Monday, 10 October 2016

Book Review - Single by Christmas - By Rosa Temple

Single by Christmas: A funny, heart warming, feel good, Christmas romance by [Temple, Rosa]

I was contacted by the lovely Rosa Temple ( who offered to send me an ARC of her latest novel, Single By Christmas, in exchange for an honest review. Of course, I jumped at the chance and devoured the novel in a couple of days! Here's what I thought...

You've heard the saying, 'opposites attract' haven't you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free-flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.

Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think? With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?

This is a feel good Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe - just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.


The story begins with Alex sitting in a grave yard waiting to join her family for Midnight Mass, hoping that her boyfriend, Charlie will turn up. The problem is, they've had a blazing row and Alex doesn't know if she's blown her chances with him. As the story unfolds we find out why...

Alex is a kind-hearted, party-loving scatterbrain and she's in love with Charlie, a gorgeous, patient and hard-working research scientist. Despite being opposites they share a deep love for one another, but Alex seems distracted and her recent escapades are seriously testing their relationship.

Out of the blue Alex is offered a fantastic promotion at work, the only problem is it's not in London, where she's currently based, it's in Edinburgh. Deciding a visit to the Scottish office will help her reach a decision and, unbeknown to Charlie, she hops on the train and spends a weekend there. However, things don't quite go to plan, and she gets so drunk she does something that is so toe-curlingly awful it leaves her riddled with guilt. 

All the while, she is negotiating her relationship with the steadfast Charlie, which is suddenly plagued by a succession of problems. Problems like Charlie's work colleague, the drop-dead-gorgeous Dana. Worse still, his best mate, Stevo, - and Alex's nemesis - hints that Dana and Charlie have a history. And it's showing signs of being re-kindled. Not good. 

Alex is torn between a jumble of options: should she tell Charlie what she got up to in Edinburgh, or should she just bury her secret and keep it to herself? Should she take the promotion and conduct a long-distance love affair with Charlie, or should she turn it down and stay in London, close to him?

Bombarded with advice given by her two best friends and drinking buddies, Shalina and Rachel, Alex really doesn't know what to do. However, fate takes matters into its own hands and makes the decision for her. Does it all work out well and do Alex and Charlie get their festive happy-ever-after? I'm afraid I don't like giving spoilers so, if you want to find out, you'll have to buy the book!

Single by Christmas is the first novel I've read by Rosa Temple and I thoroughly enjoyed it, staying up until the early hours so I could finish it! Her pacey, bubbly style of writing put me in mind of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk. From the opening paragraph the story is engaging and the story is liberally peppered with laugh-out-loud moments (I earned lots of raised eyebrows from my family as I chuckled away to myself!). Rosa's writing style is clear and punchy, and what I particularly liked is that all the characters are easy to get to know. They stick in your mind so you don't have to flick back through the pages to remind yourself of who they are. They're fun and believable. I also love that you get the sense that, yes, Alex and Charlie are opposites, but their relationship isn't superficial, they share a deep love and bounce off each other really well. This keeps you rooting for them as the story unfolds.

This is a funny, feel-good story and I would definitely recommend it!



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