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WHAT DOES A GAL HAVE TO DO TO GET A GOOD DATE IN THIS TOWN? Adele Harris can't even begin to answer that question. She's had so many lousy dates that she's sure she's cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he's lost his mind--and his manners? Adele thought life couldn't get any more confusing . . . until she learns the marriage of her seemingly WHAT DOES A GAL HAVE TO DO TO GET A GOOD DATE IN THIS TOWN? Adele Harris can't even begin to answer that question. She's had so many lousy dates that she's sure she's cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he's lost his mind--and his manners? Adele thought life couldn't get any more confusing . . . until she learns the marriage of her seemingly Miss Perfect sister is on the rocks. So she goes back to their hometown to give her a shoulder to cry on, only to run smack into Zach Zemaitis . . . the one who got away. TEXANS LOVE GOD, FAMILY, AND FOOTBALL, THOUGH NOT ALWAYS IN THAT ORDER Zach, a former pro star, knows all about football. As for the other two, well, he's doing his best. But when Adele comes charging back into his life--still all lush curves and beautiful, big blue eyes--he wonders if his best is good enough. After all, he did her wrong. Can a woman with her track record ever really believe that he's serious this time . . . or is he destined to be another bad date? A "New York Times"-bestselling author delivers the fourth installment of her series about four writer friends and the messes they get into when they decide to try out the wild side of life. Original.


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WHAT DOES A GAL HAVE TO DO TO GET A GOOD DATE IN THIS TOWN? Adele Harris can't even begin to answer that question. She's had so many lousy dates that she's sure she's cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he's lost his mind--and his manners? Adele thought life couldn't get any more confusing . . . until she learns the marriage of her seemingly WHAT DOES A GAL HAVE TO DO TO GET A GOOD DATE IN THIS TOWN? Adele Harris can't even begin to answer that question. She's had so many lousy dates that she's sure she's cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he's lost his mind--and his manners? Adele thought life couldn't get any more confusing . . . until she learns the marriage of her seemingly Miss Perfect sister is on the rocks. So she goes back to their hometown to give her a shoulder to cry on, only to run smack into Zach Zemaitis . . . the one who got away. TEXANS LOVE GOD, FAMILY, AND FOOTBALL, THOUGH NOT ALWAYS IN THAT ORDER Zach, a former pro star, knows all about football. As for the other two, well, he's doing his best. But when Adele comes charging back into his life--still all lush curves and beautiful, big blue eyes--he wonders if his best is good enough. After all, he did her wrong. Can a woman with her track record ever really believe that he's serious this time . . . or is he destined to be another bad date? A "New York Times"-bestselling author delivers the fourth installment of her series about four writer friends and the messes they get into when they decide to try out the wild side of life. Original.

30 review for Not Another Bad Date

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Heavy on narration. Light on dialogue. A few hot scenes. Very little humor. No good one-liners worth quoting this time. The overall storyline was pretty good, even if it wasn't the most original. Fantasy writer, Adele Harris, is convinced someone has cursed her with a slew of bad dates. All of her dates end in the most bizarre ways. Little does she know that the bitch who tormented her in high school (Devon) and then stole the only man she ever loved (football star Zach Zematis) placed a curse on Heavy on narration. Light on dialogue. A few hot scenes. Very little humor. No good one-liners worth quoting this time. The overall storyline was pretty good, even if it wasn't the most original. Fantasy writer, Adele Harris, is convinced someone has cursed her with a slew of bad dates. All of her dates end in the most bizarre ways. Little does she know that the bitch who tormented her in high school (Devon) and then stole the only man she ever loved (football star Zach Zematis) placed a curse on her following her death in a car accident. Apparently said bitch must right the wrong she did to Adele by helping her to find her HEA with Zach. Adele is summoned to her hometown in Texas to care for her 13-year-old niece after her pregnant sister's husband is busted for cheating. Adele's niece becomes friends with Zach's daughter and, consequently, the two are conveniently thrown into circumstances where they must spend time together. There were two weird things that threw me out of this book: 1) The baby is born prematurely in one chapter, but shortly thereafter the sister is pregnant still waiting for the arrival of the baby (apparently I'm not the only one who noticed this odd mistake); and 2) The book reads weird. Really weird. Not like Gibson's older books which read more smoothly to me. I'm not sure how to explain it, but basically we are given the blow-by-blow of the main characters. Example: Adele moved into the living room. She turned on the lights. She put her keys on the table and moved into the hallway. Example: Zach flushed the toilet. He pulled his boxers up. He switched off the light and moved into the hallway. (Not direct quotes) Yes, the author said "moved" over and over and over again. It drove me nuts! I'm still thinking about compiling a list of appropriate nouns and emailing it to her for future use. And yes, there are a unnecessary scenes involving flushing toilets. Not to sound too snarky, but I expected so much more from the finale of RG's writer series. 'Specially since it just received the 2009 RITA award. If the book didn't have the heaven storyline and had a little more insight into the characters, I probably would've enjoyed it more. As it was, I felt like I never really got to know the characters. Totally disappointing fluff for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    This book had a lot of really funny parts. I laughed out loud quite often. Sometimes the characters didn’t quite hit their potential which is why I held back a star. But it was still an excellent book. So, it seems that mean girls get the power to continue their torment from purgatory. This mean girl got pg on purpose to trap the college football star. At the time he had turned his affections to the quiet bookworm the mean girl had tortured all through high school. He marries the mean girl, dum This book had a lot of really funny parts. I laughed out loud quite often. Sometimes the characters didn’t quite hit their potential which is why I held back a star. But it was still an excellent book. So, it seems that mean girls get the power to continue their torment from purgatory. This mean girl got pg on purpose to trap the college football star. At the time he had turned his affections to the quiet bookworm the mean girl had tortured all through high school. He marries the mean girl, dumps the bookworm who then flees Texas for Idaho. Fourteen years later the mean girl dies in car accident with garbage truck. At St. Peter’s gates she is given the chance to right the one big wrong in her past and decides to curse the bookworm instead. For the next three years every date the bookworm goes on ends badly. Funny but badly. Finally Fate puts the bookworm back in the orbit of the football star turned high school coach. He has been raising his daughter alone. Good story. Very nice HEA. But here’s where some of my disappointments in the characters happen. The football star took forever to even lightly acknowledged that he broke the bookworm’s heart. He just wants to pick up their romance from where they left off. He expected her to melt at his feet with her previous devotion. She holds out against his abundance of charms until ‘click’ no more holding out. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Meanwhile, in Purgatory, or Walmart, the mean girl gets the chance to drop another curse on the bookworm. This gets her sent to Sears, in the automotive department. (I kinda figured Purgatory would be the mall. Makes perfect sense) Anyway, cute story. Great concept. I plan on reading more in the series. 😊

