How to Get a (Love) Life - Rosie Blake
Source: Courtesy of Novelicious
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…
Nicola Brown likes things precise and in order. It's a shame her love life isn't like that though. With help from colleague Caroline and brother Mark she sets off on a quest to find love by February 14th.
The hype for this book was brilliant. A complete social media takeover by author Rosie Blake. I like everyone else couldn't wait to get stuck into a copy. Luckily I didn't have to wait very long as the fabulous people at Novelicious sent me over an e-copy. Let me just tell you, you are not even into the book properly and the story hasn't even begun and you are already laughing.
So, we start standing in an airport with Nicola on her way on a singles holiday. Excited by the thought of hot half naked men, cocktails, sun, sea and se.. ahem! a nice holiday romance, however that is not the plan at all and we are whisked straight away and back in time to the beginning of Nicola's journey of love. Bit gutted by that I was.
As much as I enjoyed this book I can't help but feel a little deflated. By criteria it fits the bill for a book I should love.
Boss Cover, Fab Blurb, New-age style writing, Funny, Romance, Smashing Plot. See, Makes for a perfect book doesn't it ay?
It just didn't reach the hype it was surrounded by for me.
There were a few issues I had which contributed to me feeling a bit off. They are;
• I felt the lack of chemistry between Nicola and her love conquest was extremely strange and more or less not there.
• I found the flow between events/chapters didn't quite work as there was no time sacks of activity. It really could have been hours/days/weeks/ so I was slightly thrown a bit.
As a whole though to give credit where it's due the book is extremely funny and had me laughing constantly and enjoying the calamities Nicola ended up in. I adored the connection between her and her brother Mark. It reminded me of me and my own brother Anthony. Rosie's thought into her characters was fabulous, she deliberately had their personalities matched for either good or bad which made the book for me.
As a debut author, I can honestly say I am looking forward to seeing more of Rosie Blake, it's just unfortunate I didn't fully love this.