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- Print Length: 437 pages
- Publisher: Hatco Publishing (13 July 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B011LEP8RS
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Better Date than Never Boxed Set (Books 7-10) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Four beautiful caring girls. Jill, Ginger, Melinda and Mary - Anne. All friends and unknowingly, meeting the men of their dreams. It makes you appreciate things in your life. Absolutely loved it.
Box set received in exchanged for an honest review.
4 Stars Review for the 1st book
This is a box set of 4 Better Date Than Never books each one focusing on a different character that has featured in the other books also. Can be read as stand alone but a loosely connected to each other.
Jill has worked as a lawyer at the same firm for many years. She's fiercely loyal and her work life balance scale is firmly tipped to 'work'. She rarely has down time and puts everything she has into her cases so when her department manager is leaving Jill presumes she has the promotion in the bag. Wrong. Jill is invited into the boardroom to inform her that not only has she not go the job, that it has been given to one of the partners nephews and he's starting next week.
Jill goes to a friends wedding to let her hair down and spots a handsome stranger, her friends usher. Later in the night Jill asks the usher to play along and act as her boyfriend for a few minutes in front of a potential new employee. The ushers find says he'd be happy to help and that a few minutes shouldn't be a problem anyway as women usually only keep 'Ryan's' attention for ten minutes anyway. Jill put the handsome stranger down as a player but a good looking one at that so when she kisses him to make their 'relationship' look plausible, she quite enjoys it.
The following Monday at work and the entire workforce is introduced to their new boss, the partners nephew, Ryan. Yes, THE Ryan. Jill has already decided she hates Ryan for pinching her promotion but as time goes on he shows himself to be a true gentleman making it more and more difficult for Jill to keep on hating him.Read more ›
All four books are full of sweet and funny romances with excellent characters - strong women and delicious men.
Driven to Date - Jill is a successful lawyer that discovers there may be more to life than work.
Up to Date - Ginger is frustrated with doing a job she hates, pursuing her dreams leads her back to a handsome man but will she take a leap of faith.
Deja Date - A temporary job in her favourite bakery reunites Melinda with her past but will she be able to seize the day?
Date and Dash - Mary Ann makes a mistake but could it be the best thing that she's ever done?
The whole boxed set is highly addictive, I really enjoyed the stories and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
The author kindly provided me with a copy of this boxed set in exchange for an honest review.
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Driven to Date
Jill had always planned out her life. She has a old crinkled paper with her goals written down that she had written out after high school, that she had in her purse. 1- Graduate college at 21 (Done), 2. Graduate law school at 24 (done) 3. Obtain job at well - established firm (done), 4. Purchase house by 26 (done), 5. Managing position at 29, - 6. Partner at 35 (33, if possible).
Her life is thrown off balance when her law firm gave away her promotion to a nephew of one of the attorney's in the law firm. Jill has worked night and day, and deserved that promotion. When she didn't get the promotion, she realized her life has not been balanced for a very long time. Jill didn't have a social life, she didn't date, she didn't have hobby's. All she ever did was work. Her friend Kristen made her realize there was more to life, than just working.
Kristen made Jill promise to go to her wedding. Jill went to the wedding in a new dress, and ran into some friends. One of her old friends asked if she may be interested in working at her law firm. While they were talking Jill said she was there with a date. Her friend wanted to meet the date, the only problem was Jill came alone. With Jill's quick thinking she walked up to Ryan, (a good looking stranger) and asked him to play along. I loved the way he flirted with her, and called her buttercup. The two danced, and had a good time.
Monday was a interesting day at the office. Jill meet her new boss. The very man that took her job, and the very man she danced with at the wedding!!!
I found this book to be fun. I normally don't like books written in first person, but the story itself made it worth reading. Jill added balance to her life. She found time to volunteer to feed the poor, made more time to visit friends, and dated her boss.
Up to date
What I love about this series, is that Heroine is the one that goes after the Hero in the story. Jill pushed Greg away throughout the story. When she realized she wanted him, she didn't let fear of rejection stop her from asking him out. The story itself was good.
