Wow, when I was asked to take part in the blog tour for Olivia Spring’s latest novel ‘Only When it’s Love’ I was thrilled and excited to take part in my very first blog tour, but I had no idea what to expect from the book. What a fantastic surprise! This book is incredible, it is funny, entertaining and incredibly clever, and a book I would recommend to any lover of humorous women’s fiction.
The story centres on Alex, a woman who has had disastrous luck with dating, and feels that she is destined to spend her life alone. When her newly married friend Stacey recommends a self-help book that helped her find her husband, Alex feels that she has nothing to lose, and decides that it would be worth following the book as nothing else has worked previously. There is only one issue, one of the seven steps in the book is that she must not sleep with a guy for six months. Will she find Mr Right, and if she does will he be willing to wait for six months before getting intimate with Alex? As we follow Alex with her dating progress, following the steps in the book, only one thing is certain, it is going to be a roller-coaster of a journey!
Alex was such an immensely likeable character that almost immediately I was on her side, willing her to find her Mr Right, after so many Mr Wrongs. I found myself wanting to shake her when she tolerated far more than I would have done from one of her potential suitors, and shake her again when she was torn between two suitors, when to everyone else, including me it was clear who was perfect for her and who was far from perfect.
I’m not going to give any spoilers, but the person she eventually falls for is the perfect embodiment of a wonderful, sensitive, thoughtful man, and when she finally realises it I was practically cheering for her! Throughout the book the humour had me smiling and even laughing out loud, and it was such a fun read that I honestly could not put it down.
I had not read Olivia Spring’s previous novel, The Middle Aged Virgin, but I definitely intend to rectify that as soon as I can this year. Olivia is an incredibly talented writer, and definitely one to watch. I cannot wait to see what she does next!
Many thanks to Olivia Spring for a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.