Tuesday, October 03, 2006


The Guy I’m Not Dating by Trish Perry

Book description:

Kara Richardson has finally suffered one breakup too many. She's decided to go the no-dating route to romance, although she's not quite sure how that works.

She couldn't have picked a worse time to meet Gabe Paolino. Gorgeous men hardly faze Kara. A personal trainer, she works with hunks every day. But Gabe, the handsome young deli owner in town, proves way too available and way too challenging for Kara's vow of friendship. How will she adhere to her new lifestyle without scaring Gabe away?

Enter matchmaking friends, a strange elderly aunt, three demanding teens, and one hard-to-take vixen with eyes for Gabe. Add an overcrowded road trip and plenty of God's blessings, and Kara may discover that the guy she's not dating is the best boyfriend she's ever had.

Camy here:

This is a sweet, funny novel that does a great job blurring the line between romance and chick-lit.

It’s in third person past tense point of view, which will appeal to romance readers who dislike the typical first person point of view of other chick-lit books. But this is definitely a chick-lit story because it’s All About the Girl.

The author tackles the tough issue of dating and how it fits into the Christian single’s life with a bit of tongue-in-cheek and a lot of slapstick humor. Chick-lit readers will immediately be drawn into Kara’s struggles and dilemma.

I think that readers who love Steeple Hill Love Inspired romances and Heartsong Presents romances will adore this book. I thought that the tone of the narrative and the overall feel of the romance between Kara and Gabe was similar to what romance readers expect and enjoy, but with a splash of chick-lit flavor.

I would have no qualms about giving this book to even junior high school girls to read. The writing is clean and appropriate, and the romance will not only satisfy romance junkies, but it will also solidify a young girl’s conviction of purity.

1 comment :

  1. Hello there Camy.
    It's been a while, I know. Just lurking a lot. This is the first book that by pure review I'm interested in. Hmmm
    I'll be watching for it. Oh, and I've been watching your diet (It's a lot easier to watch than mine)and I must say . . parents who come to visit are pretty sure bets the diet is off! :-) Hope you had a good time anyway.