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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475002955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475002959
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

‘Crude, cleverly constructed and downright hilarious!’ —Closer Book of the Week

‘Lots of fun.’ —New!

‘This is a funny read about life and love and how difficult it is not only to meet the one, but then to try not to poison, alienate or otherwise distress them in a huge variety of ways...They're great characters and you'll be rooting for them from the off, not to mention howling with laughter in the process...It was obviously only a matter of time before someone snapped [Spalding] up and I'm very glad they did as I haven't giggled so much in ages. I sailed through it, only occasionally having to put it down to wipe the tears of mirth from my cheeks.' —Daily Mail

‘Absolutely hilarious. Seriously, I'd warn you not to read it in public as people will look at you strangely as you attempt to do that supressed belly laugh thing that makes you look demented. Anyone who's ever had a cringeful date that's ended in humiliation (that's pretty much all of us, then!) will heart this...Fabulous. Once I was 50 pages into this book I had to put it down until I could see through the tears of laughter streaming down my face. The tales of Jamie and Laura's dates are uncut, hilarious and scarily close to real life...“The Fajita Incident” will go down in history as one of the funniest scenes I have ever read...As well as being hilariously funny, Love...From Both Sides is also cute, warm and easily relatable.’ —Novelicious

‘The funniest book I have ever read in my life, ever...I can't WAIT to read the two sequels, Love...And Sleepless Nights and Love...Under Different Skies.’ —Chick Lit Reviews and News

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Nick Spalding is an author who, try as he might, can't seem to write anything serious. He's worked in the communications industry his entire life, mainly in media and marketing. As talking rubbish for a living can get tiresome (for anyone other than a politician), he thought he'd have a crack at writing comedy fiction - with an agreeable level of success so far, it has to be said. Nick lives in the South of England with his fiancée. He is approaching his forties with the kind of dread usually associated with a trip to the gallows, suffers from the occasional bout of insomnia, and still thinks Batman is cool.

More About the Author

Nick Spalding is an author who, try as he might, can't seem to write anything serious.

He's worked in the communications industry his entire life, mainly in media and marketing. As talking rubbish for a living can get tiresome (for anyone other than a politician), he thought he'd have a crack at writing comedy fiction - with an agreeable level of success so far, it has to be said.

Nick lives in the South of England with his fiancée. He is approaching his forties with the kind of dread usually associated with a trip to the gallows, suffers from the occasional bout of insomnia, and still thinks Batman is cool.

Website: www.nickspalding.com
Twitter: @NickSpalding
Email: nick.spalding@hotmail.co.uk.

Customer Reviews

The out this book, laughed out loud!
PAK
I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, funny read.
Amazon Customer
I found it a bit too raunchy - maybe I'm getting old!
Liz Balaam

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Obsidian Blue on June 11, 2012
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Love From Both Sides tells the story of Jamie Newman and Laura McIntyre.

Jamie blogs about his dating experiences and Laura has a diary that she addresses to her deceased mother. I have to say what Laura tells her mother in her diary is way more than I would ever think about telling my mom! We get to read about what their lives were like before they met one another, how they met, and what happened afterwards.

I do think that this is a premise that has been done before however, Nick Spaulding does such a great job of giving you two sides to Jamie and Laura's relationship that it will make you laugh out loud so much you will fear hurting yourself. I did love the ups and downs of their relationship and a realistic look at two people struggling in their work lives and also their love lives. I think a lot of novels seem to act as soon as you find the one you get your Happily Ever After (HEA). This novel was more realistic about yes you get each other but your issues/problems don't go away. Still though it gives a very entertaining look at the inner workings of a relationship.

I do want to caution readers out that that don't like crude language or explicit sex scenes you may want to skip this one. For those of you that loved this novel, I definitely recommend reading the sequel Love... And Sleepless Nights.

