Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Date Me Baby, One More Time by Stephanie Rowe

This book was my October TBR challenge read that I never got around to writing a review for. So I'm sure I probably ended up on AngieW's wall of shame :). I picked this book up on Cindy's recommendation and enjoyed it very much.

This was a funny book. By that I mean both funny, ha ha, and funny, strange. I'll try and summarize the plot but I'm afraid it might be too bizarre to explain. Plus it's been a while since I finished it and I'm having trouble remembering it all. But here goes.

Justine Bennett is an immortal and guardian of the Goblet of Eternal Youth which just happens to have morphed into an espresso machine named Desdemona (Mona for short). Oh, and she's forbidden to have sex because it might interfere with her job of guarding Mona. Justine and her roommate, Theresa Nichols, have been watching over Mona for the last 200 years. Oh, yeah, BTW, Theresa is now an 11-foot tall fire-breathing dragon who spends most of her day having cyber sex. Needless to say they don't get out much.

Derek LaValle and the men of his family are cursed. For the past four generations all the men of his family have died at the same age, 31 years, 46 weeks, 4 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes, and 5 seconds. How's that for a curse? Where Rowe came up with that exact age, I don't know, but it made me laugh. And the weird causes of death (hamsters, lemonade ?) for the men was hilarious. Derek is determined to break the curse and the only way he feels he can do that is to kill the Guardian and steal the Goblet. Justine must protect the Goblet by killing Derek or else face being sent the Chamber of Unspeakable Horrors. Satan and Justine's mother have a secondary romance (if you can call it that). He lusts after her and she wants nothing to do with him. Some of their dialogue is pretty funny.

Eventually Derek and Justine team up to solve the curse and they fall for each other. The plot was rather convoluted at times and while there were some laugh out loud moments some of it was a bit silly to me. This quirky paranormal has no werewolves, no vampires, no fairies, trolls or goblins. Just a fire-breathing dragon. But it was worth picking up for the comedy alone.

My grade: B

Rowe seems to be a writer with potential. The next book, Must Love Dragons, is Theresa's story and has just been released. I may have to go shopping.


ames said...

I read this title and bought Must Love Dragons. Haven't read MLD yet, but hopefully soon.

But this was funny haha and funny strange. I don't think I even gave a synopsis of this book in my review. LOL

Devonna said...

Hmmm...I've walked right past this one without even taking a glance. I may have to. It sounds cute.

Sandie said...

You know, I have this book.

It sits there. Gathering cyber-dust because I can't seem to bring myself to read it.

I don't know if I'm up for an off ther wall book right now. I think I'll save it for February. Just because...heehee.

Thanks for the review. I appreciate it.


ReneeW said...

Ames: I hope MLD proves to be as fun as DMBOMT.

Devonna: Very fun and strange :)

Sandie: Yeah, I think you have to be in the right mood for this book or it may come off as just plain silly.

CindyS said...

Glad you enjoyed it! I have the second and knew right off I wasn't in the mood to read about the dragon so I've moved that further down in the pile until I'm ready for some 'silly'


ReneeW said...

Cindy: I actually liked the dragon, Theresa, so I'm hoping her book is at least as good. But I think you're right, you definitely have to be in the right mood for something silly.

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