I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 11, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports Romance
Angel Gomez only wants to get through nursing school and earn enough to support her mother and her son, Jose. Her bartending job helps bring in some extra cash, and the last thing she’s interested in is flirting or men in general.
Caleb “The Duke” Lewis is an up and coming star for the Yankees, known for getting around. However, his last breakup left him distracted and made him turn to drink. When he’s caught by the Yankees manager at a party instead of training, he’s suspended and sent back to the Bronx to get his head straight.
Angel and Duke’s worlds collide one night at the club and sparks fly. Though Angel wants nothing to do with Duke, he has no intention of letting her slip through his fingers. She isn’t star-struck by his fame, and this might be just what he needs to get things in order. He’ll do anything to convince her…even make her an offer she can’t refuse.
I should start off by saying that I went into this with relatively low expectations because I have read Evelyn’s previous book the Inner Circle and wasn’t blown away by it, but it was addicting. So, I figured that The Perfect Date reflected a lot of what I’ve seen on Basketball Wives when it came to Evelyn’s relationship with a baseball player. There were a ton of similarities between her real life and The Perfect Date. However, I WAS DUPED!
Please, don’t let this adorable cover. The synopsis trick you. This IS NOT A ROMANCE. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE. If you are expecting a cute contemporary fake dating novel, put the Perfect Date down and look else because this ain’t it.
What I liked:
- The Heroine – Angel is a strong, independent, fighting woman, a bit short tempered and impulsive. However, she handles working, school and taking care of her son. So, I mean, the girl has a lot on her plate and handles it to the best of her ability. Also, I thought she was a tad too forgiving. Overall, I think she was a good heroine.
- Jose – Jose is Angel’s son and he’s adorable. He is totally understanding and loves baseball. I really wish we had seen more of him in the novel.
- The story was SHORT – I don’t think I could’ve finished it if it was any longer than it was. It was a quick read and that was its saving grace.
What I Disliked:
- The Hero- Duke was trash. Absolute trash. He is straight up rude, stubborn and just plain TRASH. The only thing I liked about Duke was how he was with Jose and his teammates. Other than that, he was AWFUL to Angel. And I didn’t believe for one second, he even liked her. He was so condescending; I would’ve sent him to the curb and not looked back.
- The Story – WAS THIS EVEN A ROMANCE? WHERE WAS THE ROMANCE? I didn’t feel any romance between Angel and Duke. NONE AT ALL. Not to mention there was tons and tons of drama. It was stressful and I felt like the drama took away from whatever spark could’ve happened between Angel and Duke because I honestly saw none. I didn’t even feel like they liked each other and quite frankly I don’t even think they liked themselves.
- The Writing – The writing was very choppy, and I felt like scenes were missing. It switched points of view and it would leave me confused on whose point of view I was reading. It was a quick pace story (thankfully) however I felt like this could’ve been expanded in some areas. Because although it was classified as a romance, I felt like the drama overshadowed the story and we didn’t really get to fall in love with Angel and Duke.
There were some Spanish phrases thrown into the novel because Angel is Puerto Rican. However, the Spanish parts didn’t really make sense (at least to me) so hopefully they had a Spanish speaker review parts of the novel to fix that.
I cannot in good graces recommend this book. It was just not good. It definitely needs some polishing because the synopsis and the story inside are two different worlds. If the story had reflected the synopsis this would’ve been so good! However, if you’ve ever watched Basketball Wives or Living Lozada than you’ve basically seen parts of the Perfect Date and you won’t miss much by skipping this.