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REVIEWED BY KIRA SLAUGHTER
‘I’ve discovered the secret to successful singledom. I’m acting like a man. And it’s working’
After breaking up with her boyfriend of, well, forever, Abigail Wood must learn how to be single from scratch.
Her dating skills are abysmal, and she ricochets from disaster to disaster-until Robert, one of London’s most notorious lotharios, agrees to coach her.
With his advice, she learns to navigate the bastard-infested waters of the bar scene and practices the art of being bulletproof. The new Abigail is cocky, calm, composed…but what happens when she meets her match?
This is the follow up to the brilliant Dating Detox, which was Gemma Burgess’ debut novel. As much as I loved her first book, this one was even better. There were moments in her first book that had me chuckling out loud, but with this one I was howling, with an added snort or two!
The book is based around Abigail, a girl who hasn’t been single in seven years and suddenly finds herself on her own and dreading venturing out in the London bar scene as a singleton. What follows is many hilarious encounters that have Abigail in situations she’s only ever read of in books or magazines. For example, Skinny Jeans who she had an encounter with but can’t actually remember his name. This is the sort of comedy material that is featured throughout the whole book, and I loved it.
As well as a brilliant main character, there are supporting characters that had me in bits such as Abigail’s best friend Plum, who is just as hopeless at the whole dating thing and wants to find herself a man that won’t just dump her at the first hurdle. Another main character that had me hooked was Robert, Abigail’s flatmate and notorious ladies man of London. Throughout Abigail’s many dating disasters Robert is there to advise her on what to do and what not to do, including a very interesting speed dating event that includes a hilarious situation with a Bluetooth headset.
As the story progresses you find that there is undeniable chemistry between Abigail and Robert, and throughout the book I was on tenterhooks, and I found myself increasingly frustrated when a love interest was introduced for Abigail. I get like this when I’m really involved in a book and this one was no different. I felt like I wanted to jump into the pages and bang both Robert’s and Abigail’s heads together!
I could write and write and write about this book and I know that my review would not do it justice, so my advice would be to take a jaunty stroll (or run if you like!) along to your nearest bookshop and purchase this book, as you definitely won’t regret it.