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?
What a surprise. For some reason this story turned out to be very different from what I imagined - in the best way possible. Yes there's romance and flirting and plotting the best date(s), but there's so much more to these characters and I loved how they each had their own demons, despite the lightness of the story.
During the first few chapters however, this left me a bit confused. There was so much information into the very early stages when you were trying to get a feel of the characters, understand where they were in their lives and where the story was taking you. It felt to me like the book could have done with a few more chapters to ease into these characters and their background stories. 'Cause all three of them are truly special and deserve some extra moments.
As I said, the story took some very surprising turns and How To Get Hitched In Ten Days is anything but a cheesy (though lovely) romantic read. It was a joy to read and it would make the perfect film to watch on a night in with your best friend ;-) It's unsuspected, focuses on friendship as much as on romance, and even deals with some tough issues as prejudice and abuse.
So although it took me a few chapters to find my bearings, I became quite fond of these characters, especially Mikey and Dave, and I was honestly disappointed when I reached the end of the novel: I would have loved to continue reading.
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.