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What I’m Kindle Reading | Dating Series

November 7, 2021

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The Dating series are standalone romances with interconnecting characters. Each novel completely stands alone (no cliffhangers!) and can be read in any order, but you’ll enjoy reading them as a series!

The Dating Series by Monica Murphy

Save The Date (Dating Series Book 1)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Early mornings are not something that agrees with Caroline, thankfully her best friend and roommate works in her family cafe. Caroline managed to cut the line to grab her much needed caffeine intake before an early morning appointment at Noteworthy. A handsome stranger makes small talk/flirts with her about getting served first before she dashes off to work. Whilst she loves her job assisting couples to find wedding stationery there are some brides who make this difficult, Tiffany is certainly one of those with her fiance arriving late to the early morning appointment.

Arriving at Noteworthy to choose the save the date cards with Tiffany for their upcoming wedding, Alex was held up at the coffee shop and then on a call. However, he was surprised to see that the girl from the coffee shop was his old best friend’s little sister 0 and his first kiss. Not only that she is the person showing the wedding stationery, with Alex only adds his input where absolutely necessary. Agreeing with Tiffany to get out of there as soon as possible, Fast-tracking the save the date cards as the wedding is only a few months away.

Caroline can’t get Alex out of her head but know that she shouldn’t think about him. However, when she catches his fiancée cheating and tells him about it she feels bad for him. With a major hotel deal on the line, Alex’s newly single status could pose an issue. Managing to convince Caroline to go with him to Paris as a fake fiancée – what happens in Paris, stays in Pari, right? But what happens when the truth comes out?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition.

Fake Date (Dating Series Book 2)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Four years ago, Sarah’s parents died in an accident and she has been helping to raise her two younger siblings ever since. Working at Bliss a lingerie store she has progressed from the stick room to the shop floor, to completing private appts with clients. For the past six months, she has had a regular appointment with Jared Gaines who is very particular and always purchasing gifts for his mistresses. He is handsome but manages to annoy Sarah every time she sees him.

The assistants at Bliss have been known to be more than a little forward with Jared when he comes into the store. All accept Sarah, who for the most part has treated him with a calm, professional attitude. But little does she know that he has been booking appointments just to see her. Finally making headway to crossing the line by sending her gifts which she has so fr not acknowledged – that is until she bursts into his office to confront him.

Having pushed his family away time and time again, Jared realised that he needs to stop and agrees to attend his brother’s engagement party. Getting Sarah to accompany him as his fake date. Introducing her to his sister Candice ahead of time they hit it off and become firm friends. Whilst Jared is still aloof and somewhat abrupt, Sarah calls him out on his attitude which pushes their chemistry up a notch or two. But Jared has neglected to mention that the girl who broke his heart is the sister of the bride-to-be – what happens when Sarah finally finds out?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition.

Holidate (Dating Series Book 3)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Losing her mom at a young age has left a hole in Candice’s life. Attempting to be positive and act how her mom would she has thrown herself into volunteering and charity work – thanks to the trust fund her mom left her. Christmas is the time when she is busiest throughout the year, helping to take her mind off missing her mom. Meeting to discuss decor for a charity fundraiser she is introduced to Isabell Sullivan whose family own the local Christmas tree farm and donate trees each year. When she asks Candice to help her out by introducing her son to the social scene this Christmas.

Charlie (Charles) is busy, busy, busy with his family multi-million dollar Christm as tree business. Just the way he likes it, that way he doesn’t have to commit to things he’d rather not. Although his mom is not taking ni for an answer on him becoming the face of the business – especially as he’ll be taking over the reins in a few years. Accidently meeting Candice as he arrived late for a meeting, he is shocked to discover she is the girl his mom has been telling him that will be taking him to festive events.

Polar opposites at first glance as Candice is so amenable, eager to help and chat to anyone. Whilst Charlie is grumpy, closed off and just doesn’t have the time. Yet as they each try their best to make or break this arrangement they find themselves drawn to each other. A Hallmark Christmas movie in the making with them overcoming hurdles to see what is right in front of them.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition.

Hate to Date You (Dating Series Book 4)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It has been a year since Stella last saw her best friend’s older brother, Carter. A one-night stand they shared together after a meal out with everyone at Tuscany. Seeing Carter sneak out in the early morning with no note, no messages or anything for an entire year. Needless to say, she is a little taken aback to find him standing in her family café, Sweet Dreams. With Caroline appearing too it makes the encounter slightly – even more so when Caroline announces that she is moving in with her fiancé Alex and that Carter would make the perfect temporary roommate.