Jill worked a boring office job, and hated it. She donated her talent for decorating to a auction to raise money for a charity. Jill got fired, and she reached for dreams. She had a passion for decorating, so why not make it into a career? Greg was her new neighbor, and won the auction. The two had fun working together to decorate his apartment. Greg was a ER. doctor. Jill grew up with her dad being a doctor. The pressure at work would cause her dad to drink more and more. Jill was really scared of dating anyone in the medical field. You'll have to read to see how Greg won her over. I'm not a fan of books written in first person as I have said before, but I did enjoy this sweet and fun story.
This has been my favorite book in this series so far. Melinda pulled me right into the story. She lost her dad when she was 14. Her mother just found letters that her dad left to them. One for her mother, and one for her. That part of the story had me grabbing for the tissue box... Love a book that can make me cry. Her dad left her a list of things she had to do before she could get the life insurance. Her dad wanted her to seize the day. Nate was a boy that she shared her very first kiss with. He left town Shortly after that kiss, and never wrote, or called. Now he is back in town to help his dad. Nate's dad has been a friend of the family for many years. He was there for her family when her dad died. Melinda remembers working at Burney's bakery, and how much she loved it. Burney is now having health problems, and his doctors has told him that he shouldn't work. Melinda has never wanted to touch her dad's life insurance money, but now that she needs it to buy the bakery she has a list to finish before she can follow her dreams. The list was a fun list, like adopting a puppy. I really enjoyed this story! I enjoyed reading about Nate, and Melinda reconnecting, and getting to know each other again. The friendship never died throughout all the years apart, it picked right back up. Melinda didn't want to trust Nate, but her heart did. It was a sweet story. Real friendship is like that. It doesn't care how many years you go without seeing one another, real friends talk like you've been together every day.
Date and Dash
The last book in this series was fun and entertaining to read. Mary Ann had found memories of a bracelet that her granny would let her wear when she was a little girl. Mary Ann would be upset, and her granny would slip the bracelet onto Mary Ann's wrist, and her tears would stop.
Mary Ann slipped into her sister's house, and saw where her sister was going to a auction that afternoon. Mary Ann picked up the information about the action, and saw a picture of her granny's bracelet. She knew she had to get to the auction, and bid on that bracelet. That bracelet would mean the world to her. On the way there, she rear ended a man in a suit, that insisted on having a police report done. She knew she would be late, so she asked a friend to bid on the bracelet for her.
Once she got to the auction she won, but what she won was not her granny's bracelet. Turns out there was a mix-up on what her friend bid on. What she won was a series of dates, and a spot on a reality TV show. The person she was to date, was the very person she rear ended. Now that I have read all the books in this box set, it's a toss-up as to Déjà Date , or this book, Date, and Dash was my favorite... I really enjoyed both books, and can't decide.
#7 Driven to Date: Jill's story
" 'Did it work?' I curled into him as his lips brushed the sensitive spot below my ear, making me shiver all the way to my stilettos. 'Mmm...maybe a little."
This story starts out as a pretend relationship and develops into true feelings. It is also about Jill's relationship with her career and how it closely mirrors her personal endeavors. I got the sense that her job was almost like her soul mate before she met Ryan.
I am not a lawyer but I could completely relate and connect with Jill, the main character. Everything that happened to her seemed amazingly realistic.
I have read every book in the "Better Date Than Never" series and this installment of the series seemed to be more intense than the other light hearted books that came before it.
#8 Up to Date: Ginger's Story
In this installment, Ginger faces her fears of dating and having children. She can't fight the strong feelings she has for Greg, and fate seems to be playing a role of serendipity to bring them together.
Ginger also fights with her true feelings about career. She would love to be an interior designer but her artistic endeavors conflict with her family's idea of what her career goals should be.
Overall, the story was about how important it is to stand up for your dreams and follow your destiny.
#9 Deja Date: Melinda's Story
Deja date is a romantic comedy about second chances.
Nate returns to Linda's life after her father's death. Her father left a crep diam list for her to complete before she can get her inheritance.
One of the items on the list is to only date someone who leaves you breathless... but Melinda is not sure that person should be Nate.
This is a great book to read if you are looking for a lighthearted romance with some deep connections. It was humorous from start to finish and the chemistry between Nate and Melinda kept the story interesting.
I would recommend reading Deja Date even if you are not a fan of romantic comedy.
