Chick Lit, Clean Romance

Déjà Date (Better Date than Never, 9) by Susan Hatler

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Melinda Morgan commits to running her favorite neighborhood bakery when the owner, who’s like a second dad to her, falls ill. Then she finds out his adventurous son, Nate Carter, is back in town. Nate was Melinda’s first kiss and greatest heartbreak all rolled into one, yet he’s still as charming as ever. 

When Melinda learns Nate’s dad is selling his bakery, she realizes her dream to own the bakery herself. But in order to access her inheritance funds, she must first complete her father’s Carpe Diem list, which challenges her to take risks she normally wouldn’t—like only dating someone who leaves her breathless.

Nate wants a second chance with her and she finds him nearly impossible to resist. Could he be the key to completing her dad’s list and saving the bakery? And can he help her do both without breaking her heart all over again?


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

~ What I Liked About the Book ~

As with the other books in this series, I liked that the author used a light tone throughout the book. It was short and easy to read.

I did enjoy this book overall, but I just couldn’t say that I loved it.

~ What I Didn’t Like About the Book ~

I found Melinda’s character hard to love because of her tendency to whine and act like she was the only one who had the right to have problems. I also hated how she seemed to notice Nate’s “hotness” every time she saw him. It felt like she was only attracted to him physically, which wasn’t the case.

The book was also highly unrealistic from the characters right down to the plot. Nate was almost perfect, his only flaw being his adventurous side, which wasn’t even a real flaw. His relationship with Melinda also seemed to happen magically. I get that they shared a kiss fourteen years prior, but they couldn’t possibly fall right back in love after having been apart for that long.

I also felt that the author was trying too hard to incorporate some sort of moral into her story. The way everything had to revolve around the saying “seize the day” was kind of annoying.



Déjà Date is a light romantic read with a moral about seizing the day. I personally don’t recommend it, but those looking for a quick romance fix might enjoy it.


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