Dating for Keeps

Dating for Keeps

by Coleen Kwan


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Unlucky in love Lily Baker is ready to get back in the dating game. But her first night out ends with the guy ditching her-in the middle of a dance floor. Wonderful. Public humiliation on top of rejection. And worse, Caleb Willmett, the sexy local contractor with an unfortunate desire to remain single, witnessed the whole thing. But where Lily sees disaster, Caleb finds opportunity.

The only long-term relationship Caleb wants is a business partnership with Lily's father, but the man won't give him the time of day. If Lily can arrange a meeting for him, Caleb promises to help her find a guy worth dating. Perfect trade. And this should be easy-just look for someone completely opposite of himself, someone who's willing to settle down.

But when Lily unexpectedly captures his heart, playing matchmaker for her becomes the most difficult job he's ever done.

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ISBN-13: 9781724961679
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Lily Baker gripped the steering wheel, sucked in a breath, and tried in vain to ignore the roiling in her stomach. It's no big deal, she told herself. She was just meeting a guy for a couple of hours. A guy she hadn't yet met in person. But she'd read his profile on eCherish and exchanged a few messages before arranging this date. Everyone used dating sites these days, right? Well, not Lily; she'd only signed on because Dolores, her friend and co-worker, had badgered her into it. Dolores meant well, but, happily married to her childhood sweetheart, she had no experience with how brutal dating could be.

Tucking a curl behind her ear, Lily eased her car into the crowded parking lot. A sunny Sunday had brought the crowds out to the annual Pine Falls Chili Festival. Parents with kids and baby strollers, groups of friends, and couples holding hands streamed toward the adjacent park where rows of white tents had popped up overnight. Everyone looked relaxed and ready to enjoy themselves. She was determined to have a good time, too, even if she was a tangle of nerves inside.

But first she had to find a parking spot, which was proving difficult. A little girl dashed across her path, forcing Lily to slam on the brakes. An impatient honk blared from behind her. Grimacing, she moved on and suddenly spied a gap between a fence and an oversize black pickup truck. Could she fit in there? Maybe, and besides, it would be good to get that aggressive driver off her back.

With the tip of her tongue peeking out, she began to edge her compact little Kia into the spot. Easy does it ...

Without warning, the door of the black pickup truck flew open, straight into her path.

Lily shrieked and slammed on the brakes again. Her car bumped into the truck's door and stalled. She winced and shut her eyes. Oh dear lord, just what she needed before her big date.

The door slammed shut. Then someone tapped on her window. Peeling her eyes open, she saw a guy frowning at her through the glass.

"Hey, you okay?" he asked.

She nodded and gestured to him that she was going to get out. He backed away, allowing her to open her door. As she slid out of her car, she glanced up at him and felt a jolt of recognition. That ebony hair, finely sculpted chin, and tall, broad-shouldered figure were all too familiar. Caleb Willmett.

She'd first come across him at her dad's office a couple weeks ago. Like her dad, Caleb was a contractor. The first time she'd seen him, her jaw had literally sagged. Impossibly handsome, as darkly intense as a triple-shot espresso, and so effortlessly charismatic he didn't even seem aware of the heads he was turning. When her dad's receptionist — the brisk, no-nonsense grandmother suddenly all aflutter — had introduced them, Caleb had flashed a smile at Lily that made her toes curl. In response, she'd barely been able to stutter out a hello.

Since then, she'd seen him around town a few times, across the street or in the hardware store. It was hard to miss a man of such arresting attractiveness, but after such a fleeting introduction, she wouldn't be surprised if he didn't remember her.

"Hello," she tentatively began. "It's Caleb, isn't it? Caleb Willmett? We've met before."

He had been bending down to inspect his truck, but now he straightened, and his limpid blue eyes zeroed in on her. "Hey, that's right. At Baker Construction. You're Lily, Bill Baker's daughter." His face relaxed. "Didn't think I'd run into you here. Literally."

So he did remember her. Surprised, she stared at him, taking in his deep tan and thick, slightly shaggy black hair. In distressed jeans and snug-fitting black T-shirt, he had an air of animal magnetism about him. But he carried the aura without any arrogance, his expression friendly.

"My truck's fine," he continued, "but I don't know about your car. It's hard to tell which dents are fresh."

"Oh, dear." Shuffling along the narrow gap between the two vehicles, she finally made it to the front of her car, where she bent over to inspect the damage. "Oh, it's not as bad as I thought. Just a tiny new scratch, that's all. Poor Kermit." She patted the hood of her diminutive Kia. "He's been with me since my senior year in college."

