After reading and enjoying the first book in this series last year, I was looking forward to this second installment. And while I did enjoy Dating, Dining, and Desperation, I didn't like it as much as the first book in the series. Once again I really liked Daphne and it was really fun to get reacquainted with her! At first I didn't care much for her new neighbor Sabrina, but she grew on me and I ended up liking her quite a lot! And I loved it when seven year old Mabel came into the story, she was just so adorable! I also loved that Daphne was writing a suspense novel! One of my favorite things about this series is the mystery as to who Daphne will end up marrying, a mystery that is made even more complex by the entry of several new possible love interests for Daphne in this book, I look forward to seeing what happens next in this series!
Most of the time I really enjoyed this book, but there were just times when I found myself slightly bored with the story.
I recommend Dating, Dining and Desperation, it probably could be read as a standalone but I think you might want to read Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel first!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via CFBA in exchange for an honest review. The above is my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.