Dating for Keeps
Pine Falls #3
By Coleen Kwan
Releasing June 11th, 2018
Unlucky in love Lily Baker is ready to get back in the dating game. But her first night out ends with the guy ditching her—in the middle of a dance floor. Wonderful. Public humiliation on top of rejection. And worse, Caleb Willmett, the sexy local contractor with an unfortunate desire to remain single, witnessed the whole thing. But where Lily sees disaster, Caleb finds opportunity.
The only long-term relationship Caleb wants is a business partnership with Lily’s father, but the man won’t give him the time of day. If Lily can arrange a meeting for him, Caleb promises to help her find a guy worth dating. Perfect trade. And this should be easy—just look for someone completely opposite of himself, someone who’s willing to settle down.
But when Lily unexpectedly captures his heart, playing matchmaker for her becomes the most difficult job he’s ever done.
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In Dating for Keeps (Pine Falls #3) by Coleen Kwan, dating is an absolute nightmare for Lily Baker, especially when her date decides he's had enough and walks out on her in a very public setting. Embarrassed by the experience, Lily asks Caleb Willmett to be her dating coach. However, the more time she spends with Caleb, the more she finds herself falling for a man that doesn't want anything to do with relationships. Will Caleb break her heart or will Lily be able to win his heart and show him that happy ever after is a good thing?
This is such a heartwarming and captivating series and this book is a wonderful addition to Ms. Kwan's Pine Falls series where the main characters show that opposites do attract; the cynical hero shows the quirky heroine that dating isn't all bad, as he coaches her while the pair fall in love; and the dialogue entertained me from start to finish because of the obstacles these two faced to be together. The way this story started had me sympathizing with the heroine, as dating is hard and what happens to her would definitely be a setback and make her not want to go out with another guy anytime soon. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time where I was completely drawn into this story, as there's plenty of chemistry between them, and yet, it's palpable he just wants to be someone determined to protect her and be her friend.
With the dialogue, it was a wonderful combination of intense moments due to the main characters back stories and moments that amused because of the dates the heroine goes on. Talk about awkward and sometimes downright disastrous. Furthermore, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the heroine because of everything she's suffered in her past. People can be mean and it's understandable why she's so shy and quirky. However, in saying that, I liked that she owned her individuality. Who cares what other people think as long as she's happy the way she is? While the hero, he's cynical, very protective of those he cares about and I liked the tight bond he shares with his sister. He's also hard-working and I liked how determined he was to impress someone that could give him the chance of a lifetime when it came to his career. Will he win Lily's heart and get the dream he's pursuing in order to help him stay in Pine Falls?
Overall, Ms. Kwan has delivered a wonderful read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance was on the sweet side; and the ending had me loving what the hero does for the heroine. Talk about a good surprise and a good way to stick it to the people who were ever mean to her. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, as the heroine is good for the hero and I liked the surprise he had for her. I would recommend Dating for Keeps by Coleen Kwan, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope, the fake relationship trope, the opposites attract trope or books by authors Karen Foley, Allison B. Hanson, Victoria James and Jennifer Shirk.