"Kermit?" Caleb raised his eyebrows. "That's the name of your car?"


"Because it's green?"

"That, and because when it rains he makes this funny little froggy sound, like ribbit-ribbit." Lily started to make croaking noises, but then stopped when she saw Caleb giving her a strange look. She was used to that. People had been thinking she was weird for as long as she could remember.

But then he tilted back his head and chuckled softly, his teeth gleaming white against his tan. "Yeah, that makes sense."

His laugh was soft and mellow, easing the kinks in her back that had been there ever since this morning. He was surprisingly easy to talk to. Much easier than the last time. Maybe she was getting the hang of talking to men.

"Hang on," he said, gesturing with one hand. "You've got some dirt on you there."

Glancing down, she spotted a thick streak of muck marring her jeans at the hips. She must've picked it up when she'd squeezed her way between the two vehicles.

"Oh no." Groaning, she frantically brushed at the bleached denim. "That's all I need."

"What's the problem? It's a chili festival. Chances are, you're going to get messy anyway."

"Maybe, but I wanted to make a good first impression. I'm meeting someone."

"Ah." His dark eyebrows slowly climbed. "So you're on a first date, huh?"

"Yeah." Lily scowled at the brown smudge on her brand new jeans. She and Dolores had spent hours choosing them. They were a lot tighter and more ripped than her usual jeans, and the white linen shirt Dolores had picked out for her wasn't something she'd normally choose for herself. But this was the first date she'd had in quite a while, and she figured an outfit that didn't stand out too much would ease her anxiety. Then, at the last minute, she'd added a few of her handmade accessories — a pink-and-yellow crocheted flower scarf and matching earrings — to make the outfit feel less generic and more "her."

Now she twisted at the waist, searching for any other streaks of dirt.

"It's cool. You're fine everywhere else." Caleb's gaze flitted lazily over her, assessing her, measuring her.

What did he see? A confident, attractive woman, or someone plagued with doubts and insecurities? Someone who had let the past weigh too heavily on her? But at least she was trying again. Even if the thought of dating made her feel as if her stomach was filled with hundreds of wriggling worms. Once more she tried to tamp down her nerves. The matchmaking site she'd signed up to, eCherish, promised to make dating "easy, fun, and effective." She had to believe it was true. This was her first date through the website, and from his profile and the messages they'd exchanged, the man she was set to meet this afternoon seemed presentable and friendly and a good match for her.

"Thanks." Lily tugged at her flower scarf and glanced in the direction of the chili festival, wondering if she was late, wondering if she was suitably dressed, wondering if this little mishap in the parking lot was an omen for the rest of the afternoon.

Caleb cleared his throat. "If you like, I can park Kermit for you. That way you won't have to dirty your nice jeans squeezing in again."

"That would be wonderful." She smiled at him, surprised and gladdened by the offer.

In a few minutes he had straightened her car and eased it perfectly into the narrow parking spot. He locked Kermit, then handed the keys to her.

"I'll walk you to the festival," he said. "Where are you meeting your date?"

"At the entrance." Falling into step alongside him, she gave him a curious look. "And you? Are you meeting anyone?"

He hooked his thumbs into the front pockets of his jeans, easing his long legs to accommodate her shorter stride. "Just family," he said easily. "No date, if that's what you're asking." He gave her a quick wink.

She found herself flushing. It was strange, this effect Caleb had on her. He was surprisingly easy to talk to once she got started, even though she had been sure she'd be tongue-tied. Maybe bumping into him was a good thing. He hadn't snapped at her or blamed her for their fender bender, as some men would have. He'd been nice to her and even parked her car for her. Yes, she'd focus on the positive side. It was a sunny afternoon, and she was going to have a great first date. She could feel it in her bones.

* * *

Caleb Willmett eased into a slow stroll as he glanced at the woman scurrying alongside him. Lily was anxious, that much was plain from the way she clutched her purse and huffed under her breath, her fingers flicking at her hair. All that nervous energy ... over a date? It wasn't something he could relate to. Maybe that was why he and dating hadn't worked out in the long run. He could never make himself believe he was meeting "the one."

As they walked across the asphalt, Lily stumbled over a pot hole, and he instinctively grabbed her by the arm. She gave him a taut little smile.

"Hey, it's just one date, you know," he felt compelled to say. "It's not like you're about to marry the guy."

