My Rating: 5
Publication: August 8th 2018
Read: July 15th 2018 (ARC)
POV: Single perspective from heroine
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A modern way of finding love. One deserted island of luxury. Two people. Three out cards. And a whole lot of possibilities.
Melinda takes the advice of her best friend, Chris. She signs up to a new dating service that pairs you statistically to the one you’re supposed to love. Finding it — love that is — using the more conventional methods, has not been a successful venture for Mindy, and with her biological clock ticking, she uses a more desperate method and takes the plunge into a possible happily ever after.
The thing is, when she boards the boat to a secret location, she doesn’t realise the man waiting for her is someone she’s previously met.
Chance encounters occur more frequently than we realise. Being blind to them is part of a bustling world. But, being faced with them can lead to a hilarious three weeks between two opposites who might just attract.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Can I just die of embarrassment now? This book was not only hysterically funny but I literally experienced second-hand embarrassment throughout nearly the whole novel. Oh. My. God! Could a heroine be more prone to bad luck and mortifying situations than Melinda?
Melinda is living her life, just going through the motions. She’s getting her bills paid while at a job that she hates. Something in her recent past has caused her life and goals to take a 180 degree turn. She is not doing the job she was meant to do. She is not happy in her current circumstances. Unfortunately extremely low self-esteem only adds to her misery. The only bright sides to her life are her sweet cat and her outrageously funny, witty, sassy gay best friend Chris. Chris is another very positive aspect of this book. He was a complete scene stealer and I adored him.
When I first read the blurb for this book, I was intrigued. I knew it would be something I would love reading. However, the blurb says that once Melinda gets to the island, the comedy happens. Not true! I was laughing from the first pages; way before the island. The author does a great job with monologue and I felt like I was inside Melinda’s head. Hence the reason I was embarrassed right along with her.
There are several characters on the pages bringing more depth and complexity to the storyline helping to add some seriousness to the premise. While I assumed I knew what was happening, I was repeatedly surprised. Also, I like that the author took liberties with boundaries and blurred some lines that other authors haven’t. I don’t want to spoil anything for you because that would just ruin this multi-entertaining book. You truly need to experience Melinda on your own. There are some cringe-worthy moments, lol!
Arlie is the hero. And while I truly wish the author gave us his perspective as well as Melinda’s, I still found I could connect with him. I’ll be honest, for me when a book only has a single perspective from the heroine, I am disappointed more times than not and have been known to pass on books written that way. I truly need to be inside both the H/h minds while reading so I can connect, relate and understand the characters better. I hate not being sure about things like sincerity and other emotions. That said, this author did a good job with helping me connect to Arlie, however I do wish I had that proverbial front seat to his thoughts when Melinda was having her “moments.”
This book is not only funny. There is romance and a beautiful island. There are great secondary characters. I was very entertained by this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