Some people book last-minute holidays, walk barefoot in the grass or party on a week night. Not Nicola Brown. Nicola is the kind of girl who double-locks the front door, leaves the plastic covering on new furniture, sticks to a super-strict diet and definitely, absolutely Does Not Date.
Her colleague Caroline – loopy, warm and exasperated by her, knows that Nicola’s reluctance to lose control means she’s living only half a life. And so she lays down the gauntlet: Nicola must cast aside her hang ups and go on as many dates as it takes to find true love in time for Valentine’s Day.
The pick of local men is, quite frankly, a bit rubbish. And there are only three months until February 14th. Surely it’s an impossible task? But, as Nicola is about to find out on her dodgy dates, letting go isn’t quite as scary as she imagined. In fact, it’s rather a lot of fun…
Firstly, this is the one of the best lines I’ve ever read in a book
“All the characters in this book are fictitious…Except for Chris, who is as big a knob in real life as he is in this book”
– just brilliant!
This debut novel has been very popular over social media so many thanks to Kerry over at Novelicious for sending me a copy to review, it really did brighten up my Sunday when I was poorly in bed!
I found Nicola to be such a relatable character, in fact too relatable she reminds me of myself – the organisation, the routine, the mild OCD, was like looking in a mirror which is why I think I enjoyed it more. The office chat and antics, the routine, the dating mishaps/adventures all are totally believable.
There’s great supporting characters who all bring something , particular Nicola’s brother Mark is fun but I think in real life he’d be totally irritating just turning at her flat out of the blue all the time but that all added to the humour. I’d felt what was coming with the chemistry between the characters and was pleased with the ending even if a little predictable.
I didn’t find it laugh out loud funny (but I’m not like that anyway) but it definately raised a smile. Overall, this is typical chick lit (nothing wrong with that), nothing new here but nevertheless a light airy fun read!
On another note…I actually think it would be really cool if Nicola could meet Don Tillman from The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. As character match making goes, these two would make the perfect couple.
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About the author Rosie Blake
Rosie spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics. The 2003 production of The Wizard of Odd: Search for the Ruby Strippers enjoyed critical acclaim. This was followed a year later with a successful showing of Harry Potter: The Musical (complete with moving opening number, In my Cupboard I will Stay).
Rosie went on to write a winning short story in the La Senza/Little Black Dress Short Story Competition and was shortlisted in a few others including competitions run by Women and Home and The Daily Mail. Her first full-length
novel, How to Get a (Love) Life, will be published in January 2014 by Novelicious Books.