Just Three Dates

Just Three Dates

by David Burnett


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Since breaking with her last boyfriend, Karen has refused to trust any man her age. For the past three years, she has not dated the same one twice, and only one in ten has received even a goodnight kiss as she turned him away. Karen is an artist. She follows her feelings, lives in a cluttered loft, and gushes over vivid sunsets.
Mark still dreams about his almost-fiancée, and his date book has been empty since he threw her out a week before he'd planned to ask for her hand. His friends call him the "Ice Man," since he seldom smiles, especially at a woman. A math professor at the College, logic guides his behavior, he loves order, and an elegant proof is a thing of beauty.
Both Karen and Mark have all but abandoned hope of ever falling in love, and, left on their own, these opposites would never attract. So, their mothers become matchmakers, entangling them in a series of dates by extracting promises that Karen and Mark will go out together three times, suggesting that, in the absence of love, a "marriage of convenience" is a live option.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544202341
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/14/2017
Pages: 256

About the Author

CHRIS SALEWICZ has been writing on popular culture for more than 20 years. He wrote Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom. Salewicz edited the booklet contained in the 4-CD box set Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music, and co-wrote the script for the 1999 movie Third World Cop, which broke Jamaican box office records.

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Just Three Dates 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Stacey06 More than 1 year ago
This was a cute book to read. I really enjoyed this book. It was a heartwarming story. I really love the way David writes. He has a way of keeping you hooked from the first page to the last. Karen and Mark were great characters and I loved every minute of there journey together. Absolutely sweet together and some moments there were laughs as well. I love reading romance books and this one seemed to be the best one yet that I have read so far this year. A sweet journey of love you don't want to miss out on. Definitely worth picking up and reading. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
collyn23 More than 1 year ago
I had to share with you the newest book I just finished reading called Just three dates. I've only read other book by this author but I starting to really get into the books. I need to read some more of his books now. Just three dates was such a realistic scenario story line I loved it! It was about Mark and Karen who both went through bad relationships that left them a little broken and leary of love. Mark was a mathematician professor at a college who's ex girlfriend cheated on him. He was left think all women cheat and flirt. He thought love was not for him and that he would always only love his ex. Karen was a museum curator and a art history graduate. She poured herself into her work and decided to swear off love saying it wasn't out there for her. She dated guys who lied to her and made her feel like a piece of arm candy or piece of meat. She is also someone who voices her opinions which guys in her status don't put up with. Together they fought and took things the wrong way. They hated each other, liked each other and got on each other's last nerve. This is what real life is like! Nothing is perfect and easy but if you work together you can actually be the best of friends and lovers. I loved this book! I'd definitely recommend reading it! Check it out today and read a story you will actually relate to.
ShayNeff More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Both Karen and Mark have had bad relationships that left them scarred emotionally. But their mothers are adding pressure that they need to find a spouse, and they've decided their children will suit fine. Reading the first three dates was a comedy in errors. Watching them perpetually start to warm up to each other just to make assumptions about one another or looking at each other and their dates through skewed biases formed by their previous failed relationships. The comedy continued after the three designated dates, as well as a few of their own counted dates, ended horribly. Karen got involved with a guy that really didn't suit while Mark burrowed into his work and photography. Watching this, watching the chaos, and then discovering Lucia....it was an amusing ball of confusion for characters and humour for me. The last quarter of the story was funny and touching all at once. I even shed a few tears at the most heartwarming of scenes. All of this in a book that is clean and addicting to read. The author hit a grand slam with this book.
MissyTanner More than 1 year ago
Just Three Dates by David Burnett It’s an old story, mamas trying to fix up their children. But when David Burnett tells the story of Karen and Mark, you’ll swear it’s the best you ever heard. Just Three Dates was a a great read and I look forward to more from him. Mark is a math professor at a college and his mother is convinced that she has found him the woman to complete him. Being the gentleman that he is, he promises his mother that he would meet her. When she insists that they have at least three dates before they write each other off, what can he do but agree with her? Karen is a curator at a museum. When her mom and Mark’s mom have dinner with her, they talk her into the same deal as Mark. Just three dates and they would never interfere again with her love life. It’s funny the way life works. It really is a small world, at least for Karen and Mark. Their mother’s are friends. Vicky, Karen’s co-worker and best friend also went to college with Mark. These two were destined to meet and it wasn’t love at first sight. Even after the first date, there was plenty of doubts. After the second date, neither one was making wedding plans. By the time they planned the third date, it was almost them wanting to get it over with. It wasn’t until months later that they finally run into each other. That’s when the story really comes full circle. They realize that they are really good together in the end. But, this elaborate, real world story is perfect for anyone who loves a good romance, one that not only is sweet, but believable. Burnett captures your attention with his real life scenarios and characters. You can’t wait to see how it will all turn out.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
An arrange marriage with some twist Mothers know best especially dealing with kids. Relationships is not one of them. Just Three Dates is like an arrange marriage with some twists. Karen and Mark agreed to both of their mother's agreement. Of course, it does not work when their hearts are not open to fall in-love until they were done with three dates and moved on with their lives. I believe that once you love a person and it is meant for you, no matter what happen, the two of you will be together someday. It is like cupid hits you with a bow that stuck in your heart and cannot take out. Both Karen and Mark had previous relationships that still bothers their heart. Letting go to face the reality both make these lovebirds relationships works. It is a beautiful story. I loved reading this book. Sometimes, I feel like I want to smack these two. If only they admit right away, that they care and love each other, their mothers would be jumping with joy. If you like to read a romance that has second chance, Just Three Dates is perfect. You will laugh out loud too. 