After leaving his real estate job back in LA, Carter has finally decided to move back to his hometown. His sister and best friend are getting married, and he wants to be in their lives more. Although the prospect of seeing Stella again offers a mixed bag of emotions. Still very much attracted to her, however, he knows that he should never have hooked up with his sister’s best friend. Moving in and sharing an apartment together is a recipe for disaster.

Still reeling from being left after their night together Stella hoes to avoid Carter as much as possible. The chemistry between them is palpable with all her friends realising their history except Caroline. Whilst they aren’t sure how Caroline would take the news of their night of passion – it doesn’t stop them from being pulled together again and again, but only behind closed doors.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition.

Rate A Date (Dating Series Book 5)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A romantic at heart Eleanor wants to meet the man of her dreams in some cute way. Maybe grabbing the wrong coffee cup in Sweet Dreams leading to a first date etc Getting set up with an online dating profile by her friend Kelsey was not something she wanted but agreed to do with her friend for added safety (double dates etc). Finding herself getting a message from Mand she is unsure whether this is a man or a woman but is pleasantly surprised to find a football profile picture.

As an NFL pro footballer finding someone to warm his bed is not a problem for Mitch. However, after years of partying he is tired of it all. Wanting to find a relationship with someone who wants him rather than what he can get them, do for them etc. Setting up a profile on the Rate A Date app he is drawn to Eleanor’s profile and is thrilled when they start chatting on a regular basis- including FaceTime chats so that they can see each other.

A long-distance relationship was never something Eleanor had considered but is happy to find that Mitch is moving to Vegas right before when she will be there for a bachelorette party. Meeting up they have a wonderful connection with Mitch hiding his pr footballer status he finds comfort in their passion-filled weekend. But what happens when Eleanor finds out that he has hidden things about himself?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition.

Wedding Date (Dating Series Book 6)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kelsey has given up on men, especially after her last disastrous double date she went on via the Rate A Date app. One good thing that came from it was finding friendship with her date’s best friend Theo. After bumping into each other again at a function they hit it off and have become firm friends – just friends!

Theo was betrayed by his fiancee Jessica two weeks before their wedding. Finding her in bed with his cousin! Since then he has sworn off women, just not in the right mindset to deal with the hassle of it all. Kesley provides all the chat and companionship that he needs (and there is always porn for the other side of things). However, when he is invited to his ex-fiancée’s wedding to his cousin he feels he has to attend to show that he’s over it all. Kesley suggests taking her along as a fake date, which Theo isn’t sure about at first but goes along with it.

Not wanting it to look like a fake date they head out to dinner together, get drunk, watch a movie – sleep together and attend a family BBQ before the wedding so that his family have at least met her. Suddenly the lines between them are blurring, however, Kesley is hiding a secret (or two) which could mean the end of their blossoming romance.

Friends to lovers, a fake-romance tale that will have you rooting for true love.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition.

Blind Date (Dating Series Book 7)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Amelia has no idea what she is doing with her life or where she wants it to go. Working in her family fine jewellery store feels like a life sentence, no longer feeling the joy of helping customers find that right purchase. Her love life is also down its luck, finally escaping a toxic relationship that was on and off again for far too long. Surrounded by the festivities and her happily coupled-up friends she realises she pushed everyone away from her previous relationship and has missed their support.

Working at the Sullivan’s Tree Farm for the past three years Isaac (Jonesie) enjoys what he does. Unsure whether this is a long-term plan he is happy to greet customers and assist them with their Christmas trees. Bumping into one of Miss Candice’s friends at the lot he kicks himself when he gets tree sap on her denim jacket. Seeing her again at his boss Charlie’s wedding to Candice. He is pleased to find himself sitting at her table and they fall into easy conversation.

Finding out that Candice had set her up on a blind date with Jonesie, Amelia was relieved to see Isaac heading towards her table at the wedding (not clicking that they were the same person). Catching the bouquet and the garter the pair pose of photos and share a kiss too. Dancing together they kiss some more with the promise of a date next week.

But Isaac is younger than Amelia plus her family is quite traditional and look for a person’s life plan. Scared to enter another relationship after the toxic one she got out of. But Isaac keeps showing up and being there for her until he gets a dose of cold feet too. Can they make this into something more than a wedding fling?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.


Take a look at what other book series I have been kindle reading for further inspiration on what to add to your reading list.

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