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Up to Date (Better Date than Never Series Book 8) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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On and on and on Ginger droned about her dad's drinking being why she can't try with the hot ER doc Greg who clearly wanted her. Not quite sure why he kept trying after all the times she turned him down.
How many times did she have to explain why she was turning him down? We get it! Your dad was a raging alcoholic ER doc who dealt with the stress and sadness of what happens in the ER with booze and so you didn't want the same life. How many times do you have to explain it in the book? Once or twice would have sufficed.
Her sister Mary Ann was ridiculous and took advantage of her. Getting facials but can't afford her half of the rent? Grow up and quit covering for her! And her mom. Seriously, how old are you that you'd let your mom get away with controlling your life?
By the end I wasn't even rooting for her to get the guy - he was too good and nice for her and she was too stubborn and judged people not by their behavior but by her dad's behavior. I also found it frustrating that even though she was adamant she didn't want kids, she all of a sudden changes her mind after feeling her friend's baby move in her belly at a shower. Eye roll.
The one thing I liked was the characters, even the cats, being named after Gilligans Island characters.
Ginger was taught early on that stable life is better, except her office manager job (glorified title for secretary) is boring her out of her mind. Her passion was interior decorating. Also, her dad was an ER doc that drove him into alcoholism and that basically turned her off to all forms of alcohol... and ER doctors, even the hot gorgeous ER Doc called Greg Shaffer. Ginger thought donating a "home makeover" design package for her friend's charity auction is the perfect way to test the waters... and forget Greg, who decided that's someone who will break her. However, she did not count on Greg buying the condo above her... and winning the auction. Now Ginger was forced to redecorate Greg's place... and reevaluate Greg... and her own insecurities toward feelings beyond that of "safe and stable"...
This romance was really one sided, as it's all Ginger trying to resolve her feelings toward everything: mainly her career change, and her attitude toward love. Yet when "safe and stable" makes her miserable, how will she break the mold? Greg was just there for the ride, so to speak. Basically, Greg was there to help her and make her see that ER Docs won't all turn into her alcoholic father. That made the ride less satisfying than it could be.
Ginger took forever to get through college because her parents talked her out of her Art Degree into a business degree. All she had wanted was to decorate but now she was stuck in a job she hates. Her friend has started a foundation for helping others and they are having a fund raiser. She donates a decorating job for the auction. She is secretly horrified that no one will sign up. Her friend lines her up with a blind date. He's a ten, she can't really find anything wrong with him except there is no chemistry. He does talk about his ex, a famous supermodel all the time. All she could think about was a man she met at one of her friends wedding. She fell hard for him but he is an ER doctor just like her father. She watched him struggle with each death and turn to the bottle, she wouldn't live like that. At the fund raiser she finds out he has moved back to town and soon learns he has move up over her apartment and guess who wins her makeover. How can she do this without losing her heart totally.
Greg Shaffer moved back to town because he couldn't get Ginger out of his head. She had refused with him because she didn't do long distance dating. He didn't know he moved in to her building until after the sale. When he wins the makeover he does everything he can to win her heart but she fights him all the way.
A delightful story. I know you are going to enjoy each moment.
The night of the event, she wasn't anticipating seeing Greg there while she was out with a date. Greg and Ginger once almost fell in love, but with Ginger's reservations on him being a surgeon she's passed on the opportunity to allow a relationship to develop further. When she finds out that Greg has won the free home makeover, she is determined to keep things on a professional basis only. However, now he's living upstairs from her at her condo unit and her meddling sister has her heart set on involving Greg in their lives with or without Ginger's permission.
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The main character, Ginger, hates her office job + when she gets laid off, try's her skills as a decorator, her lifelong...Read more