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
Both Karen and Mark find themselves at a time of life where they would have loved to be settled down with a family, yet through past heartbreaks they both remain single to the annoyance of their parents or should I say mothers! So what does a mother do when their child can't move forward into a relationship after so long, they feel the need to press the fast forward button and play the blind date host of course! After being hammered by his mother so many times of the need to find a wife, Mark gives in to her crazy blind date request with her friends daughter Karen, with the promise that they just have to have three dates, and then the whole idea will be forgotten about. Poor Karen is also put into the same predicament and reluctantly agrees. They set out, under duress, to meet for their three dates, but the path of true love never runs smoothly so how will it work out? David's wonderful writing style has you there in the moment, along with Karen and Mark, it feels like you are reading a true story and the characters are your friends, I even felt frustrated with Mark at times for his stubborn ways just like you would in reality. You get to relive the new relationship emotions, the awkwardness, the stress and anticipation, getting to know each other, searching for clues within each other and perhaps reading the wrong signals. Yet for Karen and Mark they have the added pressure of knowing their mothers expect wedding bells to chime! I really enjoyed their story and it did leave me thinking about the idea of an agreed marriage against the loneliness of being on your own, the pros and the cons, quite thought provoking. Which is why I love this author so much, a simple, gentle, realistic story that flows in to the readers mind and has you thinking long after you have read the book.
TracyHelpsYou More than 1 year ago
Just Three Dates is a heartwarming story of matchmaking by a couple of meddling mothers. They get together and start commiserating that their grown children are not married and giving them grandchildren. They aren’t even dating or trying to find someone to share their life with. Mark has had his heart crushed by a very serious (he was ready to propose) past relationship. He is a math professor at the local college. He is quite fulfilled with his career and has no intention of allowing anyone to ever hurt him again. Karen has had several relationships end because of trust issues. Her boyfriends were dishonest and lied to her repeatedly. In her mind, she would never trust a man again. She has thrown herself into her work as a curator at the local art museum. Their mothers, however had other plans. They believe that their kids would make the perfect couple. They somehow finagle Mark & Karen to meet and go on “just three dates” to see that they are meant to be together. The rest is, as they say, history … This was a G rated romantic comedy, it would be perfect to be made into a Hallmark movie I give this book 2 Thumbs Up and 5 Stars !!
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Meddling mothers can be bothersome - but they can also know their children better than their children know themselves! Karen and Mark are better children to their mothers than I would be. I couldn't even begin to imagine agreeing to a matchmaking-date.  Karen is a free-feeling artist while Mark is a closed-off, professor who lives life based on logic. The pair couldn't be more opposite and would never have made a connection on their own. To get their mothers off their backs, the duo decides to give in and go on three dates with the idea that they could make a "marriage of convenience" work.  Even knowing that they are "set up", the pair experiences rocky, uncomfortable moments that ordinary couples face when starting out in a relationship. Both hold steady in their belief that they'll never find a partner and form a relationship based on love and suddenly, everything seems to start falling into place. But are their feelings just a temporary side effect of accepting a convenience marriage idea? Or do their mothers really know what they're doing? This is a lighthearted read that completely engulfed my heart at times. I could feel the pain that these two felt but also the happiness that they yearned for out of the need to share a connection with someone. The lack of good communication between the pair goes to show just how far knowing the importance of communication in a relationship can go.  It never fails that the past seems to creep up on people when good things start to happen. Can Karen and Mark fulfill their personal dreams and still make things work? Or will the entire situation implode in their faces? I can't tell you the best part! You'll have to read it! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
Karen has been dubbed the Ice Queen because no man gets a second date with her. Mark is the Ice Man Math professor and has no interest in dating. Both of their moms have decided that its time for their children to be married. Both Mark and Karen have been burned by love, and after some arm strangling and future promises, both Karen and Mark have agreed to go out on 3 dates. This is a fun read. I started a dating rule of going out on 3 dates before making a final judgement about compatibility and Maybe it's time to embrace those blind dates and instate a 3 date rule for yourself so you don't miss out on possibility. *A copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes only, all opinions expressed are my own*
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Even though Mon's might get annoying on occasion and we fight them tooth and nail--especially when they have decided that they want their child (who is no longer really a child) to get married! Both Karen and Mark have Mom's who have decided to become Matchmakers on their respective child's behalf!! Only problem is--well you guessed it--they finally give in and agreed to 3 dates ONLY. Both are relationship shy having been badly hurt when within previous relationships--but 3 dates? No problem--they thought!! These two fight their own battles within their minds and swear never to see each other again--numerous times-- Will their Mom's prove to know best? Read this LOVELY and well written book to find out!!
