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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (8 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848454686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848454682
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.4 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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‘Effortlessly modern and fast-paced with characters you quickly learn to love, this is a real romantic treat. ‘ - Heat

‘A fresh take on modern romance, fizzing with acidic wit and laugh out loud moments.’ - Sunday Mirror

‘A fresh new voice in romantic fiction' – Marie Claire

‘Warm, witty and lots of fun – a fantastic new voice in women's fiction' – Melissa Hill

‘There’s a whole “list” of reasons I loved this book – and I know you will too!' – Fabulous magazine

About the Author

Eva Woods lives in London, where she writes and teaches creative writing. She likes wine, pop music, and holidays, and thinks online dating is like the worst board game ever invented.


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TWG would like to thank the lovely Cara from HQStories for squeezing me on this tour and allowing me an ARC.

‘The Ex-Factor’, what a title! As soon as I saw the title I thought ‘uh-oh’, what could possibly go wrong!! Your best friend dating your ex, well, one of. The ex that may have been sent packing by yours truly, yet gets a chance with YOUR best friend? Totally not weird at all, waste not want not!

I may be a cynic, but recycling a sister from another mister’s ex-lover just screams ‘MAYHEM!’ That my friends, is exactly why I wanted to read the book. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read about that sort of thing? Can you imagine the amount of secrets that could come spilling out? Four best friends choosing four exes to give to one of their friends to date and have a chance of getting their happy ending. Intriguing.

Well! All four ladies stand out in their own ways, completely different personalities each with their own fair share of heartbreak. Although, some of that heartbreak remains hidden, it is only a matter of time before it erupts, and it won’t be pretty.

I have to admit, it did take me a while to get into the swing of the book (pardon the pun), there was a lot of too-ing and fro-ing between characters and their emotions. I did warm up to the storyline though and found a couple of the ladies (Rosa & Ani) to be quite endearing and memorable; they quickly became my favourite characters after that!

I know it is good for the environment to recycle, but I definitely would not give any of my exes to my friends to date! Because of my own personal opinion on the matter, I loved how different this book was. A topic that will divide the readers and will definitely keep them talking.
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Four women, so different – the soon-to-be-divorcee, the serial dater, the serial date-avoider, and the mysterious Marnie. I loved that the author delved deep into the lives of three of them, but held back until the very end when it came to Marnie, who was the instigator of the Ex Factor. Little pieces of her were tossed out, just enough to whet the appetite and get the curiosity juices flowing.

Dating your friends’ exes! What a horrible, fantastic, terrible, fascinating idea. Of course it’s all going to go smoothly and everyone finds true love with their friends’ cast-offs – NOT.

These characters were complex and compelling, each one considerably separate and distinct from the other, each one with their own well-thought-out issues, problems and circumstances – each one assuming their friends had it better than they did. Insightful in places, the novel has its fair share of cringe-worthy and funny moments. It certainly had me captivated!
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By Laura TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2016
Format: Paperback
It's been a while since I read a 'chick-lit' romance but I'm bored of the usual style of book I've been reading for the past few years (full of sex scenes and an alpha male hero) as they now come across as 'same old, same old', so when I saw this on Netgalley, I decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did.

It was an enjoyable read and had some witty dialogue. The story is about four friends all in their early 30's who have been unsuccessful in dating and in Rosa's case, marriage. Their friend Marnie has been living abroad for two years and has now returned to London. During her absence, Rosa's husband was unfaithful with a younger woman and their marriage has ended. Helen has been working from home for the last two years but her friends do not know what she really does for a living. Helen spends a lot of time at home and doesn't date but is pining for the lost love of her life. Ani is a cynical lawyer but also a cynical dater! She dates constantly, but never has any luck in finding a suitable man.

Marnie decides that they should all date an ex of each other. Although the other three women are not so keen, they soon agree to try it and Rosa will write an article about it called the 'Ex Factor'. They each get in touch with an ex although none of the exes were long term boyfriends, more like 'first dates'! It was predictable who each women would end up with apart from Marnie. I found Marnie intriguing and was interested to learn what she had been upto the last two years as it's obvious, it wasn't travelling as her friends thought.

Of the four women, I liked Helen and Rosa the best and the men they ended up with were the best of the bunch! I'm used to reading about Alpha Males, so I must admit, I didn't relate to any of the men as romantic interests!
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I started reading this during the final two days of my trip in Berlin. And I didn't stop. I was glued to my kindle and didn't really take any notice of what was going on around me. The usual sweat-faced and back-aching, return journey was a dream...

Eva Woods' (aka crime author Claire McGowan) writing is swift, twisty and enticing. Its a hilarious account of four thirty-somethings' dating life in London. It got me grinning like a loon on holiday, and even more so when my brother thought I was reading 'A History of The X-factor' (song contest). Its very suited to Sex and the Citians or those who are general fans of light romance/ chick-lit. And of course its perfect for travel and holiday reading.

Four single friends, who have ties going back to school and Uni, get together and embark on a dating experiment to date each other's exes. This girl group is the stereotypical Rom-Com assortment: wild-child Marnie who came up with the idea, comfortably single Helen who prefers nights in with her cat, smart and cynical lawyer Ani, and newly divorced and vulnerable Rosa.

It starts off as a 'why not just grit your teeth and do it because nothing has actually been working and it could be fun'. But of course it spirals into chaos.

I was a little cautious, because I have found in the past that chick-lit can get a bit too light for me. Little drama and mediocre characters become dull rather than soothing. But no, this book kept bringing in change, making the pace feel very snappy. It had constant switching between four very different POVs, new characters filing in, and changes in the plot. There are also lots of unresolved issues and mystery that keeps tension pulsing. What I liked most was how it dealt with jealousy and insecurity between friends.
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