Reviewed By Kati Dancy
When I open a Rachel Gibson novel, I know what I’m getting, fun, breezy romances with intelligent, humorous heroines and smoking hot heroes. Not Another Bad Date is a perfect example.
Devon Hamilton-Zemaitis is having a very bad day. You see, she’s just been killed by a garbage truck, and when she finally gets a chance to see someone about her situation, she is told that while she’s not being sent straight to hell, she’s also not being sent to heaven. Instead, she’ll have to go to a kind of purgatory, where she’ll need to do some good in order to earn her way into heaven. She is outraged! Wasn’t she a model mother? Sure, she was maybe a little self-absorbed, and sure, maybe when they were in college she trapped her husband, Zach into marriage by getting pregnant, but it all turned out didn’t it? Needless to say, the powers that be aren’t convinced.
Devon must do some good or remain in purgatory (in which she is the greeter at a Wal-Mart type of store) forever. She sets her sights on righting the wrong she did to her husband, Zach.
Zach Zemaitis is a retired professional football player. After a successful career with the Denver Broncos, he’s come back to Cedar Creek,Texas to raise his teenage daughter and coach high school football. If this isn’t exactly where he thought his life would end up, he’s content enough, and the important part is that his daughter, Tiffany, hasn’t been uprooted since her mother died. Zach and Devon’s marriage had never been a happy one, he living in
Adele Harris is not happy to be back in Cedar Creek. She grew up here and now is only back because her sister Sherri is going through a painful divorce and is suffering through a high risk pregnancy at the same time. Adele has come to help Sheri take care of her teenaged daughter, Kendra. Poor Kendra is trying to fit into a new high school and make the dance squad while dealing with her parents divorce. Adele wants to help out, but she’s been thrust unwillingly into the role of stand-in mother of a niece she doesn’t really know that well. On top of that, it feels like she’s back in high school again herself, dealing with women who were popular then and who remain not very nice. And to top it all off, now she sees that Zach Zemaitis is in town. Adele had fallen long and hard for Zach when they were in college. She had given him her love and affection for ten glorious weeks and then he abruptly ended things when his ex-girlfriend Devon had told him she was pregnant. Zach and
Devon were married a few weeks later, and Adele was left to lick her wounds. Needless to say, Adele is NOT happy to see Zach again, and is even less pleased that his daughter and her niece have hit it off. Zach, on the other hand, finds himself as drawn to Adele’s looks and her acerbic wit as he was in college. After only a few hours together, Zach is determined that he has to be with Adele, and he begins courting her — which completely distracts her and weakens her resolve not to be with him — a charming Texas man is a lethal
One of my favorite things about Rachel Gibson’s books is that she builds wonderful sexual tension between her heroes and heroines. Zach and Adele have a couple of incredibly hot encounters long before they ever consummate their relationship. It makes it all the more satisfying when they finally do get together. The book features all of the fun hallmarks of a Gibson book — witty one-liners and interesting secondary characters who enhance the relationship of the hero and heroine. Although the ending felt just slightly rushed to me, I think that might just be my greed for Rachel’s writing. Not Another Bad Date is a fun and sassy romance with a wonderful cast of characters. I’d recommend it as another great addition to Rachel Gibson’s work.