Blurb: HOW NOT TO GET THE GIRL…
Meet Mikey, every girl’s best friend – he bakes the creamiest cheesecake, loves movie nights and is a great dance partner.
For Jasmine, Mikey is the perfect flatmate – he owns a 50s diner that turns out the best food around, gives the best bear hugs and amazing romance advice – after all they’re scoping out the same hot guys! So when her boyfriend proposes in the worst possible way, Jazz knows her best friend will be there to pick up the pieces with gourmet popcorn, Pinot sleepovers and a shoulder to lean on.
But Mikey isn’t about to let Jasmine give up on love, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to mend her broken heart – even if it means helping the one person who sees him as the enemy…
Because at the end of the day, all’s fair in the pursuit of true love… right?
My Rating: 3.5/5
Review: This is a light and easy read that took me about 2 hours and is ideal for a cosy night in with glass of wine or alternatively, something non-alcoholic. I loved the premise of this book and releasing it just before Valentine’s day is perfect timing. The idea of doing lots of different things to win back the person you want to marry is lovely and easily believable, though as with most books, things don’t necessarily go to plan and that’s what gives us most of the story. Given the length of it I can’t really say much else without posting spoilers. The settings, like the diner, were brilliantly described and very realistic. I liked the fact that the story was split between Mikey and Jasmine and gave us both of their perspectives but I did occasionally forget whose chapter it was which was a little annoying. All the main characters were well-written and Mikey and Dave were clearly good people with flaws though I did find myself getting frustrated at them on a few occasions for being stubborn and pig-headed but the biggest problem I had with the story, and the reason I didn’t rate it higher, was Jasmine. For someone who seems to have lots of business experience she is very much lacking in life experience, she makes a lot of assumptions based on things that happened in her past but doesn’t seem to realise that not everyone’s life is like that. I can appreciate her view of things being tainted by her past but she comes across as very immature and needy and I didn’t like her. However, don’t let that put you off, this is also a story about two men overcoming their animosity for each other and learning about themselves in the process. It also shows that just because love hasn’t worked out for you in the past, it doesn’t mean that you will never get another chance at love, which I think is the perfect message for anyone single on Valentine’s day.
About Samatha Tonge:
Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. She has sold over 80 stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, “Doubting Abbey”, from CarinaUK HarperCollins, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones won the 2015 Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.