Wednesday, January 4, 2017

It's not you, it's them by Portia MacIntosh

4 Star

First comes love. Then comes family…

After a lifetime of kissing frogs, Roxie Pratt has given up on finding her own fairytale romance. That is, until she meets her very own Prince Charming, Mark Wright, and he sweeps Roxie off her feet!

So when Mark finally gets down on one knee and pops the question, there’s only one thing left to do: meet the family! And when everything has been picture-perfect so far, what could possibly go wrong…?

Kathryn - 4 Star

I always grab the chance to read a Portia MacIntosh novel and this one was a treat. MacIntosh delivers easily relatable characters with humour and warmth instantly from the first few pages. I was immediately drawn to Roxie and her boyfriend Mark because of their desire for each other. Their attraction was fabulous and I loved the vague details of their active sex life. Not because it was out there for the world to see but because it was honest and there's a lot to be said for healthy mutual attraction. 

The hurdle for them both throughout the novel was working out if their physical attraction was all they had. Much as their silly banter with each other complemented their attraction was there enough in common to build a complete life together? I liked the fact that they weren't in their early twenties but early thirties because there was a level of maturity about a life plan than isn't necessary earlier on in life.

The novel delivered hilarious circumstances which I've come to expect from the author. The family was perfectly awful for the most part and I was shocked by the outward feelings of disapproval coming from the mother-in-law. But that only served to make them examine their relationship more deeply.  It’s not you, it’s them made me laugh and feel frustrated but that’s what made it a great read.

Thank you to the author for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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