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Jill Parnell is called into the conference room to meet with her bosses. Her last five years have been for this moment. Her boss had stepped down and she was going to be promoted. Life didn't get any better than this. She soon finds out that the partners had hired on of their nephews to fill the position.
Five years wasted. She contacts a friend's fiancee who happens to be a therapist. Kirsten meets her at the hair salon; she has her stylist cut and highlight her hair, tells her to go get a fun dress to wear at the wedding and then tells Jill she needs balance in her life and have fun. Jill goes to the wedding and meets a competitor who is interested in hiring her but wants to make sure she has a life outside of work so she pretends to be dating the hot sexy best man that had flirted with her earlier. He agrees to be her boyfriend for the night, including one hot kiss on the dance floor.
Ryan Shaw has just been hired by his uncle to take over the Managing Attorney for the Personal Injury Department. He has worked hard for this position and was thrilled to get the chance to take over. The week end before his first day he attends the wedding of his best friend and meets the woman he has searched for all his life. After an amazing night and a kiss that knocked his socks off he discovers Jill was the woman who was suppose to get his promotion.
A journey of two people drawn together in a world that was trying to tear them a part. How can they trust each other. Ryan's a player right? Jill's been hurt by every man she's known. How can they have a future? It's a great read.
Ryan Shaw met Jill on a common friend's wedding and they hit it off. Another promising job got Jill all excited that she was willing to hire a ten-minute boyfriend just to impress a possible new colleague. After she realized who Ryan was, she needed a plan to put into action, and she'd do everything to make it happen.
I'd like to call this story, It Started With A Kiss, because that's how I saw Jill and Ryan's partnership started. But after reading the entirety of this lawyer romance, Driven to Date is indeed the deserving title. I loved how Jill had pursued her plans and showed so much drive to achieve her goals, by changing the person she initially was. I liked that she was open to criticisms and listened to pieces of advice even if it tore her heart. Ryan Shaw was the ideal man, despite getting called a player or someone with a short attention span for ladies. He had proven that there was more to him than meets the eye, and he always got me with his buttercup charisma.
Susan Hatler, as always, make the readers swoon and feel in love with her stories and characters. I loved that this one has clean, slowly burning romance that got me giddy like a teen. Jill and Ryan may have driven me crazy with their complicated love affair, but I was more than happy to plead guilty for being crazy in love.
I pulled that from Susan Hatler's author bio. I think it sums up perfectly about her books and the characters in her books. I've really enjoyed the books I've read so far by her. The characters are generally optimistic and good. They are motivated, kind, and have struggles just like everyone. I love the interactions between characters, even though not all interactions end positive, sometimes they have to work out problems and sometimes everyone is happy.
Jill is a very successful lawyer who spends practically all her time focusing on her goals, which ultimately lead to her making partner in the law firm she works for. Unfortunately there is a major upset at work and she is not offered the position that has opened which would lead her into partner in a few years. Jill is very upset by this and realizes that she doesn't really have any friends whom she can call to talk about her feelings and what has happened. She grasps at the fiance of a friend who happens to be a counselor. Kristen asks Jill if she ever takes time for herself or if she is always too busy with work. What does she do for fun? Work, workout, clean, work...you get the picture. Jill needs to reanalyze her priorities and decide if she truly wants to continue on the path she is on or if she is ready to allow for happiness and fun in her routine.
While at the wedding of her friend Ethan and Kristen she sits by a very prominent lawyer whom she admires. This lawyer is very impressed with her as well and says if she can prove that she's committed to life and relaxing as much as she is to work then she would love to have Jill come work for her. Jill, who of course doesn't have a boyfriend or social life, grabs the best man to pretend to be her boyfriend. Sparks fly and the lawyer is convinced but wants to continue to see Jill enjoying time outside of work.
Jill heads back to work on Monday trying to find a balance and figure out how to convince this lady she's perfect for the job. Monday is also the day she gets to meet the lawyer who was given her promotion...you guessed it, the best man from the wedding. Ryan is too gorgeous and too perfect and catches too many female's eyes that Jill doesn't think she can trust him and honestly, she doesn't have time for this in her life-she has work to do.
Will Jill find something in her life worth giving up her lofty goals (or reevaluating them) for? Will she fight for her position and not let Ryan get too close because of his betrayal? Will she ever allow fun to be part of her routine or will she continue to work and clean and workout? Will she realize that she has friends all around her yet was too consumed to recognize it?
Really a fun novel. I really like the way that Susan Hatler writes her characters, with a weakness or shortcoming that can be fixed if the character is willing to allow change and growth to occur. It is not just her MCs that experience this but many characters within each novel, and many times those characters have a whole other book to show that development and growth.
No graphic violence or sex, some heated kisses but nothing beyond.
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Short story that kept me interested . I could guess what was going to happen next but still enjoyed story.