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The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada with Holly Lorincz #Review #Romance #Contemporary

 

Title: The Perfect Date

Author: Evelyn Lozada, Holly Lorincz

Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin

Pages:  288 

Published: June 11th, 2019

Rating: 3/5

 

 

This is a fake to real romance but with lots of mean attitudes and behaviour.

Angel Gomez may have become a single Mum whilst only sixteen years old but she’s determined to do the best for herself and, more importantly, for her son. She’s studying to become a nurse, currently on placement in an emergency clinic and also working in a cocktail bar to help pay the bills. She has lots of sass – and needs it. However, she lives up to her name in many ways but has no time for love or romance. She is extremely worried about her young son’s asthma, so much so that she’s actually writing the final paper for her nursing degree concerning the horrendous difference in death rates for children with asthma depending on their ethnicity.

Caleb Lewis is nicknamed ‘The Duke’ and is a star pitcher for the Bronx Bolts. He’s had a terrible year after being shot in a gangland shoot out which also resulted in the death of his best friend and team mate. As situations develop which have her pretending to be his girlfriend to enable him to explain visits to the clinic without confessing that his injury isn’t fully healed, romance starts to blossom but his attitude and her concerns over her son both put strains on their potential relationship. Add in to that unexpected money worries for him, his father’s secrets and what really happened in the shoot out and it definitely isn’t just a romance!

There are some humorous moments in this story which also has a significant element of suspense. It is an engaging read though with characters who seem nastily real, often somewhat derogatory in their comments and attitudes because they are portrayed warts and all. Both main characters have others trying to push them to do things which they don’t want to but will the pressure be too irresistible? The story is a part of their life journeys and whilst the romance is a key element, there is also a developing of the rights and wrongs of decisions made by various characters. If sexual harassment is a trigger for you, avoid this book – though the perpetrator does get caught. You’re never quite certain how these will be resolved but I will say it has a heartwarming happy ending and I found it an easy, relaxing read though I don’t think I’d relate well to anyone at all like either of the main characters at the start of the story! If sexual harassment is a trigger for you, avoid this book – though the perpetrator does get caught.

I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.

Synopsis:

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 Duke…to 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?

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

One comment on “The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada with Holly Lorincz #Review #Romance #Contemporary

  1. carhicks
    June 13, 2019

    Other reviewers commented on the nastiness of the characters as well. I think I will pass on this one.

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