This book is pure chick-lit, an easy light fluffy read. I read this as a mind cleanser to reboot the brain.
The story is simple Bea has been seeing the same dream for years about meeting a man on the park bench and one day she does. DAN. So she believes fate has spoken and asks him out, but there are no fireworks between them. And the story continues… Will she, won’t she dump Dan??
This is my second book by the author Keris Stainton, I felt the first one if you could only see me was far better. Bea lives in a townhouse with her housemates, all of them are quirky and some are downright kinky. They make fabulous read. The friendship between them was nicely written. I could feel their easy comfort with each other. All of us want friends like these…
I liked the way Keris has portrayed the chemistry which Bea has with her landlord/workmate/friend Henry. Their dialogues are good but nothing earth shattering or remarkable.
The rest of the book continues on, with dates with Dan, no fireworks, Bea’s friendship with her house mates, Henry and Bea conversations. None of the characters are well developed, the story needs more depth, more fireworks for it to claim that lovers should have fireworks to make the relationship work.
Amongst all the characters I liked Bea’s best friend Freya the most. She was fun, clear headed and only sane thinker. Rest of them muddled through. The whole book was lacklustre.
Maybe it’s just me, but I want real laugh out loud moments if the book promises me one…
Overall, a good read in this genre.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 2.5 stars
About the Author
Keris Stainton was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which, by all accounts, is very cold. And also hot. But when she was four months old, her parents moved back to the UK, and now she lives in Lancashire with a fellow northerner, their two ridiculously gorgeous sons and a pug
Twenty-five-year-old Bea is a hopeless romantic with a hopeless love life – until now. New beau Dan ticks all the boxes: he’s good-looking, kind and thoughtful. So when her friends point out that she and Dan don’t have fireworks, Bea ignores them. Dan is the whole package. And yet Bea can’t stop comparing him to her best friend Henry. As time goes on, Bea can’t shift the feeling that something just isn’t right.
On paper, Dan is the perfect man. But in reality… Will Bea be brave enough to ask for more from life – and get the fireworks she deserves?
Publication date : 6th December 2017
Publisher : Bookouture
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A Sweet, Endearing, Rom-Com.
Yes, that’s right, “It Had To Be You” got under my skin. It was funny, light and utterly sweet.
Great I am glad you liked it…
Thank you so much for your kind words
Hahaha two and a half stars! Adding If Only You Could See Me, TBR. December holidays, Yaay!
Hahahaha… Maybe I am not young enough for this chick-lit…. But believe me, I really wanted to laugh but alas…. Sighhhh… The book got over before I could find a single instance
LOL oh that is just bad!
Maybe I’ll try it and if I find myself rolling my eyes at its chick-littiness, I’ll move to another!
Great review though, the friendship you describe sounds lovely, that’s one thing that may make the boom bearable
Let me know how you feel
Great Review Shalini! Very honest! You are a remarkable and beautiful woman!😍🤗😘
Yes.. Reading the book I realised maybe I am too old. Hahaha this book made me feel old, not a chick anymore 😉😉
You’re not old!!!😋
Aaah Dani… Not you, but the book considered me old… 😉😉
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