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Driven to Date

(Better Date than Never #7)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,108 ratings  ·  229 reviews
(Better Date than Never series, Book #7)

Career-driven attorney, Jill Parnell, has worked long and hard to become a partner at Corbett, Gray, & Shaw. When the coveted position is given to the bosss nephew, she does what any intelligent employee would doattends a colleagues wedding and schmoozes a high-powered partner at another law firm.

Her potential new boss has
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published February 22nd 2014 by Hatco, Inc.
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C.P. Cabaniss
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

These books are so much fun. I'm not generally a romance reader, but I tried these out and I really enjoy them. This is my third book from this series (I've read books one and six) and I'm not sure that it's my favorite, but there were definitely things that I liked best here.

One thing I love about this book (and the series in general, from what I've read), is how clean they are. They are well written, clean fun. You get
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I've had this book on my Nook forever and finally decided to read it today when nothing else was working for me. It was a workplace romance with a bit of a mix of fake-relationship, insta-love, and enemies-to-lovers. It was short and sweet with likable characters and I'll be reading some of the other books from this series that have also been sitting on my Nook for awhile.
Paige Edwards
Well written with a satisfying character arc for the MC. A fun beach read about an attorney who gets a wake-up call that she doesnt at first see in a favorable light. ...more
Julie Carpenter
"A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless."

I pulled that from Susan Hatler's author bio. I think it sums up perfectly about her books and the characters in her books. I've really enjoyed the books I've read so far by her. The characters are generally optimistic and good. They are motivated, kind, and have struggles just like everyone. I love the interactions between characters, even though not all interactions end positive, sometimes
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jill's always had a plan after graduating from high school and her life had always gone according to it. She's certain Corbett, Gray and Shaw would promote her after she'd slaved for the firm for 5 years but instead the role is handed to Jim Shaw's nephew! At Kristen's wedding, she meets a partner of a rival firm, and she is determined to land a role with them instead. However Madison's condition is that her employees should
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It's Christmas today! Or my birthday! Or maybe it's just MY LUCKY DAY! Yeah, it's totally just my lucky day. Susan is the best surprise gift giver. She never says "Hey, I have a book coming out soon, do you want to review it?" She just sends it over and it pops up in my Amazon account and then I smile and giggle and read it the first mintue I can. It's a lovely thing. Honest. It ranks right up there with chocolate.

Driven to Date really is a special edition book. It's a bit longer than the other
Katie W
This is Jill's story. There is so much chemistry going on, almost right from the first page. Jill is a lawyer and when she loses out on a promotion, she grabs a guy at her friend's wedding to try and impress a potential employer. Ryan doesn't mind going along with the game. Jill is very committed her to work and has a list to accomplish by a very young age. Ryan is more laid back--he still gets his work done, but balances work with family and fun. They're good for each other, but sometimes being ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the misses of the series for me.

Not enough convincing connection between Jill and Ryan, for one. And the storyline feels all over the place. You think Jill really is too self-absorbed to care about others, but then that volunteer stuff is thrown into the mix haphazardly, in a very obvious and ungracious attempt of giving her character a little depth. Fell flat, consequently. Seems it tries to do a little too much for a shortish book and ends up falling apart. Also, one too many extra
D.B. Reynolds
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this contemporary romance, although I would have liked it better if there'd been a bit more passion between Jill and Ryan. Kisses are nice, but I would have expected them to move beyond that at some point. My only other quibble is how quickly the tough, smart and career-minded Jill turned into teenage girl mush at the sight of Ryan's "sexy hazel eyes." Still, it was a fun and engaging read.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a quick read. Which was nice. The MC was very career oriented. So, it was nice that she branched out in the end. Although, I'm not sure I could have gotten over what had happened between her and her love interest. If I worked hard and he got my job that would piss me off. However, this isn't about me and thankfully the MC is a better person than me.
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, clean read!

At 29, Jill's life is perfectly on track - until it suddenly falls apart! She has spent 5 years slaving away at the law firm to be promoted to Managing Attorney, the next step on her way to partner. Just when she thinks the job is hers, the partners inform her they are hiring the nephew of one of the partners for the position instead. But fate gives her a good turn when at a colleague's wedding she runs into Madison McKenzie of McKenzie, Atkins, Haugan & Hall - a high-powered
Lisa Crane
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember how many of the books I've read in this series, but I do remember that I enjoyed them, and Driven to Date is no exception.

Jill, in a panic after her expected promotion goes to one of the law partners' nephew, is advised to find a balance in her life. She's told, in short, to have fun. Unfortunately, Jill is the kind of woman who believes work is fun.

Enter Ryan, who makes a nice "pretend boyfriend" when Jill needs one in a pinch. Turns out Ryan is about to become significant in
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Jill Parnell is a career-driven woman. She had a list of goals she had achieved and she's only a step to her final one, make managing position at 29. Promotions are announced and Jill is already receiving congrats from her colleagues and parents. Until her boss announces he's giving the Managing attorney position to none other than Ryan Shaw. Hence, Tension ensues.

I really really enjoyed this. From the beginning when Jill picks Ryan to be her "fake boyfriend" these two stole my heart. And what
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read from this author and I truly enjoyed it. I loved the banter and how sweet Ryan was. They made a great couple even though Jill was a little tough on him. You could tell Ryan was really into her from when they first met. I loved the characters and the story was well written. I can't wait to read this series from the beginning.
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Jill Parnell had worked her butt off in Gray, Corbett & Shaw Law firm for five years, and the day she thought she'd be promoted to Managing Attorney turned out to be false alarm. That position she had aspired for was given to one of the partners' relative and that really hurt workaholic Jill.. Concerned friends told her to take it easy and have fun once in a while, but how could she, after her ill-fated career boost?

