While I participated in several sports while growing up (I wasn’t necessarily good at them, but I still played), golf is one that I never played – unless you count miniature golf. And I think those who golf would say “no” to that. . .
Last summer, my team at work was planning an outing and someone came up with the idea to go to the local driving range. The place is multi-storied and has different golf games you play by hitting the ball really far. They also serve snacks and have indoor games like air hockey and a basketball-like game. As you might be able to tell, we decided on this outing.
To say I was terrible at driving (the golf kind!) would be an understatement. No matter how carefully I listened to the advice of the guys, I probably never got the ball to go more than ten feet – the times I actually hit it.
I have to confess that the best parts of the day were before we all met – the other woman on the team and I met earlier and got pedicures together – and after the golfing when we ate lunch at a Turkish restaurant. At least the fellowship was fun. 🙂
The Date Next Door
by Susan Hatler
Series: Do-Over Date #3
Published by Hatco Publishing
Publication Date January 16, 2020
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Carefree Hannah Griffin’s life is on track: she’s spending time with friends and working to win over her new boss at work after a substantial promotion. Soon, however, disaster strikes, when a potential client refuses to answer her calls. Then Hannah’s long-time and unrequited crush, super polished Blake Remington, moves in next door.
Hannah has ignored her feelings for her best friend’s older brother by keeping her distance, but now he’s popping by every day. When Blake reveals he has an extra ticket to a couple’s golf tournament, Hannah discovers her potential client will be there and offers to be Blake’s date. One major problem: Hannah doesn’t know how to golf.
As Blake teaches Hannah to golf, she struggles with feeling out of place in his country club world. Blake’s kindness and flirting help her feel at ease. As Hannah’s feelings grow, her crush on Blake turns into love and she wonders if she and Blake might have a chance—until Blake’s classy ex returns, determined to win him back.
Will the boy Hannah has always loved break her heart, or will Blake realize she’s the one he’s been looking for?
I would like to thank Susan Hatler for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Million Dollar Date , Date to the Rescue
When Hannah found herself volunteering to help her best friend’s handsome brother, Blake, by agreeing to partner with him for a charity golf tournament, she really didn’t know what she was getting herself into. She just knew she didn’t know how to play golf. I love how she tried really hard to learn, though having a teacher like Blake certainly kept her motivated to keep trying.
Her first excellent drive had a hilarious result! And her golfing on the day of the tournament when she was intimidated by Blake’s (maybe) ex-girlfriend and her catty remarks was so funny! (Talk about your stereo-typical bratty rich girl! Blake’s ex was awful – but perfect for the story. Why do we always love the terrible characters like her in a not-liking them kind of way?) To make matters even worse for poor Hannah, the very man she was trying to encourage to hire her for handling his social media witnessed a meltdown. Yikes!
The Date Next Door was a quick read and just perfect for a day when you want to just relax and laugh and enjoy. Full of chick lit humor and sweet romance, it hit the spot perfectly!