teenaged girls have a book their daughters will want to read that promotes friendship rather than sex on the first date. Trish Perry uses humor entwined around a realistic story to emphasize an important message. The book moves at a fast clip as the plot makes the reader feel part of the action. The characters are as real as the people in your neighborhood. This is a book I'll be recommending to my friends!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on October 1, 2006
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At first I didn't get the title, but after I read the story it made total sense.

Kara Richardson is a personal trainer at a gym. Gabe Paolino is a new deli owner in town. Both are Christians and drawn to each other. But they have a problem. Kara was burned in a prior relationship and promised herself she will stop dating men and be friends first. Then if the Lord leads...

Gabe is a fairly new Christian who attracts women like bees to honey, but he's only interested in one woman, Kara. The concept of not dating intrigues him so much he buys the book Kara references. Then he decides he likes the idea and they resolve to be friends. Friends who see each other A LOT. Friends who travel together with several teens, two hilarious old ladies, and one conceited woman who won't leave Gabe alone. Friends who share their hopes and dreams and discuss matters of the heart.

The laugh-out-loud adventures of Gabe and Kara, who are so incredibly attracted to each other, lead to some pretty tense, but poignant moments in this novel. So many times I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for one of them to grab the other. LOL! Great romance here, but also very clean! Well done!

An innocent desire to know each other more drives a lot of Gabe and Kara's behavior, but it tortures Kara that she's so attracted to him. However, she realizes there are traits Gabe has that have nothing to do with his looks, but have made him totally endearing to her. Like putting other people's needs before his own. That speaks volumes to Kara. Gabe is truly the ultimate hero. I loved him!
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