Sarah is doing just fine…
Sure, she’s been single for the last two years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all of their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy(ish)
So it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an expected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams… do they?
I have read both of Giovanna’s other novels (Billy & Me, Billy & Me at Christmas and You’re the One That I Want) and loved them a lot. Contemporary romance novels aren’t my favourite genre of book to read, and I don’t really read that many of them if I’m being totally honest. But, despite this, I always seem to love and fall in love with all of Giovanna’s novels.
Giovanna has recently released another book, which I am super excited to read and will post a review on that once I’ve read it, but thought it fit to post my reviews of her other books first.
The story-line, for me, seemed like an excellent one and couldn’t wait to delve in to the novel once it was released. Regrettably, it took me some time to actually begin reading this novel as I was waiting for the holidays to start from college, as her novels in the past always keep me up at night as they are so gripping and urge you to read on.
From all of her recent novels, I’d have to say that this one if by far my favourite so far. I loved every single one of the characters, even if some of them were annoying, and the book as a whole made me laugh-out-loud, cry, constantly smile and get my pulse racing at times. There was never a dull moment when reading it. I was very pleasantly surprised to see appearances from Giovannas husband Tom Fletcher and Billy Buskin – a character from her first novel – in this book.
The protagonist Sarah is such a strong-willed character who I can really relate to. She deals with so much rubbish from people, such as he very unappreciative boss, pressurizing mother and ex-boyfriend Dan whom she still has to see on regular basis with Perfect Lexie, the girl he left her for after 7 years together. Tragic. Despite all these flaws in her life, she never lets them get her down or get in the way of her life, she always plods along and does what has to be done, even if she doesn’t like it and that is one thing I majorly admire about her.
Now onto her love interest, Brett Last. There are two versions of Brett in this novel – Dream Brett and Real Brett. Dream Brett is the version from Sarah’s university days, young and very attractive whom she has been having dreams about (some of them exceeding the average PG rating) which she happens to fall in love with. He is also everything that Sarah wishes for in a boyfriend. Real Brett, as you can tell by the name, is the real-life version (who I admittedly prefer). They meet again after many years, when he is hired for a job at the company Sarah has worked for many years. The being of their relationship began with Brett’s Grandma’s jam. So adorable. It’s the best thing I love about their relationship – the way it started.
Sarah’s friends – Dan, Carly, Natalia, Josh and Alastair are by far the best bunch of friends anyone would probably wish for. I must say I am quite envious. Although it pains me to say it as I adore them all, Carly has got to be my favourite out of them all. She is the fun-loving, carefree roommate of Sarah. She herself, goes through quite a whirlwind of events that just makes you love her even more. It’s brilliant how the story isn’t solely based around just one character and their events, we get to know about everyone else and I love it, as you can really appreciate all the characters for who they are and connect with them all instead of just the one.
There are so many exciting and sometimes scandalous events that happen in this novel and that is why I love it so much. You honestly do not know what is going to happen on the next page, it is literally full of surprises. It made me laugh, cry and even had my pulse racing at certain parts. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a sucker for a good love story, whether that be between two people romantically or between a group of friends. It’s such a pleasant, lovely read and will 100% make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Rating – 4.5/5