#10 Date and Dash: MaryAnn's Story
Mary Ann is Ginger's sister from "Up to Date", #8 in the series. Even though Mary Ann is not a character with depth she is easy to connect with.
Her story is combination of a second chance, pretend relationship turned real, love at first sight story.
MaryAnn meets Trevor when she accidently crashes into his car. She is instantly attracted to him, but does not get the same feeling in return from Trevor.
They exchange insurance cards and are on their way.
Maryann gets a second chance with Trevor when they meet again at an auction where Maryann is going to bid to get back her Grandmother's bracelet. She wins a contest entry to the Romance Revealed contest and her partner in the contest is none other than Trevor.
Throughout the contest, they pretend to be lovers in order to win the cash prize. But are they really pretending? Sparks fly every time Trevor touches MaryAnn and she can see it in his eyes that he cares for her.
Overall the story is fun to read, light, fluffy, clean romantic comedy.
I can’t have enough of these stories. They make you feel the heartbreaks and the butterflies. Susan Hatler is brilliant in her writing.
Every book in the series is an independent story even though some characters are mentioned in one or two stories. Nevertheless I highly recommend to read the entire series if you’re a junkie of romance novels.
Driven to Date
Aww!!! I love Jill’s story.
Jill’s a lawyer and as the title implies, she’s driven in what she sets her mind.
Even though her life starts to crumble and at some point it does, what I love the most is that she begin to believe in herself and rearrange her life for better.
Up to Date
This is Ginger’s story, she’s an artist at heart, her story begins when she meet this handsome, hot, sexy and caring guy who make her change her mind about dating and love.
One word.... Lovely!!!
This is Melinda’s story, it portraits a young women who tries to find herself and follow her dreams before she waste more time doing something she'll regret and doesn't love. And while following her heart and dreams, falls in love with a caring, intelligent and sexy man.
Date and Dash
Once again... Awesome!!!
This is Mary Ann’s story… yes Ginger’s sister, although Mary Ann resisted love, it hit her and hit her hard.
Let me say… again... you can't get enough of these love stories, they're so lovely you can't stop reading...
You'll love these stories if you're a hopeless romantic like me ^_^
I highly recommend this series, every book and stories are inspiring and full of romance.
The set starts out with a bang with Jill's story in Driven to Date. There is so much chemistry going on, almost right from the first page. Jill is a lawyer and when she loses out on a promotion, she grabs a guy at her friend's wedding to try and impress a potential employer. Ryan doesn't mind going along with the game. Jill is very committed her to work and has a list to accomplish by a very young age. Ryan is more laid back--he still gets his work done, but balances work with family and fun. They're good for each other, but sometimes being too opposite has it's disadvantages.
I love how the story is told in first person--it felt more intimate that way. Like I said, the romance is sizzling clean and I enjoyed the way the events unfolded, especially the ending.
Book 8, Up to Date, is Ginger's story, told in first person. She's got a talent for decorating, but is hesitant to break out on her own, until fate almost forces her to. In the previous book, she met Greg, but wasn't willing to have a long distance relationship. When he moves back to town, she realizes that she has to overcome her fears or spend a lifetime alone.
I love the references to Gilligan's Island--so much fun! I enjoyed Ginger's personality--she's more serious, especially about relationships and the future. As much as she tries to fight it, she's got sparks going with Greg and he's willing to be patient with her, but won't wait around forever. Ginger has fears and expectations to overcome and with that, big decisions to make. I loved the journey!
Deja Date, Book 9, is Melinda's story, told from her point of view. Melinda is a very "perfect" character, one who used to work with Ginger, but they were both laid off at the same time. She's intimidating. Because of her past, she's very disciplined and controlled, which results in her coming off as perfect, which scares the other girls off. Her dad passed away years before in a freak accident and only now does she discover a Carpe Diem list--one that she must do before she can get her inheritance. As with the other stories, Melinda has a lot to do in order to discover herself, get over her fears, and really live life.
She goes back to the bakery where she worked when she was younger and sparks are rekindled with the owner's son, Nate. The problem is, they're too different--he's adventurous and she's boring. I loved the chemistry! Ms. Hatler is a master at weaving those clean, yet toe-tingling moments and I enjoyed every single one of them.
