- File Size: 3247 KB
- Print Length: 176 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Books We Love (July 29, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 29, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008R39E7C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Reluctant Date (A Books We Love Romance) Kindle Edition
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I thoroughly enjoyed Reluctant Date, especially the powerful sense of place Ms. Claydon deftly creates with each change of locale. Her lush descriptions of Dolphin Key had me feeling the Florida sun on my face and the warm sand between my toes. I'll be re-reading this story next winter when the cold wind blows and there's snow on the roof. It's the perfect escape.
Since both of the pair aren't really interested in pursuing a relationship and make that clear to the other on their first meeting - and since neither are willing to admit that by the end of the evening that is no longer on the case as both are quite taken with each other - the whole story ends up being a series of misinterpretations by Claire and Daniel of the other's actions and feelings. These misunderstandings serve to keep the pair apart until the absolute end of the story and as such, even though I liked both of the characters, the romance just didn't work for me.
Still, while 'big misunderstanding' as the source of conflict is not a favorite trope for me, if you are looking for an old-school romance, this story is put together well and the author has a decent pedigree - she apparently wrote a lot of romances in the 80's as Anne Beverley.
(One really minor nit that I just have to mention is that the American contingent of the cast use some not so American expressions and terms in their speech as the author is from the UK 'side of the pond'.)
His brother who is grateful to Daniel for taking the time and effort to bring him back from the brink of death a little over a year ago, when his parents had abandoned him over his previous career choices. He is now happily married and is expecting his child. Carl wants nothing more than to see his older brother find his own soul mate and to be as happy as he is right now.. So unbeknownst to Daniel, Carl signs him up for a internet dating service. Daniel only learns about his brother's meddling ways right after arriving in London from a long trip. Carl sends him a text message saying that he has a date is waiting for him at a hotel dining room. Being the gentleman he is, Daniel goes to the hotel to meet the woman his brother had set him up with, although he arrives about 15 minutes late.
Claire Harris is badgered into joining a internet dating sight, by her best friend. She reluctantly agrees to twelve dates or twelve months, whichever comes first. At least it would get her friend off her back, or so she hoped anyway. On her final date, she's convinced that all the princes must have already been taken and now only frogs are left in the dating pool. She is so relieved that it's nearly over...that's when she meets Daniel Marchant.
When they first meet face to face that night, Daniel makes it very clear that he's not interested in dating anyone at all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice story with a good romance. Also a bit of education about dolphins and pelicans. Enjoyed.Published 10 months ago by Janet Walters
Sweetly written gentle romance story. Clean and interesting. Glad I read it.Published 10 months ago by Karen Felt
Though I was pretty sure I knew where the story was headed, and it was a little frustrating at times, I was totally involved with the characters. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by B. Matthews
I really did enjoy this lovely romance. What a beautiful place Dolphin Keys sounded, would love to live there. A very clean romance which took a long time to come to fruition. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by BevHarro
it was a nice story, a bit too short for my normal reading preference though. The characters were very likeablePublished on March 7, 2013 by Ginger Matthews
Assumptions and non communication create so many problems for this couple and their families. They change their views and learn that maybe their problems aren't as bad as they... Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by lhiga
Had good promise. While the book supposedly took place mostly in Florida, from the language used, you would have thought they were still in England! Made it very hard to read. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Claire and Daniel get fixed up on an Internet date. Both don't want a relationship then spend the evening making fun of friends that fixed them up on the date. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Luvaloha
Another heart warming romance from Sheila Claydon. Sheila is excellent at conjuring up very realistic characters that as a reader you want to get to know. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Liz