Truth or date? by Portia Macintosh.
Published: 11th April 2016 by Carina.
Available on Amazon in Kindle format.
‘Falling for the man of her dreams…
Ruby Wood is perfectly happy playing the dating game – until she has a red-hot dream about her very attractive flatmate, Nick. He might spend every day saving lives as a junior doctor, but he’s absolutely the last man on earth that fun-loving Ruby would ever date!
The solution? Focus on all of Nick’s bad points. And if that fails, up her dating antics and find herself a man! So what if she manages to make disapproving, goody two-shoes Nick jealous in the process…
Only, after a series of nightmare first dates, there’s still just one man on Ruby’s mind. Maybe it’s time to admit the truth and dare to ask Nick to be her next date?’
Well!! What can I say about ‘Truth or date’? Thank you to Netgalley and Carina for the early copy! Apparently blue balls are a ‘thing’, and I don’t mean the bouncy kind. According to Ruby, you’ll meet her in a moment, it is a line guys use to lure women into their love shack! Who knew?! Ruby Ruby Ruby!! Ruby is the person whose life you will follow, I say life, but I mean dating and alcohol central. She has the ‘I don’t give a fudge cake’ about everything, mainly guys, relationships, oh and walking around with partly pink hair! Who here has been in a situation where you get nowhere with dates and always fall into the ‘friend zone’? Or having a massive crush on somebody and trying to change yourself to be like all the ‘popular’ people? Yes? If that is the case, you’re going to love this book.
As you can gather by what I have mentioned already, Ruby seems to have one or two problems with dates. The main reason being that they’re only after one thing. Think Netflix and chill…without the Netflix. Following? Good. Ruby seems to be stuck in a bit of a rut with all the dates, going to bars with her guy best friend, and mucking about instead of working. Now Ruby has a choice to make, should she follow her heart or live with regrets for the rest of her life? Should Ruby carry on believing that everything about her is an issue due to the guys that have let her down, or should she believe that there is someone out there for her? But which path does she choose…..truth….or date….
Truth or date? is an absolutely hilarious read. By the second chapter I was having a coughing fit by laughing so hard. There is sarcasm and humour is all the way through, including mentioning ‘punched lasagne’ (that phrase is following me everywhere this week!) Everyone is Ruby. Everyone has been Ruby. I have been Ruby. Unfortunately I have been in the situation where I have been treated like scum by guys, and still am. Just like Ruby, my confidence was shattered (and still is), so instead of feeling self worth, it’s a natural defence mechanism to use humour. That is exactly what Portia has portrayed within Ruby. She acts like she doesn’t give a muffin, but she really does. She is such a relatable personality that I am sure her outlook may help those who always get let down. Her best friend Millsy, is the typical lad and he is hilariously annoying, but he is the only one that has stuck by her since she will little. I felt so sorry for Ruby, she was trying to be strong throughout all of her issues, but still was getting trodden on and made to feel like she wasn’t enough. It is so refreshing to read a book that covers a real-life situation like dating; especially in today’s society with social media and so-called ‘role models’.
Having been the first book that I have read of Portia’s, I had no idea what to expect, but I am thrilled that I found her books. Hilarious and refreshingly brilliant all the way through. Quote me if you like, but this is my heart-warming humorous book of 2016. Fantastic!