Keris Stainton comes to the blog today with a story of growth and second chances in
The One Who’s Not the One
Five years ago, Cat and her boyfriend were both doing stand up comedy and life was moving forward. Then Sam went off to Australia to ‘gig’ and never asked Cat if she wanted to go. She, of course, felt this was the fulfillment of the repeating issue in her life – everyone leaves. And rather than asking Sam to stay, or go along with him with help from friends and his family she stayed behind. Now in a crappy flat share, working as an accountant in a job that bores her, her one real friend Kelly and her husband Sean have always been about to pick up the pieces – and occasionally offer her a bit of tough love.
See, Cat’s been pushing people away since she was 12 and her father left. She never really got an answer from her mother about the specifics, and has never forgiven or even really allowed her father a chance to explain, and with her best work friend transferring to New York and her spotting an ad for Sam performing in town, she’s full of ‘what if’s’ and questions. With her best friend pregnant with her second child, and Cat being ‘honorary auntie’ to her older son, Cat finds herself running into Sam’s brother Harvey and sparks are flying. Kelly thinks that Cat should explore this new thing with Harvey, Cat is in the middle of a push-pull with him, and tossing about the idea of moving to New York. But when she’s given notice on her flat share, and her trip to New York to ‘explore’ options leaves her more intrigued (and confused) than ever, she’s pushed to make some choices.
Cat was a bit of a struggle for me, and fortunately (or sadly) the only one challenging her on the running away and pushing others away was Kelly – and she truly tried desperately to push Kelly away and aside when some hard truths were brought up. Cat was all too willing to quickly dismiss people, confirming her “everyone leaves’ statements, and being butthurt when her overreactions aren’t instantly met with ingratiating adjustments and soothing. As a friend, Cat would have been exhausting and superficial – who needs the aggro of all that ‘making up’ on a near constant rotation from someone old enough to speak their mind and ask for what they want? But, it takes some doing, and a determination from her father that we never would have expected, to get her to finally start to see sense – and take those chances she’d only dreamed of. Stainton brought a lovely story here with a frustrating protagonist who has so much potential all hidden behind a childish wall of fear, with friends who really carried the burden of her misapplied emotions and pushed her to stand and face her problems and see what was presented as an opportunity.
Title: The One Who's Not the One
Author: Keris Stainton
Genre: British, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 26 February, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Cat’s life has hit a brick wall. Since she broke up with her ex Sam five years ago she’s quit stand-up comedy, landed in a steady but dull job, and lives in a tiny flat with roommates she knows only as The One Who Eats All My Food and The One Who Has Really Loud Sex.
Cat, by contrast, is vividly aware that she hasn’t had sex for over two years.
So when she bumps into old friend Harvey and sparks fly, Cat is surprised. The more time she spends with Harvey, the more their chemistry grows – but Cat knows she has to ignore her feelings.
Because Harvey is Sam’s brother, and so absolutely, 100% off-limits romantically. If only Cat didn’t keep forgetting that…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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