The “No More Bad Dates Pact”: because, seriously, in the crazy world of dating, sometimes you need a helping hand from your friends.
My life? Oh, it’s a masterpiece of messiness—and not the hot kind. My career’s in hibernation, my family’s baffled by my “lack of direction,” and as for my taste in guys? Let’s just say I could win a gold medal in picking losers.
Exhibit A: dumped at a wedding, right when the romantic vows are in the air. I’ve hit rock bottom. It’s official. Time to put on my adulting pants and find a decent guy.
So, I team up with my two equally unlucky-in-love friends, Darcy and Erin. The plan? We tag-team-vet each other’s dates, ousting any weirdos or jerks before they even get a chance.
Behold, the birth of the No More Bad Dates pact!
But guess who decides to join the party? My roommate, Mr. Perpetual-Dater-Casanova himself, Jason. He’s confident, oozing sexiness, and a leading contender for a movie-star role. Oh, and did I mention he’s strictly “just friends” territory, too?
Naturally, he takes his role in the pact a touch too seriously, making me question every guy who crosses my path. And then there’s me, thinking “No way!” about him… until I start catching feelings. Feelings of the “I really want to kiss him” variety.
Hold on. We’re talking Jason here, arrogant serial dater with a string of women lining up outside our door. Call me cautious, but heartbreak isn’t part of my agenda.
But guess what? The free-fall’s already begun, and sadly for me, there’s no eject button in sight.
Set in New Zealand, No More Bad Dates is the first title in a Cozy Cottage Café spin-off series called High Tea. You can catch up with your Cozy Cottage favourites and make some new ones with this new set of friends. Check out the trailer below…
Readers LOVE No More Bad Dates:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “No More Bad Dates is a well-written and highly entertaining story about a 25-year-old barista who loves her job, despite what her family thinks about it, and decides to make changes in the way she selects her boyfriends. O’Keeffe’s characters are marvelous. One can’t help but feel sympathy for Sophie, whose obligatory appearances at the Mandatory McCarthy Meals leave her relatively defenseless against her siblings’ plans to have her move back home with her parents and intern for them for free. The vetting sessions are hilarious, and the boyfriend material that actually makes it past the committee’s scrutiny is beyond funny. I’m pleased to see that O’Keeffe plans on making this book into a series. The characters and setting are ideal. I’m looking forward to the next book. No More Bad Dates: High Tea – is most highly recommended.” – Readers’ Favorite
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Warm, witty, and wildly romantic. Kate O’Keeffe does it again with another unputdownable tale of friendship and love. I can’t wait for the rest of this absolutely fabulous series!” – Melanie Summers, bestselling author of The Crown Jewels series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “The perfect fun-filled escape from reality. Kate O’Keeffe at her delightful best!” – Whitney Dineen, bestselling author for Relatively Normal
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Five-OMGoodness-Stars!! A most highly recommended, charming, witty, and utterly romantic escape that will leave a warm and fuzzy smile on your face.” – Joslyn Westbrook, author of My Fake Billionaire Fiancé
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I love this book! If you want a novel you won’t be able to put down and will leave you with a smile on your face after you finish it, this is a great choice! So sweet and romantic!” – Annabelle Costa, bestselling author of My Perfect Ex-Boyfriend
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “A delightfully sweet and charming story filled with humor and warmth.” – Bestselling author Virginia Gray
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “O’Keeffe writes characters you not only see yourself in but you want to call your friends. No More Bad Dates is the perfect spin-off from the Cozy Cottage Cafe series. Her witty humor and slow-burn romance creates the perfect romantic comedy!” – Tracy Krimmer, author of Dating for Decades and Lipstick & Lattes
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Once again, O’Keeffe brings to life realistic characters and situations, delivered in a lighthearted, easy-to-read tone. If you’ve missed Paige, et al. and the delicacies of the Cozy Cottage Café, make yourself a reservation for tasty high tea service, laughs, and romance with Sophie and Jason.” – Diane Michaels, author of the King & Queen series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “What’s not to love about this novel? Sophie is awesome. Her family is overbearing. Her friends are endearing. And her roommate (a/k/a Almost Dr. Christie)!!! And how could I forget about the feeder and the merman. You have to read this.” – Cindy Dorminy, author of In a Jam
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This story gives off many enchanting, fairytale vibes and I’m loving every minute of it. It’s so adorable and I love how it goes from a bad date to a good life for the main character. Such a feel good book.” – NetGalley reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This book!! Omg. It is absolutely adorable and so funny. I laughed through this whole book!! Jason and McCarthy are so great. Fantastic banter, zero steam and a touch of romance. I can’t wait to read more.” – Amazon reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I CANNOT STRESS HOW GOOD THIS BOOK IS . . . I absolutely loved it!” – Goodreads reviewer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Laugh and squeal out loud funny!” – Amazon reviewer
Titles in the High Tea Series:
High Tea is a Cozy Cottage Café spin-off series. All titles in this series can be read as stand-alone stories, but if you want to read them in order, here they are:
Book 1: No More Bad Dates
Book 2: No More Terrible Dates
Book 3: No More Horrible Dates