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August 14, 2015

Loved It: The Dating Intervention by Hilary Dartt

Series: The Intervention Series 1
Format: Mobi 
Release Date: August 1, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Lola's Blog Tours
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When Delaney Collins’s fail-proof dating system fails completely, her best friends Summer and Josie take absolute control of her dating life through The Dating Intervention. Although Delaney’s intuition is always right on when it comes to men, she never listens to it. If she doesn’t start now—with her friends’ help—she’s in danger of ending up alone and lonely in a sea of men with stained neckties and cumbersome baggage.




What a funny and very entertaining romcom Hilary Dartt's THE DATING INTERVENTION is! But beware, if you're in your thirties and still single (like me!), then be ready because Delaney Collins' small-town online dating story is sure to zing you... in the right places.

As the intervention was staged by Delaney's friends, Summer and Josie, let me start with them. I love their little trio, they got each other's back; they tell it how it is even if it hurts like a mother; they're ALWAYS there for each other; and they push each other to be better. The best part is, they're hilarious! Summer and Josie's antics are one for the books (literally), and I can't wait for their respective novels to hit the shelves! Summer's crazy family of 7, and Josie's gig as the new principal with an absentee hubby in the background, I'm sure the plot is going to be loads of fun. 

The romance is truly an adventure. Delaney is a serial dater and sort of a commitment-phobe, and doing online dating even if it's 100% choreographed by her besties didn't slow her down either. Even with Summer and Josie's intervention, Delaney still landed herself in curious situations with even curioser men. I feel Delaney's pain! I wish I can say I'm oblivious to the horrors of being single, but unfortunately, I know the feeling all too well. Gah! 

But don't be fooled by the humor in this novel. Underneath Delaney's romantic misadventures lie a sincere and touching story. Delaney sort of "let go" in the sense that she settled for less than what she deserved. She's has a pattern of sabotaging the good things that comes in her life be it a job or a relationship. So it's nice to see her change her bad habits which eventually led her to a better place. 

Enter hunky Jake. The total package who was clearly interested in Delaney and totally her match. I love the build-up of their relationship, the slow burn feel of things, even the sheen of mystery on Jake's character. For a minute there, I thought he was another dog and Delaney just wasted her time and hard-earned relationship rehab for him. Thank the book gods that wasn't the case as THE DATING INTERVENTION was a satisfying HEA. 





Online dating? What’s wrong with meeting guys at bars? Aren’t guys with online profiles usually creepy?  
But her friends forged ahead. They leaned over the tablet, lips pursed in concentration.
“Oh, definitely not him,” Summer said. “Too much hair gel, for sure.” 
“What’s wrong with hair gel?” Delaney asked. 
“See? This is exactly what we’re worried about, D. Too much hair gel on a guy over thirty means he’s a prima donna. It means he doesn’t like his mother. It means he drives a nice car but wears holey underwear. It means he doesn’t want children.” 
“You get all this from hair gel?” 
“Oh yeah.” 
“Ooh, look at this guy,” Josie said. “Very good-looking.” 
“Get the details,” Summer said. 
Josie tapped the tablet’s screen. 
“Damn. He’s a consultant. Code for unemployed.” 
“Seriously, you guys? Code for unemployed? How do you even know?” 
“Again. Another example of why we’re doing this for you, D,” Summer said. “You’ve demonstrated previously–and you’re demonstrating now–that you don’t have an instinct for this stuff. Next.” 






Hilary Dartt is an author and freelance writer who grew up among the redwoods and hippies of California and now lives among the cacti and cowboys of the wild west. She and her husband live in Arizona’s high desert with their children and an assortment of pets, including five chickens. To maintain sanity and quiet her inner critic, Hilary runs, drinks wine and eats chocolate. She’s the author of The Intervention Series: The Dating Intervention, The Marriage Intervention and The Motherhood Intervention

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50 comments:

  1. This looks like it is so much fun and I loved the excerpt! Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. You're most welcome. It's a fun novel.

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  2. You had me at "funny." I really need to find myself some funny romance. I think the last time I read a laugh out loud romance was a few months back. I never underestimate the power of a comedy.

