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The First Date by Zara Stoneley

The First Date


After breaking up with her childhood sweetheart, clueless dater Rosie has found herself in a boyfriend-drought. So when she finally swipes right on a guy who seems interested, she can’t wait to meet up in person.

Until she’s left standing alone. In a bar. Stood up.

Enter Noah. Confident, funny… and a serial first dater. Offering to give Rosie a crash course in seduction, this could be just what she needs. Until her matchmaker turns out to be the best date she’s ever had – and Rosie wonders if she wants the fake dates to be the real ones after all…


I love British romcoms so I jumped at the chance to read my first Zara Stoneley novel which exceeded my expectations.

Rosie is a dating disaster. She’s only been in one relationship that lasted 15 years until he left the country to find himself. She’s a bit rusty, to say the least, but when she arranges a first date with a man on Tinder, he’s a no show.  Who knew the man sitting at the bar next to her would be her ticket to seduction. His name is Noah and he’s funny, sexy, a flirt and a serial first dater. Not her type at all. He’s too much like her dad. And he’s offered to give her lessons on dating.  What could go wrong?

I love this delightfully funny and endearing romantic comedy! Rosie is such a loveable character who has been emotionally scarred by a shit of a dad and a mother who won’t stand up for herself.  Her expectations are low when Noah, the gorgeous, kind, and charming player comes along. He becomes her dating teacher and good friend who gives her confidence and encourages her to just be herself. But Noah has no faith in love brought on by some very real tragedies in his life.  They are such a refreshing and funny couple who deserve to find love when they least expect it.  If you like LOL romantic comedies with a friends-to-lovers theme, give this one a try.

Thank you to Ms. Stoneley for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Zara StoneleyUSA Today bestselling author Zara Stoneley writes funny, contemporary romances that will whisk you away from the humdrum of everyday life and make you laugh out loud.

Growing up she wanted to be James Bond or UK veterinary surgeon James Herriot – instead, she dallied with a career in IT consultancy, ran a dog grooming business, and had a brief spell teaching (variety is the spice of life!) before finally writing a bestselling novel and realising that at heart she’d always been an author.

She enjoys torturing (in a nice way) her characters for your pleasure and writes about friendship, pesky pets, troublesome relatives, hopes, dreams, love, and happy ever afters. Her aim is to make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Follow her on social media to find out more about her home life in a Cheshire village with her family, a (very) lively cockapoo called Harry, and a bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Follow Zara on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, BookBub, and Amazon.


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