Friday 18 August 2017

Book ~ "13 Dates" (2017) Matt Dunn

From Goodreads ~ When Noah Wilson first encounters the quirky, opinionated and very beautiful Angel Fallon, his world is turned upside down. It’s clear she’s not his normal type but Noah can’t stop thinking about her - which doesn’t bode well for the blind date he’s already late for. 

Convinced by his friend (and self-professed dating expert) Marlon that thirteen dates is all you need to fall in love, Noah decides to give it a try with Angel. They should be incompatible: she’s impulsive and he’s a planner; he wants to settle down and she doesn’t ‘do’ relationships - or anything, for that matter - the way Noah is used to. But there’s something about Angel and Noah can’t shake the idea that all they need is twelve more dates. 

Despite some near-disasters involving rock climbing, saddle sores and jellied eels, it seems his plan may actually work. But even if they do reach the magic number, can that really mean they’ll just fall into their happily-ever-after? 

Noah is in his mid-thirties and runs a small art gallery.  He is on his way to a blind date when he stops to use the washroom at a Starbucks and meets Angel.  He can't get Angel out of his head and eventually tracks her down.  When he tells his friend and colleague, Marlon, about her, Marlon said that it takes 13 dates to fall in love.  Noah is determined to have Angel fall in love with him.

Noah is a planner and eventually wants marriage, kids, a house, etc.  Angel, though, lives for today and isn't willing commit to a relationship and has a secret she is keeping from him.  Once he finds out what the secret is, Noah has to decide whether he is willing to put aside his future dreams for a life with Angel.

I've read many books by this author and I thought this one was okay.  I liked Noah ... he seemed like a funny loser.  I wasn't crazy about Angel until she revealed her secret to Noah ... but the way she kept going on about it got a bit tiresome.  I figured out the nature of her secret early on.

I enjoyed the writing style and found it amusing.  It is written by an English author so their brand of humour was there.  It was written in first person perspective from Noah's point of view.  As a head's up, there is some swearing.

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