The 10 Date Challenge
Day 1: Take one loaded commitment-phobe explosives expert, embarking on the impossible–a challenge to have ten dates with one woman.
Day 5: Add in a fiercely independent and feisty burlesque teacher who has sworn off men.
Day 10: She’s so not his type and he’s so not in her life-plan. But the heat is sizzling and the attraction is explosive. And they’re fighting it all the way.
Firstly, I’d just like to mention that this was the first book I picked out of my TBR jar (a jar where you randomly pick out your next read!) – after reading Clare’s review of it, I got straight on Amazon and bought myself a copy. I sounded right up my street and it absolutely was. I was in such a reading slump before reading this where nothing was interesting me but How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates brought me right out of it! Ed Mitchum has been set a challenge – to go on 10 dates with one woman. Due to his commitment issues and reputation of one-date-per-woman, this is looking to be quite a big challenge for Ed – until he meets Millie. Millie is an independent burlesque teacher who rides a pony, makes boxes and is officially sworn off men. Everything about them both should equal disaster. Or should it?
I instantly connected with this book and that’s something I haven’t felt in a long time. From the very first page, I just didn’t want to put it down and when I did have to stop reading, I just couldn’t wait until I had the chance to pick my Kindle up again. Both main characters, Ed and Millie were fantastically written. They both had a incredible amount of depth to them and back-stories which you catch snippets of throughout the book. They’re both keeping secrets from not only each other but the reader as well and I liked that nothing was revealed to early. Millie was strong and independent and very admirable. She knew what she wanted and she knew how to get it and despite Ed making her knees (and mine!) go weak, she manages to keep him on his toes. Ed on the other hand was one of the hottest characters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. His description and mannerisms just screamed “sex god!” I just wanted to jump on him!
Aside from the characters, the thing I liked most about this book was Jane’s easy to read and no wishy-washy approach to the story and her writing. She got straight in there and didn’t drag out any unnecessary parts to make them seem long-winded – all the scenes were relatively short which kept the story moving at a quick but acceptable pace. I also very much enjoyed the fact that despite the odd mention of Ed’s or Millie’s families, the story really only sticks to those two characters which made it incredibly easy to follow and get completely lost in their story. Another thing I ought to mention is that Jane can write one hell of a sex scene. There wasn’t too many but there was well enough sexual tension between the characters to keep things steamed up. One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year so far! Funny, clever and will definitely have you turning up your air-con.
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