The Blonde Date by Sarina Bowen

22444651A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong?

As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman.

Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he’ll be.

Yet staying home would mean letting him win.

Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person.

Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet.

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My Review:
4.5 stars — OK, so I actually wasn’t that interested in Blonde Katie in The Year We Hid Away, so I wasn’t sure how interested I was in reading this little novella….  But I did have a bit of a soft spot for the little I’d seen of Andrew, and since I was binge reading the series, I figured why not?  And I’m SOOOOOO glad I did!!  I LOVE me a beta male, and Andy B just fit that bill to a tee!!  He was so uber sweet and adorable and a bit awkward and it just hit me in all the right places.  I loved reading about him, and could have devoured even more with him in it.

And much to my surprise, I found I really enjoyed Katie too!!  She was just past the point of realizing how shallow her early months of College had been, and so she was at the perfect spot to be looking for something more meaningful.  I loved that she saw all the good things in Andy.  But really, how could you not?  I loved the way he helped her through that party by using the game.

I thought the ending was really intriguing too — especially since I’ve read further in the series and we do meet Dash again, though not in a leading role.  He’s an interesting character, b/c he’s thrust into a bad situation and instead of making the right choices, he makes the wrong ones…but at least it weighs on him.

So yeah, if you want a sweet little read with an adorable beta male, then this is definitely for you.  Course I ended up reading the teaser of book 1 (even though I read it awhile ago), and now I want to read it again.  So I think I shall….


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