Overall grade: A+
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By JenB on October 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I read a lot of reviews of this book that said it was hilarious. The only negative reviews seemed to be about all the sex and bad language, which I don't care about at all, so I borrowed it from the Kindle library. I returned it after two chapters and asked for my borrowing privilege returned. It was just awful. I don't know why it's funny to make fun of someone's looks. I get making fun of someone being an ass, but the shape of their butt or the fact that they have a lazy eye? That is what 10 years olds do--wait--mean 10 year olds. So save your money or your borrowing privilege unless you enjoy mean humor.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By puccagirl73 VINE VOICE on March 13, 2014
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There is a lot wrong in this novel at least for me. I did read the whole novel however it was hard to finish. First of all it is kinda creepy to be writing your dead mother about your dating life even if it is some form of therapy. Next some of the dating scenarios seem stuck in the 90s with current technology added in to make it more hip I guess. I enjoyed it in Bridget Jones because it was relevant at that time; now not so much. I find the humour in the dates more on Jamie's blog than in Laura's journal, sometimes I cannot even tell the difference between Jamie's voice and Laura's. Spalding does not write the female voice well, there is no humour only whining, pathetic complaints. I like humour but "mean" humour is just something hard to enjoy. One thing I can possibly say is that Jamie and Laura do deserve each other, they can happily live in their self absorbed worlds.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CatLover on June 13, 2012
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Sometimes you find a book that ticks every box for you. Love...From Both Sides was that book for me. It is well written, very funny, and entertaining. It had me giggling, chuckling, snorting, and laughing myself silly with tears in my eyes more than once. More importantly, it was very believable (I guess that's what real-life tales means), and I could easily relate to the heroine. Another thing that I liked was that the book was told from both male and female points of view, and I found it very refreshing. I definitely recommend Love...From Both Sides and its sequel Love...And Sleepless Nights.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By An Educated Consumer VINE VOICE on June 1, 2014
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Consider myself to be a ‘serious’ reader for the most part. However, I also like to have in my repertoire of books something light, sweet, funny or silly to pick up as the mood hits or day requires.

Selecting Nick Spalding’s trilogy of love seemed a good thing.

Well…I must comment that as I began book one, I was taken aback. What had I gotten myself into with these three books!

The first of which began grossly semi-pornographic and sexual…. coupled with a somewhat funny premise.

Generally, no ‘somewhat funny premise’ with so much mention of masturbation, blowjobs etc. (yes, I am saying it!) does not preclude well for my continuing to read.

However, I pushed on because in between all that…it was pretty funny. The humor and the scenarios often times had me laughing hysterically.

We go from alternate installments of Jamie Newman’s blog to Laura McIntyre’s diary.

Two people looking for someone to really enjoy and care about…and their real and funny episodes of dating that span the globe of hilarity.

I loved it despite…the earlier mention of ……you know…

This may not be the way of dating for all…it couldn’t possibly be, but there are so many really funny dates that I know could and did happen to me, my friends and family.

Looking forward to Book 2!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheNextGreenThing on January 30, 2014
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I'm a huge fan of romantic comedies, so I was quite surprised when this book was as explicit as it was. ***Do not read if you're opposed to reading about sex and specifically the word penis (which is used quite often). That said, I found the book to be very funny. It didn't bother me and I laughed and laughed at Jamie and Laura's dating adventures, just wasn't expecting it.

Authors I like are Susan Elisabeth Phillips and Sofia Kinsella to give you an idea of the styles I typically go for. Nick Spalding writes with abandon in a very conversational way. The book is told through Jamie's blog and Laura's diary to her mother (who has passed). Its a device that works, however I'm not sure I would read with the blog or diary in real life - but it's very fun to get to read their most intimate details. His very male perspective is refreshingly honest and so, so wrong (in a good way). Good news, his perspective coming from Laura feels feminine and shockingly honest as well. Impressive.

Mr. Spalding has great comedic timing. Just when I think a scene has played out - he takes it a step further and I found myself actually laughing out loud. Not in the generic LOL which is usually a smile at best, or a smirk. I was actually laughing out loud and woke my sleeping baby. Sometimes I would think it was a little over the top, but then he'd have a line that was just so good and hilarious I'd have to go back and read it again to savor it. Funny stuff.

As you can tell, I'm a fan and have moved on to the continuation of Jamie and Laura in LOVE AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. So far it hasn't disappointed. Fresh, raunchy, British flavor.
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