Hellllllo readers, it’s a Monday and Monday’s can be tough – however, any kinda crap day can be made 100% better by a friend leaving a book at my house that I’ve wanted to read forever (THANK YOU HOPE CARMICHAEL.) I’ve wanted to read a book by Giovanna for a couple of years now as they’ve been marketed almost like the ULTIMATE CHICK-LIT but I’ve been putting it off and off. Hopee in quite a wonderful turn of events read this on the way up to see me and left me the book! So without further delay, onto the review!
Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy (ish).
So it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams… do they?
As the blurb suggests the book follows the life of Sarah – Sarah thinks she’s just fine. I mean she does have to spend a lot of time with ex Dan who savagely broke her heart, and his perfect new girlfriend ‘Perfect Lexi.’ I mean, she does also hate her job and her boss Jonathan who has no thought as to the work she does. I guess there’s also her mother who is really disappointed with her lack of promotion and being single.
But, yes Sarah is great. Although she dreams of being on the research team for Red Brick Productions, she’s kind of stuck – playing the pub quiz with her friends, until Brett a person from her university days starts making an appearance in her dreams; seriously saucy dreams. When he suddenly turns up as a new member of the company she works for, Sarah is going to have to start being honest with her dreams.
So, did I enjoy this book? So firstly Sarah is a really lovely and likeable character; the author has worked really hard to make this character as warm and wholesome as possible. She has a really multi-layered personality and it definitely helps to draw the reader in. The problem is the main character is so focused on that some of the supporting characters lack depth. I especially found this true of Real Brett. He’s such a big part of the story and he just lacks a little depth. I would also have liked to see more from Carly and Josh – the scenes between them later on are really well written they just come a little too late.
The writing overall was very chick-lit but quite engaging. There were for me at least, a few too many modern references that just made it feel like it was trying too hard? It’s important to get readers involved and make it feel current but it was little bit, over-done. The pace at the beginning was a little slow but it did speed up and I thought the author managed the sub-plots well.
The only other wobble was the ending was a tied up but very quickly (presumably because the beginning was a little slow) and I thought it could have been written with a little more, passion? One of the problems was the relationship didn’t have pull and push; it was bit, too, nice? I hate that word, but it was all a little gentle. Chicklit’s do tend to be lighter, but I think there could have been more tension.
So, for the genre, it’s good. For me with the romances I’ve read and the books I’ve read that are similar; I just wanted a bit more. It’s sad because all of the bones for the book were here, it just needed more. But, main character great, interesting sub-plots and a lovely tale. A warm hug in a book.