The Perfect Date

The Perfect Date

by Evelyn Lozada, Holly Lorincz


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When a single mom ends up playing an unwilling fake girlfriend to a charming playboy baseball player, love suddenly turns everything upside down in this fun, heartwarming multicultural romance.

Angel Gomez has never lived by the book. A Bronx-based unwed mother by the time she was sixteen, Angel’s personal mission has always been to show the world that a Puerto Rican girl is not to be messed with—especially by a man. The only thing that matters to Angel, now, is providing for her son and earning enough tips at the club to complete her nursing degree along the way. Love is nowhere on her agenda.

Caleb “The Duke” Lewis is a star pitcher for the Bronx Bolts whose romantic escapades make delicious fodder for gossip columns. But lately he’s been trying to keep a lower profile—so much so that when he meets Angel, first while she’s in her nurse uniform and the next time behind the bar, she has no idea who Duke is, fails to fall for his obvious charm, and ends up throwing a drink in his face! She is the perfect woman for fool the tabloids into thinking he’s finally settling down. But what begins as a charade soon has Duke and Angel hurtling into a full-blown romance that rocks each of their worlds and begs the question: Is this the real deal—or are some love stories just too good to be true?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250204882
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 35,312
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

EVELYN LOZADA, is a high-profile American-Latina reality television personality, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. She is best known for her role on VH1’s hit series Basketball Wives (2010-present), OWN’s hit series Livin’ Lozada (2015), author of the first installment of the book series: The Wives Association: Inner Circle (2012) and creator of Healthy Boricua (A Puerto Rican Lifestyle Guide to Healthy Living). Evelyn has become a national trendsetter, a “go to” fitness export, jewelry designer, fashion and beauty maven, social media royalty and a stimulating voice and proactive supporter of causes that effect women and girls through the Evelyn Lozada Foundation. Evelyn is a Bronx native, mother of two (Shaniece Hairston and Carl Leo Crawford) that currently resides in Los Angeles.

Holly Lörincz is a successful collaborative writer and owner of Lorincz Literary Services. She is an award-winning novelist (Smart Mouth, The Everything Girl) and co-author (best-selling Crown Heights, and How to Survive a Day in Prison) living in Oregon.

