by: Susan Hatler
Series: Do-Over Date: Second Chance Clean Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 22, 2019
Publisher: Hatco Publishing
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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?
Overall, Susan Hatler’s Million Dollar Date was a nice little story. I loved the meet-cute between the characters and the premise of the story.
Abigail Apple aka Abigail Adams is a 26-year-old manager of a pet store. To say Abigail is passionate about dogs would be an understatement. There's nothing she loves more than her dog Banana and Rescue at the Barn, a dog rescue run by her friend Reagan. On the day she's supposed to finally have a date with a man she's been talking to online, she receives the bad news that without a substantial influx of cash, Reagan is going to have to close the rescue. Distraught, she finds herself speeding to drop Banana off at home and make it to her date on time. As luck would have it, Abigail gets stopped for speeding. Much to Abigail's frustration, the handsome police officer doesn't seem to care or want to hear about her horrible day and gives her a ticket. Abigail's frustration turns into pure shock and disbelief when she arrives at the restaurant and finds out the handsome cop is Cooper Hill, her date. What's a girl to do when faced with this situation? Abigail orders the quickest thing off the menu with the intention of ending the date as soon as possible. But when she learns the city is giving away a six-figure donation to a worthy charity and that Cooper heads the committee, she decides another date with him is the perfect way to get the money Reagan needs.
Million Dollar Date is told in first-person from Abigail's point of view. I must say I have a love/hate relationship with her. She's impulsive. She doesn't always think clearly. She thinks with her heart. She only cares about what she cares about, and not what anyone else does. Yes, at times, these are all good character traits to have. But she comes across as someone who is unwilling to listen and has an “it’s my way or no way” attitude. As for Cooper, I loved him all the way. Overall, I liked the story. I really loved the little surprise Susan threw in. Just when I didn't see a way for Abigail and Cooper to be together, she made it so. And in that moment all the pieces clicked together.
The heroine of the next book has been introduced and I'm interested in seeing what's in store for her.
**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
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