I would firstly like to thank Kerry at Novelicious for sending me an E copy of How To Get A (Love) Life for review.
How To Get A (Love) Life is the story of Nicole, a single woman in her 30s who has never had a date for Valentine’s day. Following her heartbreak after the break up of her relationship a few years back, Nicole with her OCD tendencies, has locked up her heart to avoid being hurt again. But of course, Nicole’s colleague Caroline, upon discovering this, decides that what Nicole needs is to find a date for Valentine’s and so Nicole is once again thrown into the world of dating. But will she find a date in time? And will it be someone she least expected who has been there all along?
Its taken me a while to get round to writing this review *slaps hand*, but I was thrilled when my copy arrived in my inbox and after seeing all the hype on Twitter, I had to get stuck in straight away. I absolutely loved the sound of this book after reading the blurb and the cover is gorgeous too, it’s certainly eye catching. But the first thing that really struck me as I started reading was the ability of Rosie to make me giggle. Now I expected I was in for a brilliant read just from the beginning blurb “All characters in this book are fictitious and any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Except for Chris, who is as big a knob in real life as he is in this book”. I mean, what a way to start a book! And this book certainly delivered. How To Get A (Love) Life is full of so many brilliant anecdotes and dating disasters, the characters are all interesting and kooky and all add to the humour of the book, all of which make this a compelling read.
I found myself easily immersed in the plot, it had a lovely flow and pace which drew me in and kept me up reading into the small hours. I loved how at the start of the chapters there were interest dating descriptions, most of which referenced events from the previous chapter – they were quite simple an ingenious move by Rosie. While laughing along at each of Nicole’s dating disaster, I could not help but hope that she would find her dream guy. After her courage at accepting Caroline’s dating dare and putting herself back out there, it was only fair that she should find her Mr Right. I had almost given up hope that she would in time for Valentine’s (I won’t spoil what happens) and then Rosie throws in the show stopper of endings and all was happy and fantastic again. I certainly had not seen such an ending but I was so pleased, I had secretly hoped they would get to together!
Overall this is a fabulous debut from Rosie and is one which will have you doubled over with tears streaming down your face. Now what more could you ask for?