Book Review | The Plus One Pact by Portia MacIntosh

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My Thoughts

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had a lot of fun reading this novel! The author’s style is witty, sassy, and sarcastic with many references to popular culture. The story is well-written and enjoyable.

The storyline isn’t too predictable–right until the end, you’re wondering whether the lead pair will get together or fail to get over their misunderstandings.

Everything about this romantic comedy is a bit different from the usual plots and that makes it a book I’d stay up all night to read. 🙂

Take the female MC, Cara Brooks, for instance. She has a unique profession–she designs escape rooms!

In her own words,

“I’ve always loved puzzles. Jigsaws when I was a kid, a little pocketbook of Sudoku when I used to commute, endless puzzle apps on my phone–all far easier than playing the dating game on Matcher, that’s for sure.”

The male MC, “Millsy,” is an actor–which, we find out later, is a euphemism for something entirely different. I won’t give away what that is.

Cara and Millsy meet in unusual circumstances and after a series of dating mishaps, decide to accompany each other to family dos and other parties as the plus one.

Millsy gives Cara uncertain dating advice, which didn’t work. But there was one piece of advice that I loved:

“That’s exactly what you need to do. Be more man.”

Through the pages of The Plus One Pact, we meet Cara’s and Millsy’s families, attend parties, weddings, and school reunions, and tackle jealous ex-boyfriends, feminist brothers, and creepy stepbrothers. There’s a delightful 80+ granny in there who transcends flesh-and-blood relationships to bond with grandchildren-in-law.

What can I say? This was a great book and the story ends with a bang. Only we could have perhaps had a few less events for Cara and Millsy to attend because I was getting impatient for them to move on in the evolution of their relationship.

Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read this hilarious book!

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Book Details

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Publication date: May 21, 2020

Publisher: Boldwood Books

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…? 

A brand new romantic comedy from bestseller Portia MacIntosh, perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley, Sophie Ranald and Mhairi McFarlane.

About Portia MacIntosh

Portia MacIntosh author

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

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I think the novel starts off similar to the way it does in The First Date by Zara Stoneley. But that’s the only similarity. It becomes its own unique story from there onwards.

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2 responses to “Book Review | The Plus One Pact by Portia MacIntosh”

  1. Lovely review. I remember starting this in April and finishing it last week. I took a gap… A long one 😂😂😂

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