Not Another Bad Date continues a series comprised of: Sex, Lies and Online Dating (2006), I'm In No Mood for Love (2006), and Tangled Up In You (2007). The books are about the romances of a group of friends. However, this book works fine as a stand alone novel.
The story is set in small town Texas where Adele Harris, a science fiction and fantasy writer, goes to help out her sister. While there she meets up with Zach Zamaitis, a former pro football player, now a high school football coach. Adele and Zach have lives full of responsibilities and difficulties. Zach has a teenage daughter from his marriage and Adele is looking after her niece during her sister's hospital stay for a difficult pregnancy. The two girls become friends and this leads to Adele and Zach spending time together.
They have a history together. Fourteen years ago they dated in college. They broke up when a previous girlfriend of Zach's found out she was pregnant. Zach married the pregnant ex-girlfriend, but now she has been dead for three years. Zach and Adele are still attracted to each other but their romance does not go smoothly. Zach's late wife tries to keep them apart from the afterlife. Her actions tend to have consequences she did not intend. Her part of the story is amusing as her plans keep going awry.
The characters are believable and likable. I liked the small town Texas setting and I found the book enjoyable. Overall a very good contemporary romance with some paranormal elements mixed in.
Fourth in a series about 4 Boise friends- but it is in no way necessary to read the other three books. Adele Harris returns to Texas to help her pregnant sister when she is left by her husband. There, she becomes re-acquainted with Zach Zematis, ex quarterback and ex love of her life. She has good cause to believe that she has been cursed in her dating life, but can she forgive Zach his past transgression and learn to love again? Good, quick read.
Paula L. (pokey1) reviewed Not Another Bad Date (Writer Friends, Bk 4) on
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This is a great light read! How many of us have not had the misfortune of having a few bad dates? If you answered no,consider yourself very lucky.
Rachel Gibson has become one of my favorite authors of late, as she can lighten up any bad mood,and leave you with a good ending, while taking you on a journey of the dating scene.........
This is the last book of the four friends/author series. Each story reflects the writer's genre and since Adele writes fantasy/sci-fi, Gibson added the "ghost" story factor. I thought it was interesting that the "ghost" was someone who hated Adele and was trying to hurt her.
Again a fun story and very silly. It's a quick read.
I would have liked to see Zach been a little more apologetic about being such a jerk but it was okay. Also I really loved the reaction of the bad dates from the curse. I would have loved to see more examples of those because they were hilarious.
I agree that Adele doesn't seem dreamy enough but I actually like her better here. I thought she was difficult in the other books.
Quick and Fun Read. I have liked every book by Rachel Gibson and I am not disappointed in this one. This is a cute modern day love story of a relationship from 14 years ago that finds it's way again. Takes place in Texas and I could even hear the Texas accent while readings it.
I had read the other books in this series about the other writer friends so I was interested in Adele's story. This one didn't grab me as much as Claire/Sebastian's or Lucy/Quinn's, but I liked it more than the third one--whose characters I can't recall at the moment. Rachel Gibson has a way of sweeping you into her stories and you just are along for the ride. I hate when they end, even if I like the ending because I'm enjoying the ride so much. I like the people she writes about.
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 be 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?