"I know." She let out a breath, visibly trying to relax. "And besides, I've got my lucky barrette on." She tilted her head, showing him a gold-and-silver hairclip half-hidden in her maple brown curls.

"Ah, well, nothing can go wrong, then, not when you're wearing the lucky barrette."

She bit on her lower lip. Clearly the lucky barrette wasn't relaxing her. It looked like she'd been doing a lot of lip biting; most of her pink lipstick had worn off already. He didn't want to point that out to her; it would probably only make her more antsy. She had a nice smile and sparkly eyes. Cute. And interesting. She had no reason to be anxious about one date.

They neared the entrance to the park. People milled about in the warm sunshine. A band was playing country music inside the festival. The spicy scent of chili rose in the air, setting off his taste buds. To the left of the gates, a man stood by himself, his gaze darting through the crowd.

Lily must have spotted him at the same time, because she suddenly halted and sucked in a breath.

"That's him, I take it?" Caleb said. "The guy by the gates?"

"Yeah." She swallowed. "That's Nick."

Caleb took a closer look. Of average height and build, the guy wore a tight pink shirt and black jeans teamed with flashy cowboy boots, black leather with stitched gold uppers. His red hair was smoothed back from a face that looked preoccupied. His roving gaze passed over Lily, then, after a second, returned for a closer look. He had obviously recognized her as his date. His mouth thinned as he inspected her, and then he shrugged and walked forward.

"You must be Lily," the man said with a tepid smile.

"Yes, that's me! Hi! And you're Nick. So glad to finally meet you in the flesh!" Lily stretched out a hand, her lips curving into a wide smile.

"Yeah, same here." The man gave her a perfunctory handshake before glancing at Caleb. "And you are?" he asked coldly.

"A friend of Lily's," Caleb said before he could think better of it. He knew the man all of five seconds, but already there was something about him that he didn't like. He sensed rather than heard Lily's soft intake of breath. "Don't worry. I'm not here to be a buzzkill."

Lily's cheeks were slowly suffusing with pink. "Um, this is Caleb. He was just — just walking me here."

"Okay, well, you're here now. Want to head in?" Nick maneuvered his way to Lily's side, totally ignoring Caleb.

Glancing over her shoulder, Lily gave Caleb an uncertain smile. "Thanks for ... for parking my car."

"No worries." He raised a hand. "See you inside."

He watched them walk into the park. Nick was studying Lily with a deep frown, his stance stiff. What was that about? Was the guy disappointed with the way she looked? Sure, she wasn't conventionally good-looking or model thin. Her face, framed by those irrepressible brown curls, was round and open, her stature short and curvy. And the jazzy, homemade scarf and earrings were unusual — but not in a bad way. Just different. He didn't know much about Lily, except that she was Bill Baker's daughter — the owner of Baker Construction whom Caleb had been trying to contact for weeks — and had a tendency to blush, but five minutes in her company was enough for him to know she was nice. Nicer than Nick deserved.

"Hiya, Caleb!" a female voice said, rousing him from his thoughts.

He turned to see his sister, Hannah, approaching with her husband, Derek, and their two-year-old daughter, Amelia. Upon seeing Caleb, his niece immediately launched herself at him, wrapping her tiny arms around his legs.

"Unca Cabah!"

He swung her up in the air, encouraging her shrieks of joy. Eventually he was able to kiss his sister and greet Derek, who also happened to be his best friend.

"Haven't seen you in ages, dude," Derek said as he clapped him on the shoulder.

"Yeah. Work, you know." Caleb's latest contracting job had kept him away from Pine Falls for months, apart from the weekends, and even those weren't always guaranteed.

"But you're back for good now, aren't you?" his sister asked hopefully.

"Depends on whether I can find work here."

Hannah pulled a face. "I wish you didn't have to travel so much."

"I know, sis. Especially now, with Dad ... "

Caleb's father had recently suffered a minor stroke. He'd responded well to the treatment, but he hadn't fully recovered — perhaps he never would. Caleb had done the best he could, but most of the care for his dad had fallen on his stepmom and his sister, and that fact weighed heavily on him. He was determined to be around for his dad, but that was predicated on his finding more permanent work around Pine Falls, a tough task in the current economic climate.

They walked into the park, stopping near the rows of tents where huge vats of chili were being carefully tended by eager cooks, all with their own secret recipes. As Derek went to collect some tasting samples for them, Hannah turned back to Caleb.

"By the way, you seemed a bit distracted when we arrived," she said, arching an eyebrow. "I was waving at you for ages before you saw us. Something on your mind?"

