2014 Book Reviews · Blog Tours

How To Get A Love life by Rosie Blake

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‘Some people book last-minute holidays, walk barefoot in the grass or party on a week night. Not Nicola Brown.
Nicola is the kind of girl who double-locks the front door, leaves the plastic covering on new furniture, sticks to a super-strict diet and definitely, absolutely Does Not Date.
Her colleague Caroline ā€“ loopy, warm and exasperated by her, knows that Nicola’s reluctance to lose control means she’s living only half a life. And so she lays down the gauntlet: Nicola must cast aside her hang ups and go on as many dates as it takes to find true love in time for Valentine’s Day.
The pick of local men is, quite frankly, a bit rubbish. And there are only three months until February 14th. Surely it’s an impossible task? But, as Nicola is about to find out on her dodgy dates, letting go isn’t quite as scary as she imagined. In fact, it’s rather a lot of fun…’

I want to thank Novelicious for allowing me to be a part of Rosie’s blog tour.

This is a story of Nicola, control freak in life and not had a boyfriend for years, her co-worker Caroline takes matters into her own hands and dares Nicola to get a date before Valentine’s Day. Taking a chance she agrees, then is bombarded by Caroline who has her set up on a dating site before lunch.

When she returns home and tells her brother Mark all about her dare, he jumps at the chance to set her up with his mates.

Each date is a disaster and Nicola finds herself in a sticky situation at work with a client.

With so much to contend with and feeling out of control, will Nicola find Mr Right?

When I started this book, the hype surrounding it was massive, I was expecting a laugh a minute. Unfortunately I found it a bit of a slow starter and at times found the humour forced.

But… After a few chapters I found it really picked up pace and it had me genuinely laughing out loud. I didn’t warm to Nicola straightaway like I did her brother Mark, who I think sort of outshone Nicola at times. When we see the relationship between Nicola and her mother I found myself feeling really sorry for her.

The dates Nicola went on had me laughing and cringing for her at the utter creeps she was set up with. Nicola had absolute rotten luck and mostly down to her brothers terrible matchmaking skills.

Although it was slow to grab my attention I did quite enjoy reading about Nicola’s story and I loved how it ended, I was hoping for that ending and was left feeling rather fuzzy!


Rosie spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics. The 2003 production of The Wizard of Odd: Search for the Ruby Strippers enjoyed critical acclaim. This was followed a year later with a successful showing of Harry Potter: The Musical (complete with moving opening number, In my Cupboard I will Stay).
Rosie went on to write a winning short story in the La
Senza/Little Black Dress Short Story Competition and was
shortlisted in a few others including competitions run by
Women and Home and The Daily Mail. Her first full-length
novel, How to Get a (Love) Life, will be published in January 2014 by Novelicious Books.

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Click here to get your copy of How To Get A Love Life

Read my Author Interview here.


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