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is the fourth and last of the Writer Friends series. You don't really need to read the others, but you might as well read the first two because they're actually good. Unlike this one. Yeah, the series peters out something fierce. I had such high hopes for the fantasy author of the group, but Gibson seriously dropped the ball, here. This is a second-chance love story and it has the exact same problem as Gibson's other second-chance story does: sex as a stand-in for working out legitimate iss This is the fourth and last of the Writer Friends series. You don't really need to read the others, but you might as well read the first two because they're actually good. Unlike this one. Yeah, the series peters out something fierce. I had such high hopes for the fantasy author of the group, but Gibson seriously dropped the ball, here. This is a second-chance love story and it has the exact same problem as Gibson's other second-chance story does: sex as a stand-in for working out legitimate issues of the past trainwreck. I mean, Adele is all "Get away from me, I don't trust you" and Zach is all "You want me, baby". The beginning of their "relationship" only avoided non-consent tripwires because it turns out he was right that she didn't mean it when she said no. Which was bad enough, but then Gibson seemed inclined to raid the island of lost plot elements and promise them a home in her novel. Here's a semi-comprehensive list:(view spoiler)[ * winning the big game * disabled hero comes to terms with his loss * still in love with my first love * haunted by dead wife * disruptive teen daughter * teen fitting in to new home (different teen) * unplanned pregnancy!!! * expecting twins * adjusting for single motherhood (x2) * pregnancy problems, health (Adele's sister) * supporting sisters * winning the dance competition * hometown hero * grief for lost mother * teen enters puberty and has questions (hide spoiler)] The problem is that the sheer quantity of issues meant that none of them were very deep. This is most visibly problematic in Zach's daughter. This story really needed Adele to bond with her and that never progressed beyond the surface because there was just so much else up in the air. And that's before you get to the really weird paranormal crap that starts the novel. This happens right up front when we learn that apparently God gives selfish jerks the ability to curse really nice people out of spite (cursed to have only really bad dates). And then mid-novel she gets the chance to unleash another curse because the results of the first one "weren't all bad". This is played for laughs with the hateful Devon serving a sentence in the hell of Wal-Mart shopping but that just didn't work for me when the effect was so devastating on Adele (not to mention the guys she dates who God apparently forces to end dates with Adele in boorish and insulting and completely out-of-character ways). I just didn't find it funny and it is too omnipresent a background element to ignore or even rewrite in my head (I know! I didn't know I had limitations on that superpower!). I really should have stopped reading somewhere in the middle. I was so disgusted by (view spoiler)[the curse of the unplanned pregnancy (hide spoiler)] that I very nearly stopped in anger there. I really should have as it only went downhill from that point. Someone explain to me how this won a RITA? I can't say I've paid much attention to that award and now I'm going to have trouble changing that. A note about Steamy: There were some explicit sex scenes. I was so hung up on the "sexual healing" vibe (overcoming all relationship issues by having some good, good, lovin') that I'm afraid I didn't count. Two or three, anyway, and the middle of my steam tolerance.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Auntee

