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Just Saying by Sophie Ranald : ARC REVIEW

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Plot : 3.5/5
Characters : 3/5
Writing : 4/5

Genre : Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Comedy

Date of Release: July 3rd 2020 by Bookouture

“I’d got myself into a relationship that felt like it was going to be forever, and suddenly forever seemed like the longest, longest time.”

I almost gave up on love. My ex, who called his private parts ‘Nigel’, was enough to put me off men forever. But then I met Joe.

Alice thought she’d found Mr Right. Her blue-eyed boyfriend Joe gives her butterflies, makes her bacon sandwiches when she’s hungover, and doesn’t have a nickname for any of his body parts.

She should have known it was too good to be true. Because one day, Alice and Joe bump into Zoe. According to him, Zoe’s ‘just an old friend’. But Alice saw the way they froze, and heard the strange note in Joe’s voice when he said her name.

Then, out of the blue, Zoe needs a place to live. And Joe has the bright idea of inviting her, and her fluffy ginger cat Frazzle, to stay with them.

Alice tries her hardest not to feel threatened. But the thing is, Zoe doesn’t survive off microwave meals, or go days without washing her glossy copper-coloured hair, or accidentally get mascara in her contact lenses.

Joe’s ex might be pretty much perfect, but there’s no way that Alice will let Zoe steal him. She’s on a mission to prove that three (four, if you count the cat) is definitely a crowd…

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* I received the book by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are unbiased. *

Just Saying by Sophie Ranald revolves around Alice and her boyfriend of two years Joe  who are living together. When Alice has a career set-back and can’t afford to pay her share of their rent, he asks about his ex Zoe living with them. Alice agrees unwillingly and the whole time wonders if Zoe is doings things in order to get back with Joe. Alice starts working at local pub and starts to wonder about what she really wants. Complicating things a bit is the next door brewery owner named Archie that she is starting to feel something for over their games of Scrabble. On top of all of that, Alice has a secret that she has kept from Joe that she worries about throughout the book.

The plot was like a roller coaster ride it had many ups and downs in terms of engagement and interest. It began on a simple and plain note then suddenly surprised me by the unexpected twists and then again became too plain and uninteresting. Overall, it was quite hard for me to invest myself solely in the plot due to it’s fickle nature.

“I felt like a failure. I felt as if all the sacrifices and compromises I’d made had been for nothing.”

The characters were quite interesting to read about however, to me they seemed to depend on the plot too much and had no spark of their own. Alice’s character had no developments and throughout the book she was shown to care only about her falling relationship while Joe had no idea about his girlfriend’s insecurities. While Zoe on the other hand no personality which was worth the scare for Alice.

The writing style was the only thing that kept me engrossed in this book as I love Sophie Ranald’s old books. I am familiar with her writing style and was glad to have a chance to read it again!


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