Love at First Date, Book #1
Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person.
When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him.
Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance?
Truth or Date, Book #2
Gina Hall is done with men who won’t commit. Ten years waiting for her ex to propose wasted her time. Never again. When her friend Kristen starts a game of Truth or Dare, she dares Gina to go on a date with Ethan, who’s amazing and total marriage material.
As Gina plans the going away party for office playboy Chris Bradley, she spontaneously initiates a game of Truth or Dare with him. When his turn comes around, he dares Gina to pose as his girlfriend to help get a flirty colleague off his back. Gina finds playing couple with Chris way too much fun.
Even though Gina and Chris are pretending, their relationship begins to feel painfully real. Fearing she might be falling for another fly-by man, Gina must focus on Ethan so she doesn’t make the same dating mistakes all over again.
My Last Blind Date, Book #3
It’s Valentine’s Day and Rachel Price has a choice: Stay home and watch TV with her loveable doggy or let her best friend, Ellen, set her up on a blind date. What to do….
Ellen says the guy is a “10,” but the last guy she set her up with was a “–5.” Rachel’s been flirting with coworker Noah Peterson and she’s hoping he’s noticed. Then, she finds out Noah has big plans. Even worse, he advises Rachel to go on the blind date!
Should she play it safe and spend the Hallmark holiday with her loyal pooch, Chester, or risk another dating disaster by trying yet again for love?
I had previously purchased the first two of the these books while they were on sale and also have a couple of the later ones in the series that I must have picked up on the free days. I hadn’t gotten around to reading them so when I found the first three in the boxed set on Net Galley I was pretty excited to schedule time for them. I am not going to go into much detail in them as they are summed up well in their synopsis and are all pretty short. I will however give you the reading order of the first seven at the end of this review. (I was able to find all six in a box set and get the reading order!) which is exciting as I would love to read them all.
I really enjoy Susan’s style of writing. It is fun and lighthearted. I noted so many places that had me giggling out loud or snickering to myself. They are all about a group of friends who are hitting the thirty mark and either leaving relationships and getting back into the dating world or finding their matches. They are cute, short, have happy endings. Very easy and quick reads and I enjoyed them immensely. I love that I am getting to read about ladies in a more mature age group finding love. While I love my New Adult books, I am much further along than that age group and can probably relate a lot better to the ladies in these books. It didn’t hurt that the first book, Love at First Date, involved an adorable puppy going to obedience class. Me being an animal lover, it definitely pulled the heart strings and added some relatablility factor to it. And while the books do end in HEA’s, the women are far from optimistic in their futures with dating.
Susan has the first six in a box set on Amazon so if you are interested in reading them, I would definitely go that route. While all the books are about characters that are intertwined with the series, I do believe they could all be read as stand-alones. The first three that I read certainly could. I look forward to continuing this series and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, funny, fast, quick read! I will be adding her other books (not sure if they are part of series or not, I need to do some more research) to my wish list. Series Order: Love at First Date Truth or Date My Last Blind Date Save the Date A Twist of Date License to Date Driven to Date is book #7 according to Amazon There is another book on her author page, An Unexpected Date, however I do not know for sure if it is part of this series or not.