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The Perfect Date

2.60  ·  Rating details ·  980 ratings  ·  363 reviews
When a single mom ends up playing an unwilling fake girlfriend to a charming playboy baseball player, love suddenly turns everything upside down in this fun, heartwarming multicultural romance.

Angel Gomez has never lived by the book. A Bronx-based unwed mother by the time she was 16, Angel’s personal mission has always been to show the world that a Puerto Rican girl is no
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Feb 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have made a mistake y'all. There is no one to blame but myself. I did this. I decided to read this book. I decided to go into it expecting a cute, contemporary romance, thinking that I would enjoy it.

But, alas, it was not. And I did not.

But, there's not much to be done about it. I can't unread it. And I can't take back the hours of my life I spent reading. So, I might as well review it and get this over with.

I had a lot of issues with this book. Obviously. One such issue came from the fact th
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I feel like I was fooled into believing this would be a contemporary romance. It wasn't. It was a drama show.

Angel is a single mother on her way to getting her nursing certification. Duke is a baseball star whose career is on the line.

In the blurb ‘sparks’ are mentioned between these two. I saw no sparks and that really dissapointed me. If I'm supposed to be rooting for a couple, they have to have some kind of chemistry.

I also never felt a connection with any of the characters. In the beginnin
Beatrice Masaluñga
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, new-adult
Thank you St. Martin's Press for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I buddy read this with the lovely Azrah and we're both frustrated. Definitely check out her review! :)

Well...that was disappointing. Don't let the cover deceive you it's gonna be a fluffy and cute romance novel. IT'S NOT and I am so frustrated because it's loaded with drama, the relationship between the characters is toxic and the hero is HORRIBLE. Having diverse characters aren't enough for me to like the book, t
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was super excited to read The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada. I mean look at that cover! Super cute :).

Unfortunately, this wasn't the best romantic read. I feel like this book was more of a drama than a rom-com?

I also wasn't a fan of Duke or Angel. Angel has a serious temper and blows up over everything. Duke was also annoying to me. He is recovering from a shooting and is a baseball player... he ignores everything the doctor's tell him and plays on his ankle. I just was more annoyed with the
Mar 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Good lord. I have never read a book in recent memory that was pretty much panned by all of the readers who posted reviews for it. I wish I had looked at Goodreads before applying for this book via NetGalley. I wanted some romance reads and I was thrilled that this book was a romance read with two POC as the romantic leads. I also really loved the cover too.

So pro, this is short, around 280 pages. So I w
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
1.5 stars

I’m not sure what I just read but it didn’t live up to the blurb or the sweetness of that cover, the two things that drew me in to requesting this ARC. I am going to keep this short as I don’t have a lot to say that isn’t critical. The story and characters were a hot mess. I couldn’t stand the male MC, I wanted to like Angel but she grated over time. The story felt like a parody-but-serious take on the real housewives of somewhere with more drama than you can imagine. In addition, there
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: black mc, Latina mc

CWs: sexual assault

Galley provided by publisher

This book is not a romance. It may look like a romance, it may market itself like a romance. But it’s not. It’s more like if you took the show Hit the Floor, made it baseball rather than basketball, fed it steroids and turned it into a book.

The blurb for this book is misleading, because literally nothing it says actually happens. We start the book introduced to Angel, a hardworking mother of one small boy, who
Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Skip this book! I really thought I would like this story but as I read on, the star rating went lower and lower. I was going to settle on at least two stars because this book offers a good amount of diversity but nope. There's not one likable character in this whole book except maybe the child. Angel is studying for the nursing exam and The Duke is a baseball player who is recovering from a shooting.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have recently been into sports romances and I am always up for a fake girlfriend story. Unfortunately this book didn’t work for me. I didn’t connect with either of the characters or buy into their romances. I’m disappointed because this sounded like it was going to be a really good read

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Edited to add: This book was an ARC provided in return for an honest and fair review.

This book surprised me because it was both a traditional romance and a surprisingly real depiction of what life is like among people with a lot of money. (For those looking for a sweet romance, know that there is some ugliness to this world that can be offputting.) Angel was very admirable, trying to balance her life priorities and deal with some major challenges. Duke is, frankly, immature and has very poor jud
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, black-love
I read Evelyn Lozada's The Perfect Date on a whim, basically as a romantic palate cleanser. The plot was banal, the love interest was an ass sometimes, and the whole mystery aspect didn't make a lot of sense.

But overall, it's a fast read.

I'm going to blame myself for this one since I went into The Perfect Date with the expectations of enjoying a cute and fun contemporary romance. I wasn't prepared for the drama and cattiness that I read instead and it made the book less than enjoyable for me.

I don't even feel like getting into a long rant over what I didn't like about this book, and there wasn't much that I did enjoy, but overall it just wasn't the book for me. The romance got buried under all of the drama happening and that dr
May 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
What the fuck. My eyes are bleeding. I'm back to my naive teenage years thinking guys who are mean and treat you like shit are soooo swoonworthy.
Seriously. I once had half my calf bitten off by a dog and it wasn't as painful as reading this book smh
Meredith Schorr
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast paced contemporary romance. I appreciated that the subject matter was a mixture of both light and humorous and more serious.

