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11 April 2016

Rambling About.. Portia MacIntosh's Truth or Date

Title: Truth or Date
Author: Portia MacIntosh
Publication: 11 April 2016 -- Carina UK
Amazon Description: 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?
First Line: 'You look good in red,' Nick tells me, stifling a laugh.
Favorites on 4s: 4% - 'Your name is Jonathan? I've spent three dates calling you Ben,' I blurt out.
14% - Why date one person when you can feasibly date at least four people a week? It's horrible really. But that's the world we're living in now.
34% - 'Oh,' he replies. 'Well, never mind. Maybe next time.'   'Maybe,' I reply, and yes, that does seem to be the catchphrase I end all my Matcher dates with, and yes, it is code for "I never want to see you again."
44% - 'So, Truth or Date, you've always got two choices: you can come clean with him, tell him the truth about your feelings - stupid idea in my opinion - or you can date, keep going out with other dudes, make him jealous... that always works."
74% - 'But if there's one message I'm trying to make clear in my sloths in space novel, it's that if you love someone, you should always tell them what you think.'

Ramble: I am so very glad that I decided to give the whole Chick Lit genre another shot after years of avoidance ... and even more glad that I've got NetGalley around and the ability to request great new titles from publishing houses like Bookouture and Carina UK. My latest read is Portia MacIntosh's Truth or Date, thanks to Carina UK and set for publication today! (At least in the UK -- as of 4:45am Eastern Time it's still showing as unavailable in the US on Amazon. Super huge bummer.)

This was a nice and easy read -- nothing too strenuous or heart-wrenching. Several laughs and face-palm moments both because of the heroine, Ruby, and also on her behalf. I definitely found myself able to relate to her dating disasters and at least some of the antics she got into with her best friend and brother. Well, at least, the once-upon-a-time me could relate. The one downside to books like this is that they sometimes make me feel like an old, settled, boring fuddy-duddy! Of course, I definitely prefer fuddy-duddy-ness over some of the dates Ruby had to go on! So, an unexpected upside to the downside : added appreciation for "boring."

This was the first book I've read by Portia MacIntosh but it definitely won't be the last! Luckily, even here in the US there are several other titles available for Kindle and I have every intention of reading them.

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