I received an E-ARC of this book via NetGalley and the publishers, HQ/HQ Digital, in exchange for an honest review.
One date. One missed chance. One mission to find love.
At 31-years-old, Helen Pines is far from where she thought she would be. Whilst her ex-boyfriend is now engaged, Helen’s ordering Deliveroo for one, wistfully dreaming of her last first date.
Determined to give online dating a go, she matches with drop-dead-gorgeous Brody, and they hit it off immediately.
One date later, Helen’s heart is still singing. Brody’s everything she’s looking for in a man – sexy, charismatic, and the perfect gentleman. But then she receives an error message on the app… all her contacts have been deleted.
With nothing but Brody’s name and job title to go on, Helen is determined to track him down.
But despite the initial chemistry, Helen realises she knows surprisingly little about her mystery man… Was it really love-at-first like, or will she find a new love along the way?
Helen Pines is a hopeless romantic, with emphasis on hopeless. Scrolling through social media, she finds out her ex-boyfriend is now engaged and — rather than let herself become a bottomless pit of self-loathing and Ben and Jerry’s — she plots to go on her last first date. She then meets Brody, goes on an unbelievably good date with him and…loses his contact details.
What follows is a wild game of cat-and-mouse as Helen, aided by her well-meaning friend and eccentric but lovely Nan, tries to track down her mystery man…and ends up finding more than she bargained for.
Helen was a bit hit-and-miss as a character for me. I appreciated her growth and journey, but I did spend most of the book frustrated with her and her actions. I think she redeems herself towards the end, though, which I was happy with.
It wasn’t the most groundbreaking romance by any means but it was an easy read.
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