    How does she do it? Yet another winner from Rachel Gibson! Being less than bowled over from my last RG read (I'm In No Mood For Love) after a string of consecutive winners, I was a little hesitant to pick up another one. But what was I worried about? I just finished the first in what I hope will be a new string of can't-put-down/ somehow-made-me-cry reads for 2012. This one is a reunion romance. A reunion 14 years later between former college lovers Adele Harris and Zach Zemaitis. Big, blond, bro How does she do it? Yet another winner from Rachel Gibson! Being less than bowled over from my last RG read (I'm In No Mood For Love) after a string of consecutive winners, I was a little hesitant to pick up another one. But what was I worried about? I just finished the first in what I hope will be a new string of can't-put-down/ somehow-made-me-cry reads for 2012. This one is a reunion romance. A reunion 14 years later between former college lovers Adele Harris and Zach Zemaitis. Big, blond, brown-eyed sexy college football hunk Zach was the curly blonde-haired, turquoise eyed, generous butt Adele's first lover, and he rocked her world. But then Zach (view spoiler)[ broke it off with her when his ex-girlfriend gleefully informed him that she was pregnant. Zach, being the responsible guy that he was, married his ex even though he didn't love her, and left Adele with a broken heart (hide spoiler)] . Now 14 years later, retired (after too many concussions) NFL quarterback Zach is back in Cedar Creek, Texas coaching high school football and being a single parent to his 13-year-old daughter Tiffany after Devon (the bane of Adele's existence growing up) has died in a car accident. And guess who's also back in town after being gone for years? That's right, successful romantic fantasy writer Adele is back in town, coming to the aid of her pregnant sister. Adele's sister (view spoiler)[ has recently been dumped by her dentist husband (who managed to impregnate her before he hooked up with his bimbo assistant) (hide spoiler)] . Adele's sister ends up having to be hospitalized due to complications with her pregnancy, and needs Adele to care for her 13 year old daughter Kendra. And Kendra just happens to be BFF with Tiffany, Zach's daughter. Guess who's bound to meet up with her old flame...? Zach... Adele... Can't gush enough about this one. It has all the elements for a light, funny, sexy read. It breezes along at a good clip, with sprinkles of humor (Adele has been cursed (by a vengeful Devon) with bad dates--something always goes wrong with the men she goes out with--they say or do inexplicable things) that had me smiling as I turned the pages. Some of my favorite lines: After a date with one of the coaches at the high school went particularly well, and Adele thought the curse might be over... "I imagine you have some good-lookin' girlfriends." She thought of her friends in Boise. "Yes." "It's not even ten. Why don't you call 'em up, and we can all party at my house. I'm in the mood for a skin sandwich." He rocked back on his heels, and said, "I'll provide the meat." And this conversation with Zach... "I have something for you, and I don't want to pull it out right here." Her mouth dropped open. "If you reach for your fly, I swear to God I'm calling the cops." So yes, plenty of Ms. Gibson's trademark witty conversations between the H/h, and lots of getting inside the characters' heads to know what they're really thinking. Lots and lots of building heat between Adele and Zach (you just know they're going to do it, you just don't know when...or how). No complaints in that department, the steam practically comes off the pages! Tack on a bit of a clichéd (who cares?) ending that had me tearing up, and you have another winner by one of my favorite contemporary romance writers. I loved Adele, I loved Zach (even if he did have an ass**** moment), I loved Zach and Adele together, I even loved the humorous bits about Devon in "shopping purgatory" A book that has me staying up at night to read when I should be sleeping is always a winner in my book, and this one ranks right up there with my other RG favorites (See Jane Score, Nothing But Trouble, The Trouble With Valentine's Day, True Confessions). Another 5 big stars!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    She’d fallen in love for the second time with the same man who didn’t love her. Only this time it was worse. Two times worse. This one kept me interested, but didn't wow me like some of her others. I didn't really fall for the hero this time, something about his exaggerated southern drawl and his overall lack of substance. Yes at least he did the right thing in the end, but honestly, he didn't do much more than that. I thought Adele deserved better. She’d fallen in love for the second time with the same man who didn’t love her. Only this time it was worse. Two times worse. This one kept me interested, but didn't wow me like some of her others. I didn't really fall for the hero this time, something about his exaggerated southern drawl and his overall lack of substance. Yes at least he did the right thing in the end, but honestly, he didn't do much more than that. I thought Adele deserved better.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daisiemae

