Monday, December 9, 2019

The Dating Charade- Tour and Review

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Dating Charade
By Melissa Ferguson
Contemporary Romance, Christian
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 336 Pages
December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson

Just when you think you've met your match . . . the charade begins.

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband and children altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie's online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett's memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps each they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson's hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small package and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren't nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

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My Review

I loved this! Getting to see these characters interact, both adults and children, made this a great read. Cassie and Jett are two amazing people who really step up to the plate when it comes to taking care of the three children they have each suddenly found in their care. Taking care of children is never easy, and these two were thrust into that with three kids!

I am torn about who was my favorite. Jett's scenes were hilarious, with the toddlers running amuck in his house, while Cassie's scenes had so much heart and delved into the dynamics of foster families. I was cheering for both of them and glad that they were able to brave parenthood.

One thing I will say is that this is touted as a romance, and while the relationship between the two leads is the driving conflict of the story, it did take a backseat to the relationships they had with the children in their care. Jett and Cassie only ever get to go on a handful of dates throughout, and most of those are abandoned part way through due to something going on at home. It is still an awesome story, but probably less romance than many readers would be expecting.

I have provided an honest review after having received an ARC through Prism Book Tours and the publisher.

About the Author

Melissa Ferguson is an adjunct professor for Bible and religion at King University. She lives in the charming town of Bristol, Tennessee, with her husband, twin toddlers, and baby girl. She used to have hobbies like running and backpacking the Appalachian Trail outside her door. Now her hobbies include admiring the Appalachian Trail out her minivan window while singing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" en route to the library.

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