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13 Dates Paperback – 15 Aug 2017
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“Another CORKER. Funny, heartwarming, clever and downright brilliant!” —Miranda Dickinson, bestselling author of I’ll Take New York and Take A Look At Me Now
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About the Author
British writer Matt Dunn is the author of eleven (and counting) romantic comedy novels, including A Day at the Office (a Kindle bestseller) and The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook (shortlisted for both the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance). He’s also written about life, love and relationships for various publications including The Times, the Guardian, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Company, Elle and the Sun. Before becoming a full-time writer, Matt worked as a lifeguard, a fitness-equipment salesman and an IT headhunter.
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Noah, in his 30s, single and quite conservative, though he is also completely barmy. He is at the time in his life where he would like to find that special one, get married, and have children.
A chance encounter at Starbucks throws these two together, not literally, but they do end up have an argument when Noah picks up Angel’s coffee by mistake.
Noah immediately thinks that he had met the woman of his dreams, Angel just thinks he’s a bit nutty. Not able to get Angel out of his head, Noah goes to some drastic lengths to try to find her again. Then all he has to do is convince her to go out with him, 13 times, and then she will fall madly in love with him – well according to his colleague, and serial womaniser Marlon, she will.
13 Dates, is a romantic comedy written from the POV of the lead male, Noah. It isn’t often that you find this genre of books written by a man. Matt has this knack of grabbing hold of you and making you invest your time in his characters, whilst also making you laugh. He has a wicked sense of humour and the ability to bring stories to life.
Whilst I loved getting to know Noah and Angel, I adored elderly Mary. Her words of wisdom, and the way she looked at life was special. I also think it is a brilliant idea where she decided to live out her years.
The book is filled to the brim with laugh-out-loud scenes, one liners and insane situations. That being said, there is also a serious side to the book. I can’t say too much about this as it would be a major spoiler, but what I can say is that I am personally in a similar situation (parent wise), and can understand how the character felt – sorry for being cryptic but you will understand if you give this book a read.
I was hooked from the beginning and I truly believe that this would make a great romcom film. A book to definitely add to you TBR list.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
There were a number of ways in my head that the ending could have gone and all of them were avoided, which was pleasantly and gratifyingly satisfying.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a really good read.
13 Dates was a very enjoyable read, however I found the main character, Noah, to be extremely irritating as he was very socially awkward and quite calamitous. The idea is that it takes 13 dates to fall in love, so the plot centres around these dates. Some of the dates and things that happened I found to be more on the comical side rather than on the side of believable romantic fiction, which was slightly off-putting.
My main irk about this book, was the punctuation used (or NOT used!) There were some sentences that were so long they consisted of almost half a page. There were some sentences that included so many commas, that by the time you got to the end of the sentence, you couldn't remember the start of it. I find Matt's use of punctuation a little questionable, and he has a habit of writing these ridiculously long sentences. However, I did enjoy his writing beyond that, so overlooked it.
If you're looking for a bit of romantic fiction to absorb yourself in or a quick holiday read, this will tick the boxes, if you can deal with the predictability of the story line!
If anyone thinks that men can't write romantic stories, they need to read your books, both romantic, cute and funny, what more could we want
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