15 February 2016

Blog Tour Review and Interview: Just Haven't Met You Yet by Cate Woods

Percy James has everything a girl could want: a comfy flat, a steady relationship and a truly lovely group of friends.

Then she is approached by Eros Tech. Eros is 'the future of love' - an agency that brings together soulmates using mobile data.

Percy has been identified as a match for one of Eros's super wealthy clients.

The only problem is she already has a boyfriend . . . but what if this is destiny? Would you - could you - pass up a chance to meet your one true love?


Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration

5 Words: Romance, friends, soulmates, dating, lies.

From the blurb, the cover, and my own expectations, I thought I knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

This is a wonderfully unexpected read with many little twists and turns that set it apart from your average rom-com chick-lit while still retaining the power to have you laughing out loud. It is perfect for brightening your day, for snuggling up with on a rainy day with a cup of coffee or a shot of tequila.

While covering all of the usual tropes - the failing relationship, the parent-pressure, the misunderstanding and secrets - this book manages to make them all seem like they've never been written before.

This is a relatively fast paced story, particularly for its genre. There are no lulls where nothing happens, it's all action. It's also a little bit inspiring, I loved how the main character was challenged by what was happening to her and in turn challenged herself to do those things she had always wished.

Go and grab yourself a hot and/or alcoholic drink and settle yourself down with this book. You're in for one heck of a ride.


Interview

This is the bit where I get to pick the author's brains, and I'm sure you'll agree that her answers are fascinating.

Do you believe in true love and soul-mates?

I think it’s a wonderful idea in theory: that there’s one perfect person out there for each of us. And I think most of us probably believe in soulmates at the start of a relationship. You stare into the eyes of your new love, intoxicated by their wondrousness (and probably some alcohol), and you think: “Yes, you are The One. I have found you. This is DESTINY.” It’s only months, or possibly years, later, when the sheen of their bewitching newness has rubbed off, that you find yourself wondering whether your soulmate really would leave their toenail cuttings all over the bathroom floor.

What do you think of love at first sight/insta-love?

I think that more often than not it’s probably lust at first sight... Sorry, for an author of a rom-com I’m not coming across as very ‘rom’, am I? Honestly, I’m a sucker for a wonderful love story, but I do think it’s usually our hormones rather than our heart that’s in control when we first fall for someone.

If you could go on a date with any fictional character, who and why?

I think J K Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith) has created such an intriguing character in Cormoran Strike, the one-legged war veteran turned detective. He is brilliant, but damaged – and just a little bit dangerous. Very appealing. Plus we both have curly hair, so he might be able to give some styling tips. I am on a lifelong quest to find a decent leave-in conditioner.

What would be your ideal fictional date location?

I think Cormoran would probably be happiest in a pub, so we’d have to meet in some grimy backstreet Soho drinking hole, but if the date was going well then hopefully I’d be able to persuade him to go to dinner at Nobu.

What's your own favourite loved up book to read?

I am a Sophie Kinsella super-fan, so anything written by her - although I do prefer her stand-alone novels, such as I’ve Got Your Number, to the Shopaholic series.

Who’s your favourite couple from a book?

Don and Rosie from The Rosie Project. It’s not your typical love story by any means, but I always find myself drawn to the more off-the-wall, quirky characters. I’m currently reading the follow-up, The Rosie Effect.

What would be the top song on your romantic playlist?

‘Day Too Soon’ by Sia. I got married in Italy a couple of years ago and this was our first dance. It does go on a bit though: I found myself wondering how much longer I would have to shuffle around the dancefloor for!

If you were in the same situation as Percy, what would you do?

Do you mean would I risk everything to meet my soulmate? Absolutely! I am very nosey and I would want to know exactly who they were and what they were like. Wouldn’t everybody…?

How do you write? Are you a planner or do you just let it flow?

A few years ago I ghostwrote a couple of novels for a TV presenter and as she wanted to okay the storyline before I got started I had to write a detailed outline, so I’ve got in the habit of being a planner. Also, I had only written a third of Just Haven’t Met You Yet when my agent showed it to publishers, which meant I needed to provide a complete synopsis so they would know how it ended.

What's the most surprising thing you've learned while writing?

Ooh, good question. I suppose it’s that there’s no right - or wrong - way to write a book. Before starting work on Just Haven’t Met You Yet I spent ages researching how to write a novel, and I’d get stressed that I wasn’t doing the things that these ‘experts’ were saying you must do if you want to be a successful author, such as making sure you write every day. I’ve now realised that there are as many ways to write a book as there are writers.

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