Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway - Click Date Repeat by K.J. Farnham

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Click Date Repeat by K. J. Farnham. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 26 November till 1 December, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog ToursBe sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

Click Date Repeat coverClick Date Repeat
by K. J. Farnham

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 21 August, 2014

Blurb:
These days, finding love online is as commonplace as ordering that coveted sweater. But back in 2003, the whole concept of Internet dating was still quite new, with a stigma attached to it that meant those who were willing to test the waters faced a fair amount of skepticism from friends and family.

Such is the case for Chloe Thompson, a restless 20-something tired of the typical dating scene and curious about what she might find inside her parents’ computer. With two serious but failed relationships behind her, Chloe isn’t even entirely sure what she’s looking for. She just knows that whatever it is, she wants to find it.

Based loosely on author K. J. Farnham’s real-life online dating experiences, Chloe’s foray into online dating involves a head-first dive into a world of matches, ice breakers and the occasional offer of dick pics, all while Chloe strives to shake herself of the ex who just refuses to disappear. Will she simultaneously find herself and “the one” online, or will the ever-growing pile of humorous and downright disastrous dates only prove her friends and family right? There’s only one way to find out…
Click. Date. Repeat.

You can find Click Date Repeat on Goodreads

You can buy Click Date Repeat here:
- Amazon (Kindle)
- Amazon (Paperback)


My Review
4 Stars!

This book ended up being a solid 4 star read for me.  I have to admit that when I first sat down to read this book I had a moment where I wondered what I had done by requesting this book.  I read another book earlier this year about something very similar and it really wasn't the right story for me.  Just a few pages into this book and I was hooked.  This story connected with me in a way that the other book hadn't and I found that I could relate to just about everything inside of these pages.

This story is set during the early days of online dating.  I believe I am a little bit older than the author and I remember the even earlier days of meeting people online.  I never signed up for an online dating service as the main character in this book did but I did meet a few people online.  I think I met every single one of the men that are found in this story.  It is mind boggling how authentic this book actually is.  One of the things that I really loved about this book was how it reminded me so much of some of the best (and worst) days of my life.  I never at any point in the book thought that something was far fetched or out of place.

The characters in this book are just wonderful.  I realize that most of the characters were most likely based on real people and it shows because these people are real.  They are not perfect and they have their flaws but they keep trying.  Let's just say that K.J. Farnham absolutely nailed it with these characters.  The writing style of this book was wonderful.  I felt Chloe's frustration as she navigated the dating world right along with her and I cheered for her when things went well.  All of the men, all of the dates, and all of Chloe's friends blended perfectly into a wonderful little story. 

 I would highly recommend this book to other readers.  This is a captivating story that I consumed in just two days.  This is the first book by K.J. Farnham that I have had a chance to read but I plan to watch for other books in the future.

 I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of providing an honest review.


Excerpt


“I can’t believe you’re finally going on a date.” Even through the phone lines, I know that my friend Jess is rolling her eyes. I can feel it in her tone.

The phone is cradled against my right shoulder as I scrutinize myself in the mirror. “I know. I think it’ll end up being worth the wait though. This guy seems pretty perfect.” I hope some of my enthusiasm rubs off on her.

So far, online dating seems like a good fit for me. It’s easy to find guys who have all of the attributes I am looking for, and I can prevent wasting time on the rest. Like everything else in my life, I am trying to make the whole process as efficient as possible. If I sift through my matches carefully enough, I am sure to find someone worthwhile. Right? That is what I keep telling myself anyway. Jess thinks I am wasting my time. If it were up to her, I would still be searching for someone in a bar where, let’s face it, prospects are slim. I have seen them all: too old, too drunk, too full of themselves, too eager, or already in a relationship. The list goes on. Heck, some do not even hide the fact that they have a wife or girlfriend.

“So, where are you meeting him? And which one is it? The dark and handsome one or the guy with no photo?”

“It’s Scott. The dark and handsome one.”

Seeing his photo for the first time brought a smile to my face. It was the day I created my account. Such a handsome face on my list of potential matches prompted me to spend nearly two hours learning how to use the Yahoo Personals site when my only intention initially had been to browse through a few profiles. It seemed urgent to send Scott a message that day though, just in case his profile was not on my list the next time I logged in. I had no idea how these things worked, after all. For all I knew, he could be matched up with someone else and stolen away from my list of possibilities before I even got the chance to say “hi.”

