The Dating Charade
by Melissa Ferguson
Published by Thomas Nelson
Publication Date December 3, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Tennessee Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
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 packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.
I would like to thank Netgalley, Prism Book Tours for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Such a funny and heartwarming story!
I don’t always enjoy stories that combine humor and serious elements. A balance is needed to make this work. To not make the humor seem out of place in the midst of the tragedy or to make the more serious elements seem like a shock because they are so extreme. Melissa Ferguson crafted a story that had me laughing and pulling out the Kleenex!
The failed dates Cassie had been on had her careful to always have an exit plan. And what an exit plan she had! The poor dates didn’t really know what happened! She was so done with the jerks she was meeting through the online app, that when Jett contacted her, she blew him off completely. Which would have been THE END if not for her friend Bree.
I loved the connection between Cassie and Jett. And that his being a few years younger wasn’t an issue for her. They worked so well together and the one-on-one basketball games they played were so intense! Competitiveness and attraction made for some great moments.
Circumstances surrounding their unexpected blessings, the kids, were heartbreaking. Yet they jumped in with both feet, not hesitating – much – and accepting responsibility. They both made some big mistakes there! And Jett trying to take care of toddlers and a baby? Yikes!
As a RomCom, there were certainly predictable elements and yet there were so many surprises. Every time I thought I had things figured out, I learned I was wrong. Again.
Secondary characters, Cassie’s best friend Bree, Jett’s roommate Sunny, the neighbor who helped babysit, Sarah, and of course, the kids, were marvelous and added great dimension to the story. In fact, Sarah’s obvious attraction to Jett added an obvious complication!
If you enjoy laughing and romance, I highly recommend The Dating Charade!