Blog Tour: The First Date by Zara Stoneley

Book Review: The First Date by Zara Stoneley

After breaking up with her childhood sweetheart, clueless dater Rosie has found herself in a boyfriend-drought. So when she finally swipes right on a guy who seems interested, she can’t wait to meet up in person.

Until she’s left standing alone. In a bar. Stood up.

Enter Noah. Confident, funny … and a serial first dater. Offering to give Rosie a crash course in seduction, this could be just what she needs. Until her matchmaker turns out to be the best date she’s ever had – and Rosie wonders if she wants the fake dates to be the real ones after all


I am very happy to once again be welcoming Zara Stoneley back to Novel Kicks with the blog tour for her latest novel, The First Date, published today.

Rosie has just split up with her childhood sweetheart so in the dating stakes, she’s a little clueless.

Her first step into online dating is a disaster when she is stood up, sitting at a bar, alone.

This is where she meets Noah. He’s a confident serial first dater and he has offered to give her a crash course in seduction.

But what happens when Rosie wants a date with her matchmaker?


I have become obsessed with Zara’s books and I was looking forward to reading The First Date.

This book for me was a slow burner to start with. It took me a couple of chapters to connect to the characters but as I began to get to know them and the motivations for their actions, I became incredibly fascinated and invested in their story.

Due to her childhood, well, her Dad mostly, Rosie is a little emotionally broken even though she doesn’t want to admit it. Rosie finds Noah at the right time but he needs her as much as she needs him I think.

Noah is a bit of a mystery. I won’t say any more about him as I want to not spoil the story as much as I can.

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