Date Me, Baby, One More Time by Stephanie Rowe

Date Me, Baby, One More Time by Stephanie Rowe

Justine Bennett is cursing her life. She’s the Guardian of the Goblet of Eternal Youth, she hasn’t left the house in ages, and it’s been over 200 years since she’s had sex. Oh, and the Goblet has shape-shifted into an espresso machine named Mona. Not exactly the stuff grand destiny is made of...

Derek LaValle is worried. Due to a family curse, he’ll be dead in the space of a week unless he finds the Guardian of the Goblet of Eternal Youth and beheads her. Which wouldn’t be a problem if she weren’t so sexy, smart... and ready to behead him right back.

What do you get when you combine a sarcastic, celibate 200 year-old Guardian, an eleven foot tall, fire-breathing dragon with a penchant for cybersex and pretzels, a Pretzel King out to stop a curse, and a shape-changing Goblet of Eternal Youth? Oh, and can't forget that Satan's trying to seduce Justine's mother, who happens to be hanging out in a suburb in purgatory. Well, it all ends up being a really, really funny story that actually includes a decent romance.

Date Me, Baby, One More Time never takes itself that seriously and that makes for a cute romantic comedy with some unforgettable elements. I even bought the romance between Derek and Justine, though for the longest time, I had no idea how they would survive all the problems that crop up. There's some real objections to them getting together, namely that Guardians can't get emotionally involved with people (or have sex) and must kill anyone who knows about the Goblet lest they steal it. There are more, but basically Justine has to constantly figure out ways to justify not killing Derek immediately.

Comedy's one of those things that's very personal. What one may love, another won't. I'm not even going to compare this book to another since I doubt it would really work. Honestly, it's funny, cute, occasionally laugh-til-you-snort-worthy, and definitely has me wanting more. It just has a ridiculous sense of humor that permeates the whole book and just makes me laugh and smile remembering different scenes. There's an excerpt in the back for the next book, Must Love Dragons, and oh, I really want it.


Stephanie Rowe said...

Wow, Nicole! Thanks so much for the great review! I saw your blog references in the Time Warner April newsletter, and I had to zip on over here to check it out. I'm so excited that you enjoyed the story!!!! I'm going to be putting up a video trailer for the book on my website in the next day or two, so once it goes up, I'd love to hear from you about whether you think it's a good representation of the book... It'll be up at, but it's not up yet.

Anyway, I love your blog! It's so great to meet an avid reader, becuase that's what I am too, beneath the author persona.

Amie Stuart said...

I SO want this book!