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The Perfect Date 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Lillian Maddocks-Cummings 4 days ago
Can you make this work? Caleb "Duke" Lewis has it all a good career at the Yankees as their star pitcher and all the money that he needs but he is lying to everyone around him. Can he really recover from his ankle injury or will this be the end of his career? Angel is trying so hard to hold everything together she just needs to get through these last exams then she will be a nurse but her son Jose has just taken a bad turn his asthma is getting worse and she just hopes that she can make some more money at her night job to be able to get all the medicine that he needs. Duke can't get the nurse out of his mind he knows that he is taking a big risk by going to the clinic but he has no choice he just hopes that the doctor will keep his mouth closed. So he is surprised when he sees the nurse at the local club but things go downhill quickly as he had been drinking and he thought that he was clever. Angel is fired and now she knows that she can't afford to get the rest of Jose's medicine and she just hopes that she can talk to her boss and that he will forgive her from throwing the drink into clients face. She knows that things are only going to get worse so when she sees that man again and she finds out who he is she is confused why he even wants to spend time with her. She knows that she had agreed to be his girlfriend but she doesn't belong in his world everyone is fake and they are all out for themselves. Can Duke win her back or will it be the end even before they got to know each other? Do they really have a chance at making this work? Will Duke be able to walk away from his old life for Angel & Jose or will he be too afraid to? Has Duke got the guts to be honest about his problems and to do the right thing? A good read. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.
SevenAcreBooks 7 days ago
The Perfect Date, available June 18, 2019 The Perfect Date is well written look at how no matter who we are, or how famous we may be, everyone goes through hard times and it's how we handle those hard times that define us. When Angel, an overworked single mom meets Duke, the head pitcher for the Yankees at the clinic where she works, her life gets turned upside down when she gets caught up in a fake relationship to keep the press off his back. Now, she has to deal with paparazzi and snarky socialites on top of studying for her nursing exams. Duke seems like an ideal guy until his deceptions about his injury and his past become more drama than a fake relationship is worth. Both Angel and Duke will have to come to terms with their own insecurities and decide what matters most to them. This was a well written and fast paced story. Angel is a great character-she's tough, smart, and independent. Duke's character grows so much over the course of the story and I really enjoyed watching him develop emotionally. Great book-highly recommend! Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this title. All opinions are my own.
booklover_lexi 9 days ago
The Perfect Date cover gave me major The Proposal vibes which is why I thought this would be such good book to read! Angel is a single mother who got pregnant as a teenager. Not only a few years after Jose was born, Angels mother passed away leaving Angel to pick up the pieces and get her life together. Angel is a nursing student trying to graduate so she can make a better life for her son, while also bartending at an upper class establishment. Jose is a huge baseball fan and has an asthma attack while watching a game which has Angel rushing her son to the clinic where she works. While her son is waiting to be seen Angel goes back to talk to her boss Dr. Collins to see if he can get Jose in faster. Whens he comes back, Jose is talking to a stranger. Little does she know it's the Yankee pitcher "The Duke". Later than night Angel runs into him while she is bartending and Duke is drunk and hits on her rudely causing her to throw a drink in his face and get fired. The duke has to go back to the clinic the next day to secretly get his ankle checked, because if the Yankee's manager catches wind he hasn't recovered his career is going to be over! He runs into Angel again recognizing her and tries to apologize but the press have figured out that The Duke is at the clinic. He then asks Angel to be his "girlfriend" to throw off the press. I had high hopes going into this book because the romance that is being released right now is amazing! However this book just fell really short for me. I had a hard time falling in love with the characters. Angel is fiesta latina women who has been caring for her son she had when she was fifteen. I loved the strong woman power she had! But her romance with Duke was lacking fire for me. I didn't get the butterflies while reading this. I think the story line was good but it fell short in the character development for me. This book is a quick read and if you are looking for something easy this might be for you! I was just looking for a little more depth between the characters.
EileenAW 9 days ago
The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozado and Holly Lorincz is far from perfect. Angel Gomez is a single mom, finishing nursing school while juggling a practicum, a part time job bar-tending and raising her son; she doesn’t have time for romantic relationships. The “Duke” is a pitcher for the Bronx Bolts but lately he’s been getting more attention for his behavior off the field than on. They meet at the clinic and at the club Angel works at where Duke tries to convince Angel to pretend to be his girlfriend to throw the paparazzi off of why he was actually at the medical clinic. I thought this would be a cute, light-hearted romance, but if was closer to the opposite. Duke likes Angel because she sees the real him, unlike other girls who only want him for the fact he’s a pitcher and has a lot of money. Angel also seemed determined to call Duke out for his behavior; at least for part of the book. As this story continued, the reader is exposed to rude characters who were either mean or angry much of the time. Then there is the male doctor at the clinic where Angel had her practicum who believed it was okay to inappropriately touch the nursing students. There were a number of misogynistic attitudes with some of the male characters or and female characters who did not care who they were hurting. They may have thought it was fun and endearing banter, but this reader found it a bit offensive. The epilogue was a definite redeeming moment in this dramatic and difficult story. Overall, despite the problems and drama, I enjoyed reading The Perfect Date. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Rita0285 9 days ago
This book has a lot of drama. It’s about a young Mom working hard to make a new life for her and her son. She’s trying hard to make things work and become a nurse. Then a baseball star jumps in her path.
Fredreeca2001 14 days ago
