Saturday, 21 February 2015

My So Called (Love) Life by AL Michael

What They Say:

Meet Tigerlily James: romance cynic, North Londoner and die-hard margarita fan.

Tigerlily James has been a member of the Young and Bitter Club ever since she was dumped on Valentine’s day. By her fiancé.

Surviving on a diet of cynicism and margarita-fuelled ‘Misery Dinners’ with her best friends, she’s become a romance free zone…and that’s the way she likes it. Until an invitation for The Ex’s wedding arrives. Suddenly in need of a plus one, Tig has little choice but to bin the takeaways, ditch the greying underwear collection…and start pretending to view the opposite sex as something other than target practise.

Then, she meets Ollie – ie. the perfect solution. No sex. No strings. Fake boyfriend. The only catch is that she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for three whole months.

Dating without the heartbreak: the best idea Tig’s ever had, right? Wrong!

What I Say:

I would like to thank author AL Michael for sending me the link to this book on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When we first meet Tig she is still down about splitting with her ex-boyfriend just a week before their wedding.  Tig and her friends set up the Young and Bitter club where they would meet and slate all relationships.

Tig then meets the gorgeous Ollie,  he has a proposition for her, pretend to be his girlfriend for three months and he would help her get back into the dating scene, simple Tig thought, plus Ollie agreed to be her plus one when she receives an invite to her ex’s wedding.  Ollie would be leaving after three months so this would be perfect for both of them.

I really liked both Tig and from AL Michaels way of writing I really felt that I knew Tig within a few pages.  Ollie however was different he is an enigma who’s story unfolds gradually as Tig and he get to know each other.  Also with other books that I have read he is hot stuff.

This is a wonderful idea for a book, in parts is was laugh out loud and in others I found myself shaking my head, although the book is set around twenty something year olds this could so easily be set with older characters as I’m sure we have all felt the same as Tig and her friends at some point, especially when it comes to the ups and downs of relationships.

The only downside to this I found the timeline to be a little bit out, maybe me.  This didn’t detect from the story and it’s probably me being pedantic.

5 out of 5 stars

Praise for A.L. Michael
‘I know it’s a good book when I shut the kindle cover and sigh with contentment. The Last Word totally did it for me.’ – 4* from Angela (Goodreads)

This is a funny, funny book.’ 5* to The Last Word from Rosee (Amazon)

‘Fresh, fast and…had that magical romance feeling and a bit of hotness that you just can’t help but love<./b>. Absolutely brilliant!’ 5* to The Last Word from The Book Geek Wears Pajamas

‘I LOVED THIS. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love. All of the emotions were felt in the reading of this book and it is definitely one of the best Christmas releases that I’ve read this year.’ 5* to Driving Home for Christmas from Erin’s Choice

‘I laughed, I cried and I was left with that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you read something wonderful.’ 5* to Driving Home for Christmas from That Thing She Reads

About The Author

A.L. Michael is a twenty something writer from London. She works as a creative facilitator, running workshops in creative writing, writing for wellbeing, and children's lessons. She has a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship, and is working towards an MsC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She is not at all reliant on her student discount card.

When she's not writing or talking about writing, she bakes, runs, plays with her puppy, and gets continually distracted by shiny things on etsy.

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