Review: Love At First Date, By Susan Hatler

Title: Love at First Date
Author: Susan Hatler
Rating: 5/5 Star

“Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she’s signed up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. Learning men’s preferences up front, plus a few weeks of email correspondence, has resulted in two candidates she’s excited to meet in person.

When Ellen’s best friend asks her to baby-sit her beloved pooch, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t stop thinking about. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but Ellen suddenly finds herself signing up for a week-long doggy class to spend more time with him.

Now, Ellen has a choice: Go with one of the logical choices or let herself fall for the one man her heart seems to want.” (description from Goodreads)


This was yet another great story from Susan Hatler. Like her short story My Last Blind Date, I enjoyed every bit of this novella.

Hatler doesn’t do anything extraordinary with her characters or their stories, but what she does do is create believable, real life characters. You won’t get an over the top romance in Love at First Date. This novella can easily be about a relationship that happened to a friend. While the love that formulated took a fast track in certain parts, I still stand by my statement of it being believable.

What I especially enjoyed about this one is that we get a glimpse into the pros and cons of various dating methods. Online dating is a keep subject for this novella, but so is meeting people the old-fashioned way by randomly finding a person of interest. I think they were both equally represented and without spoiling too much, I think that there is great dating advice given throughout.

It was also a great pleasure to once again read about the character Rachel. She’s Ellen’s best friend and the main character in My Last Blind Date. There two stories are companions and I’d enjoy reading more related work from Hatler in the future. I hope there’ll be more of Rachel and Ellen. I’d also like to see the dogs, Chester and Kinsey, more. I’m a sucker for dogs in stories.


About the Author:

Susan Hatler is an international bestselling author who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. 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.

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