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Déjà Date

(Better Date than Never #9)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  986 ratings  ·  160 reviews
(Better Date than Never series, Book 9)

Melinda Morgan commits to running her favorite neighborhood bakery when the owner, who’s like a second dad to her, falls ill. Then she finds out his adventurous son, Nate Carter, is back in town. Nate was Melinda’s first kiss and greatest heartbreak all rolled into one, yet he’s still as charming as ever.

When Melinda learns Nate’s da
Kindle Edition, 115 pages
Published February 22nd 2015 by Hatco Publishing
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle freebie romance of the week! In this novella, we have Melinda, a laid-off customer service rep who's locked away her feelings and willingness to take risks and open herself up in life. Her equilibrium is upset when Nate, the boy she loved when she was 14, comes back into town after 13 years away, now a really hot guy. Nate gave her a "perfect kiss" when they were young teens and then suddenly moved away without ever contacting her again, and Melinda still carries deep resentment about tha ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Déjà Date by Susan Hatler is actually the ninth book in the contemporary romance Better Date than Never series. While it's a part of a series this one can be read fine as a standalone without reading others in the series. In this one Melinda Morgan is between jobs when she walks into the bakery she used to work at and always loved only to find the owner looking for a new manager. Melinda offers to help when she finds his health is bad and falling into the old routine she considers making an offe ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
If there's one thing I learned about this book, it is to seize whatever opportunity that come your way so as not to regret it for the rest of your life. Melinda's life had been a boring routine, never took chances at anything unexpected. She'd been afraid to take risks ever since her father died. And that meant not trusting her heart to fall in love again with Nate.

Nate came back to her life when his father Benny fell ill and needed someone to manage his bakery. Melinda wanted to purchase the ba
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-for-review
I love, love, love getting a new book for review from Susan Hatler and I love the Better Date Than Never series. This is book nine in this series of short stories where Melinda finally has her story told. Yay!

The good thing about short stores is you can read them quickly and have a romantic indulgence in no time at all. The bad thing about short stories is they are over so fast it leaves you wanting more. That's how I felt about this book. Over too fast. I want more. Oh, and I want a marshmallow
Jan 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
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For a short novel this story was everything I found lacking in the last two novellas I read, Every Little Secret & Every Little Dream

Melinda has been fired from her customer service job in a big software company in Sacramento. Her life has been too troubled since her father died in a hot air balloon accident. She's been living with the guilt of his death. However, hope is back in her life once she comes into Bernie's Bakery where she takes charge of running it while the old man recovers from his
C.P. Cabaniss
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I've read almost this entire series and I'm not really sure where this one falls in my like vs dislike scale. I've enjoyed things about all of the books, this one did have some things that hugged me though.
Likes: Melinda and Nate were a really cute couple. I liked that they had a past together and the idea of second chances. I liked the message of living and enjoying life. The bakery was a nice addition. There were glimpses of some of the other characters in the series which was nice.

Katie W
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 Stars) We have Melinda's story here, told from her point of view. Melinda is a very "perfect" character, one who used to work with Ginger, but they were both laid off at the same time. She's intimidating. Because of her past, she's very disciplined and controlled, which results in her coming off as perfect, which scares the other girls off. Her dad passed away years before in a freak accident and only now does she discover a Carpe Diem list--one that she must do before she can get her inher ...more
Deja Date was as sweet as chocolate marshmallow fudge bar! I really liked how the story focused on Melinda improving as a person. Her father's Carpe Diem list was exactly what she needed to LIVE her life to the fullest. She alway's played it safe. When Nate, now a photographer of "extreme adventures", waltzes back into her life after disappearing on her all those years ago, she can't deny the feelings are still there but she'd have to take a leap. I enjoyed how each item on the list was complete ...more
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
The idea of this sorry was cute but it was very instalove and I didn’t buy the idea of how the two MC’s were separated at 14 and within days of being reunited YEARS later and without much conversation, they were completely and totally in love.

Overall I just didn’t feel like the characters were fleshed out very well and the story felt rushed to me. If you’re looking for a quick, instalove kind of story to pass the time this wouldn’t fit the bill but it’s not a story I’ll likely read again or eve
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet romance between two old friends who knew they were good for one another, but one just had some barriers to overcome before their relationship could get off the ground. Nate was such a caring man in this story, I really just wanted to scoop him up! Melinda needed to deal with the grief of losing her father 14 years earlier, and in doing so, realized what it was she really wanted out
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
Déjà Date

Every time I pick up a book by Hatler I smile! She has a way of telling a story that sticks with you and makes you fall in love along the way. Melinda's story is a journey and part way through I wanted to shake her to wake up and get a clue! That is what makes the book great because I felt like I was a part of the story the whole way through! Realistic, engaging, with sparks flying and romance, Hatler's books keep me reading until the last page every time! I received an ARC of this book
Elsa Arellano
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One word.... Lovely!!!

