Tuesday 4 March 2014

Review ~ How to Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake.

Title: How to Get a (Love) Life.
Author: Rosie Blake.
Publisher: Novelicious Books.
Genre: Chick Lit.
Release Date: January 29, 2014.

Purchase: Amazon UK ; Amazon

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...


How to Get a (Love) Life had all the promise of a fun-filled debut book and I really, really enjoyed it. I spent the whole time reading it with either a stupid grin on my face or laughing out loud, and yes I did endure some weird looks whilst giggling at it in the doctors’ waiting room.

I loved all the weird and wonderful characters in this book and how different they were. I laughed a lot at Nicola’s chirpy cleaner Basia and at some of Nicola’s disastrous dates from the sports-obsessed to the one who was way too overprotective over his pick and mix! I especially liked Nicola’s relationship with her brother Mark and how close they were, whether they were teasing each other or trying to fix each other’s love life.

As for Nicola’s love life, I knew how I wanted it to turn out and I kept turning the pages in anticipation, waiting to see if it was going to happen! The pacing was good – once Nicola had her mind set on Caroline’s dare, her life got a lot busier but I found it easy enough to follow and was eagerly waiting for each date.

Rosie Blake has written a lovely refreshing read which for me was a great pick-me-up. Charming, a bit silly and always entertaining, it’s surely guaranteed to put a smile on your face throughout and to me, that’s the perfect book.

*Thanks to Kerry at Novelicious for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

About the Author:

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.


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