His thoughts instantly returned to Lily Baker. Though he hadn't really stopped thinking about her. As they'd strolled through the park, he'd been subconsciously looking out for her. The festival wasn't that big; he was bound to see her again at some point.

"Nah," he answered instinctively.

"Are you sure?"

Hannah had always worried about him. She was his big sister, and after their mom had left them and his dad in the lurch, she'd taken on a lot of responsibilities. Too much, really. She'd be perplexed if she knew he was thinking about a round- faced girl with crocheted flowers dangling from her ears and a lucky barrette in her hair.

"Yep," he assured her. "All I'm focused on is getting work around Pine Falls so I can be closer to everyone."

An hour later Caleb and Hannah were alone while Derek took their daughter to the bathroom.

"They're going to be a while," Hannah predicted. "Why don't we see what they're selling over there?" She tilted her head at the vendor tents nearby. As they strolled over the grass, she said, "I've been thinking about you getting work in the area. There's a rumor going around that Bill Baker's looking for a junior partner. It might be worth a try."

Caleb shot his sister a dry smile. "Yeah, I know all about Bill Baker."

Bill Baker was an established contractor in the Pine Falls district. Almost every new development came his way — he was known to be dedicated, hardworking, and honest. He'd built up his reputation over twenty years; everyone spoke highly of him. Recently, Baker Construction had landed the contract for the new Red Arroyo subdivision, which would mean years of steady, well-paid work. Rumor had it that Bill, always the loner, was finally looking for a partner to take some of the workload off him. As soon as Caleb had heard that, he'd polished his boots, updated his rÃ(c)sumÃ(c), and turned up at Bill's office. Only trouble was, so had tons of other contractors already. Bill, never one who enjoyed idle chitchat, had shooed everyone away and refused to take their calls. Some of the applicants had continued to badger the man, but Caleb had seen that approach wouldn't work with a straight-arrow like Bill.

"Of course you do," Hannah said. "Well? You approached him, I presume?"

"Uh-huh, but I wasn't fast enough."

"Oh, that's too bad. So he's already chosen a partner?"


