today’s my stop on the blog tour for Samantha Tonge’s latest release, ‘How to Get Hitched in Ten Days’. It’s a short, cute read and if novellas are your thing, I’m sure you’re like it. Big thanks to Jenny from Jenny In Neverland and lovely Samantha for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.How to Get Hitched in Ten Days by Samantha Tonge
Published by Carina
Published on 11.2.2016
Genres: chick lit
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HOW NOT TO GET THE GIRL…
Meet Mikey, every girl’s best friend – he bakes the creamiest cheesecake, loves movie nights and is a great dance partner.
For Jasmine, Mikey is the perfect flatmate – he owns a 50s diner that turns out the best food around, gives the best bear hugs and amazing romance advice – after all they’re scoping out the same hot guys! So when her boyfriend proposes in the worst possible way, Jazz knows her best friend will be there to pick up the pieces with gourmet popcorn, Pinot sleepovers and a shoulder to lean on.
But Mikey isn’t about to let Jasmine give up on love, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to mend her broken heart – even if it means helping the one person who sees him as the enemy…
Because at the end of the day, all’s fair in the pursuit of true love… right?
If I had to sum up Samantha Tonge’s latest ‘How to Get Hitched in Ten Days’ in just one word I’d say CUTE. And I read it on Valentine’s Day and definitely feel I made the right choice for saving it for that special day all couples love.
I haven’t read all of Ms Tonge’s books, however out of all I’ve read this one was definitely the cutest. It’s a novella that tells the story of Mikey, Dave and Jasmine. Jasmine (Jazz) and Dave are the couple, while Jazz lives with her best friend, Mikey. After proposing in a drunken state, Dave has a lot to prove to Jasmine and turns to Mikey for some help. However, Dave and Mikey don’t really get along. On the surface, nothing spectacularly went wrong to make them dislike eachother so strongly, yet being so different they simply don’t mix. Just like water and oil, and they do a great work in avoiding each other for Jasmine’s sake. However, desperate times call for desperate measures, so Dave has no other option but to seek help from the guy that knows her best, her flatmate and best friend Mikey. As imagined, some things go wrong and some take unexpected turns.
I won’t reveal more about the story, as since it’s a novella I’m afraid I’ll spoil the fun if you decide to give it a read. However, I will say that I liked it and bearing in mind this is a novella, I think Ms Tonge did an exceptionally good work in introducing us and going deeper into the characters’ lives in that space (short number of pages) she had. That’s my overall opinion and feeling about this novella, but of course there were some things which I liked and disliked.
While the characters were lovely, felt real and I can see many liking them, they didn’t have a huge impact on me. I mean, I did care about them, however I wasn’t mad about them. Hanging around them felt enjoyable, but I don’t think any of them will stay long in my head. But that’s not such a big thing, as I hardly remember anything about Anna Karenina too and we’re talking about Tolstoy’s work!
Next thing, Mikey was a tad dramatic at times, too dramatic for my taste and those pages were not as fun to read. I liked the fact it’s told from different POVs and we get to be in each of their heads, seeing things through their eyes, however, while I could see and feel Mikey, I simply couldn’t care that much for Jasmine (which is strange, as I’m always rooting for the female characters in books, as also for women in real life, but I digress..sorry). In my opinion, Jasmine was the most pale character in this gang, and I’m a bit disappointed in this as it seems Ms Tonge tried to portray her character well, but I just couldn’t feel it.
There was a twist at the end, a one I certainly didn’t expect and I was pleased with the ending and the wrapping up of things. I’m a bit sad I didn’t connect to Jasmine more as she seems like a character worth knowing, but maybe that can be done if we see her in another book, this time a full length novel? I would love to see more of her definitely, and same goes for Mikey and Dave. If you’re looking for a short and easy read, you should definitely check it out.