Humber More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading the work of this Author. It is a different genre than what I am used to reading; however upon starting the book, I quickly became interested in it. The Author has an appealing writing style that commands your attention. This is a book that will have an impact on your thought process, leaving you pondering the essence of marriage & relationships. In this book, the Mothers of both Mark and Karen are relentlessly meddling in their lives, which eventually leads them to agree to go on 'just three dates' ...just to conciliate their Moms. The characters are like everyday people that many readers will be able to relate to. This lighthearted romance novel is very endearing. It was a pleasure to read and I surely recommend it!
_KatMar More than 1 year ago
Just Three Dates is a nice read that involves some meddling mothers who believe their children are getting old enough they should settle down. The characters in this story are entertaining. Even some of the minor characters tend to stand out. The mothers are the characters that start off this story. Without the mothers, the main characters would have not reunited and gone on the three dates. Mark is a college math professor. When teaching, he comes off as someone who jokes and keeps people engaged. In his personal life, he can come off as emotionless or very serious. He can be hard to read at times. Given Mark's past, one cannot blame him for being distant or hesitant with wanting to get into a relationship. Karen is very opposite of Mark. She's an artist who is outspoken and not afraid to speak her opinions. Karen is head strong and independent. Karen is stuck thinking that all men are liars due to her luck in past relationships. Karen and Mark both agree to their mother's meddling to get them off their back. Their dates do not always go smoothly. The characters both end up growing and learning about themselves for better or for worse. The story has plenty of twist and turns that may not be expected, which keeps the story interesting. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book I've read by this author, and I absolutely LOVE his work! His romantic stories, like this one, are so realistic, you feel as if you know the people, and find yourself hoping everything works out for the best for them. Mark and Karen have mothers who are friends and who are determined to get their children married off to an "appropriate" spouse, so they take it upon themselves to fix the two of them up and insist they go on three dates with each other. Not only do we get to go along on the dates, we also get each character's perspective on the dates, as well as their actions and emotions between dates. There is a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding, and at times you will want to knock some sense into both of them. There is also quite a bit of humor, and you may even find yourself laughing aloud as you read. Will Mark and Karen have more than three dates, or will they be glad to be rid of one another? You'll have to read the book to find out! I, for one, absolutely LOVED the ending!! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wanted to tell people to butt out of your dating life? Friends and family think you need to get out more and try to find you your perfect match? Well, I'm sure Karen and Mark have felt this way for a while. Why else would both give in to their mother's matchmaking attempts? I usually like to read for escape - things I am not totally sure would happen in my life but imagining they might happen makes me laugh. Just Three Dates had me thinking this was real life. This is definitely what could happen. And it also made me glad that, when my mother was alive, she lived 3,000 miles away. I could see her trying this. So pick up a copy of Just Three Dates. Then, go give your mom a big hug. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
ebookaddictsuk More than 1 year ago
Two meddling Mothers, three dates and two people who have been burned by love in the past come together in this story that will leave you wondering - Does a marriage need love to work? I found this story left me with different views on the whole marriage situation, sure I think love should play a big part in it but after reading both Karen and Marks reasons for not falling in love again it made me think that a marriage filled with friendship and happiness is infinitely just as important. They both agree to go on three dates with each other to hopefully stop their meddling mothers from continually trying to marry them off, there is a lot of miscommunication between Karen and Mark and at times I wanted to knock their heads together, especially Mark for being such stubborn and generally frustrating character! Just Three Dates is light hearted clean romance that will have you laughing, crying and feeling frustrated at the communication between them, but more importantly leave you questioning if marriage needs love to succeed or if a marriage between friends is enough? I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
anapjm02 More than 1 year ago
