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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Susan Hatler
- Audible.com Release Date: October 20, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076KRTXLW
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License to Date: Better Date Than Never, Book 6 Audiobook – Unabridged
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What's a gal to do? Give in, of course. But conditionally.
Kaitlin surrenders to her two loving, busybody besties, but is determined to outwit them at their own matchmaking game by engineering a five-date, five-night sprint to the finish line of getting their dating agreement over and done with. She will meet each of five men for a brief date, with no intention of letting the connection go beyond that for any of them.
Unfortunately for Kaitlin's heart-protection plan, she's barely at the starting gate of her dating race when, while impatiently waiting for her tardy first date to meet her at the bar of a swanky local hotel, she encounters a handsome, blue-eyed bartender close to her own age of 28, whose wit and empathy draw her unwilling romantic interest.
This is not a full-length romance novel but rather a story that is a bit longer than a novella. As such it is a fast read. Unlike this author's actual short stories, given an additional 15-20,000 words to maneuver in, the author avoids offering up "insta-love" between the protagonists in order to speed up the progress of the relationship. As is usual in all of this author's works I've read so far, and seems to be very much part of her "brand," this story is not merely a "slow burn" romance, it is G-rated, with only light kissing toward the last part of the story.
This book is as much "chick lit" as it is a romance novel in that it contains key traits of chick lit that are not hallmarks of romance, including in particular: dating disasters and the use of first-person point of view.
The romantic protagonists of this story are a bit one-dimensional, especially the hero, since we never hear his thoughts. Much like in two other stories by this author that I have read, the hero is a saintly, Beta Male. Given that Alpha Male, "Bad Boy" heroes are rife in romantic fiction, I myself enjoy that this author seems to specialize in Clark Kent type, positive heroes vs Dark Knight type anti-heroes. The latter gets rather redundant and predictable after a while in modern romance.
Personally, I'm not usually a fan of romance novels written in first person. It has a tendency to make any protagonist sound rather narcissistically immature and self-involved, and is much better relegated to the young-adult genre. However, given that this author writes romantic comedy, it is not a bad choice for the purpose of humor to use first person. It makes it easier to reveal to the reader that the protagonist will be traveling an important and interesting growth arc, which is ever-green in romance fiction. That is, the cynical, "burned by love" protagonist who has sworn to never take a chance on love again.
In addition, given the fact that, in one form or another, the key romantic conflict of every romance novel is the journey of distrust to trust, this isn't actually a cliche for a romance novel, it is a crucial element of it--rather like a dead body in a murder mystery and the need to figure out "whodunnit." The only difference from novel to novel is how well that journey is portrayed based on the uniqueness of the protagonists in a given book. This author does a good job of offering distinct characters and an intriguing version of that essential journey, which held my interest throughout. As a very jaded reader, it is high praise for me to say I didn't skim over any part of this story.
To sum up, given that this author is known for writing romantic comedy, or at the least, very mild drama, this story is true to her brand. It provides pleasant, romantic entertainment for those looking for a quick, light, angst-free, sex-free read.
I rate this story as follows:
Heroine: 3 stars
Hero: 4 stars
Subcharacters: 3 stars
Setting: 4 stars
Romance Plot: 3 stars
G-Rated: 4 stars
Writing: 4 stars
Overall: 3.5 rounded to 4 stars
Right off the bat, as she's waiting for Date #1, she meets an amazing new bartender, Paul, and can't stop thinking about him. He seems to turn up everywhere she is and as they get to know each other, she can't help but wonder if he could be the one to finally help her move on.
I loved the rappelling scene--so romantic! I love the fact that you really can't truly judge someone, their intent, and who they really are by the superficial traits that are obvious. This one is completely swoonworthy. I really loved the characters, their interactions, and their personalities.
Content: some kissing (French kissing once, but not graphic); mild innuendo. Clean!
It's perfectly obvious that the "bartender" is actually the owner of the hotel -- but that's totally OK in a book like this. The 'bad' guys aren't even really bad guys -- eccentric and afraid of heights is about as bad as it gets, since our heroine's cheating ex-fiance is only mentioned in passing. Only momentary misery is mutually inflicted as they quickly stumble their way to a happy ending.
It made me smile.
Kaitlin is so done with guys. Her friends on the other hand wants Kaitlin to start dating again. All Kaitlin wants is to focuses on remolding her new home. Her friends said they would offer free labor, and help paint, if she would go on 5 dates. She can't turn down free help. She intended on going on 5 dates in 5 days, and by the weekend she would have her friends painting her house.
You will just to have to read this delightful book to see if she find that special someone.