I found the formatting to be a little difficult to follow as there were no scene breaks between the two POVs. Hopefully, that was only because this was an ARC. Also, I felt that too much of the internal dialogue was in italics and it was distracting.

In general, I enjoyed this book and all the drama it contained!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for m
Keaton Toney
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't think I've ever given a book a rating this low. I love romances with baseball/football/sports components, but this was not something I would recommend. Y'all, it was bad. BAD.
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Angel Gomez is a single mother, doing the best she can to raise and support her son. Finishing up her nursing degree and working as a bartender has Angel always busy. When she meets Duke, a Yankees pitcher, she doesn't even know who he is, but he needs her help. His team can't know he's not ready to take the mound, so Duke needs Angel to pretend they are dating so he has an excuse for why he's visiting the clinic where she works. But Angel has enough drama in her life with her boss's trying to h ...more
Genni Eccles
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A full in depth review of my rating will be written. I need to get my thoughts in order and draft the review. Essentially, The Perfect Date is everything I didn’t want in a book, with a love interest who was troublingly sexist and never improved. We should not condone this behavior, let alone dismiss it and then present the person as a love interest.
This is a fake to real romance but with lots of mean attitudes and behaviour.

Angel Gomez may have become a single Mum whilst only sixteen years old but she's determined to do the best for herself and, more importantly, for her son. She's studying to become a nurse, currently on placement in an emergency clinic and also working in a cocktail bar to help pay the bills. She has lots of sass - and needs it. However, she lives up to her name in many ways but has no time for love or romance. She is ex
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was a little dubious going into this book. The cover is adorable and the synopsis makes the book sound so good. But I read a few reviews before starting and to say they were mixed would be generous. Still, I received this book in exchange for a fair review, so I was prepared to be open minded. Then I saw that the author quoted herself in the acknowledgments… I’ve read thousands of books, and that’s the first time I’ve ever seen that, so I braced myself from there.

THE PERFECT DATE follows Angel
DNF at 32%

Kudos to Angelica who perfectly captured my feelings about the book, here, glad to see I didn't miss anything by giving up part way.

Angel Gomez is a single mom, nurse, part-time bartender studying to get a better life for herself and her son who suffers from asthma.

Caleb Lewis is a baseball player nursing an ankle injury following a shooting, seeking medical assistance on the down-low.

I didn't like either character, it all seemed like a cookie-cutter single-mom meets famous sports sta
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, read-in-2019
2.5 Stars

The story of Angel, a single mother and nursing student, and Duke, a star pitcher for a ML baseball team. Angel reluctantly agrees to pretend to be Duke‘s girlfriend to help fix his bad boy image. The Perfect Date had the chance to be a great fake dating hate to love romance. But the mediocre writing, lackluster plot, and character development, failed tvo deliver the sparks needed to believe Angel and Duke‘s budding romance.

Full review on blog:

I read 35 pages and highlighted 9 things I did not like, including other women being trashed multiple times, insensitive references to disability and disordered eating - this book is not my jam. Maybe it gets better but I’m not going to read any further. So there won’t be a formal blog review. No grade. DNF.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Misogyny is a hard stop for me.
Abby Jean
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
That was a book, I guess!
Apr 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for an advanced copy.

Angel Gomez is a single mom finishing nursing school while juggling a practicum, a part time job bar tending and raising her son - she doesn’t have time for romantic relationships. The “Duke” is a pitcher for the Yankees but lately he’s been getting more attention for his behaviour off the field. They meet at the clinic and at the club Angel works at and Duke convinces Angel to pretend to be his girlfriend to throw the paparazz
This review was originally posted on As Told By TinaI received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I should start off by saying that I went into this with relatively low expectations because I have read Evelyn’s previous book the Inner Circle and wasn’t blown away by it, but it was addicting. So, I figured that The Perfect Date reflected a lot of what I’ve seen on Basketball Wives when it came ...more
I really wanted to be in love with this book. Sadly, that did not happen.
But I did read every part of it, so let me tell you what I thought was the most important thing: THE WRITING WAS GREAT. It flowed really well, it was so easy to read, but at the same time it felt elevated throughout. I liked the pacing they went with, and the voice of the narrator was also well suited. I think the characters felt vivid, they were placed on the page nicely. But I think that also took away from my impression
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
I was interested in reading this book thinking it would be a fun rom-com based on the cover and the synopsis. Unfortunately that it not what I found this book to be. Angel is a young single mother working in a bar to pay for nursing school. She has two chance encounters with Duke, an all star pitcher for a baseball team. Duke is rehabbing his injured ankle and is hoping to keep his spot on the team. To help improve his reputation Duke and Angel pretend to be dating. Neither of these characters w ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Single mother. Hard worker. The chance to make things a little easier. A little better. I am a sucker for a single, unwed young mother getting her chance, making something of herself and improving the life of herself and her son. I was even more happy to see that it was a piece that showed more than one kind of love. This was cultural love. This was more. Or at least, that was what I thought it would be. I am sad to say that I was not overjoyed at the story as a whole. There were too many aspect ...more
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Evelyn Alexandra Lozada is an American television personality, model and spokesperson. Lozada was one of the five main cast members in the VH1 reality series Basketball Wives throughout its run. Lozada is set to return to the cast of the sixth season of the series.

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