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The Case of the Missing Boyfriend (CC #1)

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  1,405 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
CC is nearly forty, and apart from her real name (which she hates with a passion usually reserved for men with beards), everything in her life seems wonderful. She's got a high-powered job in advertising, a beautiful flat in Primrose Hill and a a wild bunch of gay friends to spend the weekends with. And yet she feels like the Titanic - slowly, inexorably, and against all e ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Bigfib Books (first published January 10th 2011)
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I hadn't heard of this book or of the author, Nick Alexander, before picking this book up. Initially, I was in two minds about reading this book when I got the offer - whilst there were parts of the synopsis that sounded like they would be of interest to me, I wasn't fully confident that I'd like it. However, as I looked through mostly positive reviews and even saw this book compared to one of my favourites, Bridget Jones's Diary, I decided that I would try it out.

As you'll see in this review, t
Mar 30, 2011 Sonia rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book. I downloaded it for my Kindle some time ago because it was highly rated, sounded interesting and was FREE!! And I’m really glad that I did.

CC works for an advertising agency in London, is in her late 30s and feels like life is passing her by. She’s had a couple of long-term relationships, but they’ve both ended badly, and she just doesn’t seem to manage to be able to meet anyone else.

This isn’t helped by the fact that quite frankly, she’s a total fag-hag. She seems
May 14, 2011 Parita rated it did not like it

not even worth reading a free copy and wasting that much time. I am not againt chick-lit, but this one is an all time low. It was hard to keep turning the pages...gave up half way true. seems like a story more abt the authors gay friends than her !!!
Abi Jamison
Apr 22, 2013 Abi Jamison rated it really liked it
I liked this one a lot. I found CC to be believable and I cared what happened to her. I don't have a problem that she was written by a man - I identified with her a lot. I kind of figure that if authors could only write good characters of their own sex then literature would be a bit crap. And it's not.

Having said all that if you are after a nice bit of chick-lit where some ditsy girl is rescued by a knight in shining armour (who you'd take out a restraining order on in real life) then this book
Jul 11, 2013 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
An OK sort of easy to read novel.

I will probably read another by this author when I want something light. It's not as light and fluffy as Chick-Lit can be. But it's not deep and meaningful either, although it does have some "meaning of life" stuff in it.

It's actually quite a sad and lonely book rather than a fun and improbable romp. You know that there are people around like CC. Sadly they probably don't often have the ending she gets in this book.

It filled a gap in the sunny garden.
Dec 29, 2014 Deepthi rated it really liked it
I love love the second half.... So, I'm picking up the second book.
Laura Jones
Feb 08, 2011 Laura Jones rated it it was amazing
Quite how this guy makes any money giving his books away I don't know, but this was a free download on the iPad and it's honesly the best chicklit I have read in years.
I had ready Nick Alexander’s The French House before I read this book not realising that this novel was the prequel to The French House. I have to say that the two books felt completely different in that both characters CC and Victor seemed like different people in The French House. To be honest until I had finished The Case of the Missing Boyfriend I really didn’t twig they were linked stories.

I enjoy the way Nick Alexander writes and was comfortable with the characters that did seemed like ol
Hannah Louey
Feb 17, 2015 Hannah Louey rated it liked it

Sometimes, looks can be deceiving. And by ‘looks’ I mean one actually owning a flat in London.

CC (real name Chelsa, which she hates, though ‘CC’ sounds even tackier), is nearing forty, and though her life ‘on paper’ looks great, she feels as though she’s missing out. She owns her own flat in Primrose Hill (though there are no mentions of picnics, which may be what she’s lacking), she’s got a great job in an advertising firm, and she has tonnes of great friends,
When I heard about Nick Alexander’s novel The Case of the Missing Boyfriend, I thought it sounded like a really interesting read. I was curious as to why CC, this girl with a fab job, lovely home and living in one of the best cities in the world could be so down in the dumps about not having a boyfriend. In this day and age it’s ok for women to be career girls and for them not to want to just be mothers. So I was very curious as to why CC wanted the man and the farm and the babies. Mostly though ...more
May 02, 2013 Emma-Louise rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Emma-Louise by: Amazon
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Now, this book is the first of 2 books written about the same character. I read the second book 'The French House' first and absolutely loved it. As I had really warmed to the characters, I needed to read the prequel to what I had just read - to understand the history of certain things within the book (i.e the story about her late father and brother, Waine).

