It had to be you by Keris Stainton 

My review

This book is pure chick-lit, an easy light fluffy read. I read this as a mind cleanser to reboot the brain. 

The story is simple Bea has been seeing the same dream for years about meeting a man on the park bench and one day she does. DAN. So she believes fate has spoken and asks him out, but there are no fireworks between them. And the story continues… Will she, won’t she dump Dan?? 

This is my second book by the author Keris Stainton, I felt the first one if you could only see me was far better. Bea lives in a townhouse with her housemates, all of them are quirky and some are downright kinky. They make fabulous read. The friendship between them was nicely written. I could feel their easy comfort with each other. All of us want friends like these… 

I liked the way Keris has portrayed the chemistry which Bea has with her landlord/workmate/friend Henry. Their dialogues are good but nothing earth shattering or remarkable. 

The rest of the book continues on, with dates with Dan, no fireworks, Bea’s friendship with her house mates, Henry and Bea conversations. None of the characters are well developed, the story needs more depth, more fireworks for it to claim that lovers should have fireworks to make the relationship work. 

Amongst all the characters I liked Bea’s best friend Freya the most. She was fun, clear headed and only sane thinker. Rest of them muddled through. The whole book was lacklustre

Maybe it’s just me, but I want real laugh out loud moments if the book promises me one… 

Overall, a good read in this genre. 

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. 

My rating : 2.5 stars 

About the Author 

Keris Stainton was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which, by all accounts, is very cold. And also hot. But when she was four months old, her parents moved back to the UK, and now she lives in Lancashire with a fellow northerner, their two ridiculously gorgeous sons and a pug

Book blurb 

Twenty-five-year-old Bea is a hopeless romantic with a hopeless love life – until now. New beau Dan ticks all the boxes: he’s good-looking, kind and thoughtful. So when her friends point out that she and Dan don’t have fireworks, Bea ignores them. Dan is the whole package. And yet Bea can’t stop comparing him to her best friend Henry. As time goes on, Bea can’t shift the feeling that something just isn’t right. 

On paper, Dan is the perfect man. But in reality… Will Bea be brave enough to ask for more from life – and get the fireworks she deserves?

Product Details 

Publication date : 6th December 2017

Publisher : Bookouture 

Language : English

Available on Amazon

                A chicklit 

13 thoughts on “It had to be you by Keris Stainton 

      1. LOL oh that is just bad!
        Maybe I’ll try it and if I find myself rolling my eyes at its chick-littiness, I’ll move to another!
        Great review though, the friendship you describe sounds lovely, that’s one thing that may make the boom bearable

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