Chick Lit, Clean Romance

Love at First Date (Better Date than Never, 1) by Susan Hatler

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Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life . . .

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?


The books in the Better Date than Never series can be read separately.

~ What I Liked About the Book ~

Not much, I’m afraid. I found the characters likable enough, and I appreciated the author’s use of a light tone in writing this book. I also thought the ending was cute, but everything else was just meh.

~ What I Didn’t Like About the Book ~

This book was disappointing. Apart from what’s written on the blurb, nothing much happened. I wanted to see the story explored beyond what was promised, but obviously, that didn’t happen.

The plot itself was okay, but the execution was flat. Other than the last few scenes, nothing else was remarkable. It wasn’t sweet or romantic; it wasn’t even entertaining.

This book was exceedingly short, which was probably why nothing much happened. I experienced a whole new level of detachment while reading this.



Love at First Date is a flat and unremarkable read. You really won’t miss much by just skipping ahead to the next book in this series.


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