Review of Love at First Date

Review of Love at First Date

Love At First Date is a romance novella by Susan Hatler. (Better Date than Never series, Book #1) Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life . . .

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?

Review of Love at First Date

Love At First Date is now available at Amazon

  • Title: Love At First Date
  • Raina Rating: 7.9 out of 10
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Author: Susan Hatler

This is a short story. In all there were 138 pages. Normally a book of this size would go for about $.99 but for some reason the author listed this book for $2.99.

This was released by a publishing company I’ve never heard of Hatco or something like that, which leads me to believe that this is not a publisher I’d ever want to work with. If they don’t know their own market well enough to know reasonable pricing structure, then it makes you wonder what other mistakes they’ll make it releasing your book.


For what most people consider full price for an e-book, one would expect a full length novel and in the case of the romance genre that’s typically a book of 300 pages or more.

So when you get to the end of this book you feel a little cheated.  You get a decent story, but only a short one. For the same price a person could get a book 3 times as big.

So is this short story worth the extra price? No. It’s really not. While it was a decent story, that I actually really liked, I can’t say it was worth paying the extra money for. I could have purchased 3 short stories around this same length for the cost of this one book.

So for me, I have a hard time justifying this purchase.

Now over pricing issue for this book aside, let’s just talk about the content. As I said before, it was a quick and easy read. It was one of the better romance novella’s I’ve read in awhile. I gave it an 7.9 only because of the money issue. I probably would have gone as high as 8.5 or 9 on this one otherwise.

The characters were likable and funny. You really wanted the story to continue on. It was a well written book.


Review of Love at First Date

I give Love At First Date a BUY IT, but only if you can get it at a discount. It’s absolutely not worth the full price of $2.99.






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Raina Rivers
I'm the dedicated romance book reviewer here because who doesn't love a good love story? My reviews may not always be nice, but they are honest. Lately, I've also been reviewing some shows from Netflix and Amazon Prime, and well, who knows what else I may find to review for you.

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