Rating 3.5 Stars
What’s the book about?
Eleanor Murray is tired.
Tired of going on awkward dates. Tired of meeting men who just aren’t that into her. Tired of being set up on blind dates by her well-meaning friends.
She is a believer of true love, of finding that happily ever after, and she wants it. She deserves it. But at the rate she’s going, she’s pretty sure it’s never going to happen.
Until a friend creates a profile for Eleanor on a new dating app. At first, she’s reluctant. Dating apps aren’t the way to finding true love, are they? But then she makes a connection on Rate a Date, and this gorgeous, confident guy almost seems too good to be true…
Mitch Anderson has a secret.
He’s just moved to Las Vegas for his high profile job and after years of playing the field, he’s looking for a serious relationship. He wants to find a woman who likes him for who he is, not what he does. Meeting Eleanor on the dating app, he’s intrigued. Meeting her in real life while she’s in town for a bachelorette weekend, he completely falls for her. Now he’s in way over his head.
Their chemistry is combustible. They can’t keep their hands off each other. But will Eleanor forgive him when she finds out who he really is?
Rate a Date is the first book I’ve read by Monica Murphy but the fifth book in the Dating series. What I really enjoyed about this story was that I could immediately jump into the story and get a sense of each of the characters from the previous stories as well as bond with the hero and heroine of this story. This is a series that can definitely be read as a standalone.
The heroine, Eleanor, is so relatable in her tiredness of the dating world. She gives online dating a try at the persistence of her friend and it was fun seeing some of her experiences, including an awkward double date with one particular guy and meeting the guy she’s actually having fun talking to (aka the hero). Eleanor is fairly down to earth and really easy going.
The hero, Mitch, however had some growing up to do and I liked watching his personal growth throughout the book. Mitch felt he was ready for a proper relationship but in finding that, he made a few mistakes and acted poorly on occasion. The good news is that he could own up to his mistakes and reflect on his behaviour to overcome the issues and build a future with Eleanor.
The story itself was fun. It was great to read about online dating since its so relevant in today’s society and it gives a nice little twist on the usual meet cutes. I’ll admit online dating isn’t a trope I read often but I do enjoy it alot and I definitely felt like reading more after I finished this book. Overall, it was a nice introduction to Monica Murphy’s books and writing style, and I would be interested in reading more from this series and seeing what else she writes in the future.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Monica Murphy and Valentine PR for the arc in exchange for an honest review.