Angel is one hardworking single mother. She works at a club at night to support her and her son. She is also in nursing school. She has no intention of falling in love. She just doesn’t have time for that! Enter Caleb! He is the star pitcher for the Bronx Bolts and Angel is not impressed! She is immune to his charm and good looks….until she isn’t! Caleb and Angel have a love-hate thing going at the first. Angel is a fiery Puerto Rican and she does not take crap off of anyone. She doesn’t care if that someone IS the star pitcher. Caleb is attracted to her from the first he laid eyes on her. These two make a wonderful team. I enjoyed Angel. She is my type of female character. She is tough, independent and smart. She and Caleb have a rocky start. But, soon they both realize they have way to much chemistry to ignore. Plus any book that talks baseball is perfect for me! This is a quick, enjoyable romance. I received this novel from St. Martin’s Press for a honest review.
DebDiem 14 days ago
The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada is a not so perfect read. Ms. Lozada has produced a book that might appeal to very young adults, but it doesn't appeal to this mature adult at all. Angel is an overworked single mom going to school to become a nurse and working two jobs to support her asthmatic son. Duke is a baseball pitcher that suffered an injury during a shooting at a bar. Duke is angsty and spineless. Their story is loaded with drama, ghetto slang, bad decisions and sex. The story itself I would have probably enjoyed but the writing of it ruined it for me. I'll be sure to skip any other books by this author. The Perfect Date is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Noire 14 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz is a modern day retelling of the Cinderella story set in the world of professional baseball. Angel Gomez is a struggling single mom who attends nursing school during the day and bartends at night while trying to make a better life for her young son. She meets Caleb “The Duke” Lewis a star pitcher for the Bronx Bolts when he shows up at the medical clinic she is doing her practicum in to get treatment for his injured ankle and because he is trying to hide how badly his ankle is he asks her to pretend to be his date so that the press and his coach won’t get wind of the reason for his visit to the clinic. I enjoyed the story and it’s peek into the dark side of professional sports and do recommend it. More sweet than steamy. Publishing Date June 11, 2019 #NetGalley #ThePerfectDate #StMartinsPress #StMartinsGriffin
gmcootie 14 days ago
What’s not to like? This book has it all: a young, ambitious single mother who will work herself to the bone to take care of her child, an athlete who is used to the easy life but has to face some tough times and make some hard choices, some shady characters, including a doctor, and an adorable child with life-threatening asthma. Throw in some fun when Angel and The Duke pretend to be in a relationship and you have the perfect book – The Perfect Date! The Perfect Date moves along quickly, is easy to read, with people you want to know more about. It’s a feel good book and refreshing in the diversity of its characters and locations. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Great read that I recommend.
onemused 14 days ago
THE PERFECT DATE is a fast-paced contemporary drama that follows a young, single mother and an infamous baseball player, known as "The Duke." Angel is 23 and trying to take care of her seven-year-old son, Jose. Jose has asthma, and since it was considered a pre-existing condition, insurance won't cover any of the medications he needs (e.g. albuterol and advair). Angel is attending nursing school by day and getting in her practical hours at a clinic run by a shady and sexist doctor. By night, she tends bar at an upscale place where her uniform reveals more than she wishes it did. At the clinic, she is surprised when Duke (actual name Caleb, but almost entirely called Duke) asks her to be his fake girlfriend- especially right after he got her fired from tending bar for grabbing her and her pouring a drink on him. He is at the clinic for his ankle which was injured in the previous season, and he wants to keep it quiet that it is still bothering him as he wants/needs to play this year. If he pretends to be at the clinic visiting her, maybe it will throw off the press. As the charade continues, they find each other insecurities and uncover worse plots in each of their own lives. I was expecting a rom-com from the premise, but the book ended up being much darker and more dramatic with murder (past), blackmail, sexual harassment, sexual assault, medical fraud, drug use, and sexual exploitation. The pacing was great, and it ends up being a quick read, so I found myself turning pages quickly. The story goes back and forth between Angel and Duke, and sometimes the change was rather abrupt. I would have liked a simpler story with maybe only one dramatic/difficult situation, but the plot was fully laden. There's a lot to unpack. The romance, which seemed to be the focus from the description, took a backseat to most other things, and I did not feel that I got to know them enough as a couple. I would have liked more of that and simpler plot, but maybe that is because I was expecting a romance and not a drama. Overall, it's an engaging book with a lot going on that would be great for drama lovers. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
ViperSpaulding 14 days ago
Gritty, realistic opposites-attract romance Angel and Duke run in wildly different circles; he's a famous professional baseball player and she's struggling each day to provide for her son while she attends nursing school. After they cross paths a couple times, Duke's image needs a bit of wholesome credibility so he asks Angel to be his fake girlfriend whenever they're in public together. As they get to know each other, the differences in their lifestyles and circle of friends become nearly-insurmountable obstacles. The writing style is unique in a romance book in that we're not directed to see each main character as always doing the right thing or even acting reasonably. Angel is constantly having to rein in her temper, while Duke shows a surprisingly pouty side and occasional lack of backbone. There's also an intriguing storyline running throughout that adds betrayal, mystery, and a bit of a crime drama element. The HEA expertly wraps all the assorted narrative threads nicely. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Anonymous 15 days ago
DNF at 32% Kudos to Angelica who perfectly captured my feelings about the book, here, glad to see I didn't miss anything by giving up part way. Angel Gomez is a single mom, nurse, part-time bartender studying to get a better life for herself and her son who suffers from asthma. Caleb Lewis is a baseball player nursing an ankle injury following a shooting, seeking medical assistance on the down-low. I didn't like either character, it all seemed like a cookie-cutter single-mom meets famous sports star, right down to the mom being a nurse (have you got the idea? She's called Angel and she's a nurse - ie perfect, nurturing, above all other women) working two jobs and having a sick kid (do all nurses have sick kids, is it like a prerequisite?). Duke on the other hand allegedly has a bad reputation but honestly he doesn't seem to do anything to deserve it. There's a lot of casual misogyny but also women putting women down. When Angel is supposed to be studying for her final exams (or something) but is clearly wavering towards going to a party thrown by a reality TV star (who just happens to send her a fancy dress and shoes to wear so she doesn't feel out of place) instead (I didn't stick around to see what she was going to do about her sick kid) I decided to bail. Not the sweet, charming romance I was hoping for. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.