Review: Third Date by Kylie Keene

At 23, Morgan is a little behind other women her age when it comes to dating and relationships. More specifically, she’s a virgin. Dating wasn’t a priority in high school and college, but now that Morgan has a job and her own apartment, she’s ready to jump back into the dating scene.

When Morgan’s friends at work inform her that most men expect sex on the third date, she panics. She’s convinced her lack of experience will be a total turn-off for guys and make for a really awkward third date. Her friends tell her to just do it with a random guy to get it over with, but Morgan isn’t sure that’s what she wants.

When she meets a guy she’s certain is her dream man, she’s ready to lose it on their third date. But doing so isn’t as easy as she thought. And then there’s the fact that she can’t get another guy out of her head.

Through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, Morgan eventually finds herself at a place she wasn’t expecting, but the place she wanted to be all along.

Morgan has finally decided to start living a bit more adventurous, which just means going out more and try new things. It's been ten years since her mom died and Morgan closed herself off from the outside world. She's now 23 and never had really a boyfriend let alone some action between the sheets. It's not that she never wanted to, her mind just wasn't on it. That is all about to change though, until she finds out guys expect a certain something at the end of the third date. All this putting herself out there and start taking some risks, scare the bejeezus out of her.

Doing it with some stranger she doesn't know, is not what she wants, but she also doesn't want to make a very big deal about it. She just wants to find a decent guy, date him for a while and get it over with. The only problem seemed to be to find such a guy. Luckily she runs into Grant pretty quickly, he ticks off all of her boxes and things slowly progress between them.

Which is all good except for the fact that Morgan also ran into this other guy from high school. Nothing then ever happened between them, but it's kind of hard to deny the chemistry between them and Morgan has trouble keeping him out of her head. It takes a while to get to this point in the story, which for me could have come sooner, because I have the feeling it would've created more drama.

I was afraid Morgan would be this very naive virgin girl and I'm glad that wasn't the case. She knows things have changed since the 50's and that guys expect certain things. Morgan would also like those things, her fear is more of disappointing them because of her inexperience. I find that she has a very clear view on life, about what she wants to achieve without it being unattainable. She's very down to earth, has no huge complexes and believes that she worth of a great guy. These things might be obvious, but it's so refreshing to find a heroine like that.

Of course she makes some mistakes and bad decisions. It only shows that she is not perfect, but also gives her the ability to learn from that. Now she just had to figure it all out when it comes to the guys in her life.

Overall a very sweet romantic story. You can see that ending coming from miles away, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. The guys certainly each have their qualities, though I do have a favourite. Morgan was a very likeable character and I easily got swept in her hunt.


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