Book Review - No More Terrible Dates by Kate O'Keefe #BookBub


Book Review - No More Terrible Dates by Kate O'Keefe

I made this series because I am a beginner at book reviews, (Currently no access to ARC - "Advanced Readers Copy") and I have no way of getting my hands on a lot of books, without spending a ton of money. I mean I do have access to a library app that I am eternally grateful for (Thank you, Libby I love you to death), but there are some items on there that are not available.  

Hence, I made this series where I can get a feel of whether or not I would be tempted to continue reading a book by going ahead in making the next step of purchasing / picking it up, judging it on the three free chapters the authors or publisher has provided on Amazon Kindle. 

My reviews for (1) samples and (2) books that I purchased with my own money are not going to be spoiler-free. I realized that it's very hard for me to make reviews without touching on certain topics, so while I label it on the title as a "Book Review", it would really be more of a "Book Analysis" or "Book Discussion." Viewers discretion on that part. As of now I only have Libby, Prime Reading, Book Bub, and Book Sirens on my utility belt. If I ever plan to do a Book Subscription or sign up for Kindle Unlimited, I will also disclose it to the readers. 

Copies of books that I've acquired through "Books Sirens" will be spoiler-free. That is a part of their policy when giving out free copies directly from the author. In exchange for a free copy of the book, it is strongly recommended that spoilers are not included so that it won't spoil the story or plot for other future readers. I am always going to label it with a hashtag, #BookSirens so you'll know that a particular review will not contain any minor or major spoilers. 

I'm sorry for the long intro, but I need to clear this up in every post. Anyway on to the review!

Rating:✮✮✮ ½


"No More Terrible Dates" is the second book from Kate O'Keefe's High Tea Series collection. If you haven't checked out my review on the first book of this series, "No More Bad Dates," I'll have it linked for you to read after this one. 

First off, I'd like to say why I couldn't give this book five stars. That's because, in my particular digital copy, I did get several typos. I don't know if O'Keefe switched editors or went with a different editor, but I much prefer the one she had for book one because there were no errors on that one at all. And I paid 99 cents for it this time. So that is why I'm giving it four and a half stars.

Other than that small minor complaint, I still think this book holds substance. The chemistry, fleshed-out characters, themes, dialogue, it's all there. It's all done very well and I can't thank O'Keefe enough for writing her amazing writing skills.

Cover again is very pretty. Whoever is in the marketing department nailed it.

I'm not gonna give up too many things away, but another thing I liked when reading this book, are the names of the two main characters: Darcy and Alex. This could be completely unintentional by the author, but I love how those two chosen names translate as very LGBTQ friendly because of how unisex they are. Of course, both of the characters have distinct feminine and masculine descriptions, but for the most part of the book, they aren't really that prominent and I feel like I could change the genders of them in my head to m/m and f/f. And my little bisexual brain also does a happy dance. 

Also, I just wanna touch up on dialogue again. O'Keefe is the best at dialogues. If you're a beginner writer, you should definitely check out her work. People don't speak in paragraphs. They speak in short, breathable sentences (O'Keefe understands this). Not all other authors are terrible, I'm just saying if you stumble upon works that have dialogue doesn't flow, it's usually because they have stumpy paragraphs that shouldn't be dialogues. Those things only work for inner monologues.

Anyway, I have written a list of tropes for you at the end, to see if you'd particularly want to give this book a try. I hope they are vague enough to not spoil anything.

You might enjoy this book if you're into any of the categories below:
Tags: romance, humor, no erotic scenes, feel-good, second chances, supportive friends, break up, dating, summer read, light read, strictly kissing and hand-holding, hot coffee baristas, hot photographers, exotic places,  high tea, desserts. 

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