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License to Date (Better Date than Never Series Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Kaitlin is through with the whole dating scene. Done, no more, zip, zilch, nada!!!! No more men...EVER!!!! She's going to enjoy fixing up her new house, the one that the 80's threw up in, and enjoy her life. That is until her two best friends make her a deal, a deal that's too good to pass up. She agrees to go on 5 dates and they will paint the inside of her house-for FREE! See, too good to pass up!
Ok, this is going to be easy. Snag every single man she can find, all the ones that people keep saying they're going to set her up with. One date every night starting on Monday and bam, bam, bam she's done and her friends can spend the weekend painting with her. Win-Win!!!
Oh Kaitlin, Ohhhhhh Kaitlin. Boy oh boy. Girl you need to remember the saying, our best laid plans.... just saying honey!
From date one, there is something out to spoil her plans. Why can't each date just come, not say anything and be done within a few minutes? That would be perfect. I have to say I loved all the different dates and the crazy situations that they sometimes put her in.
But one of the major kinks in her life plan is that bartender. The one who keeps smiling at her, won't leave her alone so she can prep for her first date. Then comes in her friends to watch and make sure she doesn't fake her date. Not only are they causing her more problems but now the bartender has overheard their conversation and knows why she's really there. Throw in more deals from her friends and this simple easy week has just grown more complicated, but hey more free labor always makes life look brighter...right?
Kaitlin is so much fun! I really just loved her character. I loved her relationship with her friends. She's hurting from past relationships and yet she is trying to find peace and joy in her life in a way that she can. But I loved how this book was able to help her heal and find peace from some of those relationships.
Paul, well what can I say about Paul other than the fact that he's something else. Wow! Yeah for those of you who like book boyfriends I can already tell you that you might, nope scratch that, you definitely would find one in him. Ugh, I keep starting to type different moments with Paul from the book but I just can't. I can't! If I tell you then it takes the fun out of the surprises for you. Lots and lots of fabulous surprises await you in this read. Let's just say it again...Paul's GREAT!
Now it is a shorter book and these books always end with a HEA so if you don't like the insta love stories then this may not be the book for you but if I could convince you to take a chance on an insta love book/series it would definitely be this one! Oh yeah!!!!
It's one that I really could go back right now and read again! If I didn't have several other review books piling up and a busy schedule right now then I would so go back and reread it right away. That's how much I loved it! Now you may not have that instant love for it like I did but whether you do or not, I think you'd enjoy it to say the least.
Content: clean. A couple heated kisses but nothing more than a kiss. Susan Hatler's books usually have some swoony kissing in them but are fun clean reads!
Kristen has had enough of men and dating! She has her new house to remodel instead. Besides it isn't like she has a stellar track record after all. Her fiance was cheating on her with her stepsister... And she found out at her bachelor party. What could be more embarrassing?! When her friends make a deal with her to paint the whole interior of her house she knows she has to do it. Five dates in five nights... No one said she had to be serious about it! Why is she so drawn to the handsome new bartender? Is she really ready to move on and start dating again? Should she take a chance? Or stick to her plan and the therapeutic remodeling?
***This fun *short* chiclit series is suitable for young adult through adult readers who enjoy *clean* romance and offbeat humor :)
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