    When I pick up a Rachel Gibson novel, I know that I am in for a treat! Her characters are always funny and heartfelt, and quite honestly she writes about people that I would like to be friends with. Not Another Bad Date is no exception! It starts off with a bang and never let up throughout the novel. I literally devoured it in one day. I put off housework and lazed around the house, until I finished it from cover to cover. Devon Hamilton-Zemaitis is having a beautiful funeral. Buried in her expe When I pick up a Rachel Gibson novel, I know that I am in for a treat! Her characters are always funny and heartfelt, and quite honestly she writes about people that I would like to be friends with. Not Another Bad Date is no exception! It starts off with a bang and never let up throughout the novel. I literally devoured it in one day. I put off housework and lazed around the house, until I finished it from cover to cover. Devon Hamilton-Zemaitis is having a beautiful funeral. Buried in her expensive, stylish suit and perfectly coiffed hair, she is dismayed when instead of going straight to Heaven, she must endure a purgatory of sorts, to make right some wrongs she has done in her life. She is asked to give a wish to help one person she has wronged. But, when Devon is shown she must help Adele; whom she has always gone out of her way to torment throughout high school and college, Devon spitefully wishes that all of Adele’s dates end badly. Adele doesn’t understand why perfectly nice men end up saying the strangest things to her on dates. From offers of a threesome, to telling her she has a big butt, she doesn’t understand why suddenly she brings out the worst in men. When Adele’s pregnant sister becomes hospitalized, Adele is asked to stay with her teenage niece. Reluctantly she returns to her hometown in Texas, where she discovers her first love Zach Zemaitis, Ex-Professional Football star, is now coaching high school football. Horrified, she tries to avoid Zach at all costs, but when her niece and Zach’s daughter become friends and on the same dance team, she finds herself in Zach’s company several times a week. As they are forced into each other’s company, they discover that the feelings they once had for one another is still there. But, will Devon ever let go of her hatred for Adele and let them find happiness? I love a great reunion/lost love story! I found myself wanting to strangle Devon at times! I rooted for Zach and Adele, and got an interesting take on Devon’s afterlife. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the characters evolve in this book. From Zach’s mistrust of women to Adele’s leeriness of getting involved with Zach again. Even Devon comes around to doing the right thing! It was so much fun to read! In Not Another Bad Date, Rachel Gibson tells a heartfelt, sweet story that you won’t be able to put down. I know I didn’t.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    What does a gal have to do to get a good date in this town? Well, this was the final instalment in the “Writers” series from Rachel Gibson. Probably my least favourite = why? Not sure. Maybe I should take a break between reading books in a series and read some different stuff in between. Saying that it was a good, enough 3.5 stars read for me. He is a High School football coach, she is an author, visiting her sister to take care of her 13 year old niece. They had a past connection but had not seen What does a gal have to do to get a good date in this town? Well, this was the final instalment in the “Writers” series from Rachel Gibson. Probably my least favourite = why? Not sure. Maybe I should take a break between reading books in a series and read some different stuff in between. Saying that it was a good, enough 3.5 stars read for me. He is a High School football coach, she is an author, visiting her sister to take care of her 13 year old niece. They had a past connection but had not seen each other for years. Actually did not “get” the whole “dead wife” thing = added nothing to the story for me. OMG, maybe this book was not even 3.5 stars if I cannot even muster up some energy to search for some more images or gifs. Need something totally different now and as I said the reviews will be a bit more detailed when I get back to work. “He lifted his face and came up for air. "I couldn't stay away.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    Not Another Bad Date has a reunion of lovers and broken hearts in the past theme. It has ghosts too and it's the reason behind all Adele's jinxed dates for the past three years. Those dates provide the only a bit of humour here. To be honest it was kind of boring. I mean, after all those hints in previous three books about Adele's love life, you get this. Add an annoying teenager, almost no grovelling after some harsh statements, cheese-fest in the end and it's no wonder I could hardly wait to fi Not Another Bad Date has a reunion of lovers and broken hearts in the past theme. It has ghosts too and it's the reason behind all Adele's jinxed dates for the past three years. Those dates provide the only a bit of humour here. To be honest it was kind of boring. I mean, after all those hints in previous three books about Adele's love life, you get this. Add an annoying teenager, almost no grovelling after some harsh statements, cheese-fest in the end and it's no wonder I could hardly wait to finish this. Plus I am not into sports. At all. Still, there was a bit of humour and a happy ending so it can count as a light summer read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    Reviewed for Avon Books (Harper Collins) Ok, a show of hands...How many of us can relate to the title of this book? WOW! That's a lot of hands. But I least I never felt like I was cursed...yet that's exactly what's happened to the lead character from Rachel Gibson's latest novel "Not Another Bad Date". I always enjoy reading Ms. Gibson's books since I know I can count on her to deliver a sexy romance with a heavy helping of humor (how's that for alliteration?) and interesting characters. She cert Reviewed for Avon Books (Harper Collins) Ok, a show of hands...How many of us can relate to the title of this book? WOW! That's a lot of hands. But I least I never felt like I was cursed...yet that's exactly what's happened to the lead character from Rachel Gibson's latest novel "Not Another Bad Date". I always enjoy reading Ms. Gibson's books since I know I can count on her to deliver a sexy romance with a heavy helping of humor (how's that for alliteration?) and interesting characters. She certainly came through for me this time. Adele really is cursed, well kinda. For some reason, for the past three years all her dates seem to go wacko at the end of the evening! They morph from perfectly nice guys to insult-slingers and sex maniacs. It's enough to drive a girl batty. When she receives an SOS from her sister, she decides to give dating a break and heads back to her hometown...only to run into "the one that got away". Zach has a very comfortable life. He's financially secure, has a job he loves, and is growing closer to his daughter after his estranged wife's death. He certainly doesn't want, or have time for, a serious relationship. Been there, done that, lesson learned. Then he meets his daughter's new best friend's aunt... These two certainly had their work cut out for them. Zach would have been very easy to dislike. He's a jock, he's handsome and knows it, he wasn't faithful to his wife...UGH! Right? Well, the more I learned about Zach, the more I understood his back story. I ended up liking him in spite of myself! And Adele, well Adele was someone I would like to have as my friend. She's loyal and reliable, yet would still be great to sit with while trashing men. There are some truly memorable moments in this book. Rachel Gibson's pacing and dialogue will have you zooming through the pages. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say...sex in a high school bathroom? the phrase "skin sandwich"? a naughty angel? If any of these things sound interesting, you'll just have to get "Not Another Bad Date" and read it yourself. Gibson's talent for contemporary romantic stories shines through in every chapter. This is one you don't want to miss.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    4 Stars Again, another really nice read from Rachel Gibson. I'm getting very close to having read all her books. They are quick reads, some are really fun, but all will touch your heart just bit. I just love this author. I've said it over and again. Every one of her books are "read agains". I just love them. This book is about a women who has pretty bad luck dating. Her sister calls her needing her to come to TX to help her with her teen-ager. The sister is pregnant and the pregnancy isn't going w 4 Stars Again, another really nice read from Rachel Gibson. I'm getting very close to having read all her books. They are quick reads, some are really fun, but all will touch your heart just bit. I just love this author. I've said it over and again. Every one of her books are "read agains". I just love them. This book is about a women who has pretty bad luck dating. Her sister calls her needing her to come to TX to help her with her teen-ager. The sister is pregnant and the pregnancy isn't going well. She has a teen-ager and just needs a bit of help. She heads to her home town, where she runs into the man who was her first love - a former pro-football player, now coaching the high school team. Nothing is easy for these two, which makes this story a really good read. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the foray into paranormal with a ghost/angel thing with the coaches dead wife who also happened to be our lovely ladies nemesis. Overall, a very good, fun read. Happy Reading!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Rachel Gibson is one of my go to authors when I want a light, witty and sexy romance. "Not Another Bad Date" is all that and more. This is a second chance romance and the H/h have it rough not only due to the circumstances of their breakup, but also due to the circumstances of their reunion. There is also a little meddling going on from the hereafter. Adele Harris has had three years of nothing but absolutely lousy dates. She must be cursed, or crazy, or both. Now she has to move home in order t Rachel Gibson is one of my go to authors when I want a light, witty and sexy romance. "Not Another Bad Date" is all that and more. This is a second chance romance and the H/h have it rough not only due to the circumstances of their breakup, but also due to the circumstances of their reunion. There is also a little meddling going on from the hereafter. Adele Harris has had three years of nothing but absolutely lousy dates. She must be cursed, or crazy, or both. Now she has to move home in order to take care of her sister and 13 year old niece and the men there aren't any better, well, one is but Adele refuses to even consider him. After a successful career as a pro football player, Zach Zemaitis is now a full time dad to a 13 year old daughter and the head coach of the local high school football team and he hasn't had sex in three years. As a college senior Zach loved and left Adele, now she is back in his life and he wants to pick up where they left off. No problem, right? Not only does Adele not want a trip down memory lane, she does not want a repeat of her experience with Zack. But, since she is cursed won't Zack turn into a jerk when she dates him? That would solve anything - except, Zack is immune to the curse and Adele is falling for him, again.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Ugh this revisiting of a favorite author has not gone well. It was full of awful stereotypes, misogyny, un-PC (offensively so), and I didn't like the characters. It didn't even benefit from the previous books narration (which wasn't bad but definitely not enough to make this bearable). Ugh this revisiting of a favorite author has not gone well. It was full of awful stereotypes, misogyny, un-PC (offensively so), and I didn't like the characters. It didn't even benefit from the previous books narration (which wasn't bad but definitely not enough to make this bearable).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zeek

