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Not Another Bad Date

Not Another Bad Date

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by Rachel Gibson

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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


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?

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Publishers Weekly

This yummy lovefest from Gibson (after Tangled Up in You) focuses on a familiar dilemma: how to end bad luck in love. At 35, successful Idaho SFF novelist Adele Harris has had it with losers who make fun of her "big fat ass." She feels cursed-and she was, by old rival Devon Hamilton-Zemaitis, who stole Adele's first love, football star Zach Zemaitis. When Devon dies following an accident, she must remove the curse that's prevented Adele's happiness so she can go to heaven. Meanwhile, Adele gets a frantic call from older sister Sherilyn, who's divorcing her husband and has moved back to their old hometown of Cedar Creek, Tex.-where Zach now coaches high school football, and where Sherilyn needs help with her 13-year-old. Gibson keeps the action light but dead-on delicious in Adele's and Zach's sizzling second-chance-at love. (June)

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Not Another Bad Date

Chapter One

"Kiss me, babe."

"No, really." Beneath the light of a sixty-watt bulb on her porch, Adele Harris placed a hand on the chest of her latest date. "I've had enough excitement for one night."

Investment banker and former nerd turned world-class jerk, Sam King mistook the hand on his chest for a caress and took a step forward, backing Adele against the front door. Cool October air slipped across her cheeks and between the lapels of her coat, and she watched horrified as Sam lowered his face to her. "Baby, you don't know excitement until I fire you up with a kiss."

"I'll pass. I don't thi—urggg—" Sam smashed his lips against Adele's and silenced her protest. He shoved his tongue into her mouth and did some sort of weird swirly thing. Three quick circles to the left. Three to the right. Repeat. She hadn't been kissed like that since Carl Wilson in the sixth grade.

She forced her free hand between them and shoved. "Stop!" she gasped as she reached into the small purse hanging from her shoulder and pulled out her keys. "Good night, Sam."

His jaw dropped and his brows lowered. "You're not inviting me in?"

"No." She turned and unlocked her front door.

"What the hell? I just spent a hundred and twenty bucks on dinner and I don't get laid?"

She pushed the door open and looked over her shoulder at the moron standing on her porch. The evening had started out okay, but had began a downward descent with the salad course. "I'm not a prostitute. If you'd wanted a sure thing, you should have called an escort service."

"Women love me! I don't haveto pay a prostitute," he protested a bit too much. "Women are dying to get some Sammy."

By the time the dinner plates had been cleared, the date had nosedived into the third level of hell, and for the past hour Adele had tried to be nice.

"Of course they are," she said, but failed to keep a bite of sarcasm from her voice. She stepped into her house and turned to face him.

"No wonder you're thirty-five and alone," he sneered. "You need to learn how to treat a man."

For the past hour she'd pretended interest in his narcissistic ramblings. His nonstop bragging and his presumption that he was quite the catch and she was very lucky. She tried to tell herself that it wasn't his fault. That lately she'd begun to suspect there was something about her that made men insane, but he'd just crossed the line. Poked at a very sore spot. "And you need to learn to kiss like a man," she said, and slammed the front door in his stunned face.

"What the hell is going on in my life?" She pushed one side of her thick curly hair behind her ear and leaned her back against the door. This was getting ridiculous. Every man she'd dated for the past . . . what? . . . two or three years had been a jerk. If they hadn't started out as jerks, they'd quickly turned into jerks. At first she'd thought she was just a jerk magnet. That she attracted idiots, but lately she'd begun to wonder if there was something else going one. That there was something about her that turned otherwise-okay men into morons. Because really, how many jerks and idiots were there in this world? And how likely was it that she just happened to date every last one of them? Repeatedly? Without a break?

Not likely. Adele flipped the dead bolt and pushed away from the door. For the past few months, she'd begun to think that she was cursed. Cursed with perpetually bad dates.

She hung her coat in the front closet and moved into the living room. She tossed her purse onto the green sofa and reached for the remote control on the glass-and-iron coffee table. A couple of months ago, she'd mentioned to her friend Maddie that she thought she might be cursed, but Maddie had laughed it off and Adele hadn't brought it up again.

There were some people who thought she was a little different—maybe a lot different. Growing up she'd believed in magic; in fairy dust and unicorns and pots of gold. As a child, she'd believed in cracks in time and life on distant planets. Ghosts and alternative realities. In endless possibilities. As an adult, though she never ruled out anything completely, she no longer believed in endless anything anymore.

