Dating and Other Dangers, by Natalie Anderson

by Natalie Anderson, author of Dating and Other Dangers (Harlequin Presents Extra, October 2012)

Writers often get asked which is their favourite of their own books. This is, usually, an impossible question often likened to being asked to name a favourite child. And generally it is impossible, but some stories are definitely easier than others to get onto the page and a very, very few (in my experience) are pure, almost effortless joy from start to finish. Dating and Other Dangers falls into that category for me.

For me social media is both fascinating and terrifying. I’d read about some online dating reputation websites and I thought such a forum could be ripe for disaster (writers love coming up with disastrous situations for characters). What if I had a heroine who ran an online forum? And what if the hero was one of the guys dissed on that forum?

I came

up with a hero (an extremely successful corporate lawyer) who’s become “internetorious” – named as a shameless seducer of women, arrogant and apparent believer that he”s “god”s gift”. Ordinarily he”d laugh it off (after all, its only the internet and “there”s a lot of rubbish out there”), but he realises those most dearest to him actually believe it of him too and it hits a nerve. So he tracks down the “hell hath no fury” woman behind the website. He threatens to sue (and expose) our heroine as the woman behind the forum. She”s an HR assistant (‘making more people”s lives hell’ in his opinion) and doesn”t want her online persona and her real life to collide. But she stands up to him, pointing out that the defence to defamation is truth. So he decides to “prove” to her he isn”t that shameless seducer…

It becomes a battle of the dates and a battle of the blogs as well—as Ethan aims to beat her at her own online game. The rest of the internet becomes ‘ablog’ about it and their hits go sky high. But the problems arise when my once bitten, seventy-seven times shy heroine is beyond attracted to the super seducer who”s now playing it so snakily straight…

Writing their (completely inflammatory) blog entries was absolutely hilarious and the writing this story was a blast as I got Nadia and Ethan tangled up in their online battles and real world desires… I hope you find it fun too!

Nadia Keenan’s first date Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. Do boost your confidence by looking hot
  2. Don’t put out until at lease date two
  3. If the man is trouble (however sexy!) do report all on

After being trashed on Nadia’s website, serial dater-and-dumper Ethan Rush is about to put Nadia’s rules to the test. He’s determined to change her mind about him. She’s determined to prove him for the cad he is.

Let the battle of the dates begin…

Dating and Other Dangers is on the shelves in stores in North America in October and you can also grab it online from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and wherever books or sold. If you’re in the UK, it’s also just been rereleased in digital form and you can grab it from Amazon UK or other ebook stores.

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USA TODAY bestseller Natalie Anderson writes fun, frisky, feels-good contemporary romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon. With over twenty books published, she’s also been a Romantic Times Award nominee & a finalist for the R*BY (Romantic Book of the Year). She lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband, four children and what feels like a million ducks. Find out more at her website and be sure to sign up for her newsletter there as she often has subscriber only eTreats.

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Comments ( 2 )
  1. Tara
    October 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

    hey Natalie,

    I LOVE the premise, wow. I’m heading to Amazon to click Buy right now….

  2. Natalie Anderson
    October 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Tara! Cool! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it 🙂