28 Dates

28 Dates

by Stacey Lynn

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In the age of apps and social media, how many dates does it take to find “the one”? The author of Knocked Up and Fake Wife swipes right on love with a captivating friends-to-lovers tale.

Caitlin Pappas is a lifelong commitment-phobe. The closest thing she’s had to a relationship in the last few years was a friends-with-benefits thing that fizzled out because the guy wanted more. So when she and her best friend design a new app that promises to find “the one” in 28 Dates, Caitlin is the perfect guinea pig. Little does she know that she may have already met her match. . . .

Jonas Reeves has tried his best to move on after Caitlin didn’t want take things to the next level. Now they really are just friends . . . without benefits. Caitlin’s even a regular at his bar, The Dirty Martini. But when he learns that Caitlin plans to beta-test a new dating app on his home turf, Jonas senses a golden opportunity to win her heart. Even if he has to slide into her DMs to do it. . . .

The steamy standalone novels in Stacey Lynn’s Crazy Love series can be read together or separately:

And don’t miss her passionate Fireside series:

This standalone ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984800275
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Series: Crazy Love , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 5,743
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Stacey Lynn is a simple girl raised in the Midwest. Over the long, frigid winters, she would read every book she could get her hands on, from John Grisham and Danielle Steel to Ann M. Martin and C. S. Lewis. She began writing poems and short stories long before she reached high school, and now, as a wife and mother to four children, she finds solace from the craziness of her life by creating steamy, sexy stories. After publishing her first book, what began as a hobby has now turned into an unending passion.

