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Monday, October 09, 2006

THE GUY I’M NOT DATING by Trish Perry

The Guy I’m Not Dating by Trish Perry

Book description:

Kara Richardson has finally suffered one breakup too many. She's decided to go the no-dating route to romance, although she's not quite sure how that works.

She couldn't have picked a worse time to meet Gabe Paolino. Gorgeous men hardly faze Kara. A personal trainer, she works with hunks every day. But Gabe, the handsome young deli owner in town, proves way too available and way too challenging for Kara's vow of friendship. How will she adhere to her new lifestyle without scaring Gabe away?

Enter matchmaking friends, a strange elderly aunt, three demanding teens, and one hard-to-take vixen with eyes for Gabe. Add an overcrowded road trip and plenty of God's blessings, and Kara may discover that the guy she's not dating is the best boyfriend she's ever had.

Camy here:

This is a sweet, funny novel that does a great job blurring the line between romance and chick-lit.

It’s in third person past tense point of view, which will appeal to romance readers who dislike the typical first person point of view of other chick-lit books. But this is definitely a chick-lit story because it’s All About the Girl.

The author tackles the tough issue of dating and how it fits into the Christian single’s life with a bit of tongue-in-cheek and a lot of slapstick humor. Chick-lit readers will immediately be drawn into Kara’s struggles and dilemma.

I think that readers who love Steeple Hill Love Inspired romances and Heartsong Presents romances will adore this book. I thought that the tone of the narrative and the overall feel of the romance between Kara and Gabe was similar to what romance readers expect and enjoy, but with a splash of chick-lit flavor.

I would have no qualms about giving this book to even junior high school girls to read. The writing is clean and appropriate, and the romance will not only satisfy romance junkies, but it will also solidify a young girl’s conviction of purity.

3 Comments:

At 6:23 AM, October 10, 2006, Blogger Pammer said...

I LOVE this book. One warning...do NOT take it with you to keep you occupied in the doctor's office. People will look at you strangely, even the receptionist will peek over her divider to make sure you're okay, when you start snickering, laughing and snorting.
I'm so glad I was home when I read the part about the waxing or I would have been a helpless heap in the floor. As it is I had to make an emergency trip to the bathroom. Let's just say....it sounds so familiar (Squirl will know exactly what I mean, lol.)
And what about Gabe? Wohooo what a hunk. I think he is so romantic and devestatingly handsome.
I recommend it too. I would even feel safe about letting my neice read it.
If you like romantic comedy.....you will like this book.

 
At 7:05 AM, October 13, 2006, Anonymous Trish Perry said...

Hey, gals. Thanks so much for the kind comments about The Guy I'm Not Dating. Thrilled you liked it!

And I thought Gabe was a hunk, too, both inside and out. Poor Kara barely stood a chance.

Wait 'til you see what Ren comes up against . . . ;-)

 
At 8:54 PM, October 15, 2006, Blogger Tiff/Amber Miller said...

I couldn't agree more! And so many of the lines were appropriate for what's happening in my own life (or has been happening for the past 2 years). This book really spoke to me and affirmed the path I've felt led to follow. Now, God seems to be blessing it. Trish's book was just the icing on the cake of the affirmation. :) Can't wait for the sequel.

 

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