Not Another Bad Date

Not Another Bad Date

by Rachel Gibson

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ISBN-13: 9780061178047
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2008
Series: Writer Friends Series , #4
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 618,360
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Rachel Gibson 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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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.

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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.
drea3132 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Cute fast read. Same old. Nothing special. Girly read.
lynnm on LibraryThing 3 months ago
An okay read. Not much really happens. I kept waiting for the story to "start", but apart from a tiny bit of conflict near the final third of the book, there really was no "story" to the story. Adele Harris had her heart broken by Zach Zemaitis when they were in college and he dumped her to marry her rival, Devon. When Adele returns to her home town to lend a hand to her sister, who is laid up with a problematic pregnancy, she tries to resist the feelings she has for Zach that never managed to go away entirely. For his part, Zach remembers Adele as a sexy, nice fling he had in college, a woman he wouldn't mind getting to know again in the most physical sense but not for anything long term or serious. For a while Adele manages to resist her attraction, but predictably they end up together. But Adele doesn't put much effort into resisting Zach, and it isn't until the very end - as in last couple of pages - that Zach's feelings seem to take a turn. There was almost no conflict in this book, nothing but a last-minute bit of jerkiness on Zach's part to keep them from being together.Too, I didn't care much for the paranormal twist that Gibson inserted, in which Zach's deceased wife, Devon, is tasked with making good on all the problems she caused while alive or suffer eternity as a Walmart employee. Devon was never likable - her efforts to "fix" her mistakes were actually just as mean and nasty as her real life actions towards Zach and Adele. This aspect was wholly unnecessary an added nothing to the story.I liked Gibson's "Simply Irresistible" much better - it was much funnier with more likable characters. Although, after reading two of Gibson's titles, I'm beginning to think her heroes are not necessarily the nicest guys.
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was very easy to follow and easy to fall in love with the characters. Adele comes back to her old childhood neighborhood because of her sister who sort of has a family emergency. She dreads returning because she is afraid to bump into her first love Zac. Zac and Adele met in college and it was a connection immediately. They kicked it off and Adele found herself in love in less than a month. Zac was her first everything. Unfortunately things did not work out between them and Adele moved on and started her life in another state. Of course when she gets back to her hometown fate has other plans for her. Zac is some how thrown back into her life and Zac is willing and ready to finish what they started years ago. This was a very funny and exciting story. I loved the relationship between Zac and Adele. Zac was just Mr. Steamy to me and I wish was Adele a couple of times while reading this book LOL. Hot and Sexy football player, who wouldn't want to be her? LOL This is the third book by Rachel Gibson I have read and I have to say I really like her writing. This was a very good read and I recommend it.
kleehart1 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Didn't want it to end.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Reviewed for Avon Books (Harper Collins)Ok, a show of hands...How many of us can relate to the title of this book? WOW! That's a lot of hands. But I least I never felt like I was cursed...yet that's exactly what's happened to the lead character from Rachel Gibson's latest novel "Not Another Bad Date". I always enjoy reading Ms. Gibson's books since I know I can count on her to deliver a sexy romance with a heavy helping of humor (how's that for alliteration?) and interesting characters. She certainly came through for me this time.Adele really is cursed, well kinda. For some reason, for the past three years all her dates seem to go wacko at the end of the evening! They morph from perfectly nice guys to insult-slingers and sex maniacs. It's enough to drive a girl batty. When she receives an SOS from her sister, she decides to give dating a break and heads back to her hometown...only to run into "the one that got away".Zach has a very comfortable life. He's financially secure, has a job he loves, and is growing closer to his daughter after his estranged wife's death. He certainly doesn't want, or have time for, a serious relationship. Been there, done that, lesson learned. Then he meets his daughter's new best friend's aunt...These two certainly had their work cut out for them. Zach would have been very easy to dislike. He's a jock, he's handsome and knows it, he wasn't faithful to his wife...UGH! Right? Well, the more I learned about Zach, the more I understood his back story. I ended up liking him in spite of myself! And Adele, well Adele was someone I would like to have as my friend. She's loyal and reliable, yet would still be great to sit with while trashing men.There are some truly memorable moments in this book. Rachel Gibson's pacing and dialogue will have you zooming through the pages. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say...sex in a high school bathroom? the phrase "skin sandwich"? a naughty angel? If any of these things sound interesting, you'll just have to get "Not Another Bad Date" and read it yourself. Gibson's talent with romantic stories shines through in every chapter. This is one you don't want to miss.
