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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Twenty-five-year-old Darcy Evans had a lot of things working in her favor. She had two best friends: Sophie and Erin. She was a personal assistant to a celebrity. Although her boss, Larissa Monroe, had some crazy viewpoints, Darcy knew how to manage her. Despite the positives, one aspect of her life always knocked her out: her dating life. To say that she had a bad dating record would be the understatement of the year. Therefore, her friends came up with "The No More Bad Dates Pact." Just when she thought her life was back on track, her boss, Larissa, decided to open an art gallery. Indeed, this meant that Darcy's workload would increase. However, her misfortune didn't stop there. For the photographer, Larissa selected Alex Walsh -- a guy that Darcy had hated since she was fourteen years old. So, she began hatching plans to persuade Larissa to find another photographer or convince Alex not to accept this opportunity.
No More Terrible Dates by Kate O'Keeffe is an entertaining romantic comedy. Larissa's quirks are the main attraction of the plot. If I were to imitate her style, I would say Larissa has a magnificent aura that entices readers to read on. Kate O'Keeffe has, thankfully, stayed far away from the popular practice of making guys drool over the heroine's physical appearance. Darcy is more than her looks. She is a romantic, but romance is not the only thing on her mind. She is organized, witty, and focused. Besides breathing life into amazing characters, Kate O'Keeffe has woven together conflicting emotions, engaging conversations, and comic moments that hold readers till the end. The story progresses at a perfect pace, which is neither too rushed nor too slow. The author has done a great job of balancing the emotions of the characters to save the story from becoming a mushy romance read. No More Terrible Dates by Kate O'Keeffe is the perfect chick-lit story to captivate and entertain readers.