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28 Dates 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
NadineBookaholic 1 days ago
This has been a fun series of standalone reads and 28 DATES was a perfect addition to the series. I had hoped to learn more about Caitlin Pappas when we met her in the first book, FAKE WIFE, where one of her best friends gets his HEA. Caitlin is a commitment-phobe but she has reason to be, in her eyes anyway. Jonas Reeves has been in a two year friends-with-benefits arrangement with Caitlin and he thinks it's time this bartender/bar owner takes the next step and asks Caitlin out on a real date. What he doesn't expect is that she would say no. In this second-chance-at-love story Caitlin has agreed to test her friend, Trey's, new dating app but only for thirty days because she has no intention of finding someone to settle down with even though that is exactly what the app is for. I have to say some of the dates she went on had me gagging and at one point I thought I was going to spit out the coffee I was drinking....I mean ewwww totally gross! For me I fell hard and was rooting for Jonas from the very beginning, Caitlin eventually grew on me and since she was the one I was wanting to read about that was interesting change. This book was steamy but not as steamy as most of Stacey Lynn's books, did I feel as if I was missing anything? No, and I'll tell you why, it's because as with all of the books I have read by this author, they are well written and have you so engrossed in the story you really don't realize it until you finish the book. WEEKEND FLING, the fourth book in the series, is due out in November and I honestly can't wait to get my hands on Trey's story and learn more about this nerdy hunk of a man. Happy Reading!!! **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**
CeeZ 2 days ago
Great book! Nice light love story with just the right amount of angst and humor. Would definitely recommend.
CeeZ 2 days ago
Great book! Nice light love story with just the right amount of angst and humor. Would definitely recommend.
Sheena Martinez 3 days ago
A cute and dare I say realistic take on the friends turn lovers trope. The romance years in the making, you can feel the strong connection between Caitlin and Jonas through the pages and how they were able to cope with their growing feelings felt very natural. My favorite portion of the series was the gradual built-up to the leads relationship which ultimately lead to their happily ever all. What more can I say? “28 Dates” was a fun and sexy read filled with lovable characters, great writing flow and steady relationship pace.
ADonovan 7 days ago
The description of the book explains the story. Caitlin shot Jonas down when he wanted more. Six months later, she signs up for the app, and he decides he needs to as well to try to convince her to give him a shot. She goes on some dates that would have made most people who were invested consider quitting an app, but she keeps going. The majority of the book is nothing but friendship, flirting, and longing on both sides. I didn't love the ending. Hopefully without spoiling anything, I felt like some things happened that were a bit much (I had trouble believing it was something that the one person would have done and that it would have been as well received by the other person, given the background and feelings of the characters). Then, rather than ending, the book kept going and also had an epilogue. I probably would have rated the first 80% of the book higher. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Marlene976 8 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has everything, love, regret, chemistry, friends, loss and great well developed main characters, fun supporting characters and beautify moments of joy.
Anonymous 9 days ago
The hero of this romance, Jonas, is a very appealing guy. Unfortunately, he’s fallen for Caitlin, who isn’t at all interested in any sort of commitment. All Caitlin wants is a “friends with benefits” relationship. The novel opens after they’ve been sleeping together for a while. Jonas presses for more - just a few dates that don’t involve sex, but Caitlin is so determined to avoid any serious relationship that they break up. Fast forward a few months and now Caitlin is testing a dating app for her boss. Jonas starts texting with her anonymously and you can guess what is going to happen after that. If you can buy that Caitlin would be such a commitment-phobe and then suddenly realize that she made a mistake, you will enjoy this romance. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
Momma_Becky 11 days ago
28 Dates was a middle of the road read for me. That said, it did have its moments. For me, it's not so much a friends-to-lovers or friends with benefits romance as a don't know what you've got till it's gone story. At least where Caitlin is concerned. The question is whether or not she's waited too long and let that chance slip through her fingers. That would've been okay, and it could've made for an interesting romance except it turns into a lot of nobody telling anyone how they really feel, which then dragged on for most of the book. More often that not, I wanted to shake one or both of these characters, and when I couldn't, I just grew more frustrated with them. What I did like was a few of Caitlin's dates through the app, especially the first handful, and the banter between Caitlin and 'Michael' was amusing. In the end, the romance didn't really do it for me, but parts of the story did make me laugh, and that's always welcome.
lisareads 12 days ago
Jonas and Caitlyn give us the perfect second chance story. I liked that they had history. I didn't like that we saw them together very little in the book. I did like the premise of her testing a new dating AP. I did like the scenes where Jonas and Cait are together. I loved Jonas' bar and the name of the bar. I enjoyed this book. Thanks to Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest review.
ljtljtljt 13 days ago
The Crazy Love series from author Stacey Lynn is quite enjoyable. 28 Dates is the third book and it can be read as a standalone. Caitlin Pappas and Jonas Reeves have shared a friends with benefits relationship for over two years. Unfortunately, when Jonas decides he wants more from their time together, Caitlin breaks up with him. Caitlin believes she is unlovable and therefore unable to form a romantic bond. Simultaneously, Caitlin's boss and good friend asks her to try out his new dating app. This app is supposed to secure true love forever, so the commitment reluctant Caitlin is the perfect person to try it out. Caitlin meets all her dates in Jonas's bar, which is a bit odd, however, his bar is where she feels the most safe. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and after six months of not sleeping together, Caitlin realizes that she loves Jonas. Jonas has always loved Caitlin. This is a nice story, however, the pace was a bit slow from time to time. Caitlin and Jonas are a hot couple, both in and out of the bedroom. The secondary characters are quite interesting in their own right, and I liked getting to know them. Overall, a solid read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
nelriv 13 days ago
