Book Review | One Last First Date |  Kate O’Keeffe

Book Description

Cassie Dunhill and her friends make a pact to marry the next guy they each date. What could possibly go wrong?

Cassie Dunhill is sick of dating. It’s been ten years and it’s time, time to find The One. It’s either that or buy a fetching habit and veil and abandon the whole thing. But Cassie believes in love, and she’s not ready to give up yet.

Cassie and her best friends make a pact that the next date they go on will be their One Last First Date. The pressure is on to find Mr. Right, and Cassie’s the first to find him: Parker Hamilton. He’s good-looking, smart, cultured—and a doctor. Despite his obvious credentials, Cassie’s not taking any chances. She’s vetted Parker so thoroughly she could offer some pointers to the CIA. Needless to say, he passes with flying colors.

Things get complicated when Will Jordan, her irritating work colleague, muscles in on her dream job and her love life. Will is a typical guy, complete with nicknames for everyone, even Cassie. His good looks and relaxed, easy nature can be distracting. But Cassie can do without that kind of distraction right now, no matter how good Will looks with his shirt off.

In the end, is there only One Last First Date?

Author Profile

Kate O’Keeffe is a USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author who writes exactly what she loves to read: laugh-out-loud romantic comedies with swoon-worthy heroes and gorgeous feel-good happily ever afters. She lives and loves in beautiful Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand with her family and two scruffy but loveable dogs.

When she’s not penning her latest story, Kate can be found hiking up hills (slowly), traveling to different countries around the globe (back when we used to be able to do that), and eating chocolate. A lot of it.

Get a free book when you sign up to Kate’s newsletter at


One Last First Date is about Cassie who plans her life, even how she would fall in love with the perfect man Parker, and make someone fall in love with her. Her attempts don’t make the result that she expects, and then things go down the spiral. There are her friends who always seek updates on project Parker, and then there is a colleague who is clearly head-over-heels in love with Cassie.

Being the smart woman that Cassie seemed to be, she should have known how Will felt about her, so that was a bit of a stretch to believe. Secondly, she really planned things with Parker, literally making it a project that she has to finish. I don’t like that bit, either. Thirdly, more than two-thirds of the book is about Parker. If we had more of Will than Parker, it would have been a kick-ass story. 

It wasn’t the book for me: it was longer than I like and not the kind of rom-com I like. 

So long!

Shabana Mukhtar