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Love at First Date (Better Date than Never Book 1) by [Hatler, Susan]
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Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person.

When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him.

Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1520 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Hatco Publishing (31 October 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZOZR0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By D.L.R TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 March 2015
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At first I thought oh it's one of those silly books that shares her horrible experiences. Then after reading I thought Geez really? Then she met a man at a doggie clinic when she took her friends dog to because she though he was going to die. After getting further into the story I had to laugh at her one safe one. Taking notes on the date marking off what's good ect. It ended well. I was happy with the storyline. I'm glad it worked out for her.
It's a quick read. One you can knock out in about an hour or so.
Worth a read if you like dogs and dating stories.
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By Julz311 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 November 2016
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I was gifted this book, and I freely chose to read and review it.

Ellen was so insecure about love, that she'd joined a website with a checklist and screening process, determined you could never just fall in love at first sight. Sometimes the numbers have it wrong.
I loved this story, it had all our insecurities, that facts that we never know where love will come from. I'm hooked and can't wait to read the whole series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love at First Date was what I needed and so ... 8 December 2015
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Love at First Date was what I needed and so happy I stumbled upon it. It is a quick read but so cute and romantic, it's hard not to feel lighthearted after reading it.
The story starts off with Ellen realizing that the way to her true soul mate would be
online dating, it would be a fast way to narrow down her candidates. How wrong could it be when you have a high percentage compatibility rate with the other person? Ellen narrows her choices down to two men and plans to meet them in person on different dates.
Ellen's best friend Rachel ask her to dog sit for the night, which leads to a visit to the vet.
Ellen never expected to run into Henry, a handsome and mysterious man who is attending dog obedience classes with his pooch. Since Chester (Rachel's dog) has chewing issues Ellen decides to sign him up for classes. The nights Ellen and Henry are in obedience class with the dogs feels like it's better than any date Ellen has been on.
How will Ellen handle her online dating? Will Ellen and Henry forget each other once the 5 days of classes are finished and will Chester have learned anything?
I really did enjoy this fun romantic story and I am looking forward to reading more from
The Better Date than Never series collection.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute funny clean story romance 28 March 2014
By Cyn - Published on
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A cute short romance about looking for love in all the wrong places only to find it right in front of you where you least expected. People can be too much alike or think they want something they do not. Sometimes compatibility is over rated we can be too compatible or think we want one thing when in fact it isn’t what we want at all.

Elle felt she needed to find someone compatible she signed up on Detailed Dating site. She did her profile and got her dates. The dates were all wrong she found what she really wanted was what she didn’t want at all.

This was a cute little read that is a funny clean reads about finding the mate of your dreams at first site. If you want an easy fast fun read this is the book for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Treat 6 November 2014
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This is a great fun quick sweet romance. I really like the characters and hope to see more of them through the series.

Ellen is a planner, which is so not me! I loved reading someone who is so much my opposite and seeing her fall for a guy who would totally do it for me as well! I will say be both have the same sense of humor and sass!

Henry is so sweet and he made me giggle often. I am a sucker for playful banter!

The whole book is from Ellen's POV, which limits how the reader seeing events. You only have her perspective to work from. Fortunately there are plenty of cues that you can pick up on to give you the bigger picture.

It is all sweet, a light flirtation but it never gets to the bedroom stage.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Martha Lee, who does a great job. She has a soothing mature tone to her read but is still able to bring out the lightness in the banter. I really liked her voices and how distinct she keeps them. I really hope she stays with the whole series because she was a delight to listen to from beginning to end.

I am excite to have found this series. I love a tasty little treat every now and again!! Bonus these books are on Whispersync for Voice. If you snag the ebook the audio is only $1.99! Score!
4.0 out of 5 stars Susan Hatler is the queen of short romantic comedies. 26 June 2016
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Ellen is at her thirties, but still single and wary of guys. After her mom's three divorces, she realizes that to be compatible and in sync with a guy is what she needs to get involved in a relationship. So she joins Detailed Dating, an online dating service that measures the compatibility of searchers and searchees. And she gets two matches and will soon be dating one of them.

Rachel, her best friend and office mate gets a date and asks her for a favor - doggie-sitting her dog Chester, who recently chewed on her beautiful black boots. When Chesters seems to have swallowed something, she takes the dog to the nearest vet and meets Henry, the most mysterious man she has ever known. He has recently rescued a dog and names her Kenzie and they're doing an obedience training. He is good-looking, smiles a lot, helps her with training and is fun to be with. What's not to love? Ellen's clearly smitten with the guy, but she doesn't want anything to do with him because he's a complete stranger. She doesn't like asking too many questions about a guy, unless it's all stated in Detailed Dating.

Until Ellen finally gets to date her matches. Until all she thinks about is Henry and his mysterious ways. Until she learns from Rachel that he's not going to get in touch with her again. Bummer!

I love this short story so much. I wish it was longer, though. I love Ellen and her eccentric ways and her naivety. Sure, she's quite closed-minded sometimes, heck, she even annoys me with her compulsive thinking and over-the-top assumptions about Henry. But there's something about her that I found charming about her. I like how she stands her ground and balances her choices, I like how she acts like an awkward teenager when she's around Henry. She's a doll!

I'm liking short stories lately. They satisfy me at some point and makes me think outside the box. I've read some books by Susan Hatler and I always find myself laughing and feeling like a lovestruck idiot in the end, but I don't care. I gotta hand it to Susan, she's the queen of short rom-coms and she deserves it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Date than Never 26 January 2014
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Better Date than Never

In Love at First Date, the first book in Susan Hatler's Better Date than Never series, Ellen is thirty and wants to find true love. After her mother's past relationship failures, Ellen wants to use scientific methods to find the man of her dreams. Given her abandonment issues, Ellen relies on questionnaires and virtual matching to take the uncertainty out of romance.

When Chester the Chewing Canine chomps into the contents of Ellen's purse, she panics. Her friend Rachel adores the dog, and will kill Ellen if he overdoses on her lip gloss. Thankfully, Chester did not chew her cell phone. Ellen frantically careens to the local animal hospital, hacking dog in tow.

Ellen wants to force order onto chaos. She finds her objective criteria and scientific methods exploding in their own version of a big bang when she meets a handsome, non-vetted stranger over Chester's hacking and trails of drool.

The short work is entertaining and fun. The characters are believable and likeable. Rachel, Ellen's best friend, is obsessed with her dog's mental health and happiness. Ms. Hatler also offers humor. For example, one of Ellen's suitors invites her out to the Chinese restaurant Wok N’ Roll.