As I started reading I had to continue going why because in the beginning guy dumps (Jonah) her and goes out with someone else for 6 months, and I couldn't believe that I mean it wasn't a couple of dates it was 6 months!! when again guy claims that he loves her so much, gag me and of course she Caitlin has not had anyone else for said months, whatever...However that being said I decided to read a little more and then decided let me read even more and I was happy that I did by the end I decided that yup I did like it. Why well you understand why Caitlin didn't feel that she couldn't commit and you love her friends how they have stood by her from the beginning. Then we also gets Jonah's reasoning, still wasn't happy about the girlfriend even though he does dump because he loved and wanted Caitlin and then goes out of way to get her back.. Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.
Suezqmil 13 days ago
28 Dates is book 3 in the Crazy Love series by Stacey Lynn. This is Jonas and Caitlin’s story and is a really sweet friend with benefits romance. It helps you see sometimes what you want and need is right is front of you all along. I love this author and she never disappoints with her writing. I highly recommend this book and this author!!
Jolie 13 days ago
I started 28 Dates being excited about it. I had read the previous two books and liked them. So, my expectations for this book were high. I figured that a book about friends with benefits relationship turning into more would be a good read. Instead, I got a book that had me so disinterested in the characters that I almost skipped over the epilogue. The plot for 28 Dates was interesting. Caitlin is a commitment-phobe. She refuses to do relationships. Her long term friends with benefits ended because Jonas developed feelings for her, and it scared Caitlin. So, she was surprised when her best friend asked her to beta test a dating app that he developed. All she had to do was go on 28 dates. She reluctantly agrees. The same time that she becomes the beta tester, she discovers that her feelings for Jonas haven’t disappeared over the last six months. How is she going to deal with her feelings and date at the same time? Will Caitlin finally realize that she is worth a relationship? 28 Dates started strong. I was enjoying Caitlin’s forays into Dirty’s. I was enjoying watching her friendship with Jonas deepen. Then she started beta testing that app. That is when the book began to go downhill. The author did do a great job of showing what kind of nutcases there are when online dating. The foot fetish guy had me in tears laughing. That was genuinely funny. I thought that Caitlin setting up her dates in Jonas’s bar was weird. I know that she felt safe there but couldn’t she pick up on the jealousy vibes from him? He wasn’t subtle about how he felt. I did like Caitlin. She was sweet. She didn’t take any crap from any of the people she met from the app. She was a pro at putting Jonas in his place. I also liked her outlook on life. Jonas skeeved me out. He couldn’t get over Caitlin. He acted like a toddler when she started bringing dates into his bar. Instead of coming clean about his feelings, he did something that made me go “Ewww.” I got stalker like vibes from him the entire book. What he did only reinforced my feelings on that. The romance angle wasn’t there, even at the end of the book. Because I didn’t feel the romance, the sex scenes didn’t do it for me. Yes, they were hot, but I couldn’t get into them. The end of the book was alright. I liked that everything was wrapped up, but it didn’t feel right to me. And the epilogue. Usually, I would be beyond happy for news like that. But this time, I was like, “eh.” **I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**
Tink4evr 14 days ago
Caitlin is a commitment phoebe. Jonas just wants to love her. The story is lighthearted and funny. It tells a charming tale of how far one guy is willing to go to win the girl he loves. It also explores all the weird and creepy sides of dating using technology. The characters are witty and fun and gives plenty of opportunities to laugh.
rc1836 14 days ago
Different kind of 2nd chance at love Stacey Lynn’s 28 Dates was an easy read, there just wasn’t anything that stood out in the story that made it extra special. I’m not a fan of stories where the hero and heroine spend most of their time apart from each other which is how it felt with Caitlin and Jonas. While not a favorite I would definitely read the writer again. I received an advance reader copy.
cgarr 14 days ago
I truly loved this book! Jonas and Caitlin were perfect for each other. Based on her past, Caitlin didn't want to do a serious relationship. So when Jonas pressed for more, she told him no. Six months go by and things are changing. Caitlin is pressured into trying her friend's dating app for a month. Jonas finds out and he wants a second chance. With the help of her friends, Jonas gets that shot. The story was so fun. The characters were fantastic. I would love to be friends with them. I will definitely go looking for more books by Stacey Lynn. I received an advance copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Laura_F 14 days ago
I was excited to read Caitlin and Jonas' story after meeting them in the first book in this series but I'm not sure this book lived up to my expectations. Caitlin is a commitment-phobe. She's the one ends things when Jonas says that he wants more. This is where things started to get disappointing for me. She, who admittedly dates around and has no shame about this (as she shouldn't), doesn't pursue anyone else during the six months between her ending things with Jonas and starting to use the app. But Jonas, who was so in love with her that he couldn't keep going in this arrangement, was already dating someone else before things even ended and stayed with that woman for the entire six months they were apart. Disappointment amplified. These characters are connected to the ones in the first book in this series but there still seems to be zero overlap with the characters from book 2. I'm so confused about how that book fits in this series. I usually love books by this author. This one was ok but just missed the mark for me.
ThreesmomDC 14 days ago
I must say that Jonas and Caitlin definitely take the long way around to find their HEA. First they were friends with benefits, but when Jonas wanted more, Caitlin's commitment issues had her withdrawing and turning Jonas down. Caitlin is left adrift and decides that she really doesn't need anyone anyways. Then her boss and friend comes up with a computer app that he wants Caitlin to test. It is supposed to help you find your "forever" One. Caitlin decides to give it 28 days. After the first disastrous date, Caitlin decides that she needs a safe place for her meets and asks Jonas if she can use his club. What else can he say, but "Yes" and then sit back and watch things develop. After breaking off with Caitlin, Jonas gets involved with another lady for 6 months, but then realizes that it isn't going to work between them. He then agrees to let Caitlin use his club to meet men even though it is torture. Jonas then decides to make his own profile on the new dating app and with the help of the developer Jonas gets added to Caitlin's list under a different name. Parts of this story were a little drawn out, but all in all it is a good book. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and freely given review. All thoughts expressed above are my own.
