Everyone remembers their first love. Jess Thomas definitely does. So, it’s more than a little awkward when Jess’s first love, Jamie Ferguson, turns out to be the best man at the wedding she’s catering for. And more than a little insulting when he doesn’t appear to remember her at all.
Since Jamie broke her heart (via text!), 10 years earlier, Jess has sworn off romance. And with a booming catering business to focus on, she’s doing OK. She has no interest in revisiting the past.
But when Jess’s car breaks down on a country lane, she has no choice but to accept Jamie’s help. Now, Jamie is determined to show Jess he’s a new man. But can guys like Jamie ever really change? And if she gives him another chance, is she setting herself up for a fall?
Jess is a successful businesswoman and hasn’t got time for love, especially when the man she had a crush on and who broke her heart comes back into her life.
However, fate has a way of intervening. Can Jamie prove he has changed?
Just the title alone made me want to read this novel. Yes, I am a Swiftie and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I was pleased to be invited onto the blog tour for Never Ever Getting Back Together (the song is going around in my head.)
This is the first book I’ve read by Phoebe MacLeod but it certainly won’t be the last.
Her style of writing means that it’s so easy to fall into the story. There’s a lightness to it – like you’re having a good night out with friends and the conversation flows well. Does that make sense?
Jess is brilliant if a little closed off. She throws herself into her work to avoid love and I felt she was a bit of a lonely character. That’s not to say she’s week. The complete opposite in-fact. She’s strong, feisty and knows what she wants.
Oh Jamie. There’s not much I can say about you without giving a lot of the plot away is there? I will say I liked you and leave it at that.
The supporting cast were brilliant. I loved Alice. She’s very no nonsense and Laura also added some great insights too. I liked how she and Jess’s relationship picked up from where if left off. There was no resentment.
The plot moved at a good pace and seriously, there were moments where I was “snorting out the nose,” laughing – at scenes, turn of phrases. There are some important themes explored in this novel around being a single parent and what that entails.
Overall, I absolutely adored this novel. It was humorous, heartwarming and fun. It was a blast to read and I enjoyed every moment. I was so sad when it ended. I hope we get to catch up with Jess and Jamie again in the future.
Thanks to Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Phoebe MacLeod –
Phoebe MacLeod is the author of several popular romantic comedies. She lives in Kent with her partner, grown up children and disobedient dog. Her love for her home county is apparent in her books, which have either been set in Kent or have a Kentish connection.
She currently works as an IT consultant and writes in her spare time. She has always had a passion for learning new skills, including cookery courses, learning to drive an HGV and, most recently, qualifying to instruct on a Boeing 737 flight simulator.
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