Thank You, Next by Sophie Ranald
Twenty-eight-year-old Zoe really doesn’t want to end up being a crazy old cat lady. As a chef, she’s used to sharp knives and getting burned, but she didn’t realise that being single was just as dangerous. There are some dates even an extra-large glass of wine can’t fix.
There was the guy who turned up drunk, face planted on the floor, and smelt like he was 90% tequila. He deserves a special mention because she’s sure she spotted an ankle tag beneath his trousers.
Plus the dullest guy in the universe whose idea of sexy talk was droning on about pensions and ‘prudent financial planning’.
Not to mention the one who didn’t even bother to show, leaving her sitting all alone in a bar, staring into her empty glass and dying a bit inside.
After Zoe says ‘thank you, next’ to every dud, her friend Robbie has an idea. He’s a dating machine and he bets that if she takes his love-life advice, her luck will change. Will there ever be a guy who makes her say, ‘thank you, yes’? Or should Zoe just admit defeat and start stockpiling cats?
OMG, that first chapter! So funny! It really draws you in and keeps you there. Following Zoe's search for love via a dating app, whilst taking heed of an astrology app was hilarious.
Yet underneath the humour there is a more serious strand to this novel, one that involved being taken for granted, and in the case of her friend, control and intimidation. There are some sex scenes, so this book maybe not for everyone, but they aren't gratuitous and do add to the story.
And of course, the journey to finding the one is never smooth, as Zoe's search shows.
About the Author
Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she'd never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister's Boyfriend (Wouldn't It?) seemed to write itself, and six more novels have followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and fitness. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and their two adorable cats.
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