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The thing I love most about books set in contemporary London is that the humor is always so different from American humor! I'm not sure what it is, but anyone I talk to agrees - British humor and American humor are just different. And sometimes, that means things are lost in translation, and jokes may go over your head if you're used to one over the other. Not the case in this book! I was laughing a lot, in complete understanding of what was going on, how tragic and humorous parts of the book came across, and I had a lot of fun reading it.
Five years ago, Cat's boyfriend left her to fulfill his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian in Australia. Ever since, she has given up her own similar dream to work a boring desk job, one that gives her stability but lacks the excitement she used to get being on stage. When her ex returns to London, curiosity drags her to one of his shows, hiding in the back and hoping not to be seen. But she is seen, by none other than her ex's brother, Harvey. Charmed by her antics and wanting to spend more time with her, Harvey begins connecting with her and they go out on several occasions. The only problem is that Harvey is off limits due to her history with his brother, and Harvey doesn't want to take no for an answer.
Cat and Harvey were utterly charming in this contemporary romantic comedy! Cat was someone who found herself in a life she didn't want, and things just kept going wrong for her, in increasingly hilarious ways. When her best friend, Kelly, began to help her see the light behind her past actions, she realized that maybe she was the cause of a lot of her problems. Harvey helped her see that too, as he healed some of her old wounds and made her see that could be loved. A gentle lovebug of a man, he was one of those characters I read every so often that make me want to jump inside the book just to give him a hug. Super loveable, caring, and understanding. There wasn't much to really complain about with him. Cat had so many lessons learned in this book, and it was great that Harvey could be there for her. The ending...my goodness, folks. If you want to give up on this book, just read to the end. Trust me.
This is the first book I have read by Keris Stainton, and I look forward to reading future books by her! Anyone that can make me laugh out loud while reading has a gift.
**I receive a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**