Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This slow-burn of a story of romance, friendship, and epic misunderstandings will absolutely sweep you off your feet if you let it.

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About the Book

Three friends come together in the hope of finding love.

Caz is determined to find The One and, keen to speed up the process, believes in ‘asking the universe’ for help in matters of the heart. Her friends Mallory and Olly think it’s a lot of nonsense.

When Mallory accepts a job designing the interior of a new Greek restaurant she is horrified to learn that she accidentally handed in a CV that she wrote as a self-help exercise It’s filled with skills and accomplishments she’d like to have…..but doesn’t. So when co-owner Alex, the sexy son of a millionaire, asks for her help preparing a gourmet meal, she has no choice but to start trying to live up to her fictitious resume. Even if she can’t cook!

Meanwhile Caz and Olly have their own to do lists – and Olly’s includes either telling Mallory that he is her One or learning how to move on from unrequited love.

Caz is certain that the gods move in mysterious ways and romance is just around the corner. Although it may lie in the most unexpected places……

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this trio of friends as they spent a roller coaster of a year finding love. They were all silly, adorable, and clueless in their own ways, and I would love to be friends with any of them. I also thoroughly enjoyed the full-on comedy of errors plotline that resulted from their inability to read other people’s intentions clear.

I am a sucker for a good love triangle. And this book added a whole new level to that. Something, I’ll add – a tiny spoiler – that I have seen little of except in my work. So I was incredibly ecstatic to see it! Maybe it’s been out there this whole time and I just wasn’t looking in the right places.

One big surprise for me was I usually pick someone I want the main female character to end up with, and if they don’t, I’m devastated. Stewart flipped my expectations and make me happy when the two I wanted didn’t end up together. In fact, by the end, I was rooting for the ones she had put together. That is a feat of writing genius in my book.

The author developed characters beautifully, both loveable ones, and those I loved to hate. The only thing that knocked a half star down was that the book felt a little long and dragged in just a few places. But mostly, I was deliciously frustrated, begging for the characters to get their acts together.

Who’s It For

If you enjoy excruciatingly slow-burn and clean romances, this book is for you. I took to Twitter to express my frustration the other day. But in a good way. If you enjoy quirky, funny characters with ridiculous, silly storylines, you will love this book. I will definitely keep my eye out for more of Stewart’s work. So far, it looks like she has some cozy mysteries out – which familiar readers will know is a beloved genre of mine. So, those are definitely going in the cart.

Content Warning: Mild Adult Situations, Mild Adult Language, Abusive/Controlling Boyfriend,

I’m grateful to the author and Love Books Tours for including me in this tour, which has not impacted my review.

About the Author

Laura Stewart lives in a picturesque village just outside of Glasgow with her husband and three young daughters, along with an exuberant golden retriever and four cats. Her house is noisy and chaotic with a lot of pink glitter and toy unicorns scattered about and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

After studying English Literature at Glasgow University, she attended some Creative Writing evening classes and was delighted to find herself amongst like-minded folk with a passion for writing.

Her debut novel, Acting Mysterious, is a romantic comedy and was shortlisted to the final few of the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition.

When not writing, Laura is usually to be found reading, with at least two books on the go at any given time. She also enjoys losing herself in art galleries and cooking up hearty meals to be enjoyed well into the evening with good wine and good friends. One day she hopes to add bees, ducks and a couple of alpacas to her menagerie.

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