Title: Truth or Date
Author: Susan Hatler
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Hatco, Inc.
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Better Date Than Never # 2
Best Read in Order: Not Required
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About the Book:
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.
This is the second in the Better Date Than Never series, but I didn’t find any misses in my following the story. Susan Hatler has created a story that is easy to engage with, providing a sense of plausible situations in the all too frustrating world of dating. This was not a story filled with angst and drama with a capital D, it was a well-planned plot with characters that worked their way into your heart and mind as friends: these are people you want to know.
Gina spent ten years in a relationship that went no-where; unwilling to date men without commitment potential, her best friend dares her (after a games night of truth or dare) to go out with a solid, ready for commitment man: Ethan. While Gina should have jumped at the chance, if her head ruled the game, the lack of spark makes Ethan less than the perfect choice. Sparks fly like the 4th of July with Chris, an employee who is moving to another company but has never shown any interest in committing to one woman.
Thus begins the classic head versus heart debate for Gina, will she dare to take the chance for something wonderful that may break her heart? She has a terrific sense of humor, and is even aware of her own contradictions and limitations, and I see her as more of a romantic than she believes herself to be. The quick pace and ultimate resolutions in this story made a fun read for an afternoon, and the sweetness of the story was reaffirming to those of us who want to believe in the possibility of romance.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Susan Hatler is an international bestselling author who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.