Justine Bennett faces a huge dilemma; can she kill the man she could love in order to prevent her mum from being sent straight to Hell into the arms of a besotted Satan and herself from an eternity in The Chamber of Unspeakable Horrors? After 200 hundred years pretty much stagnating as The Guardian of Desdemona's Temptation (aka Mona the cup of eternal life) with only an 11 foot blue scaled, cybersex addicted dragon as company, Justine would be having the time of her life with all the excitement suddenly overtaking her seriously dull existence; that is if her mum's soul and her own life weren't in serious jeopardy.
Millionaire creator of the no carb pretzel, Derek LaValle knows to the second when he will die and with only one week left before his scheduled demise, he is determined to break the curse haunting the males of the LaValle line by beheading the Guardian of the Goblet of Eternal Youth and taking a long swig of the contents. One problem, after finally meeting Justine, he's now unsure whether he can put his own life, and the life of his twin brother Quincy before hers.
Justine's sort of dead mother Iris is determined not to succumb to the temptations the gorgeous Satan offers; however her daughter appears to be expediting her deportation to Hell by failing in her duties as Guardian. Instead of killing any mortal who knows the secret of The Goblet, her wayward daughter instead heals Derek with 2 sips from Mona (currently morphed into an espresso machine but later becomes a large bottle of massage oil for legitimate reasons) after almost killing him with a gunshot wound to the stomach. The now nearly immortal Derek is not one to hold a grudge and believing honesty is the key to a healthy relationship, dutifully informs Justine that he too intends to kill her. Both Justine and Derek realise they have found something special together; unfortunately after pretty much breaking every rule in "The Treatise on Guardianship" to help him, Justine realises it's only a matter of time before one of them has to die.
This is a great romance book from Stephanie Rowe with plenty of humour, fabulous characters and some seriously bizarre situations. Theresa the dragon and Mona herself is great; however Satan is a positive dream (if you can discount the Lord of Hell thing and his love of torture). With the countdown to Derek's death still ticking, the growing involvement of Satan and Iris in the investigation of who is behind the LaValle family curse and the appearance of otherworldly beings (some wanting to help and others wanting to steal Mona) "Date Me Baby, One More Time" was an absolute page turner. I loved this book so much I have just ordered both its sequel; "Must Love Dragons" the story of Theresa and her cyber lover Zeke (who just happens to be a dragon slayer) and the third book in the "Immortally Sexy" series, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Hot" (due for pub. May 07).