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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
The Dating Itinerary by Brooke Williams is a humorous novel that pits two writers against each other. Penny Coyne is to write a series of dating columns covering different ways to find a date. From speed dating to dating apps, she is to try them all. She is horrified when she runs into an old colleague turned competition. George Monais loves the freedom writing as a freelancer gives him. His agent assigns him a dating piece that could turn into a lucrative job, so he jumps at it. He doesn't care where the idea originated. But Penny isn't backing down when she realizes Geo has her itinerary. Penny and Geo turn the heat up when the local TV station features them both. Could they come up with a win-win solution to their problem? The old saying, "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer," keeps running through her head. How close is close before you lose your heart?
I found The Dating Itinerary a mesmerizing novel as Brooke Williams entertains us with the different dating outcomes Geo and Penny experience. The author incorporates a dating avenue I have never heard of, Dark Dating, into her list of dating exercises. The story moves smoothly from one dating path to the date and back to Geo and Penny's interaction. Sparks fly as their feelings grow, and they discover no algorithm can predict love. Through the fun of different dates, the author weaves in the importance of dating safety. Putting up safeguards is vital no matter how you secure a date. This well-developed story blends amusement, engaging characters, and food for thought for those exploring the dating realm.