The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson: Book Review
About the Book
Book: The Dating Charade
Author: Melissa Ferguson
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: December 3, 2019
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.
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I went in fully expecting a fluffy rom-com. What I walked away with at the end was a heartfelt drama with a lighthearted flare.
I knew both Cassie and Jett would have kids dropped on them, it’s there in the blurb. What I didn’t expect was the emotional toil that ran through each scene. That is in no way a bad thing. I appreciated the dose of reality amid all the fun and hilarity. Those moments helped ground the book and give it depth.
Cassie’s escape artist antics drew me into the story from the get-go. And thank goodness Bree has the good sense to know when enough is enough.
I’ll be honest and admit that miscommunication – or lack of communication – is one of my pet peeves. But I knew it was coming, again, it’s right there in the blurb. So, that helped me prepare for the disasters and I also thought Melissa Ferguson wrote the scenes in such a way that it felt natural. Would the truth have been easier…probably…but the end result might not have been the same and I loved how the story developed.
Can we get a novella just for Edie and Donna Gene? Pretty please? I feel these two have so much more to give and deserve their own story.
My favorite scene was the first basketball game between Cassie and Jett. Maybe because it touched on something personal between them while bringing back memories of my own dating experiences with my husband.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Melissa Ferguson lives in Bristol, Tennessee, where she is an adjunct professor at King University and pens books that make her laugh and grow. She used to have hobbies like running and backpacking the Appalachian Trail outside her door. Now she and her husband are outnumbered, and her hobbies include diaper changes, chasing toddlers in parking lots, and admiring the Appalachian Trail out her minivan window while singing “Winnie the Pooh.” She survives by Jesus, rom coms, and roughly two espresso shots a day. The Dating Charade is her first novel.
Read an Excerpt
Read an excerpt of The Dating Charade here.