She turned on the television and sat on the arm of the couch. These days, she might not believe in endless anything, but she did make a good living off her imagination and the possibilities she'd believed in as a child. To date, she'd published ten science-fiction and fantasy novels. Researching those books had taken her to some truly bizarre places, and she'd personally witnessed too many instances of paranormal phenomena that could not be explained away by science to casually dismiss anything out of hand.

She flipped through the TV channels and paused on the ten o'clock news. Out of the many books she'd written, she'd never researched curses, and she didn't know a lot about them. She didn't know how curses worked, if they had to be cast by means of witchcraft or black magic. If just anyone could curse anyone else, or if there had to be a certain knowledge of curses, spells, and hexes?

I'm crazy. Adele felt her brain squeeze, and she dropped the remote onto the sofa. As crazy as people sometimes thought she was. She rose and moved through her living room to her bathroom. Because really, what kind of person thought she was cursed?

A crazy person, that's who.

Not Another Bad Date. Copyright © by Rachel Gibson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats, and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car's broken glass all about. She told her parents she'd been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She's been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure whether to buy this book or not, despite being an avid Rachel Gibson fan, due to the poorer than usual reviews here. Eventually I caved (of course) and I'm so glad that I did. Okay, so it's not great classic literature, but it's still a heck of a lot better than a lot of the so-called chick-lit out there. If you're a Rachel Gibson fan you may agree that it's not quite on a par with 'See Jane Score', but neither was it the worst that she's ever written (that would be 'It Must Be Love' by my reckoning), and I fully intend to keep 'Not Another Bad Date' alongside all Rachel Gibson's other novels on my bookshelf. The book forms part of a very loose quartet based on the love lives of four writers, but don't panic if you haven't read the others, as each book stands alone. Adele is a quirky sci-fi author who feels she's been cursed to only ever have bad dates, and handsome football star Zack just could be the cure. But will they let the bad experience in their past get in the way of finding happiness? If you're new to this author then sit back and enjoy a deliciously frothy, fun romance; if you're a fan then let Rachel Gibson work her magic on you again and don't let a few poor reviews put you off. I really wanted to give this novel 4 and a half stars but that wasn't an option!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've been on the bad dating jag like some of us, this book is a welcome refuse. I thought it was funny and well told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and touching - a pleasure to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not Another Bad Date, by Rachel Gibson, is an excellent book that you will not want to set down. It¿s about a woman named Adele Harris who goes back to a small town in Texas where she grew up, to help her pregnant sister, after her sister¿s husband leaves her for another woman. Adele has to take care of her middle school niece, whose friends dad is a man who broke Adele¿s heart fourteen years ago. Zach Zemaitis was a man Adele, dated while in college. Whom she lost to a girl who had it all, and who also made Adele¿s high school years absolutely miserable. Zach had become an NFL player, and began coaching the high school football team. In addition to becoming an NFL player and coach, Zach also became a widower. After bumping into Zach, he makes multiple attempts to talk to Adele, and tries to get back what they had in college. But, Adele wasn¿t interested, in her opinion it was better for her to move on. However, that didn¿t stop Zach. He tries everything to get Adele, and eventually she gives in, and decides to give Zach a chance. Like every relationship, there are going to be romantic moments, and twists, which is exactly what happens to Adele and Zach. Later in the book, they encounter a major obstacle that will you on the edge of your seat. The main message in, ¿Not Another Bad Date,¿ is to have confidence, go by your own instincts, and to be careful of what you say. That is Exactly what Adele did, and eventually learned. It¿s and excellent book I was very indecisive about reading this book because it really didn¿t look appealing to me, but I¿m glad I did. I enjoyed the story line, and It¿s a book that many adults, and possibly people in high school can really relate to. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 rating. I give it that rating because, I didn¿t like how the end of the book ended so quickly. Also, how the ending was very predictable. Reading this book makes me want to go buy her other books, and read those as well. I definitely recommend this to any females, who enjoy funny, girly, and eventful books. I wouldn¿t recommend this book to any guys however.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is one of her best, right up there with Daisy's Back is Town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Rachel Gibson's books!! I loved the Chinook hockey series and loved this series! I loved Adele's story and how things worked out for her. I like the background stories and how you get to catch up what was happening with Adele's friends. I laughed and cried with Adele. Keep up the good work Rachel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it one of my favorie books
Texas_Beauty More than 1 year ago
