Truth or Date by Portia MacIntosh

12th April 2016

What the publisher says:

Ruby Wood is perfectly happy playing the dating game – until she has a red-hot dream about her very attractive flatmate, Nick. He might spend every day saving lives as a junior doctor, but he’s absolutely the last man on earth that fun-loving Ruby would ever date!

The solution? Focus on all of Nick’s bad points. And if that fails, up her dating antics and find herself a man! So what if she manages to make disapproving, goody two-shoes Nick jealous in the process…

Only, after a series of nightmare first dates, there’s still just one man on Ruby’s mind. Maybe it’s time to admit the truth and dare to ask Nick to be her next date?

 

 

What I say:

 

This was an author I had not heard much about so when there was a chance to receive a kindle copy of her book in exchange for a review I jumped at the chance without having read the premise of the book first.  The book started well and I was delighted to discover the setting for the story was Leeds and it’s surrounds as although I live in Devon I am originally from Leeds.  The humour instantly grabbed me and the little pieces of the back story that were given were needed, eg how does she have a male best friend who is not gay?  If I hadn’t had to stop reading to deal with those boring domestic matters (like work or sleep) I could quite happily have sat myself down with this and read the whole thing in a couple of hours.

As the book progresses Ruby finds herself in some bizarre situations (dressing as a man in drag – yeah happens to me all the time!, coming face to face with a suspected serial killer – doesn’t everyone?), but they are handled well and come across as believable that she could have managed to cause herself so many problems.  The characters are all unique and well thought out but also have quirks and foibles so they do not come across as too perfect.  All in all a funny, light hearted read ideal for reading on the beach.

 

Rating 4 out of 5

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