Review: Play Dates by Maggie Wells

Play Dates
Author: Maggie Wells
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

For single parents, life is often more diapers and daycare dilemmas than dating. But for three dads going solo, a little flirting can lead to a whole lot more than a fling . . .

Colm Cleary lost his wife just moments after his son Aiden’s birth, and it’s been just the two of them ever since. Dating is his very last priority—until he spots gorgeous Monica Rayburn on the playground with her little girl. Suddenly finding a woman sympathetic to the demands of single parenthood seems like a great idea—especially if they agree to a no-pressure, no-strings date . . .

Dazzled by the hot “Saturdaddy” who asks her out, Monica doesn’t get around to mentioning that little Emma is her niece. She’s in commodities, not children. A gambler to the bone, she’s going to take a chance on an adult evening with Colm—and worry about the details later. But when their casual connection deepens into something more solid, the truth will have to come out—and both Colm and Monica will have to throw caution to the wind to hold on to a future together . . .


Play Dates is a book I liked but didn’t love. It started out really cute. I loved the way Monica met Colm. The kids were stinking cute. The friendship between the Saturdaddies was awesome. I even loved the mistaken identity thing at first. Then, Monica’s lies of omission started to grate on me. I was in Monica’s sister Melody’s camp. Why not just tell the truth. It was all so dumb, and it made me not like Monica at all.

I think my biggest problem with the book, though, was the fact that everything felt like it was on the surface. Things didn’t really get very deep between Monica and Colm. I didn’t understand how quickly they fell in love because neither of them really knew it each other. It was more of a sex thing. I wanted to know more about them and their pasts.

Play Dates had the potential to be a five star read. It was an entertaining read and the writing was good. I just needed a little more from it.

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