Review of Dates 1 and 2 can be found here.
This review may contain spoilers from the first book. Do not continue if you haven’t read Dates 1 and 2.
Here’s the plot description from Amazon:
What is this huge secret Nick is planning to tell Claudia?
As the day of her ‘date’ with Nick arrives, Claudia can’t help letting her imagination run away with her. And try as she might to stop them, Claudia’s hopes for what the evening has in store are very high. So when Nick arrives to pick her up, there is a lot riding on what’s going to happen next. It’s a shame that Nick has no idea what Claudia is thinking . . .
Hilarious and uplifting, this is a story about losing love, about finding love, and about discovering what’s been there all along. Expect Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in the next brilliant part of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.
Now that Claudia has gone through dates 1 and 2, she’s still waiting for the universe to conspire to give her the best date she could ever have. Could it be in Date 3? Nick just picked his poison by telling Claudia that he has a surprise for her and that it’ll have to wait during their date. Since then, Claudia has set her mind guessing what this surprise might be.
I guess there’s a downside in mentioning the word “surprise” to the recipient of it. It’s no surprise that the person would set his/her expectations higher than the usual. We know ourselves best in terms of our needs and wants. I don’t blame Claudia for over thinking Nick’s plan for her. But once the expectation is not met, disappointment could ruin the day. More so when the attraction is not reciprocated.
I actually feel bad for Claudia. It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride for her for the past three dates. On the other hand, it’s nice to see that the supporting characters have given her strength, especially Penny. Her persistence to make Claudia agree to a blind date is quite intriguing. Even I was curious who this guy would be.
By far, I think Date 4 has been the most entertaining and funniest to read. Here, readers could observe men’s different perceptions of date and this has definitely been a bizarre experience for Claudia. Lisa Dickenson creatively included this not-so-typical guy in her story that we don’t often see in books. It’s quite unexpected and I even find myself laughing at some parts. The ending is certainly a cliffhanger! Can’t wait to read the next set.