Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door by Gwen Hayes
Seduction is the name of the game when two rival dating advice darlings agree to be romantically linked to boost publicity. But all bets are off when they take the battle of the sexes from the web to the bed!
Tycoon Reunion by Candace Havens and Shannon Leigh
Sparks fly when a project brings a heartbreaker back to town and into the path of the woman he left behind. He’s determined to win her over in the boardroom … and the bedroom!
Passionate Persuasion by Rosemary Clement-Moore
A hot playboy who has left a string of hearts in his wake can’t forget the cellist who haunted his fantasies. Now it is his turn to usehis power of persuasion to prove he’s the only man to keep her satisfied.
Date on the Run by Jill Monroe
When an reporter mistakes a hard-bodied military man for a crime source, she soon finds it’s just as much fun undressing her new bodyguard as it is uncovering her latest case…
Four stories, four dates. How can these dates by mistake turn into love ever after?
Anthologies can be a little difficult to review. Often, one or maybe two of the stories are really strong and you’re sailing along nicely, then one of the other stories makes you want to put your head through a brick wall. This can colour your opinion, somewhat unfairly, of the other stories even if you actually enjoyed them.
While none of these stories made me want to break brick walls, Date by Mistake did have some real strengths and some definite weaker points.
Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door was probably my favourite of the four stories in the anthology. Two people with opposing viewpoints on the same topic are thrown together in a blind date neither knew was actually happening. I liked that despite their admitted attraction to one another, neither Dane or Holly was willing to give in straight away. They stood up for themselves. I also liked that for once, the swan/ugly duckling transformation was by the hero – good to see!
Tycoon Reunion – now this was a nice, sweet story about a pair of past lovers that are thrown together ten years on and he realises he wants another chance. Annabelle’s sister was a hoot, and I really enjoyed her role in bringing them together. I can’t say I was all that impressed with Jake’s behaviour back then. That kind of thing would be really hard to forgive, at least from my perspective. Still it was a nice, quick read.
Passionate Persuasion – another sweet love lost/found again story. Kiara and Alex had dated in college, she the naive young music student and he the frat boy party monster. They end up being set up on a blind date, and he realises he still loves her. I had less trouble believing Alex had changed and was a better person now than I did with Jake in the previous story. It was probably the most closed-door of the four stories, however I enjoyed it.
Date on the Run – The opening to this story made me giggle. Those are just the sort of stories I love reading in the newspaper. Juliet, the heroine, understandably wants to write some with a little more substance. In pursuit of what she thinks will be her breakout story, she runs into all kinds of problems. Luckily she mistook Ezra for her contact. They were a good pairing, not expecting anything but grabbing it with both hands when offered. I liked the suspense element in this book. For a novella, this was worked in really well.
To tie things up, I enjoyed Date by Mistake. Some of the stories could have been longer, particularly number 4, but all in all, it was a solid anthology.
My rating: 3 out of 5
Release Date: 11 March 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in return for an honest review.