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Love at First Date
     

Love at First Date

4.2 13
by Susan Hatler
 

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(Better Date than Never series, Book #1)

Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it's about to rewrite her life. . . .

Ellen's figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That's why she signs up for Detailed Dating-the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she

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(Better Date than Never series, Book #1)

Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it's about to rewrite her life. . . .

Ellen's figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That's why she signs up for Detailed Dating-the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided "match." After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she's excited to meet in person.

When Ellen's best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can't get out of her mind. Henry isn't a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him.

Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480286290
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/05/2012
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan's books have been translated into Spanish and German. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

You can reach Susan here:

Facebook: facebook.com/authorsusanhatler
Twitter: twitter.com/susanhatler
Website: susanhatler.com
Blog: susanhatler.com/category/susans-blog

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Love At First Date 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
What a great start to a short, sweet, and humorous series. When Ellen decides to go on a strict diet of online well researched dates, you just know something unexpected is going to happen. I just never thought that a dog eating a hairbrush would be the thing to set it off. Ellen was a great character, Chester was an amazing puppy to help her out, and Henry is the perfect guy. Now, we can't forget about the internet dates - they are each special in their own way as well and really helped me understand and know Ellen's personality.  While this is a shorter story, there is plenty packed in to keep it a good one. While this book may not have gotten the highest rating - it was perfect for a pick me up story during a long week. Susan Hatler also introduced us to a few of Ellen's friends, and it looks like they are next in line to find love of their own. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It just tbe kind of book to show n tell you what to look for in life :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable short story. It was a sweet romantic story of two people who met during a dog Obedience class. I really liked this book, it leaves you light hearted. Thanks for this free read Susan. It's a winner. Can't wait to read the next book in this series.
DaisyDee More than 1 year ago
Amazing Love at First Date Story... I received the Audible of “Love at First Date” by Susan Hatler and Narrated by Martha Lee.  I enjoyed the narration by Martha Lee, she made it easy to follow along and used differentiated tones for each of the characters.  The author Susan Hatler did an amazing job with this book, it had me laughing at Chester antics and wondering who Ellen would select as her “Compatible” match.  I could relate to some of the dating challenges that Ellen faced and how others relationships may have an impact on a person choices for their own relationships.  I absolutely loved this story and will be looking for other books by Susan Hatler.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
A cute short romance about looking for love in all the wrong places only to find it right in front of you where you least expected. People can be too much alike or think they want something they do not. Sometimes compatibility is over rated we can be too compatible or think we want one thing when in fact it isn’t what we want at all. Elle felt she needed to find someone compatible she signed up on Detailed Dating site. She did her profile and got her dates. The dates were all wrong she found what she really wanted was what she didn’t want at all. This was a cute little read that is a funny clean reads about finding the mate of your dreams at first site. If you want an easy fast fun read this is the book for you.
CAJ45 More than 1 year ago
This was quick cute story that I was pulled into easily. Online dating or meeting someone by chance…You have both aspects as this story plays out. I had some laugh out loud moments with her online dates. I don’t know if that is how it works with online dating. I did find myself laughing when she scored 86% and then proceeded to argue with her date. It a fun, quick, romantic story that not everything can be planned to the way you want it. It might look good on paper but when you bring it to life you’re not very happy with it. I liked it a lot and have bought 2nd book in the series. <I>Review copy courtesy of Hatco, Inc. via NetGalley </I>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute short story
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Love at First Date is the perfect choice for your lunch break or a long soak in the tub – in just a handful of pages, it made me giggle and smile and brightened up my day.  Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on Wordpress.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful short story of Ellen's modern day search for love. This book was funny, sweet, cleverly written, heart warming and had a fantastic ending! I especially liked how the characters seemed real. Like people I'd know and be friends with, making it easy to relate to them and therefore the story. Gave me hope my Henry is out there... now if only I had a dog to take to obedience school!
AngsSearchforaPrince More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a cute book. However, I felt like it repeated itself a little bit. I understood why the main character, Ellen, thought that online dating was right for her but her inability to even entertain other options got pretty annoying. Especially when it's obvious from the very first meeting between Henry and Ellen that there's an obvious attraction. I loved their flirtation and the author does a great job demonstrating how a woman's mind can get a little crazy when she likes someone and isn't sure if he likes her back. And I am the ultimate dog lover so I loved the love/hate relationship Ellen has with Chester (BFF Rach's dog) and Henry's super sweet interaction with his dog Kenzie. It was a short, quick read but was pretty cute overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this! 
ILUVBOOKS35 More than 1 year ago
Ellen is using online dating to find the perfect guy, and has narrowed it down to two men to go out with. Ellen talks about relationships, finances, etc with her girl friends and these girls feel like friends I'd hang out with. They're trying to figure life out as we all do!! When Ellen does a favor for her friend Rach by watching her dog, an emergency at the vet has her meeting a mysterious guy, Henry. Henry is sweet, sexy, and apparently tired from late nights. What's he up to so late? And why is he so vague about it? Ellen goes out with her two safe dates but she can't stop thinking about Henry. This is a wonderful romance that I can relate to and reminds us we never know when love may strike.
Janell_Sutherland More than 1 year ago
This is a cute fairy tale disguised as a contemporary novella. Ellen, recently turned 30, is ready to marry and have two children. Her mother, now on her third marriage, has drilled into Ellen the mantra that compatibility is the key to a successful relationship. To that end, Ellen has joined an online dating service to screen out anyone who might prefer paragliding over walks on the beach, and to include only honest, successful men ready for marriage.  As the story opens, Ellen has narrowed her choices down to two matches. She is prepared to meet them face to face and begin her lifetime of shared goals and political views. But wait! First she has to dog-sit for her best friend, which leads to an evening at the vet, which leads to dog-training school and Henry. Henry is an unscreened, unknown, dog-rescuing, gray-eyed hottie in sweatpants. What should Ellen do?  Ellen forces herself to meet the two appropriate men, all the while daydreaming about Henry. Because he has nice eyes and a nice dog. What’s not to love? Over three nights of dog training she dreams, she doubts, she focuses, she despairs. In the end, everything works out, yay!  This is a short romance, I read it in about an hour. It introduces other characters who have their own full-length novels in the series. Based upon the writing style, the other books should be light, breezy, and fun. This story was pretty much building up to a kiss at the finale, so the heat factor was almost zero. I wonder how steamy the other books are? I probably won’t read them because I felt this story was too fluffy, too “waiting for Prince Charming”. But I bet my fourteen-year-old self would have fallen for it completely.  Grade: B This review also posted on Red Hot Books