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Can two people who have never met make a marriage work? Popular dating site Sociality thinks so, and is marrying London lad Adam to California girl Jessica to prove it.
What better way to show that your ‘love algorithms’ work than to put two complete strangers together in an expensive publicity stunt? But, as livewire Jess and lazybones Adam quickly discover, just because a computer says you’re the perfect match, it doesn’t make it so!
Two million Sociality subscribers and the media are following the happy couple’s progress, and they have to make a go of it or they’ll lose everything, look like idiots, and destroy Sociality’s reputation. But can the mismatched pair, who seem to be constantly at each other’s throats, put their differences aside and work their way into each other’s hearts?
Nick Spalding, bestselling author of Fat Chance and Bricking It, will make you cry with laughter at this story of marital warfare—complete with sinking boats, badly aimed flatulence, well aimed tennis balls and some very suggestive pastry.
About the Author
Nick Spalding is the bestselling author of eight novels, two novellas and two semi-fictional memoirs. Nick worked in media and communications for most of his life, before turning his energy to genre-spanning humorous writing. He lives in the south of England with his wife.
- ASIN : B01HEKF8SC
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (December 6, 2016)
- Publication date : December 6, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2862 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 315 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #206,959 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As usual, Nick brings the fun into this crazy story line where two people are matched thru a website to become husband and wife. Both characters are quirky in their own right and go along with the contest of having to get married for their own personal gain. Of course, in the long run this scenario isn’t going to work out. But thru circumstance and personal growth, some lessons are learned and truth opens up a path to the future.
Witty, intelligent and very very funny.
I am not a big fan of humor or comedy genre books but this one was a big exception. I love everything about it and enjoyed it a lot. The three main characters Adam Holborne, Jessica Madison and Cassie McFlasterton are just hilarious. The situations and the events the characters go through are pathetically funny.
The story is basically about this dating online website run by Cassie NcFlasterton which matches two persons together through an algorithm by computer, but the catch is that these strangers have to get married immediately in exchange of some benefits like a flat and other things. How can two total strangers cope with this situation? And were they really serious when they filled the application in the first place? That you need to read to know.
If this book did not make you laugh loudly, the least it will ensure there is a constant smile on your face while reading it. Reading this book is very much recommended specially if you need to read something light, funny but that is still filled with emotions.
Note: I have won a free copy of this book by participating in a giveaway.
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But I think what I liked the most is that this book really shows us relationships at their worst, how far out people can get when they're put in extreme situations. Especially if the people think they're going to own the situation, then it can be quite the rude awakening when you realise it somehow isn't the case.
Jessica and Adam both sign up for a competition hosted by an online dating company. The price? £30.000 to share, an all expense paid for wedding and honeymoon, and a year free of a charge in a luxury apartment. There's just that one little challenge that they're not allowed to meet each other until their wedding day. So aside from a very short phone call prior to the big day, there's been no communication between them. But that's exactly how confident the owner of the dating service is of their secret matchmaking algorithms. The perfect advertisement stunt, or a catastrophe of epic proportions?
The newly weed couple does seem to get on rather okay on their honeymoon, though they quickly learn that if you don't pay for something, then it's often because you're the product. So, they spend almost every day doing publicity for the dating site in one way or another. On top of that both Jessica and Adam seems to be champions at thinking they're being quite straight forward, but whilst accomplishing to not communicate much to each other. And with that even the best laid plans with the best intentions, often ends up being an utter failure.
From there on things seem to go from bad to worse, when the anything but happy couple start taking fighting to new lows. Every appearance turns into a personal competition where it's all about not just winning, but hopefully destroying the other in the process.
Throughout the book the chapters swap between Jessica and Adam's point of view. But at the same time, we don't hear about the same situation from both of them. It's divided into different parts of their journey, which makes it easy to follow the couple on their ups and (many) downs. I had the best and easiest time connecting with both Jessica and Adam. Both characters are so normal it's a joy to follow them. Nick haven't shied away from writing the ugly side of both Jessica and Adam; we get to see them wallow in self pity, rage from self-righteousness, be mortified when pride stands for fall and yet it's all done with sublime and excellent sarcasm.
I think it's the sarcasm that made it all work for me - oh, and let's not forget that the both Jessica and Adam have a healthy sense of knowing when they're in the wrong, not that it makes them stop. I feel that in a lot of modern romance books it's all about one being worse than the other, and how the woman is often a poor damzel in distress. That couldn't be further from how Jessica is. This girl is confident, strong (mentally as well as physically), she knows her limits and what she's worth - and at the same time, she's not backing down.
I cannot recommend this book enough and I think I'll have to look into if it's possible to get my hands on a signed copy, because that would look amazing on my shelves!
My only criticism is that on virtually every other page, the author says "sat" and "stood" instead of "sitting/seated" and "standing", e.g. "I was sat/stood there...". While I'm aware that such language is becoming the norm these days, it is still grammatically incorrect and any published author of worth should know better!
Sadly, the path of true love never runs sweet, and there are some hilarious episodes throughout. This book is a brilliant example of character development and character driven writing, and Nick Spalding delivers it in a spot on way. This is hilarious, effortless storytelling that I can only dream of achieving. So well done Nick Spalding, first for entertaining me, and second, for inspiring me.
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The story is filled with hilarious moments and very witty dialogue - love the fight scene with the "sheep" in the beginning. Found myself really rooting for the marriage to succeed. My first Nick Spalding book but definitely won't be my last.