Contemporary Fiction

The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson. A Review

About the Book

Book: The Dating Charade

Author: Melissa Ferguson

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Romantic Comedy

Release Date: December 3, 2019

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

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My Thoughts

What do you do when life throws you an unexpected twists that changes your whole life as you know it. This was Jett and Cassie’s story.
Cassie has a heart for and loves children she just can’t have any so she puts on her dating profile that she doesn’t want kids when she meets Jett she’s sure she has found her prince charming but when she suddenly has three children in her care, it’s hard to let him know she actually does love kids. Jett faces the same situation too and as they try to navigate this new task called instant parenthood, it doesn’t come easy and there are a lot of mistakes made and embarrassing but funny moments.
One thing I didn’t enjoy was how they couldn’t come out rightly and talk about the children in their care with each other. It gave room for lots of misunderstanding and heartbreak. The end also felt a bit rushed for me but that being said, this book was awesome. I loved that despite the fact that this is her debut, the author writes like a seasoned author and dealt the issues of the foster system and child care as best as she could.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley and Celebrate Lit for a blog tour. All opinions expressed are mine

About the Author

Melissa Ferguson lives in Bristol, Tennessee, where she is an adjunct professor at King University and pens books that make her laugh and grow. She used to have hobbies like running and backpacking the Appalachian Trail outside her door. Now she and her husband are outnumbered, and her hobbies include diaper changes, chasing toddlers in parking lots, and admiring the Appalachian Trail out her minivan window while singing “Winnie the Pooh.” She survives by Jesus, rom coms, and roughly two espresso shots a day. The Dating Charade is her first novel.

Read an Excerpt

Read an excerpt of The Dating Charade Here

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