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Dating for Keeps 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun romance where the heroine is so frustrated with her love life that she accepts the guidance and help of Caleb Willmett, someone she knows wants to remain single but also someone who wants to form a business partnership with her father. Yes, this is meant to be something of a business deal between the two but get ready as attraction builds and romance makes his matchmaking role difficult as the only person he wants her to match with is himself! With so many laugh out loud moments, this is a hilarious read that is brilliant to lighten even the darkest times. With challenges galore, surprises from the past, bizarre clothing choices, resilience to keep on trying and friends to help set Caleb straight, this is a delightful, very entertaining read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Lily doesn't have much luck when it comes to dating. She doesn't stop trying though and has signed up for a dating website. Her first date makes her feel terrible about herself, but fortunately that day she also meets a handsome contractor, who's now coming to the rescue. Caleb makes sure Lily is all right. There's something between them, but Caleb isn't interested in relationships, so friendship is a better idea if they want to keep in touch. Lily's father is looking for a partner. Caleb thinks he's the ideal candidate, but can't get an interview. In exchange for dating advice Lily promises to arrange this for him. Caleb will help Lily to find the ideal partner and she will help him with a solid plan to impress her father. This seems like a great deal. However, Caleb secretly doesn't want Lily to date anyone else and Lily dreams about her new friend a lot more than she does about the men she's going out with. Will their arrangement be a success or will it end in heartbreak? Dating for Keeps is a wonderful romantic story. It's clear from the start that Lily and Caleb are a great match. Lily is smart, quirky and creative and Caleb is kind, hardworking, loyal and stubborn. They have a fabulous click on many levels and seem to really get each other. That made the story incredibly fun. I like it a lot when the love between two people feels inevitable because the main characters truly belong together. Caleb and Lily have many obstacles to overcome though and I couldn't wait to find out if they'd find happiness with each other. Coleen Kwan has a lovely warm writing style. Dating for Keeps captivated me straight away and I read the story in one sitting. The settings for Lily's dates are terrific, they work really well and I loved their originality and versatility. The result is a dynamic love story with two sweet main characters. I'm a big fan of endearing feelgood stories and Dating for Keeps definitely falls into that category. It's an amazing heartwarming book.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect example of always taking a look beneath the cover. Getting to know and discover the real person inside. I truly loved Lily in all her quirkiness. She justshone brightly in this book. She was smart, unique, and finally proud to be who she was. And I loved that Caleb saw the real Lily. Watching him come to the conclusion that he felt more for her was a little heartbreaking until he got it. But together they were amazing. Definitely a heartwarming story for all us nerdy girls. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Hands down, I loved this story. Lily Baker is a little quirky young woman whose co worker signed her up on a dating site. Lily's dating history has seen better days. Oh she's tried a couple dates here and there and taking this risk is a big leap. You have to read Lily's backstory which is so well written and woven into the story so that you get a much larger view of Lily's life and where she's at now. Meeting a date from the dating site, she runs into Caleb literally, trying to squeeze her compact car into a tight spot when Caleb opens his truck door. Lily already nervous kind of freaks and Caleb talks her down right off her perch. They have met before, at her fathers office. Her dad is a very well known builder in their town and Caleb owns his own contracting business but it entails travel and since his father's stroke he's trying to get closer to home. Rumor has it that Bill Baker is looking for a partner and Caleb can't even get an appointment. Lily is his way in to meet her Dad. Lily's date is a major flop and Caleb saves her from public humiliation that night, dancing her across the floor and right into the night. The two talk and come to a deal of sorts, Caleb will help her find the right dates and "coach" her and in return Lily will help get ready to meet her Dad and put that good word in that Caleb needs. From there we see these two develop a great friendship that borders on something more. Caleb is a sworn non commitment thanks to his mother leaving them when he was young. Despite his Dad's remarriage and his older sister, Caleb is stuck in that place and unable to move past it. After several not so great dates and a reunion that Lily didn't want to go to but gets railroaded by her best friend in college looms ever closer, Lily is getting nervous. Caleb decides that he can find someone better than the dating service and so he does and the two hit it off nicely. Caleb's reaction to his own handiwork was less than stellar and pretty obvious he had a problem with Lily's new friend, the one he set her up with. The nice guy, the guy who fit everything on Lily's list. What Lily really wanted was Caleb and as time went on and the two grew closer they became attached and there was some nice moments of some well written steam. Big thumbs up there. Meanwhile Lily's dad offers him a chance to prove himself to be consider as a partner by finishing a house that needs a months worth of work in two weeks. The new owners are anxious. Meanwhile Dad also expresses his interest in Caleb and Lily's friendship. Caleb is on overload, between trying to finish the house, helping Lily, a piece of his past showing up, Caleb reacts poorly and takes it out on that last person who deserves it. Lily. Lily is devastated. Caleb takes it out on those around him, until his friends call him out on his behavior. Caleb gets a wake up call. When he goes to find Lily, she's gone. Caleb has to make some decisions which will effect his future dramatically. Lots of big questions here and what about Lily? I hung on every last word in this book. I laughed a lot, these two had some great moments that were so rich and well written. It could not have been better. Coleen Kwan writes a great story always. I loved Lily and Caleb together and of course Noodles. Read the book!!! 4.5 Stars **advanced reader copy from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ReadingLlama More than 1 year ago