dkthain on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I¿ve said before that while I love a good hero, it¿s the heroine that can make or break a book for me. I really did not like Zach, but the book wasn¿t broken because I did like Adele. First off, Zach. He came across to me as real jerk. I did not like him ¿ at all. First off, he broke Adele¿s heart years earlier when he just dropped her to go on and marry his previous girlfriend when she became pregnant. He acted like it was such a noble thing for him to do ¿ then proceeded to cheat on her. Real swell guy he was. Mind you his first wife, Devon, wasn¿t all that great. She got pregnant on purpose.Then, later in the book, when he finally says he feels bad about hurting Adele those many years ago, he does the ¿but¿ thing and says he would do the same thing again. What a prince. I also didn¿t like him because he just struck me as being real stuck on himself ¿ god¿s gift to women ¿ that kind of attitude. Adele was the only woman who didn¿t drop dead at his feet and he really didn¿t like that. He also pretty much ignored his daughter for years so he could do his own thing and screw other woman. Excuse me ¿ he married her mother because he was the father ¿ and then made a real rotten one for years.On the other hand, Adele really worked for me. She gave up her own life ¿ reluctantly ¿ to come back and help her sister and niece out when they needed her. She wasn¿t the best aunt ¿ she felt. She wasn¿t all motherish and I liked that about her. She was anxious and looking forward to getting back to her own like, which I felt was pretty realistic. She floundered and she had moments of resenting the sacrifice she made. I found that to be believable too.Overall, it¿s kind of hard to grade this one. The `hero¿ was a jerk, but the heroine was great. And it was very readable. I finished it in a day and a half and even though I didn¿t like Zach, it was no hardship to read. I¿d give it a better grade but really, even though it¿s the heroine that makes or breaks the book, still it helps a lot if you can like the hero, and I didn¿t in this one. Hopefully I will like her next hero, because I will read her next book.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Adele Harris believes she is cursed when it comes to dating. She travels back to her hometown to help her sister with a problem pregnancy and the breakup of her marriage. There, she runs into Zach Zemaitis, her first lover and love of her life...she thought...until he married someone else. Zach's wife recently died and he quit his job as a pro football player to come home and take care of his daughter. Zach and Adele are thrown together as she cares for her niece who is good friends with Zach's daughter. Their attraction is rekindled and they struggle not to let it deepen into something stronger. It turns out that Adele really is cursed when it comes to dating...an amusing twist to this story tells us why!Adele is one of four female writers readers have met in previous Gibson books...Clare, Lucy and Maddie. As always, Gibson has offered a story full of humor, romance and hot sex. Don't miss this new Rachel Gibson romance for a romantic, entertaining treat.
blingtastic on LibraryThing 3 months ago
one of my favorites; part of the "writers' series".....characters are humorous and clever; very light and quick read
MelindaLibrary on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book is a disappointing read. Gibson is repeating the same plot from four of her other books (Truly Madly Deeply, Simply Irresistible, Daisy's Back in Town and I'm in No Mood for Love) which is wearing quite thin. Threadbare, in fact. The plot, as it were, is woman comes back to town of her childhood, where man who broke her heart and done her wrong years ago still lives. They are attracted to one another, feel they shouldn't have sex because of what everyone might think. There is always a young female - 12 or 13 who is either a niece or a daughter who is impressionable and one of the many reasons why these two adults canNOT have the sex - this is a big plot detail - sex with no-strings attached. Guess what? They have the sex! It's fantastic! A little bit of angst is thrown in when the woman, who insisted on the no-strings attached sex, develops feelings for man. Eventually, young impressionable girl finds out, woman leaves town, but not before finding out she is pregnant. Man finds out she is pregnant, follows her to wherever she is, proposes, and all is well.The first time Gibson wrote this plot (Truly Madly Deeply) it was great. Now here in her 12th book, this recycled plot is simply annoying. For some reason (I guess to make it slightly different from her other books that follow this plot), Gibson inserts a paranormal subplot into this story. It adds nothing and is annoying and preachy. It feels as though it was added because the story didn't meet the page number requirements and she had to add something, so instead of making the main male character decent and a worthwhile human being, Gibson added this subplot.Much of the story is told instead of shown and though we have no evidence to support what we are told (these two people fall in love, for example), Gibson just keeps telling us, as if repetition will make it true.An egregious point is made when the Adele, the main female character, is talking to her niece, Kendra, about healthy food and Kendra replies with "That's gay." (page 87). Adele considers telling her niece that stating that something you don't like or don't agree with is gay "is not p.c.", but then Adele is afraid her niece will think *she* is gay. I find this disturbing. If Gibson's point was to raise awareness about homophobia and how hurtful the statement is, she failed miserably. If we are being shown insight into a character's nature and we are expected to identify with this character and believe she is good and a worthwhile human being, then Gibson again failed miserably. Certainly, raise awareness that language coded to mean derogatory, unwanted, and something to be ridiculed is hurtful and not an acceptable way to express your own fears. Certainly expose people's irrational fears about being considered Other and therefore less than. But to raise the issue and then to let it slide, or worse let it stand as okay? Not acceptable.I wish I could give this book negative stars.
marcyjill on LibraryThing 3 months ago
"Not Another Bad Date", a pink, glossy covered treat does exactly what it says on the tin and is a perfect beach read. I didn't want to put it down and I burned right through it. It is a sweet and satisfying story of love finding its way despite all odds lined up against it. While some of the characters tend to be one-dimensional, the main characters are interesting and relatable. Any woman who's been single for any stretch of time cannot help but relate to our heroine's situation. She's been through it due to no fault of her own and you can't help rooting for her. My only complaint with this book is that it was over so fast, but I was happy to learn this is actually part of a series. So, if you're headed off to the beach or just looking for a nice escape, I definitely recommend this book. I know I will be looking for the other titles in this series for my next beach day.