First Date by Sue Watson

417hm+p5pKL._SY346_ Synopsis: She’s been waiting her whole life to meet a man like Alex. But he’s been waiting too. And once he has her, he’ll never let her go…

Hannah has done everything to make sure her life is safe and secure. A long way from her unstable childhood growing up in foster care, she’s content with her sweet, little, messy apartment and her satisfying job as a social worker. She quietly worries that, aged 36, she might never fall in love. But otherwise her life is where she wants it to be.

Until, encouraged by her best friend to join a dating app, she meets Alex. He’s irresistibly handsome. He loves the same music as her. The same food as well. They both dream of travelling the world but agree they’d be equally happy escaping to a cottage by the beach in Devon. Both of them would love to own a Labrador one day. It’s like he’s made for her. It’s like he’s too good to be true. Hannah’s friends aren’t so sure about him. But Hannah thinks he’s perfect.

Which is good. Because Alex knows she’s perfect for him too. In fact, she’s exactly the girl he’s been looking for…and nothing Hannah’s done to make her life safe will ever be enough.

My Rating: 3/5

My Review: Okay first of all I am definitely a fan of Sue Watson as an author, however this book (although I enjoyed it) I ended up rating as a mere 3/5. Hannah the main character was somebody I just wanted to drop kick throughout the entire book. Normally if I dislike a character I can ignore this to a point, however this one….no it just wasn’t possible!

Hannah wants to meet somebody and when Alex comes into her life and she makes her first date with him, the red flags for this guy are not just obvious… they are jumping out and dancing on the bloody table! Hannah’s first date with solicitor Alex is a bit of an eye opener but she is smitten from the get go. Hannah’s friends (quite rightly so) try to warn Hannah but of course Hannah knows best (insert another drop kick at this point).

I found myself getting irritated by the fact that somebody could be so stupid, and then thinking I had it all worked out. The story continued inmuch the same thread for the majority of the book. That is until the end when Sue decided to put it all on it’s arse and throw the readers a curveball (I certainly didn’t see it coming). If my rating was based on the last section of the book it would be different, however sadly for me my irritation of Hannah just tipped the scales. Still a good read in terms of this sort of book, but for me not one of my favoruites by this author!

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