We Met in December, Rosie Curtis
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Women’s Fiction – ah no, not again, why do we keep adding this outdated category. Who says men won’t read this? Men write romance, men read romance…..
So, this was a fun read, full of characters and situations that happen in real life. I felt I knew Jess and the gang, they were a typical mix of characters we see everywhere. With their own issues, their own preferences, doing different occupations. House sharing isn’t just the preserve of students, but how many people have to manage to afford to live where they want. Even so this house share is special, where they are all paying much below market rent, and house owner has chosen them all carefully.
I love the way Alex and Jess have a spark at that first meeting, but so felt for her when she came back to see Emma slipping out of Alex’ room in the early hours. Theirs is a strange relationship, no one other than Jess seems aware of it, and Alex spends lots of his free time out and around London with Jess.
I loved the descriptions of where they went, it made a huge part of the book enjoyable, I felt I was there with them. Alex confides in Jess about his part relationship, how close he got to marrying, and how he’s concentrating on his career, where he’s changed from lawyer to nursing.
I so wanted them to get together but for various reasons, despite the fact everyone can see they are so suited they seem to keep missing, and then there’s that old fear, do you risk a good friendship for a relationship that may not work out?
Its not a romance where the couple are together early on, and they story charts the development of the relationship, its more a story of a good friendship, where we’re rooting for one of them to take the plunge, where we can see they’d be perfect together, but where nothing actually develops for most of the novel.
Its a perfect summer read, for those days like yesterday when I read it, where its way too hot for reading anything intense, where what I wanted was an easy to read, relaxing, feelgood story.
Stars: Four, perfect beach or holiday read, one to relax with and enjoy.
ARC via netgalley