I've read the previous books in the Pine Falls series, and while I liked them, I found them a bit predictable. I couldn't help but pick up this one, though, when I saw that the hero was Caleb, one of my favorite side characters, and a confirmed bachelor. This is the third in the series, though it can be read as a standalone. Like the rest of the series, this is a sweet and emotion-filled read. Lily's dating life sucks. To start off with, she's a quirky woman with an eclectic fashion sense (she wears crocheted flamingo earrings to on elf her dates), and one of her favorite conversation topics is her pet bearded dragon, Noodles. She's saved from another disastrous date by Caleb, who literally steps in when she's left on the dance floor. They've met previously at her dad's office - Lily's father manages a construction company, and Caleb is a contractor who's looking to do business with him - and their conversation takes a turn for the weird when Lily confesses her dating woes and Caleb offers to be her dating coach. Lily wants the stereotypical husband, 2.5 kids, and the picket fence, and Caleb is a commitment-phobic ladies' man, so he's the perfect person to help her weed out the guys she doesn't want to date, right? As the dates go on, they discover that the spark between them is something that can't be replicated with just any person from an internet dating site. I like the friends-to-lovers trope, and Lily and Caleb are just plain adorable together. While I worried Lily could fall into the trap of being socially awkward and quirky just for the sake of laughs, I think Ms. Kwan balanced it well. This isn't a Cinderella story where she turns into some glamourous bombshell, instead Lily becomes more confident and comfortable in her own skin. I especially liked watching the friendship between Lily and Caleb blossom, from Caleb helping Lily feed crickets to Noodles to becoming the person she calls when a date goes wrong (again). The chemistry between them was excellent, and this was pretty steamy for a closed-door romance. And, oh, how can I forget Noodles? I honestly think that Lily's pet was the breakout star of this book! I loved how much Lily, and eventually Caleb, cared for that lizard! Of the other side characters, I loved seeing Lily's relationship with her dad. Most of the other Pine Falls books have dealt with rocky parent relationships (and Caleb does as well) so it was nice seeing a father who obviously wanted to care for and protect his daughter while still realizing she's a grown woman. On the cons side, while I enjoyed the "Caleb matchmaking for Lily" angle, I think this may bother people who have issues with "other women" or "other men." For my part, I didn't like how things were left between Lily, Caleb and Ryan. There's also a whole "need a boyfriend for college reunion" subplot that was a big deal through most of the book, but then really fizzled out at the end. Overall, I honestly liked this one better than the first two in the series, and I'm hoping that the next book is about Ryan, poor guy. I'd definitely recommend this as a fun, sweet summer read! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
It's a great read, I loved the story as well as the characters. Especially, Lilly's character. She has a very unique personality and it is not easy for people to accept her for who she is. An artists at heart and finance expert at profession, she is a mixture of sweet and sassy. For now, she is trying very hard to find her soulmate, someone she will spend the rest of her life with. Caleb, on the other hand, doesn't believe in happily-ever-afters, he isn't looking for any long-term relationship so he knows that Lilly is not for him. However, he can't help feeling attracted to the quirky and artsy woman. What more, she somehow wakes up his protective instincts. He wants her to find her happiness and stop being rejected by men who don't even deserve her to begin with. The two strike an unlikely bargain, they both want something the other can help with so it seems right to help each other and get what they hope to achieve... but things do have a tendency to get complicated when opposites are involved. Soon they will want more than they bargained for... It's a very well-written story. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend to all romance lovers.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Lily Baker is the original odd-ball. Bullied at school, then home-schooled, pet bearded dragon, interested in crocheting, eclectic clothing tastes (think a top made of men's ties and clashing patterns/ colours), and a tendency to say whatever comes into her head when she gets nervous. She's always wanted a sterotypical hallmark movie life: husband, kids, dog, white picket fence and has been pushed into using a dating app by a co-worker and is on her way to meet her date when her car is hit by a truck door opening unexpectedly in the car park. The guy who owns the truck, Caleb Willmett, is a contractor who visited her father's business a few weeks back looking to see if he wanted to enter into a partnership. Caleb is everything she isn't, extremely good looking, confident, known as a player, and no interest in ever settling down (and male, obvs). When Lily's date goes all wrong Caleb is there to witness it, but rather than mock her he's kind and sympathetic. So she comes up with a kooky plan, Caleb should give her dating advice and in return she will put in a good word for him with her father. Inevitably as Caleb and Lily spend more time together they feel an attraction, but with diametrically opposed views on marriage it can't go any further, can it? Then a drunken pity-party leads Lily to make up a boyfriend to take to her college reunion ... I only wish I understood what each of the Entangled imprints mean't - then I would know what to expect. This is a very sweet romance. Nothing more than steamy kisses and a hand on a bare knee and as a consequence it has a slightly unrealistic feel. Also, and this shows how truly shallow I am, I found Lily's clothing choices to be so weird that I couldn't get over it. A grown woman who dresses like an eccentric child - just odd. I am a fan of Colleen Kwan's novels but this one missed the mark for me - mainly because I'm not a fan of sweet, clean romances and my ambivalence towards Lily rather than an issue with the novel itself. Recommended for fans of sweet romances. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This fun sweet read is excellently written with great character development and a fun storyline. Lily in all her quirkiness (that's a word, right?) is so much fun and I loved how Caleb accepted her just as she is. Lilly's ready to get back in the dating game and Caleb agrees to be her dating coach. Sounds like a great plan until Caleb starts getting jealous of the guys he's setting her up with. Can he get beyond his past and go after what he wants or will he stand by and watch the girl get snatched up by some other guy? I definitely recommend this fun relaxing read.
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
Fun and Flirty. Lily is kooky, has a bearded dragon as a pet and has had numerous bad dates. All she wants is to be in a committed relationship but it just isn’t working out for her. Caleb Willmett rescues her, when her date stands her up on the dance floor, and later agrees to be her dating coach. He doesn’t ‘do’ relationships but his attraction to Lily, whilst he is fixing her up with other men, has him tied up in knots. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.