The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson

Summary of Book: Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether. But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game. No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

I went into this book with really high hopes because the blurb sounded amazingly unique. My expectations were not only met but exceeded.

I thought this book would be light and funny, a little story about a rom-com, meet-cute with a few challenges along the way. What I actually got was an emotionally filled story of two people destined to be but that gets challenged when life gets in the way.

The main character, Cassie, essentially works for a ‘boys and girls club’ but for girls and damned, what’s not to love about that? The other main character, Jett, is a firefighter and really, that’s all I need to say. When three children (one teen and her little sisters) have no place to go, Cassie takes them in instantly. The connection between them, the love and the pureness of it all really made you fall in love with Cassie and the kids.

Now, Jett, he ‘gets stuck’ with his two nephews and his niece and he struggles through the book on what the right thing to do is. He wants the kids but wonders if they deserve something better. I absolutely loved Jett and while I know that his hesitation to completely uproot his life and take in three children is completely normal, compared to Cassie’s instant willingness to do so, it made me grimace a few times. Jett came off a bit selfish in some parts but dont let that deter you! He made up for it tenfold!

The entire book was… a story that made you realize that there are still good people. It made you feel warm and nice all the while the romance between Cassie and Jett felt organic and destined. Even without all the child mess, the book would be amazing! The connection between the two was so thick and amazing that I was screaming when it seemed that they might not make it. Add the children, the trials and tribulations and one of the best epilogues I’ve ever read, and fuck, this was a good one!

Seriously, I’m so damned happy I read this! It was… purely amazing! I’ll be buying a physical copy of this when it comes out because it deserves to live on my shelf for the rest of our lives.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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