    In Not Another Bad Date, Adele Harris- (the last of her writer friends to be married)- is forced to move back home when her brother-in-law ditches her sister. Her usually squared away sister, pregnant and rasing a 13 yr old daughter, desperately needs Adele to help her keep it together. Adele of course cannot refuse- despite the fact Cedar Creek, Texas is the last place she'd ever want to live again. When arriving home she runs smack into- you guessed it- her first love, (first everything), foo In Not Another Bad Date, Adele Harris- (the last of her writer friends to be married)- is forced to move back home when her brother-in-law ditches her sister. Her usually squared away sister, pregnant and rasing a 13 yr old daughter, desperately needs Adele to help her keep it together. Adele of course cannot refuse- despite the fact Cedar Creek, Texas is the last place she'd ever want to live again. When arriving home she runs smack into- you guessed it- her first love, (first everything), football legend Zach Zemaitis. Obviously still in love with his dead wife, the same woman who made Adele's life miserable for most of her childhood, Adele can't believe she stumbled into his life again- especially after the pain of losing him to her narcissitic arch- nemisis. But, of course, things aren’t what they seem concerning that marriage, and the attraction between Zach and Adele, once so strong, is still there. Despite her best efforts, Adele finds herself back in Zach's arms again, but will she be able to separate the great sex he still knows how to lay down on her, from her heart this time, preserving her from the pain sure to come? Having been stuck with one woman who tricked him into marriage Zach isnt sure he knows what love is, but he's sure of one thing- He can't stop thinking about the sexy blond who once rocked his world. Naturally what neither of them know is that two hands of Fate are at work in their lives and one them doesnt want them together- ever. Who will win? Fun, fast read, if formulaic. Still, I enjoyed it for the fluff that it is. 3.5 stars for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

