The Dating Detox – Gemma Burgess

“If you can’t date anyone nice, don’t date anyone at all…

Dating is a dangerous sport. So after her sixth successive failed relationship, romantically-challenged 20-something Sass decides she’s had enough.

The Dating Detox is born. No men, no break-ups, no problem.

The result? Her life – usually joyfully/traumatically occupied with dates, clothes and vodka – is finally easy. Chastity rocks. No wonder nuns are always singing. Everything falls at her feet. Especially men.

Will Sass break the rules? Why does fate keep throwing her in the path of the irritatingly amusing – and gorgeous – Jake? Will she ever roll the dice and play again? Or is a love-free life too good to risk losing?”

After reading (and loving) A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess, I was keen to read more by her so when I spotted this book in my local Tesco I just had to buy it.

The start of the book is kind of an explanation as to why Sass is off men (I have to admit that if the same thing happened to me I’d probably feel the same way), it also gives detailed background information on her previous relationships (again not a pretty picture).

I love the conversational style of writing, it made it very easy to read, almost like chatting to an old friend.  There were so many funny moments and I laughed out loud so often my husband had to check that I was ok!  Bad language is featured quite strongly throughout the book so if that is something that might offend you then this is probably not a book for you.

Sass was a fantastic character, I really, really liked her and could imagine being friends with her.  She certainly over-thinks things, (which is definitely something I’m guilty of) and she also says ‘dude’ a lot (something that was ok to begin with but did start to annoy me as I progressed through the book).  Her friends were also a lot of fun, they were easygoing and generally a great crowd of people – I felt attached to them all by the end.

The whole idea of Sass’s three-month dating sabbatical really intrigued me and I couldn’t wait to see what she would do when it ended.  Having been married for many years now, I find it really interesting to read books about the dating scene (it often makes me feel glad that I don’t have to go through all that any more).

The group weekend away was brilliant to read, it was so much fun and I could easily picture their crazy drunken antics.  The chemistry between Sass and Jake was great, their wordplay banter was very funny and I couldn’t wait to find out if they would ever get it together.

This is a fresh, fun and enjoyable book that really made me laugh!

To find out more about Gemma Burgess visit her blog here.



A Girl Like You – Gemma Burgess

“After breaking up with her boyfriend of, well, forever, Abigail Wood must learn how to be single from scratch.

Her dating skills are abysmal, and she ricochets from disaster to disaster – until Robert, one of London’s most notorious lotharios, agrees to coach her.

With his advice, she learns to navigate the bastard-infested waters of the bar scene and practices the art of being bulletproof. The new Abigail is cocky, calm, composed… but what happens when she meets her match?”

This was another impulse buy, I liked the sound of the synopsis and I thought it would be my kind of book.  I could tell quite early on that I would enjoy it – I had tons of other things to do but found myself sneaking back to read a couple more pages!

The dating lessons were fun to read and Abigail’s disastrous dates had me laughing out loud many times.  The conversational style of writing made it enjoyable and easy to read – like I was chatting to a friend.

I enjoyed seeing how Abigail grows in confidence throughout the book and how she embraced single life instead of moping about it.  Her trip to Hong Kong was another part of the story I really enjoyed, especially the vivid descriptions that made me feel like I was there with her.

There is rather a lot of swearing throughout the story, it didn’t bother me personally but if it is something that you would find offensive then this book probably isn’t for you.

The ending was fantastic, it really made me smile – I have to admit that I kind of guessed that things would turn out the way they did but it was still good to read (and it’s always good to be proved right).

This was funny and entertaining, a great book to curl up with and have a laugh.