Sunday, 8 March 2015

My So-Called (Love) Life – by A.L. Michael

Original Cover 
My own copy

The blurb:

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!

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A.L. Michael’s writing took me right into this fabulous story! It was so much fun reading about Tigerlily and her story.

She has been with the same guy for over 12 years and then he dumps her, 6 days before her wedding!!!
Tigerlily is ready for a new start now, but she doesn’t even know how to date. Then she gets an invite to his wedding…

Meeting Ollie is perfect timing. Ollie is gorgeous, thoughtful, funny and they build up a friendship really fast. Both of them are really honest and tell each other pretty much everything about their lives. They make a deal to help each other out and “boom” Tig found herself a fake boyfriend. There are rules of course: no sex, no strings…
Time passes and Tigerlily has difficulties dealing with the rules! Image what happens, when real feelings get involved. Oh and did I mention, Ollie leaves for his chef job in the Bahamas in a few months, doesn’t make the whole situation easier.

I loved Ollie’s and Tig’s scenes, very entertaining, fun, sweet and with a lot of spark. I really liked both characters so much. Tigerlily is confident and had a great spirit and Ollie just sounds like a wonderful guy. He was there to help her, guide her and make her see the light, but she also changed him… They have to go through a lot, to finally realize what they really want and by the end I just thought that what they had from the start was adorable and really authentic. I loved the ending!!!

Tig’s best friends Dana and Ame were also a great addition to the story and I really admired their friendship. It was portrayed in such a real and honest way.

The title of this book fits perfectly and I really like the idea of the whole storyline. It had flow, the right amount of drama and some fabulous characters. The story put a huge smile on my face and it’s just a feel-good with a lit of spark, glimmer, friendship, heart, fun and love. I couldn’t put it down!!!


My possible cast:

Tigerlilly: Mia Serafino

Ollie: Harry Lloyd

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