“Recently single mother Kate is struggling. Clinging on to a career and bringing up her 2 year old daughter leads to nights alone drowning her sorrows in the cheapest white wine she can find.
Forced to employ Joel, a male escort, to accompany her to a professionals’ dinner, Kate somehow ends up in the middle of a relationship contest, competing for a £100,000 prize alongside someone she barely knows.
With her boss, the Lady Dragon Miranda, desperate for Kate to flounder, her tarot card reading child-minder trying to match-make and her ex-husband making her life a misery, can Kate keep her life on an even keel? And more importantly can she put her trust in a serial dater who used to be an underwear model?”
I was pretty excited to get this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (£1.95 at the time of writing this review) because I really enjoyed the two other books that I’ve read from this author, Taking Charge and Strings Attached. The synopsis sounded fantastic (definitely my kind of read) and the main character was called Kate (what a wonderful name) so I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
The very first page had me laughing out loud as Kate struggled with an unfortunate stain on her work jacket. The whole book is written in a comfortable and fun way which made it very easy to read, I felt drawn in by the story, almost like I was a part of it. I did have an idea as to how the story would end but still enjoyed the journey to get to that point, especially with a couple of interesting twists that seemed to complicate everything.
Kate was quite a funny character particularly when she was drunk, at one stage she seemed to have problems in all areas of her life and I did feel quite sorry for her as she struggled to make any kind of decision. Her ex-husband was a real nasty piece of work and I felt a strong dislike towards him, when Kate received a surprise visit from his new girlfriend things really got vicious (this was definitely a gasp out loud moment!)
Hermione was a lovely character, she was a little bit crazy but a very good friend to Kate and had some very wise words to share with her.
Joel was fabulous, he had a bit of emotional baggage but was absolutely adorable, sweet and caring, not to mention gorgeous! At one point in the story, however, I wasn’t too keen on him or his behaviour but I won’t say why, you’ll just have to find out for yourself!
One of my favourite moments in the book was during the game show when all hell broke loose, I could picture the scene of chaos in my mind and couldn’t stop giggling, particularly at the wig part – again I will say no more!
This was a brilliant read that I just couldn’t put down, another hit from Mandy Baggot!