I am glad i read 'The Case of the Missing Boyfriend' last, as I'm not sure I would have w
Jan 03, 2012 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, chick-lit


This one’s been sat on my Kindle for ages, and I’ve kept on putting it aside in favour of more interesting sounding titles. However, I’ve recently decided to clear out my TBR pile, and this was one of the first to go. I’m going to admit, I went in expecting trashy chick-lit – almost a palate cleanser to all the YA and paranormal romance I’ve been reading recently. However, this was a lot darker than I was expecting.

This book has some seriously adult themes, including depression, death and
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jan 10, 2013 Megan Readinginthesunshine rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story, it took me a few chapters to fully settle into the story but when I did I found myself immersed in what was happening and I was always keen to read on to find out what the next chapter had in store.

I warmed to CC as a character straight away, she’s easy to like and as she progresses throughout the story she is easy to understand and more of her personality is revealed, enabling the reader to perhaps connect with her character that little bit more. Her journey was very compe
Jun 25, 2011 Radella rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to really get into this book. Everyone was comparing it to Bridget Jones... yeah, I don't think so. This book is dark and very raw. C.C. is nearly 40, and unhappy with her life. She can't seem to get over her last relationship, which left her damaged in ways she can barely think about, though they are never far from her thoughts. She has a job at an advertising agency, and she's good at it. She has an apartment in a good location, and friends that really care for her. Most of ...more
May 04, 2013 Hayley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up for free on the Kindle App for some light chick lit reading and that is definitely what it is. Everything about this book is a bit average in my opinion - the plot, the writing and the characters. That said, I did care enough about the characters to find out what happened in the end and read the book the whole way through. (And I'd be tempted to see if the inevitable sequel is an improvement.)

I would say it's a nice light summer holiday read only it touches on issues like aborti
Marguerite Kaye
May 05, 2013 Marguerite Kaye rated it liked it
I've rarely read a book written by a man with a believable female lead. SJ Watson's 'Before I go to Sleep' was one, and William Boyd's 'Restless' another that worked. This one didn't. CC, the main protagonist read to me a bit like a woman in drag. She was well-researched, she had all the classic hang-ups and worries, but it felt like she'd been plucked by someone (male) who'd watched Sex and the City but who didn't really know how women work. Maybe I'm being unkind, but throwing a few brand name ...more
I've had this book for over a year, but I just couldn't get through it the first time. I almost gave up on it a second time. I can honestly say I didn't like the first half. There's bits and pieces of CC's story, but otherwise nothing really held me to it.

It's the second half of the book where I really started to become interested. That's when the characters started getting a little more depth to them. Once the serious topics were introduced, I actually started connecting. From the obsession wi
Robert Butler
Jun 16, 2013 Robert Butler rated it it was amazing
First I have to say that I loved this book. In fact I enjoyed it more than many of the other books I have read lately.

The book has many similarities to Bridget Jones, but deals with some grittier issues (and the main character has far more gay friends than Bridget Jones did!). Over the course of the story our female lead character, CC deals with being single, death of friends and family and the pressures of work. The story will make you laugh and make you feel sad. So well told and described is
Dava Stewart
May 01, 2011 Dava Stewart rated it really liked it
One of my favorite ways to read is randomly - picking up books at the Dollar General Store, or whatever is on sale at Books a Million, or whatever jumps out at me at my favorite used bookstore, or whatever happens to be free in iBooks or the Kindle store, which is where I came across this one. I would never list chick lit as a favorite genre, but this was an interesting story because a big part of it is the idea of how one achieves happiness.

Reading a story about a person you have virtually noth
The Case of The Case of the Missing Boyfriend started a bit slow but as the main character, CC is developed and the supporting characters were added the humor of her life worked into the plot. The reality of her life comes through with an in-depth look at her emotions as she searches for the missing man in her life. In parts of the story she shares her sadness, her ambition, her accomplishment, her family relations, her friendships as she lives in modern London searching for the missing boyfrien ...more
Helen Stothard
Jul 26, 2013 Helen Stothard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've not read this author before but thought I'd give it a go, I wasn't disappointed. It's funny, it's sad (I was really crying my eyes out at one point), it's everything in between as well. There are good guys, bad guys and gay guys. The main character CC comes across as pretty strong but as you go through the book she realises she's not quite as strong as she thought perhaps.

