Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Book Review - Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Charlotte Butterfield

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Title: Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Author: Charlotte Butterfield
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 7th September 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with heartbreak: she swears off sex for an entire year.

Luckily, she has plenty to keep her mind off men. Between starting a business with ice queen Lucy, straightening out her sister Tasha’s tangled love life, and running a blog read by thousands of single ladies, Leila is soon snowed under. But she can’t help finding a little time for irresistible architect Nick – Lucy’s funny and infuriatingly sexy brother.

After an unplanned encounter under the mistletoe, the Man Ban looks like it might be skidding to a halt. Has Leila found love when she least expected it?

The wonderful prologue of this book really whetted my appetite for what was instore for the rest of the book. It was funny and set up Leila's frame of mind for the rest of the book. 

For after a funny but painful break up story, Leila decides that she needs to swear of men for while, in fact for a whole year. None of her friends or family think she can do it, to the extent there are large bets placed on the outcome of this. However she starts a blog to keep her focused on it, and from the blog all sort of other events occur. 

While being celibate for a year is a worthy challenge for lots of women, what makes this book so great is the man she meets at the wedding of her brother Marcus, to Lucy. Nick is Lucy's brother and has a lot in common with Leila and I thoroughly enjoyed him as a character. 

The book isn't just from Leila's perspective we occasionally had sections from Lucy's point of view. Lucy is rather strong minded and likes things to run to a schedule whether its the plans for her wedding, or the events she starts to run with Leila to the regimented approach to Christmas day. She offers a different side of things with Leila's family and I couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for her at times. 

One thing that is apparent from this book, is that no matter how much you may plan for things in your life, fate tends to take over, and the actual results can be even better than originally intended. 

I really enjoyed this book, and it feels like there are many different threads of story going on all at once, and having finished the story, I now have a few niggly unanswered thoughts,  sorts of loose ends that I would have liked tied a bit tighter - nothing major but since the focus seemed to change part way through, I think a few strands may have petered out a bit early. 

That being said the fact there was so much going on at times is what kept me thoroughly interested and meant I was always wanting to read more, to see just what would happen next! 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a good book, full of funny moments, romantic moments, complete craziness, families and all that go with them, and generally an all around entertaining novel. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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