Last, but not least, we get Mary Ann's story in Date and Dash. Mary Ann is the impulsive, crazy, and fun younger sister of Ginger (get the Gilligan's Island references yet?). Mary Ann makes a mad dash to an auction to buy her Grammy's bracelet that her mom sold off years ago and gets into a car accident. Good looking, but stuffy, Trevor makes things complicated for her and instead of bidding on the bracelet, she bids for a spot for a new reality show...and Trevor's her date! Now they have to convince the audience they're in love...but it may not be an act.
I love the way Mary Ann and Trevor come to learn more about themselves, Mary Ann especially. It is possible to be content with who you are, but compromises and change are sometimes necessary. Once again, sparks were flying off the pages and I couldn't get enough. I've come to know and love these characters and thoroughly enjoyed getting a glimpse into their lives. So much fun!
I'm going to go back and read the ones I haven't yet, and probably re-read the ones I have. This is a great series for a reader who loves light, clean, contemporary romance. Each story is short enough to read in a day, which is perfect for me. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this author's future books!
Content: mild romance (kissing, sparks, some non-descriptive mentions tongue); no language or religious elements. One story (#10) briefly mentions a mild abuse situation, but it's not graphic. Clean!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
#7 Driven to Date
At 29, Jill's life is perfectly on track - until it suddenly falls apart! She has spent 5 years slaving away at the law firm to be promoted to Managing Attorney, the next step on her way to partner. Just when she thinks the job is hers, the partners inform her they are hiring the nephew of one of the partners for the position instead. But fate gives her a good turn when at a colleague's wedding she runs into Madison McKenzie of McKenzie, Atkins, Haugan & Hall - a high-powered law firm. Madison is pregnant and looking to bring in another attorney to help with the workload, but Madison also believes that "a happy home life creates an atmosphere to thrive in business." Desperate to impress Madison, Jill invents a boyfriend on the spot... when Madison wants to meet the boyfriend, Jill seeks out the best man and asks him for a favor..
Ryan is happy to help out when Jill asks him to be her boyfriend for 10 minutes. He's shocked to find out while they are dancing that she is doing all this because the partners at her firm have hired one of their nephews instead of giving her the well-deserved promotion -- because he is that nephew! Ryan is every bit as intelligent and capable as Jill, but he also has a fulfilling life outside the office. I love how his laid back personality interacts with Jill's driven personality.
#8 Up to Date
Ginger is trying to play it safe. So instead of taking a risk and doing interior decorating which she is really good at, she spends her days bored out of her mind as an office manager. Instead of agreeing to go out with Greg Shaffer, the ER doctor she met at a dance club and can't stop thinking about, she goes out with guys she knows she has no future with.
But that's all about to change... When she agrees to let her friend Jill auction off her decorating services to help raise money for her charity organization, she isn't expecting her new handsome neighbor to win the auction. Suddenly nothing is safe any more.
#9 Deja Date
Laid off from a job she didn't love (but it at least paid the bills), Melinda is unable to find a decent job so she has to move in with a roommate, Ginger (from Book #8). While she is unemployed she agrees to help Bernie run his bakery where she worked when she was younger. She agreed to help out before she found out that Bernie's son Nate was back in town - the same Nate who kissed her when she was 14 and then ran off to France with his mother. She really doesn't need another complication right now -- especially since Nate's job is all about adventure - and Melinda has already lived with the consequences of having an overly adventurous father.
#10 Date and Dash
We have gotten to know Mary Ann through previous books so her "one strike" and you're out dating rule is familiar. In this book we find out why she has the rule.
When she accidentally rear ends Trevor Brooks he seems to be immune to her flirting. He quickly racks up multiple strikes and she is glad she will never have to see him again. Until she realizes that she has accidentally bid on him at the charity auction they were both on their way to when she rear-ended him. They are now on a reality TV show where they have to have multiple dates and convince everyone they are in love so they can win the cash prize -- so she can buy what she was originally supposed to bid on at the auction. Spending more time with Trevor allows them to get to know each other better and it doesn't take Mary Ann very long to start erasing those strikes...
Source: Review Copy (opinion is 100% my own)