The Last First Date

Maggie Wells
The Last First Date
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Harlequin E
Release Date
September 2014
Contemporary Romance

First date number forty-eight comes to a screeching halt for detective Langley Sheppard when his date lifts a pack of gum from the local convenience store. But things start looking up when he encounters spunky damsel in distress Jessica Vickers, who's stranded in the store parking lot. Now Lang is about to discover that on a night when everything goes wrong, falling for Jessica feels spectacularly right.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Aug 28, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
80 people found the following review helpful
THE LAST FIRST DATE contains what I can only describe as THE best meeting between a couple in any book ever.

Detective Lang Sheppard is sick and tired of dating. He's lost count of how many terrible first dates he's been on, and he's really empathizing with women who say "all the good ones are taken." Then on a snowy New Year's Eve at the bequest of his grandmother, Lang has his very last first date. No, it's not with the woman who he left with--that woman decided to commit petty larceny before their date even got off the ground. Instead, once he sets eyes on a frazzled woman needing her car jumped, Lang knows his life is about to change.

Jessica Vickers just wanted to pick up some essentials for her New Year's party of one, but between her car not starting and being a witness to bubble gum Barbie's theft, her year is ending just as craptastic as it was all year long. When Detective Dreamy asks--no, orders--her to come with him to the station to book Klepto Kardashian, she has a niggling feeling her life is about to change. Join Jessica and Lang on the last first date of their lives.

THE LAST FIRST DATE by the talented Maggie Wells is included in the Harlequin Contemporary Box Set, Volume 2 and is a terrifically funny story that will have you chuckling and panting in turn. Jessica's inner monologue is really hysterical and her names for Lang and his date just kept me smiling. "Detective delicious, officer Galahad, detective do me, officer hottie and his dream date, backseat bimbette, shoplifting Sally…" The fun went on and on.

I really loved the unique storyline, and THE LAST FIRST DATE is one I could easily see as the plot of a romcom on the big screen. Poor Jessica was a hot mess, suspicious and jaded but a woman who trusted her instincts. Lang is a wonderful man, a true catch who wants a wife and a family and who isn't afraid to admit it. Even though his dating is fodder for police station bets, he soldiers on, determined that "the one" is out there somewhere. The sex scenes were decently hot between them and the chemistry was excellent. Like all of the books by Ms. Wells I've had the good fortune to read, THE LAST FIRST DATE was a funny and lighthearted read with great dialogue and characters you can connect with.
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