I was on a first date that was going very well. She was complimenting me frequently, laughing at pretty much all my jokes, and occassionally playfully hitting me in the arm.
She's 20, and she told me about how she had her mom come pick her up from her last date because the guy was such a creep, but she let me drive her from the restaurant we met at to an ice cream shop in her town.
We had been on the date for about 3.5 hours at this point. While on a bench, she gave me a compliment that went like "I really like how you're not afraid to take the lead with things". I said, "You like when I take the lead? Well then." And I went in to kiss her.
She dodged and recoiled away from me. "I can't believe you tried to kiss me", she said. Then she apologized and said that the date has been going really well. She told me she dodged me because she's a bad kisser, so we need to take it slow. I said that's totally fine.
We hung out for another hour, and I told her I should probably head home. I dropped her off and walked her to her door, being sure to keep my distance because I didn't want her to think I was trying to kiss her. I said good night, and she said let me give you a real good night. She comes up to me and hugs me, pecks me on the cheek, and then gives me a really quick, awkward peck on the lips. She then made me promise we'd hang out again. I reluctantly accepted since she was being pretty weird.
We had our second date a couple days ago, and I at no point tried to kiss her. At the end she says "Don't be mad at me for not kissing you again. I'm glad we're taking it slow", even though I didn't try at all on this date.
What should I do to get a kiss? She's only dated one other guy, so perhaps she really is a bad kisser. I"m thinking when we go on date #3 I might reverse it on her and at the beginning of the date say something like "Now don't you go thinking you're getting a kiss tonight. I want things to be nice and slow with us."
Should I even try to kiss her on date #3 or wait till date #4 or later? I'm used to kissing (and then some) on the first date when it goes well, so she's throwing me off here. I must be dealing with a prude.
I think if I don't get a kiss I'll end up in the friend zone. Or maybe if she won't kiss me by date #5 I should friend zone her. I have options. It's a shame though since she's very pretty and I like her, except for recoiling from me.