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    1. I will never turn down an opportunity to laugh

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  3. This sounds really relatable Braine! Love the sound of the humour and Delaney's dating adventures here. I'm glad you got the HEA you were looking for.

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  4. I really like humor in a story when it's there and fits in the right places and the story is good.

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    1. This is one of those. I hope I'll be privileged enough to read the other two novels.

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  5. This sounds like a lot of fun. Sounds like the perfect lighthearted read :D

    Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

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  6. Aww this sounds so cute! I love that it balances out the humor and the vulnerable part of the story so well. And I have to meet this hunk! ;)
    Adding this to my never ending TBR, Braine!

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    1. I think that's important even in humorous books. It shows an alternative way of dealing with all the lemons life gives us. We can either wallow or laugh and do something about it.

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  7. Funny with an adventure romance sounds good to me

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  8. Thanks so much for being part of this tour! This sure sounds like a fun and romantic book. I am happy to hear Delaney got her happy ending and a man she deserved at the end! And Delaney her friends sound awesome, I always enjoy reading books with great friends. It's nice when the main character has friends to share things with and doesn't have to go through everything alone. Great review!

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    1. Thanks for the invite! Don't forget me when you do the tour for the next two books!

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  9. The Dating Intervention sounds like a fun and fluffy romance, Braine, and that's just what I need every now and then! Great review!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I suggest you try it, I guarantee she'll get a few giggles from you.

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  10. Loved that excerpt! This sounds like fun, but not the mindless kind, so pretty much my favorite :) Have an awesome weekend, my lovely <3

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    1. We're rolling in to a new weekend, I hope you had a good one and a great one ahead!

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  11. We need more fun, romantic reads in the world and this sure sounds like one. I especially appreciate that the girls are over 30! Been there, done that, got married at 35, myself. It's not easy so I get it!!! Great review!!!!

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    1. Oh gosh, don't remind me! I wish THIS was my story.

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  12. Sounds fun! And I'm sooooo glad I don't have to date anymore. I was never very good at it.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Tell me about it! Unfortunately for me, I'm still "in the block" hahaha

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  13. I forgot what I meant to say, I am watching a movie ;)

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    1. You crack me up! I hope the movie was good!

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  14. One day I'll actually get you a mountain man that makes egg rolls. One day!!!

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  15. This sounds like so much fun. I love humor in books and it also sounds like a great romance. You threw in a good HEA and I'm there. Adding this one to my wishlist.

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    1. It's a worthy addition. It's a cool romcom

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  16. This book looks like fun! Great review! <3

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I hope you check it out for yourself one of these days :)

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  17. I'm with you there sister on the horrors of being single.
    This sound so fun and interesting! Definitely looking forward to reading this soon :)

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  18. Ah, it sounds adorable especially the trio of friends. Going on the wish list.

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    1. They are a funny bunch, made me want to be their friend.

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  19. Oh the book looks really good. It's the first time I hear about it but you made me curious. I want to discover the romance too now! thanks!

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    1. It's a quick feel good read for sure

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  20. I think I'm going to relate to this, Braine! Haha the wonders and pits of being single at this age.

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  21. Oh that sounds fun, Braine. Alas, yeah I'm one of the 30 and single lol but I'm okay with it. Thanks for the heads up on this one. I could use a fun one. I totally thought that author name was Hilary Duff though. ::snort:: Long day here. lol

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    1. I don't think she minds you confusing her with HD ;)

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  22. LOL at the excerpt! I'm very intrigued that they're all over 30. Sounds sort of Sex and the City-like, which can definitely make for a fun read.

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    1. Yup, a small town version of them lol

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  23. This ones sounds fun! I would have thought it was YA by he cover though :o

    Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

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    1. I thought it was NA when I first the cover.

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  24. I love romcoms and this sounds like a TON of fun!

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    1. I always grab the opportunity to laugh. This is fun and very clean, right up your alley :)

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  25. This sounds like a good one, Braine. I love book that feature girl solidarity. And I like that this one seems to have carried a meaty story along with its romance. :)

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