    Predictable but sweet second chance at love romance. This book was ok even though it was quite simple. It made for a decent light read. I wish there had been more character and plot development but if you are looking for an easy read this will do the trick.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The 4th in the series by Rachel Gibson. I loved it! Thanks Daisiemae! Rachel Gibson is quickly becoming one of my fave authors with her brand of light and witty romances.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Adele and Zach used to date, then they broke up and honestly, the reason why?! Why do you doom yourself to a life of miserable? Honor, ok. Sure, do the honorable thing and spend a life in misery, I am sure that makes every happy. So yes I did not like the reason they broke up. It was honorable, but in the end so stupid. Adele and Zach meet again. He is a widower with a kid. He used to be a professional football player. He is a total hunk. While Adele is there to care for her sister and niece. And Adele and Zach used to date, then they broke up and honestly, the reason why?! Why do you doom yourself to a life of miserable? Honor, ok. Sure, do the honorable thing and spend a life in misery, I am sure that makes every happy. So yes I did not like the reason they broke up. It was honorable, but in the end so stupid. Adele and Zach meet again. He is a widower with a kid. He used to be a professional football player. He is a total hunk. While Adele is there to care for her sister and niece. And NOT meet him again. But meet they do. She wants nothing to do with him. He thinks she is still hot. There was a ghost too, I did not care for that aspect. It was weird. They talk, they flirt, slowly things start to happen. It was light and funny. Though he did act like an ass at times. I get you got issues man but sheesh! Cute

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I can't say this was a must-read book in romance but it wasn't a time waster either. Basically, this book was just another fun and fast read by Rachel Gibson. Adele Harris is a beautiful and successful 35 year-old writer who has been unlucky in love for the past 3 years. Lousy date after lousy date, she is begining to wonder if there is something wrong with her which turns normal nice guys into losers. Then, a family matter occurs and she has to go back to her hometown in Texas to help her sister I can't say this was a must-read book in romance but it wasn't a time waster either. Basically, this book was just another fun and fast read by Rachel Gibson. Adele Harris is a beautiful and successful 35 year-old writer who has been unlucky in love for the past 3 years. Lousy date after lousy date, she is begining to wonder if there is something wrong with her which turns normal nice guys into losers. Then, a family matter occurs and she has to go back to her hometown in Texas to help her sister for a couple of months. Going back home brings back the memories of the reason she left there in the first place; a gorgeous 6'4" football player who was her first love and broke her heart into pieces 14 years ago at college. Zach Zemaitis; a former NFL quarterback, now a high school football coach has lived an unhappy marriage. He has been away from his daughter for most of her life and he finds himself as a full-time dad when his wife dies 3 years ago. When he runs into Adele one day, he remembers the beautiful and sweet girl he once dated at college. He cannot resist the attraction between them but Adele doesn't want to make the same mistake twice, if only she can tell this to her treacherous heart. I love it when the leading characters have a past together and how it binds them together later on in their relationship. Also, I like the fact that what the characters have together isn't like a cotton candy perfect love (as in all other Rachel Gibson books) their relationship is realistic enough to wonder how they finally will end up with each other. The humor made me giggle, the Texan love of football intrigued me enough to learn about it more and the existence of true love once again melt my heart. Still, I can't help but wonder why the need of a dead character that served no real purpose to the story, and why bother with curses either? Couldn't she simply have bad dates without the paranormal interference?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thenia

