While the previous handbooks taught readers how to finagle their way out of rather unlikely jams (navigating a minefield, controlling a runaway camel), the current volume handles more pedestrian, but no less risky, situations: how to fake an orgasm, stop a wedding at the last minute, or prevent excessive gas. The matter-of-fact illustrations are hilariously well-timed: Tips on repelling competitors for your date are followed by poker-faced instructions on treating a black eye or a broken nose. But beneath the humor the authors offer sensible advice on negotiating perilous terrain. Though this book is not without its faults -- much of the advice is simply common sense, and it completely bypasses same-sex romances -- Dating & Sex offers helpful tips when rational thinking is in short supply. Such an apprehensive approach might keep already anxious folks from taking risks; hence, the book comes with its own disclaimer, warning that it is not a guide to finding a serious partner, but rather, a manual on "how to escape from Mr. or Mrs. Wrong." While you may never have to crawl out of a window to flee a bad blind date, the book makes it a pleasure to find out how to do so, just in case. Whatever the next in the series is -- and you can bet there will be a next one -- it's bound to "prepare you for the worst."