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Driven to Date

(Better Date than Never #7)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,318 ratings  ·  265 reviews
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 boss’s nephew, she does what any intelligent employee would do—attends a colleague’s wedding and schmoozes a high-powered partner at another law firm.

Her potential new boss has only one condition for her, that she demonstr
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 s
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. ...more
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 doesn’t at first see in a favorable light.
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 t
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 de
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 comm
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. ...more
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. ...more
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 law
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 J
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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 c
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. ...more
An adorable, easy-to-read, clean romance that was enjoyable from start to finish. I loved it.
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. Another pr
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 work…and goes downhill from there. It’s sort of the story of every professional women’s life – details change but still the same – and no matter how far we ...more
Terri Zumbrook
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jill was married to her job. She spent every waking hour working to be promoted. When she didn’t get a well deserved promotion, she was devastated, angry and about to do something rash. A friend made her think about the balance she had in her life and she realized the scales were heavily tilted toward work.

The relationship with Ryan started off and continued to be very complicated. Ryan wanted to date Jill. Jill didn’t want to want to date Ryan but at times, couldn’t resist.

I liked that Ryan was
Vedika Sheth
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

This story was a fun one. It was inspirational and had a great moral. The characters were amazing. The way Jill reinvents herself is cool. I liked following the way the story went on. The story developed and progressed well. It was devoid of bad language and mature scenes. Ryan is a great guy. I’m happy he and Jill found love together.

The story follows Jill. She’s a workaholic. Her last boyfriend gave her the ultimatum of either making more time for him or breaking up. She
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Driven to Date
By: Susan Hatler
Rating 5 Stars
This is a clean fun romance. Jill is 29 and determined in her career. When Ryan comes along and gets her position because of who he is and not what hes put into the company.. shes upset and finally realizes she needs a change.. what a good book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the premise of the story. Jill gets looked over for a partner position for the boss's nephew. So she goes to a wedding and talks herself up to a partner at another firm. That firm wants her to have an upstanding social life. She askes Ryan the best man to be her pretend boyfriend so she can keep her dream job. Imagine her surprise when she finds out who Ryan really is. Ryan and Jill have chemistry. This is a clean romance and it is witty and warm I really enjoyed the book and the plot. Th ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is part of the Better Date Than Never Series and is a cute read. Jill is devastated when she's overlooked for a big promotion at her law firm. So when she's at her cousin's wedding she cozies up to a competing firm. Their main concern is that she is a workaholic and lacks balance in her private life. So she grabs the cute best man and convinces him to be her fake boyfriend for the night. What happens when he turns out he's the one who got her promotion? What happens when she finds herself a ...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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Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another masterpiece from this author. The story is told in the first person point of view, which is always a deal breaker for me. Jill was a great character, easy to relate to and I loved her voice. She was in line for a promotion, which she did not get and now she has to cope with that. I read this one in one sitting.

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Lisa A
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jill and Ryan’s story...
Jill felt as if her life was spiraling out of control before a friend suggested that she needed to find a balance to her life. After making a conscious effort to inject friends, fun, volunteer work, and dating Jill finally achieves the the happiness and fulfillment a balanced life can bring...
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Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Driven to Date by Susan Hatler, rated five out of five stars in my honest opinion. I really enjoyed the read. I recommend this read because it just gets better and better in the series.

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Helena Mendes
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved Jill and Ryan..the dynamics and chemistry between them is awesome. Jill is a driven career woman that doesn't take well to being surpassed by a man for a promotion...from there it's all down hill and all bets are off...I loved it.

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Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this clean, wholesome well-written novel.
The excellently, woven plot and the protagonists, characters, Jill and Ryan, provided the reader with a rare, relaxing reader experience where the characters are committed to becoming better people at the onset of the novel. Jill was determined to change and pursue her dreams and I loved that most about this novel.

Sheryl Sato
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and cute novel.
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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 Susan’s 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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