Monday, August 26, 2019

No More Bad Dates by Kate O'Keeffe Book Review: Romance is Not This Book's Strong Suit


Twenty-five-year-old Sophie McCarthy’s career is virtually nonexistent, her family expects her to “do something important” with her life, and she’s totally sick of dating the wrong guys: the self-absorbed, the arrogant, the borderline criminally insane.

After she’s unceremoniously dumped during the vows at her boss’s wedding, she and her two equally disappointed-in-love best friends agree to help each other find decent guys to date. Together, they form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones—weirdos and jerks need not apply.

When Sophie’s roommate Jason Christie—a.k.a. doctor-in-training and serial nurse-dater—joins the pact, he vows to weed out the bad ones for her. But with his rejection of every guy Sophie meets, she begins to wonder if he’s got an ulterior motive. And anyway, why does she always have so much more fun with Jason than with the guys she’s actually trying to date?

While desperately seeking her “happy for now,” could Sophie stumble into her “happily ever after?”

No More Bad Dates was laugh out loud funny. I laughed at almost every turn. The characters were well developed, and it’s indicative of an author who knows how to tell a story. The characters and their backstories were well fleshed out. I felt invested in both the story and the characters. But, I was disappointed with the romance aspect.

The “No Bad Dates Pact” took up too much space in the novel, leaving no room for the actual real romance to develop—which was disheartening.

I waited for the entirety of the story for the big get-together, and I wanted it to happen so bad. It was less slow-burn and more it just took too long. I really enjoyed this book don’t get me wrong, it’s solid in all the areas that mattered, except for the romance. Most readers won’t want to wait until 90+ percent for the main characters to reveal their love to each other—even if it plays out well.

Despite that, you get the standard HEA, and the ending is pretty satisfying. I just needed more romance. However, the author is worth a read. She’s a solid storyteller.

Reommended for people who like their romance with less mush.

1 comment:

  1. It does sound satisfying. HOwever, I need a book to blow me away. :/