Review: Million Dollar Date by Susan Hatler
Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Romance Readers, Romance Review, Standalone

Book Review: Million Dollar Date by Susan Hatler

Abigail Apple is running late to meet her blind date when she’s pulled over for speeding. Unfortunately, the follow-the-rules cop doesn’t care that she’s late, let alone that she’s heartbroken because her favorite dog rescue is in danger of being closed. Now she has to meet her date with mud drying on her heels, dog hair covering her dress, and the smell of a barn perfuming her hair. When she arrives, however, Abigail learns her handsome blind date is none other than the cop who pulled her over.

Abigail has no intention of staying until she learns Cooper Hill is heading a committee for the city that will award a six-figure donation to a charity of their choice. So, what’s a girl to do? Abigail decides a second date is the perfect way to convince Cooper to vote for the dog rescue. Soon, however, Abigail is less interested in Cooper’s vote than she is in his deep voice, kind heart, and tender touch.

Will this follow-the-rules cop and this follows-her-heart animal lover learn that despite poor first impressions, second chances can lead to love?

I’ve been looking forward to this book because the premise seems fun but Abigail isn’t likeable. She’s immature and arrogant. The humor fell so flat because Abigail thinks she’s a quirky Elle Woods-type, but she’s completely shallow and self-absorbed. First she’s shocked when she can’t charm her way out of a speeding ticket, then she’s furious when they meet again and he has no regrets.

Cooper is sweet, fun and vulnerable but Abigail just gets worse, demanding on a second date only because she’s determined to spend that time manipulating him to award her favorite charity a huge cash prize. She’s disgusted that he supports a different charity over her fave and will do anything to get her way because she has no concept that she could ever be wrong about anything. I’m a huge dog lover but can’t relate to Abigail’s insistence that a dog shelter is more important than the homeless shelter for victims of domestic violence.

The relationship never really develops, it’s just Abigail whining and stomping her feet then suddenly he loves her. I was very disappointed.

Million Dollar Date on Amazon

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