SherriBabb 14 days ago
I absolutely love this series and I am really hoping that Trey gets the next book. This book is Caitlin and Jonah’s book. Caitlin and Jonah’s have a friend with benefits arrangement that works really well for them. One night Jonah’s lays his cards on the table and asks Caitlin for a relationship and she turns him down. Jonah moves on with someone else and Caitlin does not. Now 6 months later Caitlin is still lonely and missing Jonah a lot. Trey asks her to help him test his new dating app. She thinks about it and after much thought she agrees. When Jonah finds out he thinks this might be his chance to get her back. Can he win her back? If he does will she forgive him when she finds out what he did? This is a really great read from start to finish. I would highly recommend not only this book but the whole series. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kelly_BTCBlog 14 days ago
I’ve been a fan of the author since reading Fake Wife. So I was excited to get back into the Crazy Love world! 28 Dates was a refreshing read! It’s takes the classic scenario of a friends-with-benefits relationship, where the man usually has the fear of commitment, and reverses the roles. So when Jonas steps up and asks Caitlin for more, fear takes hold and she ends their once easy and uncomplicated relationship. This book was a sweet and emotional love story that makes you open your eyes to what’s right in front of you. While the story has plenty of hilarious dialogue and disastrous dates (i.e. toe guy….ew!), thanks in part to Caitlin’s boss coercing her into testing his new dating app, it was the interactions between Caitlin and Jonas that really tugged at my heartstrings. The chemistry between them may not have burned through the pages all the time, but it was always there—simmering and building with every interaction or tender moment or affectionate gesture they shared. The heart wants what the heart wants, and this story clearly shows that no matter how hard you try or do whatever it takes to move on, the heart can’t and won’t let go. I really enjoyed this book. As stated before, it didn’t contain as much steam as the previous books in the series. But where the story may have lacked in heat, it made up for with its emotional struggles each character endured. Even though it isn’t necessary to read the previous books, I highly recommend starting from the very beginning of the series. The author’s writing was wonderful, as always, with a relatable story line and narrative that blended nicely.
mamalovestoread22 14 days ago
Caitlin and Jonas had a good thing going, a nice little friends with benefits thing, with no strings or feelings attached. Then one of them "caught feelings," and it wasn't Caitlin... she has a strict no feelings or attachments rule. Somewhere along the way the line got blurred and Jonas decided he wanted to be more than just to be her "between the sheets" friend, he wanted to be something a little more permanent for her, and she freaked. So they went their separate ways, went back to being just friends, and tried to put their dirty past behind them. But for some reason it just won't stay hidden.... Second chance romance has never been sweeter... 28 Dates is a charming little page turner sure to make hearts skip a beat and inspire a serious case of the swoons! This story shines a light on a couple who tries to keep feelings out of their relationship of convenience, but they quickly learn they are no match for the heart. This was a great spin on the friends with benefits story line, it's not too often you run across a story where the woman is the one with a no attachments rule. It was so fun to watch Caitlin try to stay strong and avoid falling head over heels, while Jonas did everything under the sun to convince her to give them a chance. That man was downright swoon-worthy!! I must say another stellar read from Ms. Lynn, it impressed on all fronts and left my heart brimming with feels! Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, via NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
CeeCeeHouston 14 days ago
A very enjoyable story. 28 Days by Stacey Lynn was good, but not quite what I’ve come to expect from her. Jonas and Caitlin have had a FWB affair for over two years and everything was fine, until Jonas decied he wanted to be a real couple. Caitlin is a commitment-phobe due to her past, and instead of embracing Jonas’ wishes she pushes him away, so far and so badly, he ends things. Caitlin finds herself alone and her app tech boss talks her into testing out his latest design. A dating app, of all things! She’s set to go on 28 dates to find her soulmate. But, he’s been waiting in the sidelines all along. So, now she’s out there in the real world meeting the creepy guys, the liars and maybe, just maybe the nice ones too. When Jonas discovers what’s happening, he takes matters into his own hands. If Caitlin is ready to date, then there’s only one guy for her. Him. he’s loved her for years, she just needs to open her eyes and see him. Who will she pick? Will she see the truth before it’s too late?
Susanmc81 14 days ago
Caitlin and Jonas have been friends with benefits for two years, when Jonas wants more, Caitlin rejects him because she doesn’t believe in happily ever after . Fast forward six months and Jonas hears that Caitlin is going to test a dating app her boss developed. He decides that this is the way to get Caitlin to fall for him, beyond their physical relationship. This book has a nice amount of humor, and I loved all of the disastrous dates that Caitlin had to endure. This is a fun, easy read that was reminiscent of “You Got Mail”. I received a ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
Chloe Trivelpiece 14 days ago
I loved this sweet, steamy story! This is the story of Jonas and Caitlyn.  Friends with benefits until one wants more.... A beta testing of a dating app, some funny, yet corny Star Wars jokes and a bit of secrecy blended together makes for one heck of a story. Caitlyn is independent and fierce, she is set in her ways until she sees things a different way. Jonas is player wrapped in a romantic cape!  He is swoony and just wowza! This is truly a stand alone, but I have to admit I loved seeing past characters making an impact in this story! You can't go wrong with a Stacey Lynn story.  She writes funny, she writes smexiness and she writes perfectly! This is a quick read, I mean I couldn't put it down until the end!  You are gonna love it!
PennieM 14 days ago
This is a quirky second chance romance and was just plain fun! Caitlin and Jonas used to have a friends with benefits relationship until Jonas wanted more and Caitlin freaked and put an end to it and they had to go back to only friends or nothing. Now she is helping out her friend by beta testing a new app which promises to find true love in 28 dates, yea, she is not buying it since she doesn't believe in love. But she may have already met the one...Now she is having dates in Jonas' bar and he is witnessing it and now he has to figure out how to slip in and be one of her dates. Can he and will he finally be more than friends? This was a quick read but a fun one. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**