This story is lovely, with enough drama and romance. This is a story that portraits a young women who tries to find herself and follow her dreams before she waste more time doing something she'll regret and doesn't love. And while following her heart and dreams, falls in love with a caring, intelligent and sexy man.

You'll love this story if you're a hopeless romantic like me ^_^
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
The best thing about this book is that it was only 113 pages.

Melinda Morgan is a 27-year-old former customer service rep who was laid off 7 weeks ago. She stops at Bernie's Bakery where she worked as a teenager on her way to visit her mother and finds out that (1) Bernie is in poor health and planning to sell the bakery and retire and (2) his son, Nate, is back in town after leaving 13 years ago.

Melinda and Nate were best friends growing up and at the ripe old age of 14, shared their first kiss.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick story. Melinda is basically scared to live life. She holds on to past hurts and can't get over her hurt feelings. When she was young, she lost her father and her best friend who she was in love with left without a word. Now she's all grown up and tasked with completing a Carpe Diem list in order to get her inheritance money and make her dreams come true. Will it finally force Melinda out of her comfort zone?

I must say this book is my least favorite of the series. Melinda is a bit annoyin
John Hibbert
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have said it before and I will have to say it again, it is never a hardship to re-read a Susan Hatler novel. I have worked my way through this series in an out of sequence way and some I've read more than once, but I am still saving this series for a weekend binge read

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Seize the Day! Regrets from the past. Lost loves. Hopes for the future. All are in this book. Great storyline and wonderful characters. This is a book in the series but as with all the others you can read it as a stand alone book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s always a pleasure to read books by this author and this one is no exception the characters are engaging and the chemistry between is felt throughout the pages.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sheila Moss
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really great story which I actually purchased a few years ago. I enjoyed rereading it. As always Susan's book keep you hooked from beginning to end. Well worth reading.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Lisa A
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried...
A love story full of regrets and second chances. Melinda and her childhood crush Nate reconnect and have an opportunity at happiness.
I received a free copy of this book. This review was posted voluntarily
Emily Pennington
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Melinda doesn’t like pain, any kind of pain, so she tries to play it safe and keep herself isolated from anything that would hurt. When she lost her job due to layoffs, she popped in to Bernies Bakery to let the sugar get her over her upsets. But Bernie wasn’t behind the counter, and she asked around.

Since Bernie wasn’t feeling well and she hadn’t gotten a job yet, she offered to help him out until he could find a replacement for her. He decided to sell the bakery and, by now, she thought this
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nate and Melinda have a second chance. A second chance to do what they want and a second chance at happiness. Circumstances broke them apart, but now that they have ran into each other again will it be enough to take a chance at love. Loved this book. It had chemistry and an emotional ride that kept me up until I had finished. Highly recommend!!
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Melinda is a sweet woman who's life is well falling apart, she doesn't really have any friends, she now doesn't have a job and a letter is about to change everything. This isn't just a book about finding love. but also about letting people in and opening yourself to friendship and life where there are highs that you have you laughing and lows that will have you shedding a tear as Melinda finally learns to live.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining and charming story with witty dialogue. Great characters you will love to follow. Fun following the journey to romance. Good read!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Vedika Sheth
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story follows Melinda. She lost her dad in a freak hot air balloon accident when she was fourteen. Around the same time, her heart was broken for the first time and her beloved dog passed away. Because of this, she decided to play safe in life with a guard around her life.

When her kind-of-second dad falls ill and has to retire, she decides that she wants to take over his bakery. But to get her inheritance money she has to do a Carpe Diem list that her late father made her. When her first l
Aug 30, 2020 added it
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I received an ARC from the author thru Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving my review. Melinda finds herself in a place in her life where she is led by fate, but she fights it. She has no job, but comes across an old employer needing help. She has no love life, but along comes her childhood crush. He brings all sorts of complications to her life. Between the bakery, her dreams, her need for Nate and the inheritance she is in a whirlwind. Nate has his own agenda to make her his forever. They wil ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A light hearted book to read. You’ll enjoy this book with the fun banter and exciting chemistry between Melinda and Nate. But old wounds need to heal and Melinda wanted to get to her inheritance to buy the bakery. But you have to read the book to see how Nate works into this.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cali Jewel
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly entertaining, fun, heartwarming and emotional journey filled with engaging and easy to adore charters, witty and fun dialog, heart racing twists and emotionally thrilling turns... Great reading adventure.
Elizabeth McDaniel
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melinda was laid off because of cutbacks and went back to help her old boss at his bakery. Nate was back in town because his father wasn’t feeling well and he wanted to win his childhood sweetheart back. The journey of Melinda and Nate’s sweet and fun bittersweet relationship was partially based on an old letter from her deceased father that her mother had just decided to read and it had stipulations for Melindas inheritance. Good read

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Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nate has come home since his dad fell ill. Melinda is taking care of the bakery while he is Ill, when she realizes her dream is to own a bakery. Will she give Nate another chance and also get her dream at the same time? Great book I’m the series and enjoy all Susan’s stories.

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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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