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Review: Truth Or Date by Portia Macintosh

on April 20, 2016

Truth Or DateTruth Or Date
Portia Macintosh
Carina UK
2016, 243p
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

Falling for the man of her dreams…

Ruby Wood is perfectly happy playing the dating game – until she has a red-hot dream about her very attractive flatmate, Nick. He might spend every day saving lives as a junior doctor, but he’s absolutely the last man on earth that fun-loving Ruby would ever date!

The solution? Focus on all of Nick’s bad points. And if that fails, up her dating antics and find herself a man! So what if she manages to make disapproving, goody two-shoes Nick jealous in the process…

Only, after a series of nightmare first dates, there’s still just one man on Ruby’s mind. Maybe it’s time to admit the truth and dare to ask Nick to be her next date?

Ruby works in a coffee shop in Leeds with her best friend since childhood, Joe “Millsy” Mills. She shares a flat with Nick, a doctor and although the two of them got on okay when viewing the place, not long after moving in it quickly fell apart. Nick is a neat freak with a vegan girlfriend who likes the tea towels folded a certain way and he definitely did not approve when Ruby set fire to the bathroom during their housewarming. Ruby is a bit of a mess, glued to her phone and her dating app. Usually her and Nick’s interactions are short and snippy so when Ruby finds herself having a romantic/sexual dream about Nick, it’s cause for confusion. And panic. And then perhaps the feeling that maybe Nick might be right for her after all. There’s the problem of that girlfriend though…

I’m in two minds about this one. On one hand – it’s very funny. There are a lot of really funny moments and Millsy is pretty good value for most of the book but he does do some pretty dumb things towards the end. I liked Ruby, with her pink hair and her willingness to keep throwing herself into the world of online dating even when each date pretty much turns out to be horrid. She’s putting herself out there, which is pretty brave – sometimes I think that if I were 10 years younger and had to rely on this sort of thing to find a partner, I’d end up dying alone with thirty cats.

And perhaps therein lies my problem. I’m not mid/late twenties anymore, I’m staring down the barrel of mid-thirties and there’s only so many pages I can read about characters going and getting trashed in a trendy bar. At times Ruby and Millsy seemed like a couple of eighteen year olds doing their first year of being able to drink. Both of them worked in a coffee shop and although Millsy had a pretty sweet deal with a free apartment, Ruby didn’t and I was a little confused as how she managed to have enough money to pay her bills and go out every night. She says she doesn’t earn enough to live alone and that she needs to keep sharing with Nick but honestly, if she laid off the cocktails a couple of nights per week, it seemed like she might’ve been able to afford a place on her own with ease.

I love enemies-to-lovers and I love opposites attract so the romance portion of this should’ve ticked all my boxes…. and it might of, had there been any you know, actual romance. I know this is chick lit but the premise does revolve around an unlikely pairing and yet Nick and Ruby just didn’t share enough scenes together. There’s a pretty funny one earlier in the book where Ruby employs Nick to help her with a certain task before one of her dates and occasionally they bicker and argue as one is arriving home/leaving to go out but really, they just don’t seem to interact that much. The chemistry flickers in a couple of scenes and I think that really could’ve been developed into something pretty awesome but it never lasts long enough to. Ruby is always on her way out to her next date, or meeting Millsy in a bar or something whilst Nick is staying in to eat vegan delights with his girlfriend. Also the way in which Nick’s girlfriend was dispatched felt a bit clumsy. It was like the author got 3/4 through the book and thought “oh right, this girlfriend of Nick’s. Can’t really have him cheat on her with Ruby, because Nick is a stand up nice guy, so got to get rid of her someway….oh…um….oh right! Yeah, this completely unlikely and implausible situation here will do. Done!” I had a really hard time buying it

This is a fun and quick read, super light and fluffy. However for me, I’d just have loved some more interaction between Nick and Ruby, something to give me a reason to get behind wanting them to get together. There was some good groundwork laid but it didn’t feel like it was capitalised on enough and developed further.


Book #72 of 2016

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