Unfortunately, every time I typed a line or two, the words just felt wrong. How are you supposed to start a conversation like this, I wondered. It all felt so foreign to me, and over and over I kept typing the sentences only to delete them. I finally decided to send an icebreaker, the Yahoo Personals equivalent of sending over a drink at the bar. It was a way to let him know I liked his profile without having to think of something to say. I convinced myself there was far less pressure to this option, and that if he looked at my profile and decided he was not interested, at least knowing I had not painstakingly bared my soul via e-mail would soften the blow of rejection.

I check out my backside in the mirror. “We’re meeting at Applebee’s.” I close my eyes and brace myself for Jess’s response.

“Applebee’s? Why? You hate Applebee’s!” she says.

“I know, but it’s an equal distance for both of us.” I do not want to tell her that Scott sounded pretty adamant about meeting at Applebee’s. In fact, he mentioned something about loving Applebee’s. Even though my stomach turned when he suggested it, I did not want to come across as pushy by suggesting somewhere else.

“Who suggested it?” She is not going to let it go.

I pause for a second and consider lying to her. “He did.”

I hear her laugh. “So you’ve waited this long to go on your first date, and the guy you’re meeting up with picks Applebee’s? Sounds like a sign to me.”

Uneasiness settles in the pit of my stomach. Maybe it is a sign. Or maybe Jess is just getting into my head. I am a little bit pissed at her for not being more supportive. Who cares if he likes Applebee’s? He has a good job, makes a decent amount of money, has a sense of humor, and he is really attractive. I never say anything about that controlling, weaselly, coke-sniffing, car-salesman boyfriend of hers. I take a deep breath. “Whatever, Jess.”

“Honestly, Chloe, I still don’t get why you’re spending money to meet people online when there are more than enough guys to choose from at nearly every corner bar. Remember Lily, my redheaded coworker? She said her sister tried online dating and every guy she met was a total weirdo. Think about it. There’s something fishy about a guy who sits at home on his computer looking for women.” She laughs.

“Well, I sit at home on a computer looking for men, and I’m not a weirdo.” Jess doesn’t respond.

“Hello?”

“Oh. Sorry. I was pondering what you just said.” I envision her smirk, and for a split second, I wonder why we are even friends.

“Very funny. Not everyone who attempts online dating is weird. That’s like saying that everyone on the prowl in a bar is normal. If Internet dating sites were full of crazies, there’s no way they would stay in business. Online dating is new to us, but Yahoo Personals has been around since like 1998. C’mon Jess. It’s 2003. It must be a successful way to meet people if it’s still around. And there are other sites too like eHarmony and Match.com. eHarmony even advertises on TV.”

“I don’t know, Chloe. It still seems bizarre to me. Tell you what—when I see a ring on your finger, I’ll change my tune. In the meantime though, please try not to go out with any axe murderers.”



K. J. FarnhamAbout the Author:
Born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, K. J. Farnham was an educator for 12 years. She holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee and a master's degree from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

After relocating from Milwaukee to Hudson, Wisc., in 2011, Farnham became a freelance writer and resolved to complete her first novel. The storyline for "Click Date Repeat" is a result of her experiences (and mishaps) with online dating, through which she met her husband.

Farnham lives with her husband, three young children and three cats. When she is not busy keeping up with her kids, she can be found reading or writing. A sequel to "Click Date Repeat" is in the works, and she plans to publish her next novel, "The Me I See," in the spring of 2015.

You can find and contact the author here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Goodreads

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4 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds cute! I tend to shy away from these kinds of reads as well because sometimes they can be too silly. I like that it is loosely based on the author's experiences though. I'll have to check this book out! Glad you enjoy it and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! This book won me over very quickly. I saw a lot of me and my friends in some of the characters. It really is a great read.

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  2. I am someone who really likes books driven by their characters, and if the book has a rubbish plot and amazing characters I will probably still like it xD So I think I will try this! The concept of online dating is an interesting one and it seems like the author writes it well and turns something typical and contemporary into something more.

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    1. This book was really well written. I can't wait to see what you think once you get a chance to read it.

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