    Adele, the last single writer friend of the quartet, finally gets her happy ending. Adele finds herself returning to her hometown in order to help her pregnant sister who's going through a divorce. There, she bumps into Zach, her college boyfriend who broke her heart. He was the popular jock who found nerdy young Adele attractive but (view spoiler)[had to break up with her despite their feelings, when his ex girlfriend came to tell him she was pregnant. Zach married her and started his family and Adele, the last single writer friend of the quartet, finally gets her happy ending. Adele finds herself returning to her hometown in order to help her pregnant sister who's going through a divorce. There, she bumps into Zach, her college boyfriend who broke her heart. He was the popular jock who found nerdy young Adele attractive but (view spoiler)[had to break up with her despite their feelings, when his ex girlfriend came to tell him she was pregnant. Zach married her and started his family and Adele moved away (hide spoiler)] . Now Adele is back and for some reason all her dates turn crazy, making her think she's cursed. (view spoiler)[She's not wrong, since Zach's ex, who mistreated her before and broke the two of them apart deliberately, is now dead and has to make things right between them before she can move on (hide spoiler)] . Zack never expected to see Adele again, but when she re-enters his life, he is determined to get her to give him another chance. The two start a relationship that they both know has an expiration date, since she plans to leave after her sister has her baby. Feelings develop and things get complicated, with Zach's daughter getting upset when she finds out about them and then (view spoiler)[Adele unexpectedly finds herself pregnant, with Zach not reacting well to the news. She leaves town for a while, needing to see her friends, and he flies after her, but he doesn't grovel nearly enough before she forgives him (hide spoiler)] . A second chance at love that ends in a happily ever after. Previous book reviews: ✦ Tangled Up In You (Truly Idaho, #2; Writer Friends, #3) ✦ I'm in No Mood for Love (Writer Friends, #2) ✦ Sex, Lies, and Online Dating (Writer Friends, #1)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Adele Harris doesn't just feel like all of her dates for the past three years have been cursed - they really have been - by deceased Devon, the girl who not only tormented Adele throughout their school years, but also got pregnant and married the man Adele loved. Adele is back in her home town in Texas taking care of her niece while her sister spends the last months of her pregnancy in the hospital. Adele is horrified to run into Zach Zemaitis, her first love, after all these years. Unfortunatel Adele Harris doesn't just feel like all of her dates for the past three years have been cursed - they really have been - by deceased Devon, the girl who not only tormented Adele throughout their school years, but also got pregnant and married the man Adele loved. Adele is back in her home town in Texas taking care of her niece while her sister spends the last months of her pregnancy in the hospital. Adele is horrified to run into Zach Zemaitis, her first love, after all these years. Unfortunately, because of the friendship of her niece and Zach's daughter, Adele is forced to spend time with Zach. Before long, Zach and Adele are drawn into a relationship. Devon's spitefulness even after death causes the feelings that are developing between the couple to be threatened. This was another great Rachel Gibson book. The story of Adele Harris completed the series about four friends who are writers. This book was quick and easy to read, and was thoroughly enjoyable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Not Another Bad Date 5 Stars Adele Harris has been plagued by a string of terrible dates and has given up on the opposite sex. But her vow to stay away from men is put to the test when she returns to her hometown and comes face to face with Zack Zemaitis, the one who not only got away but broke her heart in the process. Can Adele and Zack put aside their differences and regain the passion they once shared? A wonderful conclusion to an excellent series that has got me back into reading contemporary Not Another Bad Date 5 Stars Adele Harris has been plagued by a string of terrible dates and has given up on the opposite sex. But her vow to stay away from men is put to the test when she returns to her hometown and comes face to face with Zack Zemaitis, the one who not only got away but broke her heart in the process. Can Adele and Zack put aside their differences and regain the passion they once shared? A wonderful conclusion to an excellent series that has got me back into reading contemporary romances after a long break. Adele and Zach's second chances romance is fantastic. Their chemistry oozes off the pages and there is no angst at all as they are open and honest with each other about their issues. My one small nitpick is the excessive football descriptions. However, as the sports genre is not a favorite of mine that would make sense and readers who do enjoy this theme will probably love it. All in all, an excellent series and this is the best one in it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christel

    Reviewed for Avon Books. I loved this book!!! For the author to live in Idaho she really knows what goes on on Friday nights in Texas, High School football. As a born and raised Texan she decribes it perfectly!!! The storyline is well thought out and the characters are well developed. I loved the scenes with Devon and the Angel, Mrs. Harbarger. Just too funny!! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a feel good story. I guess I am going to have to find the 3 previous books in this series Reviewed for Avon Books. I loved this book!!! For the author to live in Idaho she really knows what goes on on Friday nights in Texas, High School football. As a born and raised Texan she decribes it perfectly!!! The storyline is well thought out and the characters are well developed. I loved the scenes with Devon and the Angel, Mrs. Harbarger. Just too funny!! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a feel good story. I guess I am going to have to find the 3 previous books in this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I was disappointed with this book. The way Zach treats Adele during a couple crucial scenes was horrible and how Adele ran back to him was even worse. I could have done with out the levels of Heaven part.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yona

    The book was a little strange, but not too bad.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Zel Polev