This was my first Rachel Gibson book and absolutely loooved it!! She kinda cross referenced a few of her character from another book of her's that I started. This book was full of juicy gossip, deff a girls book club! :)
mcdowellcc More than 1 year ago
I believe that people should read this book. This book is a fun book that some high school students and even adults can relate to. This book definitely kept me wondering what would happen next. I loved how the parts in the book would leave you hanging until the next chapter making you want to read on. It was interesting how I could relate to this book considering I have had a few bad dates. I did give this book a 4 star rating. What I didn't like about the book is that the ending was wrapped up very quickly and I wish the ending was a little more detailed. Even though the ending was not clear and dissapointing I think this is a must read love story.
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
So I love Rachel Gibson. She generally has everything I love in a good Romance novel. This book...not so much. It was okay...I liked parts and really rolled my eyes at others. The whole heaven reference was stupid. Plus, I didn't really get to know the characters as well as you do in her other books. Couldn't really tell what motivated them as people. So not her best work but I can't hate it because its Rachel.
Lisafaces More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.... one of my favorites from Rachel. You just love the story behind Adele and Zach. I loved how her fate of horrible dates was because of a very unexpected source. Its too funny, i laughed out loud. The chemistry between the couple is great and I love the story line.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book started out with funny and ended that way as well. I loved the characters and wanted to see where the story went. I love to read and really enjoyed this book. Would highly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Rachel Gibson's books but this one was just...ok. The story took WAY TOO LONG to pick up (I would have stopped reading it but I have a thing about finishing a book I start) and when it finally did, everything happened so fast.I didn't feel that Zach and Adele had a connection and I really didn't like either character. I was disappointed.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Science fiction and fantasy author Adele Harris leaves Boise to go home to Cedar Creek, Texas to help her pregnant older sister Sherrilyn who is in the hospital while her husband William moved in with his college age assistant Stormy. Adele is caring for her thirteen years old niece Kendra. She thinks of Zach Zemaitis who broke her heart fourteen years ago.------------------- A former professional football player and U of Texas legend, the widower Zach is trying to raise his ten year old daughter in Tiffany in his late wife¿s hometown. This forces him to pretend he cared about Devon who was a malicious person and the cause of his break up with his beloved Adele. Zach is stunned to see Adele, who he never stopped loving, but knows she will never forgive him for the big hurt. Meanwhile in the afterlife Devon Hamilton-Zemaitis must pay for her bad karma on earth as dying by crashing into a garbage truck is fitting but not enough her job is to bring Adele and Zach together, the way it should have been.--------------------- This is a whimsical second chance at love romance in which the paranormal is kept to a minimal, but brings karma and humor to the mix. Readers will relish Zach¿s efforts to regain what he lost years ago while Adele wants to avoid him like the plague. Devon brings humor to the mix starting with her former late schoolteacher lecturing her, a trip to Wal-Mart and the need for her as pompous mother to back off from interfering in her mission. Rachel Gibson provides a warm Texas contemporary with a conniving matchmaker from beyond.----------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rachel Gibson delivers another sure fire winner in Not Another Bad Date. ____________ Adele Harris can¿t believe the back luck she has been having with men. They start out normal and then it¿s like a switch is thrown and the jerk factor comes pouring out. After her latest date from hell she gets a frantic phone call from her sister. Seems her sister¿s husband has left her and her pregnancy is in danger. Adele comes rushing back to her home town of Cedar Creek to help her sister and her sister¿s teenage daughter. Just her luck her niece¿s her friend is the daughter of the man that dumped her in college. ____________ Zach Zemaitis returns to his hometown after the death of his wife to raise their daughter. With his NFL career over he is now coaching high school football, he is trying to give his daughter a normal life. He is blindsided by the girl that got away when he sees her on his porch one day. _____________ With Adele¿s sister now in the hospital with a high risk pregnancy, Adele is acting as a parent to her niece, Kendra. With Kendra spending time with Zach¿s daughter Tiffany, Zach and Adele keep running into each other. _____________ Old feelings and a sizzling attraction keep pulling them together. Can these two get past their trust issues and learn to take a chance on love? ______________ Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. Adele and Zach are richly written characters. Their love and pain is real and will touch your heart. Ms. Gibson¿s books are auto-buys for me and this book is no exception. It¿s definitely a keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Rachael Gibson's books and this one is one of my favorites .
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I moan as my bare chest touches urs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! A must read.....could not put it down.
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