Pity Date

Pity Series Book 1

Romance - Comedy
308 Pages
Reviewed on 09/11/2023
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Reviewed by Mimie Odigwe for Readers' Favorite

Best-selling author Whitney Dineen gifts all rom-com lovers with a cozy friends-to-lovers romance in Pity Date. Faith Reynolds has had several unsuccessful relationships over the years in this romantic comedy, but she is certain Astor Hill is The One and eagerly awaits a ring from him. Two weeks before her friend’s wedding, Faith discovers Astor has been cheating on her and is devastated. Teddy has moved to Elk Lane to be closer to his grandfather between lead roles in Hollywood blockbusters. Relishing the anonymity this small town offers, Teddy goes to a bakery and finds Faith distraught and heartbroken. With firsthand knowledge of what it feels like to be cheated on, Teddy decides to be Faith’s pity date to the coming wedding. While they slowly fall in love, will the lies and secrets keep them apart? Or will Faith take Astor back when he comes groveling?

With a great book cover, lots of drama and misconceptions, supportive friends, and our hero and heroine gradually falling in love with each other, Whitney Dineen ticks all the boxes of a great rom-com. Fans of friends-to-lovers tropes and small-town romances should grab this book. Teddy is the perfect hero. ‘Teddy Bear’ may trip over his own feet, but he’s gentle and understanding, with a heart of pure gold. Pity Date is the bubbly story of two people falling in love amid the hustle and bustle of preparing for a wedding, with jealous exes, staunch friends, perceptive yet outrageous grandparents, and inclusively delightful characters, not to mention a bakery where love and gossip brew. Dineen writes a clean romance, but you can feel the chemistry as they grow from friends into lovers and the ensuing drama that unfolds.

Essien Asian

Faith Reynolds receives the shock of her life when she discovers that her boyfriend has no intention of proposing to her during the weekend of her best friend’s wedding. Instead, he plans to dump her. She beats a hasty retreat to the relative safety of her granny’s bakery while she tries to get over her heartbreak and pull the pieces of her life back together. A chance meeting with a dashing, supposedly gay young man leads to a platonic friendship which deepens as he offers to be her date to the wedding. She agrees, seeing as nothing can come from spending time with this man. What she does not know is that her new friend is none other than Teddy Helms, a famous movie star who is anything but gay. Will sparks ignite between these two or will the cruel hand of fate cause them more heartbreak? Find out in Whitney Dineen’s Pity Date: Pity Series Book 1.

It's a classic case of finding love in the last place you would expect in Whitney Dineen’s romantic novel. What makes this book stand out for me is not the story, as the bulk of romances tend to have predictable endings, but the depth of the characters. Dineen raises the bar with her protagonists. They appear to be straightforward in their initial presentation but as the story progresses you find the complexities of their origins complementing their motivations perfectly. This results in interesting conversations that balance witty banter and feel-good humor with the deep introspective drama of dealing with loss. A good example of this would be when Teddy and his grandfather engage in a discussion about a final resting place. If you are looking for some quality romance with impressive realism then Pity Date is the novel for you.

Jennifer Ibiam

Was Faith Reynolds jinxed? The beautiful and curvy baker, Faith, was dumped by all the boys she liked. Astor came along, and Faith thought he would become her husband. Unfortunately, she discovered his cheating a few days before their best friend’s wedding, where they would serve in the wedding party. While reeling from the heartbreak, a successful actor, Teddy, walked into her bakery while visiting his grandfather in town. He wasn’t searching for love, but their first meeting was a mess of tears, spilled drinks, and more tears. However, Teddy and Faith hit it off, but bumps were on the road. Between a vindictive ex, a secret, and another self-absorbed ex, will Faith and Teddy make it to the finish line? Find out in Pity Date by Whitney Dineen.

Pity Date by Whitney Dineen is a beautiful story of heartbreak, family, and love. The novel also teaches patience and fate. I loved the authentic storyline, character development, and world-building. Whitney is a talented writer. She has a way with words that put me at ease while firing up a hunger for more. I felt like I was reading the latest gossip. The humor, suspense, emotions, and dialogue were fantastic. My favorite characters were Grandpa Theo, Faith, Anna, and Teddy. They were sweet, thoughtful, and kind. Tiffany and Astor deserved each other, and Lindsey was a creep. I couldn’t stand Nick for his loud mouth, but he was adorable. Pity Date showed that we must be patient because the best will come. Also, the best gifts may not always show up in societally accepted pretty packages. Thank you, Whitney, for Seven Brides to Accidentally in Love and Pity Date.