Review – The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating by Nina Kaye

Now you may know by now, that I do like a gin and tonic, or two. So when I discovered that Nina Kaye was bringing out The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating described as a sparkling and hilarious feel good romantic comedy, I knew that I wanted to read it.

About the book

When life gives you lemons… add a splash of gin

Two parts sparkling comedy. One dose of romantic tension. Mix well with a second chance, a splash of mystery, and garnish with a twist of fate…

When Liv’s high-flying career goes off the rails, she finds herself working at a glitzy new gin bar to pay the bills. Yes, she’s got a knack for reading the customers, she’s finally got time to have some fun, and she might have just found some real friends – but it’s just until she gets her life back on track, right?

But between humiliating encounters with her old workmates, one very hot bartender, and a lot of soul searching to do, Liv’s life is even more muddled than a Blackberry Bramble…

Can Liv face up to her past, seize her future, and mix her own recipe for happiness?

What did I think?

When I started reading the first chapter of The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating, I saw so many similarities to my own latest book Escape to Giddywell Grange. Liv was a high flying PR career girl, who after thinking she was going to be promoted was made redundant instead, like my protagonist Maddy, and after the first chapter, it felt surreal, because it felt like I was reading my own book. Not a bad thing, because I quite like my own book, obviously! LOL!

But then it took a different turn because instead of going to work on a farm in a doggy daycare centre, Liv, through a contact that she had who had helped her out before, found herself a job in a swanky 5 star hotel, working in a gin bar. I totally loved this idea! And rather wished if I hadn’t written that myself, I could quite happily take the job! The friend she made there called Reyes, was absolutely brilliant and I think she was a hugely important part to the story. Her phrases were hilarious. I really loved her.

Liv was a really likeable character, she made some rubbish decisions along the way, just like people do in real life. I routed for her all the way and really loved it once she started writing a dating blog. I could have read this blog all day long and would have loved to see more of these brilliantly entertaining and well written blog posts.

And the gin mixes. What can I say? So many cocktails that had me licking my lips and reaching for the cocktail shaker.

The ending was perfect. I found it perfectly satisfying and exactly what I wanted to happen. I did think that perhaps Liv might end up with another character and liked the way that the author had you guessing over the men in her life.

This was a really entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Kim Nash