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked it. I think it was the best in the series. I was hooked from the beginning. I liked the main characters so I was a bit invested in the story. While I liked how they got together, I'm side-eyeing the story about Devon's malicious gifts. I know it's just a bit of silliness and I don't want to scrutinize everything in all seriousness, but I don't like the idea of Devon's bullying continuing on from the afterlife. I get that Adele's bad dates kept her single all this while but the prize by t I liked it. I think it was the best in the series. I was hooked from the beginning. I liked the main characters so I was a bit invested in the story. While I liked how they got together, I'm side-eyeing the story about Devon's malicious gifts. I know it's just a bit of silliness and I don't want to scrutinize everything in all seriousness, but I don't like the idea of Devon's bullying continuing on from the afterlife. I get that Adele's bad dates kept her single all this while but the prize by the end of it was just so-so. I wasn't astounded by Zach. He was just a good-ol-boy. I wanted him to be amazing if Adele had to suffer through all the jerks, who without the curse, would probably be perfectly reasonable people. I'm just against the idea of heroines life being put on hold until they meet the hero. Adele's life still went on but her romantic life was a dud and I wasn't a fan of it in principle. It's one thing if she is just a magnet for disastrous men but the fact that it was by the hands of Devon, who bullied her when they were younger, just put a bad taste in my mouth. I feel like Adele was such a champ through everything that she deserved everything and more. Zach was just alright relatively. He was no prize by any means. Between his rampant suspicion that everyone was out to trap him, I feel like Adele deserved better. I wanted Adele to have a fresh start, not be embroiled in whatever Devon touched. I really didn't like Devon. I don't care if she was being humanized near the end where it's hinted that she has some reasons for her possessiveness. However, there is just an air of shallowness and maliciousness about her that I can't look past. Unfortunately, this sentiment transfers over to her daughter, who I viewed as kind of bratty. I just wanted Adele to have something better and not have to be a stepmother to a teenager who worships Devon and be a wife to someone who is a bit full of himself. The story revolves around Adele and Zach. Zach was Adele's first love and their brief affair ended with Adele's broken heart. Zach ended up impregnating Adele's bully shortly before they broke up. Devon stopped taking the pills and she got pregnant. Zach broke things off with Adele so he could take responsibility and marry Devon. Adele left mid semester and moved in with her grandmother. Years passed, Adele is a successful sci-fi writer and Zach is a widower with a teenage daughter. They met again when Adele moved back temporarily to help her pregnant sister out. She took care of her niece, who happened to befriend Zach's daughter. As a result, Adele and Zach met more often than Adele would have liked. Past attraction surface up and they end up sleeping with each other again. There is a side story about Devon in the afterlife. She is being tested and is given gifts to use to right the wrongs she did in life. Devon uses the gifts as curses and Adele is the recipient. For three years, Adele goes on dates and they all go awry. Men act out of character and say odious things. This was how Adele's previous relationship ended. It kept her single until she met Zach. The second curse was Adele getting pregnant. Zach hated that he got trapped by Devon and Devon figured the same would happen to Adele if she got pregnant. So, Devon messed with the birth control. The conflict near the end was Adele's pregnancy. The birth control didn't work and Zach freaked out about being trapped in a marriage again. He accused Adele of employing underhanded means despite Adele not being happy with the situation either. Adele refused his rote marriage offer though because she didn't want to be trapped in a bad marriage either. She left because she was homesick. When Zach visited her and found that she left, he immediately pursued her. During that time, he figured out he loved her and asked her for marriage in earnest. She accepted. They got together.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katharine.

    Love, love this book. A short, torrid college romance is over almost before it started. He went on to be a football star and she became a best selling author. Their paths didn’t cross for years. She is back home to care for her pregnant sister and he, a widower, had moved there because it was his late wife’s hometown. Another affair, another rejection and a HEA. A funny thread running through is the dead wife sending curses down to the heroine. Believe it or not, it adds to the story, and I usua Love, love this book. A short, torrid college romance is over almost before it started. He went on to be a football star and she became a best selling author. Their paths didn’t cross for years. She is back home to care for her pregnant sister and he, a widower, had moved there because it was his late wife’s hometown. Another affair, another rejection and a HEA. A funny thread running through is the dead wife sending curses down to the heroine. Believe it or not, it adds to the story, and I usually dislike this in romances.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gogol

    I have a genuine question, why in the world are books like this so highly rated? I’m not ranting or being catty, I am curious. I didn’t manage to even finish the first one third, and I’m normally someone who’s obsessed with seeing books through. The plot is a thin, warmed-over redone of several tropes, sewn together very badly by the writer.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    sort makes more sense now ... i did realize this was book 4 .. i just noticed a new book in the Romance Package and decided to check it out ... great listen ... hilarious story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monica Gearhart

    I loved this series. I wish there was more so we knew how everything turned out for all of the ladies.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sc

    4.5 stars. Loved it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Paller

    It was not earth shaking. But it is was a fun easy read. Sometimes that's all you want. It was not earth shaking. But it is was a fun easy read. Sometimes that's all you want.

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