Ryan Shaw met Jill on a common friend's wedding and they hit it off.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to catch up with the friends in this story. Yes, Driven to Date is a standalone however characters in previous books make an appearance and show their friendship throughout the series. Having said that, we met Jill Parnell, in passing, but she gets her story in this book. The book opens with her being up for a huge promotion at workand goes downhill from there. Its sort of the story of every professional womens life details change but still the same and no matter how far we come, ...more
Jessica Adams
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought this book started off ok and the story was fine. As it went on though it just became tedious. The ending was wrapped up super suddenly, and there was very little actual chemistry. Definitely not going to read anymore in this series.
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Sheryl Sato
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and cute novel.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
***I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

At first glance, Driven to Date seemed like a recipe for a great (if somewhat cheesy) contemporary romance. The workaholic heroine is a successful lawyer whose promotion gets stolen by none other than the cute groomsmen from her friends wedding. Enter the hero as her fake boyfriend. The novel chronicles Jills attempts to focus on life outside of work, since obviously being glued to her desk didnt do her any favors in the
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Susan Hatler gives us another great story about a love that just can't be denied. Jill and Ryan have a rocky road to finding love but it's a wonderful journey and worth it in the end.

DRIVEN TO DATE is the story of Jill Parnell, an independent, focused, career-driven attorney with no quality time for a personal life. She has worked diligently for the last five years on what she believed was a partner track at her law firm. When the promotion she expected to get was given instead to an outsider
Glenda Parker
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My review today is on the novel, Driven to Date. This is the seventh book in the Better Date Than Never Series. I don't usually like books in the first person but this was excellent and I really enjoyed this book very much. It's well written, humorous, and heartwarming. I know you are going to love it.

Jill Parnell is called into the conference room to meet with her bosses. Her last five years have been for this moment. Her boss had stepped down and she was going to be promoted. Life didn't get
Amy H
I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I Have to say that I am honered to be picked to read the last half of Mrs. Hatler's books!!! This is one of my favorite series and I am glad she choose me to review :)

This series continues by telling Jill's story. She is a high powered attorney and is getting ready for her biggest promotion. She was ready to be a manager. She had all her goals coming to order and next would be partner! She told everyone that the job was her's!
Romance Readers Retreat
I was a little hesitant to start this novella when I did. I had enjoyed the previous 6 books in this series, but having read a particularly intense and dark book prior to this one, I wasn't sure if I'd be in the right frame of mind for a sweet and light hearted love story. 

Well thankfully I did enjoy this book and it was in fact exactly what I needed to read. But I also think my enjoyment comes from the fact that it is well written and the story flows seamlessly. 

This is the story of Jill, who
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don't mind short stories, and I definitely don't mind short romances. But it is a little different when you read a short romance story that builds upon a relationship that was at least a bit established in another book or short story. That wasn't the case here; this short story contains the entirety of the establishment of the relationship between Jill and Ryan. They meet, fall in love, and declare their love
Lilly Sloman
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute fluff romance. Easy read.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Learning To Balance

This series must be read in order. The first book is Love At First Date. The second book is Truth Or Date. The third book is My Last Blind Date. The fourth book is Save The Date. The fifth book is A Twist Of Date. The sixth book is Licence To Date. This is the seventh book. I can't wait to read Up To Date!

Jill is devastated when she finds of HER promotion was given to one of the partner's nephews. She decides to get advice from her friend Ethan's fiancée Kristen on what to do
Green Butterfly
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was actually my first Susan Hatler book and I read it as part of the Lucky 7 boxed set. I read it in one sitting. I found it hilarious that Jill, who has her whole life planned out through goals, is being thrown off when she doesn't get the promotion she was expecting. So, when she is at a wedding and runs into another boss of a firm she has decided she is going to try and apply at, she tries to impress the owner by having a boyfriend. The boss thinks it is good to have a well rounded work ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Susan Hatler!!! I have yet to read a book I did not absolutely love! Driven to Date is book 7 in the Better Date than Never series. I think it also stands alone nicely. I have become fanatical about this series! Jill a powerful lawyer is a heroine and she is motivated to be a success. she is up for a promotion that doesn't pan out, but don't worry this lady has options. At her friend Ethan's wedding she renews a contact that could potentially get her the job she wants the ...more
Ann Wilson
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Funny and Romantic

This is the second book of hers I've read. Can't wait to start the next one. I love this author's sense of humor, I love her modern characters --no damsels in distress who can't handle whatever comes their way and men who are so confident and competent they don't need to act macho--and I love the way she writes. She plots well, writes believable dialogue, creates believable, attractive settings. There's plenty of romance of the sort you wouldn't mind your teenager reading. I'm
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SUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susans books have been translated into German, Spanish, French, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too. ...more

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Better Date than Never (10 books)
  • Love at First Date (Better Date than Never, #1)
  • Truth or Date (Better Date than Never, #2)
  • My Last Blind Date (Better Date than Never, #3)
  • Save the Date (Better Date than Never, #4)
  • A Twist of Date (Better Date than Never, #5)
  • License to Date (Better Date than Never, #6)
  • Up to Date (Better Date than Never, #8)
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