Happy Book Birthday to Only When’s It’s Love by Olivia Spring!
Only When It’s Love: Holding Out For Mr Right
Alex is tired of being single. After years of disastrous hook-ups and relationships that lead to the bedroom but nowhere else, Alex is convinced she’ll never find her Mr Right. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends what worked for her: a self-help book that guarantees Alex will find true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right?
Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last, and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her.
Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?
Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.
Only When It’s Love is a fun, feel-good, romantic comedy by British author Olivia Spring, about self-acceptance, determination, love and the challenge of finding the one.
The sequel, When’s The Wedding? will be published on 25th March 2021.
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Do you remember He’s Just Into You rom-com from 2009? It was based on a best selling self-help book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. The message was super-simple- if a man is interested, he will treat you right and there is no point wasting your time overthinking things, microanalyzing your ‘ghost’s’ behaviour, finding faults with yourself and feeling dejected. You deserve better, you deserve a person who will put an effort making you like them. You deserve commitment.
The protagonist of Olivia Spring’s book Alexandra is getting tired of dating, getting hopes high and then being crushed when men in her life leave as they always do. Some after a few dates, some after a few hours. Some resurface with a booty call. When her colleague Stacey recommends a self-help book and tells her that this was what helped her meet her gorgeous husband, Alex isn’t convinced. Would any man really wait six months? Surely not for her. Alex’s cousin Roxy thinks she’s raving mad just for thinking about taking up the challenge set in the book. But what has Alex got to lose? After all, she is an incurable romantic who adores 1990′ comedies and would like nothing better than being married and having children. She just isn’t sure she’s worthy of this kind of love. Off she goes following the seven steps outlined in the book and trying multiple dating, until she faces an unexpected dilemma. She meets not one, but two attractive, serious, successful men and has to choose. Of course, it isn’t all that it seems to be, because in her haste to find commitment, Alexmight have jumped to some conclusions or failed to read some fairly obvious signs.
A lot of people will find Alex’s dating disasters and her insecurities relatable. Let’s say her mother didn’t exactly help Alex form healthy ideas what a good relationship might look like. She didn’t help her daughter develop a high self-esteem either. It is easy to get lost and lose the sight of what is real, especially with all the confusing messages we are bombarded with by the media. It might all seem a bit heavy-handed and preachy, but if you believe self-help books may genuinely set a person on the journey of self-discovery and usher in a new life, then this is a romcom for you. Undoubtfully, a wise word and good advice (given at the moment, when we are ready for it) may help us to see the light. And if this new life also has someone special who gets your interests and genuinely cares for you, the better. Even if they do seem a bit too perfect. I guess we’ll find out what future holds for Alex and her Mr Right in the sequel, which is coming out in a couple months.
Thank you to Rachel, the author and the publisher for the gifted review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.
In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published four novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions and Only When It’s Love. When’s The Wedding?, the hotly anticipated sequel to Only When It’s Love and Olivia’s sixth novel, will be published in March 2021.
When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found travelling to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!
This sounds great, wise and well written. I liked the concept and I agree with what it’s trying to convey. Amazing review!
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Thank you, Yesha! Happy Birthday to this book!
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