There are some scenes where you really do want to laugh out loud, some where you want to cringe and some where you just
Oct 03, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially rated this book at 4 stars but when I thought about it, I changed to 3. I did feel towards the end that it was being dragged on a bit and missing a bit of something?

I have to admit it was the title that made me purchase the book and I was pleasantly surprised with the story - very easy to read, quite funny at times which made me have a few laugh out loud moments too.

It took me a couple of months to read as I was busy getting married over the summer 2013, but the great thing is that e
Talei Loto
Mar 04, 2013 Talei Loto rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book but I'm sorry, I really couldn't. Someone else wrote that this was more about her gay friends than about her and I have to agree. I found out more about the sub characters in the first chapter and throughout the entire book, than I did, the main character but I thought, keep reading, it'll get better. But didn't improve. I felt for CC! Where was her story in well, her story? Possibly, the most disappointing part was the end, she finally found someone but barely ...more
May 23, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It's a light read and very compelling, so I got through it with relish and gusto!

CC is a loveable character, and very like a lot of my female friends, so I found her to be totally believable.

Descriptions of her workplace are very reminiscent of mine too.... so I could visualise them easily

I like the way that, although there are gay characters, it's not billed or promoted as a gay fiction. They just happen to be there, much like real-life in any metropolis. Again, these character
Mar 13, 2013 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read - was a little unsure to begin with. It took me a couple of chapters to get really into it but as the book progressed, I got more & more hooked. Will need to buy the sequel, see how she gets on. I found the subplots to be enjoyable, not a distraction to the main plot. She was often living her life through the lives of her friends as she was struggling to achieve what she ultimately wanted. And I understand the argument put forward that she had a great job, home & friends.... ...more
Rachel Cotterill
This book is nothing like my usual reading material, but it was cheap on Amazon and had good reviews, so I thought I'd give it a try. And I'm really glad I did. CC is in advertising, but she'd prefer to be in a smallholding in the country - she just thinks it'd be lonely on her own. Some scenes are laugh-out-loud funny (the gallery, for instance) and others are poignant and sad. Our main character is likeable if slightly hopeless, she struggles without seeming pathetic, and I was hoping she'd fi ...more
May 12, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
An absorbing and refreshingly in-depth story of a modern single woman. It's nice to hear about someone in her late 30's (same as me) who has some life experience. CC has had a bad relationship past, and as the story progresses we come to see how her reaction to these past experiences may be responsible for her current single status. I enjoyed this book and it kept me absorbed until the end, and some of the insights into how modern relationships work were quite thought-provoking. It's sad at time ...more
Amirah Z.
Nov 08, 2015 Amirah Z. rated it it was ok
honestly? didn't quite enjoyed it. thought the story would be in line with the title, but to much disappointment it wasn't. the beginning was very, very slow. i felt that the main character, CC wasn't portrayed as what a main character should be. but towards the ending it became a bit interesting (interesting for me is when i can't put the book down till i know what happens next hehe) when CC found out the whole time she was searching for her missing boyfriend, he was right in front of her. clic ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved, loved, loved this book, even more so than "The half-life of Hannah" (same author) which motivated me to purchase it. I would have to categorise this as 'chick-lit' which I tend to think of as a fluffy, entertaining read but this is much more than that. There is a central theme of what it is that gives meaning to our lives which is explored not only through the experiences of the heroine but also through sub-plots involving peripheral characters of varying ages, sexes and stages of life. ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Liesbeth rated it really liked it
Having recently devoured " The missing son" by the same author I was really looking forward to this book.
And although I enjoyed it, I much preferred the Missing Son, probably because I could understand the characters a bit more.
CC ( nearly 40, dissatisfied with life, not come to terms with events from past) was nice enough, but I never really connected with her, until the last quarter of the book. Having said all that, I will read the sequel, The French House.
I do really like Nick Alexander's
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