- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Lindsey Brookes
- Audible.com Release Date: February 26, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U3OD86G
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Operation: Date Escape Audiobook – Unabridged
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At times I seriously wanted to choke Kelsie b/c at some point the fear is just...annoying. But despite that I would take this journey again and again, especially to get a glimpse of Cole's lone dimple!
I gave this book five stars because it kept me laughing and smiling almost the entire book. It's a funny romance, but at the same time serious. I would recommend it to friends and family.
Thank to Lindsey for a great book gonna go check out if she has others!
Well, ok, I have one issue. I cannot, cannot, cannot fathom why the mom and the friend won't leave the main character alone about dating. Hilarious, but painful, and I want to reach out and smack Kelsie for not putting her foot down and saying no. Of course, I want to reach out and smack her mother, as well.
that being said, the fact that I had such an emotional response to the situations is a pretty good sign that I was very invested in the characters. I LOVED Cole.
Cole is 34, and has been burned many times by women who insist that his beloved profession of the past 15 years as a fireman is just too dangerous for them to commit to him long term. He doesn't believe a woman exists who will resist trying to pry him loose from his job until he meets Kelsie. He is intrigued by the fact that she finds his dedication to saving lives nothing but admirable, but even so, there is a very big barrier to his natural desire to date this beautiful, feisty woman: she thinks he is too "perfect." The fact that he has no apparent flaws is a major red flag to her, because what if he turns out to be like her ex-husband, and all his flaws are simply hidden from view? Cole is determined to prove to Kelsie he is "imperfect" enough for her to take a chance on him, and thus begins their comic journey to love.
This novel is about half-and-half chick lit (whose distinguishing feature is amusing dating disasters) and traditional romance (known for its avoidance of romantic triangles and cheating as well as the much vaunted "happily ever after"). The main sources for the comedy in this book include: the quirky behavior of Kelsie's mother and best friend, Kelsie's daring escapes from the disastrous dates they foist upon her, including various rescues from said dates by Cole, as well as Cole's humorous attempts to woo her.
Kelsie works as a dental hygienist, which is an unusual profession for a romance heroine. I don't think I've seen that before. She is also a wannabe nonfiction author, writing an advice manual for women on how to "do as I say and not as I do" as a means for her audience to avoid dating debacles like the ones she has endured, which is another somewhat unique attribute in a romance heroine.
There is excellent chemistry between the two attractive, pleasing protagonists, and readers looking for a light, fun read will enjoy this book.
I rate this novel as follows:
Heroine: 4 stars
Hero: 4 stars
Subcharacters: 4 stars
Romance Plot: 4 stars
Chicklit Plot: 4 stars
Writing: 4 stars
Overall: 4 stars
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