50 First Dates….the theme of my week!

I have been sharing my experiences with online dating starting with Are Book Boyfriends Dangerous to your Dating Life?, which brings me to this post. A great movie came out in 2004 starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler called 50 First Dates. If you have not watched it, I highly recommend it. The movie is about Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy (Drew Barrymore). They hit it off and Henry think he’s finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day. So every day he has to win her over and get a first date, which brings me to my week of my own 50 First Dates.

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For a girl that initially loathes first dates, I started looking at online dating with a different perspective and started using the tips and techniques I have learned in the books, Men Don’t Love Women Like You by G.L. Lambert and Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov (My book review will be coming soon!), and I am actually starting to enjoy this process.

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Since I already know that I am the bomb diggity and one hell of a catch, I don’t need to prove myself to any man but he needs to prove himself Wanda Worthy, which is no easy task!  The process starts like this: we start with the initial chat stage on the site, moving then to exchange of numbers, phone conversation and the planning of a “meet and greet”.

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A “meet and greet” is where we just initially meet, check for chemistry and then I decide if he is “Wanda Worthy” for an official first date. Meet and greets always happen in public places, I always drive myself and are limited to ninety minutes. As a single working mom with older kids that can stay home alone, this allows me to utilize my babysitter for longer subsequent dates. Win, Win!!!!

It is amazing what you can tell by a man just by what he choses for the first initial meet and greet. I have experienced the following acceptable meets:  the walk the river, the adult beverage bar, and the coffeehouse meet. That brings us to the “You just got your a$$ deleted” meets: the come by my house, the I will come over to your house, and the where can we have sex meet. Deleted, end of story.

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On the walk the river meet, we had Allen the Aviator. He was age appropriate, no kids, and retired from the military. Great conversation but was very Type A so I passed on him.

On the coffeehouse meet, we had Fabio the Floor Guy. He was age appropriate, no kids, Romanian with a sexy European accent, very attractive but he eventually wanted kids so I passed on him. Side note: Had I been in the market for a little bedroom fun, he would have been my choice!! 

Lastly,  the adult beverage bar meet with Coach Carter. He was age appropriate, has kids, employed, very attractive, and I actually liked this guy. We went out on three different times. Dates with him were different, they were natural, playful and FUN. I could be my silly self just so I could hear his adorable laugh and he was happy to oblige. But what did I do? I’ll tell you what I did! I got scared of being rejected and I pushed him away. Yes, I did. I let my fear of rejection control me.

WHY!?!? WHY?!? WHY!?!

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With that major slip up, I must go on and the search continues with tonight’s next meet and greet.

I can already hear RuPaul in my head…..

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Until Next Time!!!!!

XOXOXOXOOXOXOXOOXO

Featured Author-Deirdre M. Silvestri-If the Walls Could Speak

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About the Author

Deirdre M. Silvestri was born in Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick City, Ireland. Because of dyslexia, her lifelong dream of becoming an author seemed dim. However, as her children grew, Silvestri told them often that they could do anything. If the Walls Could Speak is Silvestri’s first book, the first installment of the realization of her dream.


Synopsis:

It’s a beautiful, clear spring day, and soon the cherry blossoms will fall from the trees and blanket the ground like snow. This season promises to be extraordinary, but it won’t be the same without Da, who passed away at Christmastime. Finn O’Brine stares out the window, taking it all in. He can’t believe his father will never spend time with him again. And he can’t believe there’s a bat at his window—talking to him.

Before his death, Mr. O’Brine told Finn many stories about colossal dragons, sorcery, and the magic of Wickum Mannor in Ireland—but they couldn’t possibly be real, right? Wrong! Magic runs in the O’Brine family; it’s part of their heritage.

Now thirteen, Finn will begin to show signs of his magical inheritance any day now. It’s time for Finn; his twin sister, Neave; his younger brother, Jack; and his mother, Ailish, to leave the comfort of their home in America and journey to Wickum Manor themselves. They expect a summerlong adventure, but the O’Brine children may not be as ready as they think. With all the fantastic things to experience and discover on the four-hundred-acre estate, will Finn want to enroll at the magical Wickum Academy, or will he choose to return to his friends and classes in America at summer’s end?

If the Walls Could Speak can be purchased on Amazon here.

My review of Because of You by Kristina O’Grady

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OVERVIEW

One sizzling night… One life-changing moment!

Beth Copeland has made a terrible mistake. She slept with her long time crush Mark Asher…the man she couldn’t get out of her head, the man she dreamed about…the man who recently broke up with her best friend, Kelsey Woods!

Beth is consumed with guilt and is certain she will never let that one night of passion be repeated, but sometimes a gorgeous cowboy is hard to resist…

The second blazing novel in the brand new Copeland Ranch romance trilogy from Kristina O’Grady

THE COPELAND RANCH TRILOGY

Book 1 – I Choose You, Book 2 – Because of You, Book 3 – All For You

MY REVIEW

This was a love story involving Beth Copeland and Mark Asher, who have been in love with each other for years but haven’t been able to come together until one drunken night.(Never a good beginning, but hey) There are some blame games and self defeating behaviors between Beth and Mark, and some interceptors with Beth’s best friend, Kelsey and Beth’s family. Oh, did I mention that Kelsey and Mark dated for five years? (Side note to Kelsey: If he doesn’t put a ring on it within three years, time to MOVE ON AND UP!)

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But in the end, all in the their world is good or so it seems………

Beth was a character that I had trouble relating to and her choices to me throughout the book were unassertive. Working at a catering business for a film crew for no money and the methodical evil chef all to avoid Mark?

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I did like that the characters were well developed and the story was descriptively written. I didn’t like the time jumps in the book and the jumping around reading about one character and then suddenly the next chapter you start with a different character. Personally, it lacked cohesion for me. I did like the unexpected scene between Mark and the cow as I clearly did not see that coming.

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Overall, I give it 3 of out of 3 cowboys.

I did not read the first book in the series but there seems to be references back to the first book so I was able to follow along. I do not know if reading the first book would have many a difference in my opinion.

You can purchase the book at Amazon: Because Of You (The Copeland Ranch Trilogy, Book 2)

I was given this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

My Review of Can’t Fight Fate by Lisa N. Edwards

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Nikki, at age 21, goes to visit a psychic. This psychic tells her in graphic detail all the qualities that her “soul mate” will have and the words of the psychic are imprinted on her mind… “Remember he’s nice to look at, nice to see, but if you chase him, he will flee…”

Fast forward and Nikki is now 38 and still hasn’t met Mr. Wonderful. She decides to follow her friend, Siobhan’s advice, and move from Australia to California, to practice law with Siobhan. While in California, Nikki meets her psychic’s omen, the man named “CJ”, and the twists and turns of the psychic’s revelations begin between Nikki and CJ.

I could totally relate to Nikki, as intelligent as she is, can’t seem to save herself from tripping and falling into anything and everything. The situations this girls puts herself in just had me laughing like crazy. I absolutely love the way the author incorporates Nikki’s asides into the book.

There were two things about this book that I didn’t like: 1. It felt like one author wrote the first half of the book, and another author wrote the second half of the book. The writing was not the same in the second half of the book, as it seemed the wit was gone from the book. 2. This book abruptly ends and really ticked me off. Here I was enjoying the adventures of Nikki, and then poof she’s gone! I am assuming there is going to be a sequel or I am going to be very upset!

In any event, I would recommend this book to romance lovers, paranormal romance readers, and readers who like to enjoy a good book with a laugh.

Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy of this book.

Get your copy: Can’t Fight Fate