No More Bad Dates by Kate O’Keeffe
(High Team #1) (Cozy Cottage Café, #5)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
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Three friends form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones – weirdos and jerks need not apply.
Twenty-five-year-old Sophie McCarthy’s career is virtually nonexistent, her family expects her to “do something important” with her life, and she’s totally sick of dating the wrong guys: the self-absorbed, the arrogant, the borderline criminally insane.
After she’s unceremoniously dumped during the vows at her boss’s wedding, she and her two equally disappointed-in-love best friends agree to help each other find decent guys to date. Together, they form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones–weirdos and jerks need not apply.
When Sophie’s roommate Jason Christie–a.k.a. doctor-in-training and serial nurse-dater–joins the pact, he vows to weed out the bad ones for her. But with his rejection of every guy Sophie meets, she begins to wonder if he’s got an ulterior motive. And anyway, why does she always have so much more fun with Jason than with the guys she’s actually trying to date?
While desperately seeking her “happy for now,” could Sophie stumble into her “happily ever after?”
High Tea is a spin-off of Kate O’Keeffe’s bestselling Cozy Cottage Café series. Escape to New Zealand in this fun, feel-good chick lit series!
“Maybe the three of us could agree to some sort of pact?” I suggest.
Darcy pushes her long dark hair behind her ear. “It seems super serious to me.”
“Yeah, and super scary,” Erin adds. “I’m not even sure I want to get married yet. I just want to date nice guys. Ones that won’t steal my shoes.”
Darcy laughs. “OMG, I totally forgot that happened to you!”
“What do you think he did with them?” I ask. “He couldn’t have worn them. You’ve got feet the size of a seven-year-old.”
“Hey! I may be short, but I’m perfectly formed,” Erin protests. “At least that’s what Dad always tells me. And I do not want to think about what Mark did with my shoes.” She shivers. “What a creep.”
“Guys with weird shoe fetishes aside, I’m with you, girl. I’m not in the marriage space either, not like my sisters. Boring,” Darcy says. “Dating is fun. But I would love to date some nice guys for a change.”
“That’s called an H.F.N., Darce: Happy For Now,” Erin explains helpfully.
“Where do you get all these acronyms, Erin?” Darcy asks.
“I told you, romance novels. Although I much prefer an H.E.A. to an H.F.N.”
Darcy puts her head in her hands. “Stop hurting my brain, Erin.”
I try the expression out. “Happy For Now. I like the sound of that. Nothing too serious, nothing too permanent. Just . . . happy for now.”
Erin nods. “Exactly.”
Darcy looks back up at us. “Happy is good, and the ‘for now’ part sounds a whole lot less scary than ‘forever,’ that’s for sure.”
I tap my chin as I formulate an idea. “Girls? How about we make a pact that we’re only going to date the good guys. No more jerks, no more creeps with weird shoe fetishes,” I raise my eyebrows at Erin, “no weirdos obsessed with sea life, and definitely no more jerks who dump us at weddings.”
A flicker of a smile spreads across Darcy’s face. “The No More Bad Dates Pact.”
Erin nods, Darcy’s smile catching. “The No More Bad Dates Pact. I like it. OMG, we could hashtag it! It’ll become a thing, like Jimmy Fallon’s worst first dates from a while back. It could be so fun!”
“I’m not interested in trending. I’m interested in dating non-jerks, and having some fun,” I say.
“We could do both?” Erin suggests with a hopeful look on her gorgeous face. “#NoMoreBadDates.”
“Of course we can!” Darcy’s excitement matching mine.
I beam at both my friends. “Hashtag or no hashtag, we’re agreed. We’re going to date nice guys, guys we want to be with, guys who actually deserve us.”
“Yes!” they both reply with gusto.
I raise my glass, and my friends follow suit. “To the No More Bad Dates Pact. May it bring us all our H.F.N.s.”
As we clink glasses, I feel a rush of optimism for the first time since that fateful day with Andrew. The No More Bad Dates Pact sounds like exactly what I need. I cannot wait to start.
Books in the High Tea series:
Book 1: No More Bad Dates
Book 2: No More Terrible Dates – releasing very soon!
Book 3: No More Horrible Dates – releasing soon!
Thank you, Xpresso Book Tours for letting me be a part of the No Bad Dates blitz! I’ll update this part later on to include the other amazing posts from my fellow bookworms and blitz participants.
★★★★★ “The perfect fun-filled escape from reality. Kate O’Keeffe at her delightful best!”- Whitney Dineen, bestselling author of Relatively Normal
★★★★★ “I love this book! If you want a novel you won’t be able to put down and will leave you with a smile on your face after you finish it, this is a great choice! So sweet and romantic!” – Annabelle Costa, bestselling author of My Perfect Ex-Boyfriend
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Kate O’Keeffe is a bestselling author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives and loves in beautiful Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s a scruffy dog too. He’s not: he’s a cat. When she’s not penning her latest story, Kate can be found hiking up hills (slowly), traveling to different countries, and eating chocolate. A lot of it.
Kate is excited to announce her new series High Tea! It’s a spin-off from the bestselling Cozy Cottage Café series, and Book 1 is currently on pre-order, due to be released on September 5th, 2019!