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Release Date: 26th February 2019 / Publisher: Bookouture

A hilarious rom com about falling in love, falling out of love, and finding out who you really are.

Cat’s life has hit a brick wall. Since her ex ditched her without ceremony five years ago she’s quit stand-up comedy, landed in a steady but dull job, and lives in a tiny flat with roommates she knows only as The One Who Eats All My Food and The One Who Has Really Loud Sex.

So when she bumps into old friend Harvey and sparks fly, Cat is surprised – and horrified, because Harvey is her ex’s brother, and so absolutely, 100% off-limits romantically. Even if his dimples do make her insides fizz…

When she’s offered a new job abroad, Cat is tempted to accept – and leave her depressing flat and mess of a love life behind her. But will running away from her problems really solve them?

Fans of Jenny Colgan, Marian Keyes and Mhairi McFarlane will love Keris Stainton!

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My Review

In this book we meet Cat.  Her last boyfriend, Sam left her and went to Australia, leaving her flat sharing with the housemates from hell.  One day, she bumps into Sam’s brother Harvey who drops the bombshell that Sam is back!  Harvey is completely off limits being Sam’s brother, but Cat can’t help but be attracted to him.  Can she resist Harvey and how will she feel now Sam is back!

I’ve loved this author’s previous books and was excited to see this new release by her.  The book is a fabulous feel good read with plenty of love and laughter.  I loved Cat’s character and really connected with her.  Life is pretty rubbish at the moment for her and this certainly makes you wish you were friends with her to give her a much needed hug!  If we are talking about being friends with people, can I also ask to be friends with Cat’s best friend, Kelly as she is just fantastic!!! 

As a stand-up comedienne, Cat’s character was so funny!  It wasn’t only Cat’s humour though which had me chuckling all the way through the book but the author’s fabulously witty writing which I’ve come to expect from her!  When Harvey reappears unexpectedly into Cat’s life you could tell that there was a definite spark between them!  Cat and Harvey’s “will they, won’t they” relationship was wonderful and they would make the perfect couple if Cat stopped seeing him as the ex’s brother!

The writing in this book was spot on and as you read it you can put yourself in Cat’s shoes, as surely we’ve all been where Cat is in life at some point!  The story is not only belly-laughingly funny (the scene when Cat and Arnold visit a department store’s Santa springs to mind!!) but there is also a warm and touching story running alongside teaching us the important lessons of forgiving, forgetting and learning to love again.

This book made me in tears, both happy and sad ones in equal doses!  It had me hooked from the first page and it certainly had me laughing out loud unashamedly!  The story flowed so well, the characters were all so realistic and likeable and it was a lovely, funny and heart-warming read.  Perfect for all you romantics out there – and if you’re not one of them, perhaps this book will convert you!!  Highly recommended!

Thank you to the author, the Publisher Bookouture and NetGalley for this review copy.

The Author

Keris Stainton was born in Canada, grew up on the Wirral, lived in London for a while and now lives in Lancashire with two boys, two guinea pigs, and an unhealthy (but enjoyable) obsession with One Direction. 

She’s written books for children, teenagers, and adults and can almost always be found on Twitter.

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