Thursday, 11 February 2016

Blog Tour: How To Get Hitched in Ten Days by Samantha Tonge

Eek! Over excited today as I got a wonderful chance to be a part of the blog tour for Samantha Tonge's new book, HOW TO GET HITCHED IN TEN DAYS. It's out today!!! yes, it is! A short story for all those bookworms who live on scrumptious romance/ chick-lit stories. Scroll down to read my thoughts about this book. 

Author: Samantha Tonge
Genre: Short Story
Format: Kindle
Publication Date: February 11th, 2016
Publishers: Carina UK
Goodreads | Amazon UK

Meet Mikey, every girl’s best friend – he bakes the creamiest cheesecake, loves movie nights and is a great dance partner.
For Jasmine, Mikey is the perfect flatmate – he owns a 50s diner that turns out the best food around, gives the best bear hugs and amazing romance advice – after all, they’re scoping out the same hot guys! So when her boyfriend proposes in the worst possible way, Jazz knows her best friend will be there to pick up the pieces with gourmet popcorn, Pinot sleepovers, and a shoulder to lean on.
But Mikey isn’t about to let Jasmine give up on love, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to mend her broken heart – even if it means helping the one person who sees him as the enemy...
Because at the end of the day, all’s fair in the pursuit of true love... right?
About Samantha Tonge
Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it's a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. She has sold over 80 stories to women's magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, "Doubting Abbey", from CarinaUK HarperCollins, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones won the 2015 Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Ooh! It's February, the month in which we celebrate the Valentine's day. It's no wonder most of the books that are getting published this month are focused on Proposals and Marriages. I was super duper happy when I received a copy of HOW TO GET HITCHED IN TEN DAYS by Samantha Tonge. I had been planning to read her books for a long time. To be exact, from the day her book, GAME OF SCONES won the best romantic ebook Love Stories 2015 Award. I have enjoyed reading the excerpts of her books which were shared as a part of blog tours. SO as usual, the expectations were high from this author too...
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Dave is disheartened when Jasmine declines his proposal on Valentine's day. The only person who can help him to win Jazz's heart back is Mickey, who is Jasmine's flatmate. Dave had always disliked him for some reasons. The stroy revolves around how Mickey helps to bring Dave and Jasmine together again. 
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Did I like it? Oh yes, HOW TO GET HITCHED IN TEN DAYS is a cute love story. I know that chick lit novels always discuss different phases of falling in love. The characters experience infatuation, attraction, dating, living together, proposals, marriages, breakups, cheating, misunderstandings, fights, HEA etc. Still, I don't remember a character who altruistically helped his/her love interest to reunite with an another person and moved on in life. Though, a bit complicated in this story with all those homosexual matters.

This is Mickey's story. Not Dave's or Jasmine's or Theo's. Mickey was always treated differently by the society, co-workers and family as he is a gay. Dave also treated him the same way. Even so, as Dave approaches Mickey to ask help, he agrees to help him to tackle his issues. You need a big heart to help your enemy. What more? He can cook and dance well. He has a caring heart, an understanding buddy he is and a good listener too, and he is also a big hugger. No wonder why Jasmine chose him as her flatmate and BFF. I mean, which girl wouldn't want such a friend? I liked Mickey a lot :D Mickey is a wonderful friend as in a friend in need is a friend indeed.

A love story with a love triangle?! Yes, I imagined HOW TO GET HITCHED IN TEN DAYS to be something like that. The blurb made me believe so. I have quite forgotten the time I read a story with a love triangle in it, I was hoping to enjoy this particular story. Guess how it turned out to be? I almost hoped the story to pan out like as I had expected. But, it didn't because Mickey surprised me! After reading the first chapter, I thought it was going to be how Mickey helped Dave to pop the question at the correct time at the correct manner. However, the tension in all those lines they shared made me think something was going on between them as well. You know, like the attraction between two persons??! The fact Micky is homosexual and his train of thoughts kinda made me feel so. In short, I was baffled thinking who loves/infatuated with who. The plot flows smoothly, once Theo is in the picture. I would have liked to read more about Theo, but sadly he didn't have much role in the book.

Dave is an amazing person. You see I would never ever ask help from my enemy, even it's a matter of do or die. The attitude always creates a problem for me. But Dave did accept help from Mickey, they cleared the misunderstandings and became good friends. Wow, Dave! and he learned to cook and dance just for Jasmine. Isn't that so sweet of him? :) Let's forget the mistakes he made ;)

Jasmine sounded okay to me. Her dad treated her mom so badly, thus, it worries her thinking Dave might also be like her Dad... What?! First of all, you can't judge somebody based on someone else's actions. Don't be so prejudiced, girl! and then secondly, it sounds so cliched to me. Most of the book characters experience the same. I wanna shout out to each of those characters "Please MOVE ON, BE OPTIMISTIC..." *sigh* Thank God! Finally, she came to her senses.

HOW TO GET HITCHED IN TEN DAYS is a really good read. It's written in a simple, yet beautiful way that keeps you engaged till the last page. Fast-paced, easy to read, and there are moments that will make you laugh. I finished reading it in two hours. Nevertheless, it's not one of those stories that gave a pleasant feeling after finishing a book. It's missing something; could be because the characters were not relatable. I haven't read a story afore that had a homosexual character as the protagonist. Neither I haven't met any. I'm not sure how to react to their side of the story/life. Hence, the story failed to produce that warmth, coziness and all those oohing and aahing too. Yes, I was a tidbit disappointed.

Recommended if you are looking for quick valentine read!

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