How to Get a (Love) Life – Rosie Blake

How to Get a (Love) Life - Rosie BlakeHow to Get a (Love) Life
Rosie Blake

Some people book last-minute holidays, walk barefoot in the grass or party on a week night. Not Nicola Brown. Nicola is the kind of girl who double-locks the front door, leaves the plastic covering on new furniture, sticks to a super-strict diet and definitely, absolutely Does Not Date.

Her colleague Caroline – loopy, warm and exasperated by her, knows that Nicola’s reluctance to lose control means she’s living only half a life. And so she lays down the gauntlet: Nicola must cast aside her hang ups and go on as many dates as it takes to find true love in time for Valentine’s Day.

The pick of local men is, quite frankly, a bit rubbish. And there are only three months until February 14th. Surely it’s an impossible task? But, as Nicola is about to find out on her dodgy dates, letting go isn’t quite as scary as she imagined. In fact, it’s rather a lot of fun…

I’ve been reading a lot of darker, more serious stuff lately so when new-publisher-on-the-block Novelicious asked if I’d like to read and review Rosie Blake’s debut novel How to Get a (Love) Life I jumped at the chance. I knew by looking at the cheerful, yellow cover I was in for a feel good treat with a happy ending.

I knew this was going to be a brilliant book just from reading the blurb at the beginning: All characters in this book are fictitious and any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.  Except for Chris, who is as big a knob in real life as he is in this book. Genius!

Nicola Brown is, let’s be honest, a bit of a stick in the mud. She’s stuck in a rut, a slave to her habits and dating isn’t one of them. When her co-worker Caroline gets involved and mandates that Nicola must find love in time for Valentine’s Day, dating hijinks ensue. I’ve been on some pretty bad dates in the past but I think poor Nicola’s dates trump any of mine!

I thought the characters in this book were hilarious and kooky Caroline was definitely my favourite.  While the storyline and ending were a bit predictable, it was still a sweet book with a great ending.

With crazy, laugh out loud dating disasters, How to Get a (Love) Life is a funny and warm read that will leave you smiling at the end. I can’t wait to see what Blake comes up with next.

Thank you to the team at Novelicious for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


Steph is a Kentucky gal who uprooted her life in the USA and moved to London for love. Ever the hopeless romantic, she enjoys sappy movies, a glass of white wine (or two) and a good book, or three or five… this girl is all about the books. Her current kryptonite is the TV show Sons of Anarchy which she regularly binges on in a most unhealthy manner. When not reading, Steph seeks out new adventures and to date has abseiled Battersea Power Station, bungee-jumped and run various races and triathlons. Disclaimer: she is by no means athletically fit and usually complains for days after each infrequent gym visit.

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