I have read some books by David Burnett and this one is the best. Karen and Mark journey to love is full of sweet and moving moments. It has dual POV and you know exactly what are they thinking all the way through their dates and what drives them to the marriage of convenience. I do read a lot of romance novels and this one is particularly is so sweet and honest, it reminds me the films Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral. This book is worth to read it and you will not regret it.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of the author’s books previously and thoroughly enjoy his writing style so when this romance came through, I had to jump at the chance to read it. All I have to say is thank goodness I am out of the dating game! I could not imagine still having to date! The pressure, the unknown – what a scary world! Mark and Karen have meddling mothers who are determined to marry of their respective child. Sadly, Mark and Karen are their prospective children and each have gone through heartbreak and prefer not to again (do you blame them?) To get their meddling mother’s off of their backs, the agree to just three dates. I loved that we got to join the date, but then afterwards we got to get each participant’s perspective on the date. Oh the days of wondering how it went, not sure how the other felt… the joys of dating (seriously, sarcasm here!) I enjoyed the book. I thought it was a great light hearted romance that I would highly recommend!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
David Burnett has a style of writing that pulls the reader in, tugs on their emotions, and keeps them guessing until the ending. When I finished this book I just sat…sat and thought about what I read. Is a marriage between friends enough? Does a marriage have to have love to succeed? There is so much to think about. The story of two people, both burned by people they thought they loved, who wanted to marry, have a family, and be with someone for the rest of their lives. These two people weren’t open to falling in love again; they just wanted to be with someone they could be happy with. It was interesting watching them try to explain the reasons they wouldn’t fall in love, that they didn’t need love, and to not move past their history. There were parts of Just Three Dates that had me skipping ahead. I wasn’t sure that I needed to know all about Mark’s work or about the people he worked with. The parts of the story with this in it were not as important to the story as other parts. This is not usual for David Burnett. Usually I read every word and wish there was more in his books. I recommend picking up a copy for yourself. This is an easy and fun read. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I honestly don't know where to begin, but I suppose it is a fair assessment to say that from the first page, I was hooked. This is a "RomCom," a clean read, and it hits every mark perfectly. Being a fan of Hallmark movies, I can easily recommend this book to my Hallmark readers--it is just like one of their feel-good films except told in expert style through the pen of an author who has the gift of making romances engaging, humorous, intriguing, and heartfelt. I found myself laughing, crying, and even taking a look at the relationships I have had and comparing them to Mark and Karen. The author is a master at telling a fun-loving, light-hearted story, but I believe it goes beyond that. Anyone who claims that friendship is not the basis for a good marriage (that incidentally may lead to the eventual and proverbial "falling in love"), I challenge you to read this book and still maintain your views. While i realize this book is fiction, I never questioned the validity of the characters. They were three-dimensional and the very sort of people I would love to befriend in real life. While I have never read a David Burnett book, I have to say I'm hooked and can hardly wait for the next book I read of his! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated and all opinions are 100% mine.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Mark and Karen’s mothers were concerned for them. Both mothers couldn’t stand the thought of their grown child not getting married and having children of their own. Mark and Karen were tired of their mothers badgering them about their lack of dating. It took some persuasion, but each agree to go on three dates together. Both mothers were sure that would be enough for Mark and Karen to fall in love. But is it? I was captivated from the start, wondering if three dates would be enough for two strangers to fall in love. By the end though, I was emotionally drained. Mark and Karen had both been hurt before and couldn’t help but bring that baggage into the relationship. This caused them both to continually second guess each other’s feelings and motives. It made me want to knock their heads together for them to see that they were perfect for each other. This author has a knack for writing stories that draw every emotion possible from the characters in his stories, as well as the readers.
Cowgirl2Fireman More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming and passionate romance! Just Three Dates tells the story of Mark and Karen; both whose mothers are mischievously match making. Mark is still hung up on his ex-fiancée. Karen is determined to marry for love. To appease their mothers they both agree to go on just three dates. The plan was after three dates their mothers would leave them alone and stop harping on them to get married and to settle down. Just Three Dates was a heartwarming story that will leave you wanting to read more. This story captured my attention from the very beginning. David Burnett did a really good job of pulling at different emotions. There are places you will laugh and want to cry while smiling and laughing. I enjoyed this delightful read immensely. This is the first book that I have read by David Burnett. I recommend Just Three Dates to anyone that enjoys a heartwarming romance.