"When a secret crush becomes a reality."
Reviewed by Patti Loveday
Posted February 9, 2018
The first book in The
Dating Dilemmas book series by Chris Cannon is
titled THE DATING DEBATE. This young adult novel is sure to
make your heart melt and leave you with a warm fuzzy
feeling. Cannon has written such a beautiful and lovely
story with unforgettable characters, swoon-worthy romance,
and lots of drama. You will devour this fast-paced read in
THE DATING DEBATE is a story about two next-door neighbors
who secretly have a crush on each other but would never
admit it to anyone. One day a joke is made about why don't
they date each other. This joke quickly becomes a heated,
drama-filled debate. Soon, the debate turns into reality,
and they decided to date each other.
Cannon takes a unique approach to the classic next door
neighbors dating and falling in love with each other. She
adds lots of drama and humor which help to make the scenes
where they are debating or in truth deciding if they should
date seem realistic. It is easy to picture someone actually
having this conversation. Then when they do start to date,
Cannon writes a swoon-worthy romance that is perfect for
these two characters. Both characters are more in common
than they would like to admit which makes all the heat
conversations that much sweeter.
THE DATING DEBATE is set in a small town or community where
rumors fly, and emotions sometimes run high. The perfect
backdrop for a hot, drama-filled romance. This combined with
lifelike characters and a fun story line make this the
perfect read for anyone who loves a good young adult romance
novel. I cannot wait to read the next book in The
Dating Dilemmas book series.
Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That
way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy
Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them
next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West
Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket,
and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s
West isn’t sure what to
make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he
does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has
a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West
doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire
life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next
door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out
the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could
bring them together or rip them apart.
This Entangled Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to
get in the last word, but it is for all book nerds,
especially those who live next door to so called
unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the
ExcerptExcerpt from The Dating Debate:
“So, this whole dance thing?” West picked up a fork, took a
bite of rice, and stared at me like he was waiting for me to
give him an easy out. Not going to happen. Mess with a smart
girl and suffer the consequences.
“You started it,” was the most amusing response I could come
“No.” He shook his head as if trying to emphasize his
response. “You started it when you invited me in for dinner.”
“Why? Because I knew you’d rather eat dirt than join us for
rice? That’s your fault for being a suck-up and carrying my
“I was being nice,” he shot back.
“No good deed goes unpunished.” I batted my eyelashes at
him. “Besides, I was going to help her before you rushed over.”
He looked at me like I was crazy. “So I shouldn’t have
helped your mom, but it’s okay for you to shove Cole off on
“Please. He’s a nice guy. She’ll fall for him...maybe
because he’s the total opposite of you.”
He pointed his fork at me. “Where do you get off judging me?”
“I’m not judging you. I meant you’re all black-leather-
jacket-brooding loner guy, and he’s Mr.-Happy-Sunshine-
“Fine. Mr. Sunshine is out of the way now, so there’s no
need for us to go to the dance.”
“Nice try,” I said. “We’re going to the dance.”
“Because you said we were,” I said. “And lying is never
acceptable. Don’t stress about this. I’m not proposing we
run off to Mexico and get matching his-and-her tattoos.
We’ll just go to the dance together. No big deal.”
“Right. Nothing is ever that simple.”
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