Book Review: The Plus One Pact by Portia MacIntosh

What if your plus one could be the one…?

Cara has officially run out of men. Her most recent dates have gone from bad to worse, and when her dating app informs her there is no one left in her area to choose from, she is at a dead end.

But with a summer of events ahead of her, she needs to find a solution, fast; someone to keep her company at the never-ending weddings, family gatherings and gender reveal parties that she can’t face going to alone. 

So when she meets handsome, confident, Millsy on a night out she may be in luck. They could not be more different in personality, but he too has a summer of events ahead and is desperate to get his family off his back about finding a ‘nice girl’. What if they made a pact to help each other out and be a plus one for the summer? Just as friends of course…? 


Cara has officially run out of men. Having rejected every man on her dating app, she’s unsure what her next move should be.

Not to mention that her ex boyfriend has been invited to her cousin’s wedding and she has no-one to go with.

Then she meets Joe. Millsy to his friends. He also has a wedding to attend and just like that, they make the plus one pact. What could go wrong?

I was pleased to be included in the blog tour for The Plus One Pact. I am a fan of Portia’s books and was looking forward to reading this. It did not disappoint.

Cara for me was instantly likeable and she felt realistic. She’s strong, independent and fights for what she believes in, even if it means her cousin has more incentive to hate her.

I wasn’t so sure about Millsy to begin with. He seemed a little shallow but as the book progressed, you get to know more about him and first impressions are not always correct. Or are they?

I found the premise for this novel interesting and it kept me guessing all the way through. Portia’s writing makes it easy to get immersed in the story.

There’s drama, romance and mischief. There were many moments where I laughed out loud and one’s character’s departure where, I said ‘don’t let the door hit you on the way out’ out loud.

This is a warm, hilarious, heart-warming book that gave me a rollercoaster of emotions from beginning to end.

I loved it. Grab yourself a drink, some chocolate and a comfortable chair and escape for a while with this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


About Portia…

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It’s Not You, It’s Themand Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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The Plus One Pact was released by Boldwood Books on 21st May. Click to view on Amazon UK.


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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