One Last First Date: A romantic comedy of love, friendship and cake (Cozy Cottage Café Book 1)
Cassie Dunhill and her friends make a pact to marry the next guy they each date. What could possibly go wrong?
Cassie Dunhill is sick of dating. It's been ten years and it's time, time to find The One. It's either that or buy a fetching habit and veil and abandon the whole thing. But Cassie believes in love, and she's not ready to give up yet.
Cassie and her best friends make a pact that the next date they go on will be their One Last First Date. The pressure is on to find Mr. Right, and Cassie's the first to find him: Parker Hamilton. He's good-looking, smart, cultured--and a doctor. Despite his obvious credentials, Cassie's not taking any chances. She's vetted Parker so thoroughly she could offer some pointers to the CIA. Needless to say, he passes with flying colors.
Things get complicated when Will Jordan, her irritating work colleague, muscles in on her dream job and her love life. Will is a typical guy, complete with nicknames for everyone, even Cassie. His good looks and relaxed, easy nature can be distracting. But Cassie can do without that kind of distraction right now, no matter how good Will looks with his shirt off.
In the end, is there only One Last First Date?
Escape to New Zealand in this fun, feel-good chick lit story.
Book 1 in the new Cozy Cottage Café series.
Book 2: Two Last First Dates
Book 3: Three Last First Dates - October 31, 2017
Book 4: A Final Last First Date - early-2018
Best Book Bit:
“Shouldn’t we get to the restaurant?”
He glanced at his watch. “I didn’t realize what time it was. You’re right. We should get going.” He stood up from his barstool, paused, and turned to me. “You’re so easy to talk to, Cassie.”
Bees buzzed around my tummy, making it tingle. “You, too,” I added breathlessly.
Suppressing a grin—this was going so well!—I leaned down to collect my purse from the hook under the bar. As I stood and turned to leave, the skirt of my dress must have caught on the barstool because, the next thing I knew, I was dragging the stool across the floor as I tried to walk.
I stopped, glanced at Parker beside me, hoping he hadn’t noticed. But of course he had. Who would fail to notice a piece of furniture stuck to someone’s clothes?
“Are you all right, Cassie?”
I channeled my inner Control Queen. “Yes. Thank you.” I shot him the breeziest smile I could muster and turned my attention to my dress’s recent attachment.
I tugged at it; it stayed put. I tugged again, nothing. It was firmly wedged in the stool’s wooden join. Tension crept across my forehead. How did this even happen? A barstool attached to my dress simply wasn’t part of the look for my One Last First Date.
I had images of myself dragging this stool around with me for the rest of the date, even bundling it into my car at the end to head home.
I leaned down and peered at my dress. In the low-lit bar, it was hard to see exactly how the dress was attached. I grabbed hold of the fabric and twisted it, hoping to loosen it off.
“Do you need a hand?” Parker asked.
I looked up and shot him a terse smile. “No, I’ve got this. Thank you, though.”
He shrugged, watching me tug. “It looks pretty stuck.”
I tugged and tugged. It still wasn’t budging. I took a deep breath, trying to quell the now frantically buzzing bees in my belly. I needed to give this all I’d got before the evening was ruined. I grabbed a firm hold on the fabric and pulled with all my might. In an instant, it snapped free, my hand—still holding my dress—hurtling upwards.
I blinked, unable to prevent contact, as my fist smacked straight into my face, causing my head to snap back. “Ow!” I screamed, clutching my nose, still holding the skirt of my dress. My eyes began to water with the throbbing pain.
“Cassie! Are you okay?” Parker asked, his voice filled with concern.
“Yes, I’m fine,” I lied.
Why oh why oh why did this have to happen on my One Last First Date?
One Last First Date has it all- adorable characters, clever plot, witty banter, this is feel-good chick lit at its best. It’s described as a romantic comedy of love, friendship and cake (Cozy Cottage Café Book 1)
We first meet Cassie Dunhill and her two best friends, Marissa and Paige on a beach near Auckland, on a stormy night. Cassie has been dating men for 10 years and she is ready to call it quits. Her friends agree and a pact is made- the next date they go on will be their One Last First Date.
Cassie is a darling character. She has a good job with a future and she is a planner.
“Me, the girl who had her life mapped out so thoroughly, had clear achievable goals in life.”
She puts her analytic skills to good use, as she searches for the perfect first date. She just knows that her plan has met its destiny in Parker Hamiltion.
“I had The Plan. After all my research, vetting, planning- frankly my obsessing- I was finally going on a date with Parker Hamilton.”
He’s a doctor, good looking, polite, cultured and after a few more dates, he will be Cassie’s husband.
But, her job brings a surprise and then there’s Will, her co-worker. Cassie is confused and worries that she has been unfair. During many stops at her favorite café to chat with her friends, Cassie learns that plans and goals don’t always work out in real life. (The Cozy Cottage Café is adorable, too.)
By the end of this enjoyable read, Cassie has a new way to approach life and love.
“I didn’t feel like I needed to behave in a certain way or cultivate interests I didn’t have. I could be me.”
She also gets wiser. “Breakups are hard- universal truth- it’s much harder on the dumpee than the dumper.”
Readers, this is a delightful book. And get ready for the second book in the series, scheduled to be released in August.