Monday, October 12, 2015

Review: Better Date than Never Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Susan Hatler

Better Date than Never Boxed Set by Susan Hatler
Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published June 21st 2013 by Hatco, Inc.
Source: I received a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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?

My Review:

Ellen's story begins this set with Love at First Date. I love it when a person finds love in an unexpected place and that's just what happens with Ellen. She's got two "perfect" dates lined up from a dating site, but while watching her best friend's dog, she ends up at the vet and meets Henry. 

Ellen is a fun person and is a magnet for trouble. I'm the biggest klutz ever, so it's fun to read about someone who isn't perfect and makes the best of her mishaps. The situations she finds herself in had me smiling and I always anticipated her encounters with Henry. He is such a great guy! I enjoy connecting with a couple and feeling like I'm tagging along with them. The dialogue is witty and fun, while the romantic tension is spicy, yet clean. 


I honestly can't imagine wasting 10 years of my life with one person who won't buckle down and commit. That's just what Gina does in Truth or Date, and when the relationship is finally over, Gina doesn't want to take a chance on love again. Chris, a co-worker who is leaving the company, is hard to resist while they're pretending to be a couple. Good thing she has someone else lined up in her effort to try and move on!  

I love how Gina reverts back to middle school, playing Truth or Dare with everyone around her. Sometimes those silly games lighten the mood up and make for a fun time. Of course, she'll never take a truth, which makes things interesting. Gina is spunky and not as confident as I thought she should be, or could be. Chris is amazing. She thinks he's way out of her league, but he's just a nice, flirty guy with a great reason for being so fickle when it comes to women.


My Last Blind Date is Rachel's story and was way too short for my taste! That's a good sign--I wanted more. I felt like I hardly got to know the characters as well as I wanted to, but it's still entertaining and fun. 

It's Valentine's Day and Rachel is tempted to just stay at home with her dog. Innocent office flirting with Noah leaves her wishing for more, but not expecting it. Valentine's surprises await. Sweet and romantic, this story is great for a quick mid-day pick-me-up.

Content: all of these stories have mild romance and some mild innuendo (such as implied living together and intimate situations without details); no language, violence, or religious elements--just good clean fun. Clean!

About the Author:

Susan HatlerSUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan's books have been translated into German, Spanish, French, and Italian. 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.

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