Saturday, 13 February 2016

Blog Tour: How To Get Hitched In 10 Days | Samantha Tonge

Novellas aren’t something I usually indulge in as a standalone read, I usually enjoy them as a prequel to a sequel of one of many books in an enchanting series. But because I was already a fan of the author’s previous work I decided to give it a go. This is a great little story about best friends, crossed wires and unrequited affections. Mikey and Jasmine are best friends and care an awful lot about each other. So when Jasmine’s boyfriend Dave proposes in a way that doesn’t exactly scream Romance then it is up to best friend Mikey to help him out and be the proverbial glue that will fix everything.

Dave isn’t totally comfortable with Mikey, or rather the fact that Mikey is gay and this leads to a few crossed wires, wrong ends of sticks and a few harsh words being exchanged. But these relationships are not what they seem at first glance, there are complications between some of the characters and whether they are shared public knowledge or internalised by each person, they had a dynamic to the story that portrays a very real issue of how people can feel like a third wheel in any kind of relationship situation.

This is a lovely read and I loved the characters even if Dave annoyed me every now again with his stereotypical ‘ladish’ ways, which is obviously an intended part of his character and integral to the story.

Mikey is wonderful, and I would love him to be my friend in real life. What’s so great about him is that you really grow to care for him in a short space of time and really want him to have a happy ending. 

My only issue with this was that it was short, and I realise that that I the whole point of a novella but what I love about Samantha’s work is that her books are wonderful stories of love and romance and you want to be able to have as many words to absorb as possible.

I definitely feel there could have been a lot more to this story (in a good way) and I genuinely hope this isn’t the last we have heard (or read) of from Mikey. I feel there is so much more about him that the world needs to read. 

More Mikey please.

This a lovely story, an easy read and an excellent reminder that the other great love in our lives is from our friends.

I gave this a lovely 10/10
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?


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.

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