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Truth Or Date

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  43 reviews

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 he

Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published April 11th 2016 by HQ Digital
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Irena BookDustMagic
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ever since I've heard about this book I wanted to read it.
The cover is just adorable, it's like it shines with positivity and the premise sounded like something I'd enjoy.

The best thing about this novel was the writing style it was wrtitten with.
Even though this was my first time reading Portia Macintosh's work, the feeling I had while reading this book was like coming home, if you know what I mean.
It was like coming back to something familiar that makes you feel comfortable, if that makes sense
Melanie (Paperback Darling)
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
“To be honest, after my recent dreams, I could happily never dream again. I used to love my dreams, even my nightmares. For me they were like an escape from real life, an adventure where I could do anything and go anywhere and no one could hurt me. It was an awesome life that I’m never going to be able to have.” – Truth or Date by Portia MacIntosh

Ruby spends her time going to work at a coffee shop, going to nightclubs with her best friend Millsy and spending way too much time going on nightmare
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Chick Lit Central (

Truth or Date was such a great example of how opposites can attract, and whether that’s ultimately a good thing, or a bad thing. There is nothing about Nick that Ruby feels she could ever be compatible with, considering how totally different they are. Yet, that doesn’t change the fact that she still feels drawn to him. I think that might have something to do with Ruby sharing a few characteristics with Nick, and not realizing it, or maybe s
Grass monster
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Firstly i love the cover for this book, if that doesnt make you pick the book up and have a read of the blurb than nothing will.. It sounded a fun read and just up my street. This was a bit of a slow starter for me, i took a whille to get into it which was disappointing. I didnt warm much to Ruby, who is the main character but thankfully it did pick up.
So meet Ruby Wood, she works in a coffee shop with her best friend Millsy, he is very simular to Ruby and they both dont care for their job a gre
Feb 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Such a good premise but it all went wrong. IMHO there was nothing endearing about any of the characters at all. And it’s not like I didn’t just not care about them ... I actually actively disliked them and, because of this, found it an unpleasant read. Ruby and her best friend are horrible, mean, petty, immature drunks. Didn’t get Nick. I ended up skimming through it to get to the totally anticlimactic ending.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book was just brilliant. love all the characters. recommend this book to everyone
Zee Monodee
Sadly, this one fell flat for me. I didn't 'get' the attraction between Ruby and Nick. It didn't jump off the page, wasn't even there for me. It felt more like - Ruby and Nick have to get together, and the author literally tells you this without showing and certainly without any good reason why, and you're supposed to go along for the ride. I couldn't even get behind the romantic pairing (that was anything but romantic to me - it felt forced, as in, "the blurb said this so I have to make it happ ...more
Jenn Cunha
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Received an ARC for an honest review.

I'm not sure what I was expecting...but it wasn't this. Ruby was really hard to like. It got to the point that I didn't really care about her and Nick ending up together and at times, I didn't want them to. It's frustrating because I really wanted to like this. The roommates to lovers trope is one of my favorites, after all, but this didn't do it for me. I don't know if it was her condescending attitude or the way she was so flagrantly disrespectful, but it w
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
It had potential, but the author didn't made it there. Some characters don't have the necessary backstory for you to care about them, her best friend doesn't do anything for her (I didn't like him) and Nick is contradictory (maybe if we had some chapters from his point of view things would have be better).

The book was on and on in her own self drama and then the ending was too fast and unrealistic.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am yet to read a book by Portia that I don’t love. This is another fantastic, cute and fun story. Portia creates a variety of likeable characters and this book has made me laugh numerous times. Imagine online dating, whilst dreaming about your flat mate. This is hilarious! I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend this book.

DNF at 40%

The book was clunky, lacked the usual Portia charm in the characters. The best friend guy annoyed me so I was unable to get on further with it

Still love the author and I've enjoyed her other books , this one is not for me
Jane Hodgkinson
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Disappointing partly due to the fact I did not like the character of ruby.
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016

I've fallen in love with Portia Macintosh after reading her previous novel "Drive Me Crazy" - this book was just my kind of book, I loved the way it was written, its humour and that it was so high - tech and up - to - date. So I don't think that I need to tell you that I didn't need any coaxing to request "Truth or Date" as soon as it appeared on NetGalley (thanks Carina for the auto - approval!!!). It was not only the synopsis that so appealed to me but also this lovely, gorgeous cover, one of
Bree T
Ruby works in a coffee shop in Leeds with her best friend since childhood, Joe “Millsy” Mills. She shares a flat with Nick, a doctor and although the two of them got on okay when viewing the place, not long after moving in it quickly fell apart. Nick is a neat freak with a vegan girlfriend who likes the tea towels folded a certain way and he definitely did not approve when Ruby set fire to the bathroom during their housewarming. Ruby is a bit of a mess, glued to her phone and her dating app. Usu ...more
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 walk ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Truth or Date by Portia MacIntosh is a book which just screams fun to me, I adored the cover and after reading the blurb knew I had to read this book and it did not disappoint it was full to the brim with funny scenarios but also had some lovely heartfelt moments.
Ruby Wood has been perfectly happy dating a different man every week, content to keep looking for her ideal man rather than settle down and focus on a relationship. Until she begins to have rather erotic dreams about her flatmate Nick.
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Received an ARC from NetGalley

This was a nice read, but I wasn't exactly enamored by it. I'm a huge romance junkie, and this book wasn't romantic enough for me... Maybe romantic isn't the word, it didn't have enough H/h scenes for me to enjoy it. As in, the H/h didn't interact as much and they didn't have an abundance of scenes together. It doesn't make this a bad book, at all, though! In fact, this book was quite funny and I laughed a lot during it. I just wish there was more idk "romance."

Vicki Bowles
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author, Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit, it took me a while to warm to the main character, Ruby. The book is narrated by her, and boy is she chatty! She is an immature, sweary, boozy mess, who works in a coffee shop with her best mate Millsy, who is the male version of Ruby. Neither of them particularly care about the job they do, and Ruby doesn't seem to have any sense of responsibility (secretly I think I'd quite like to
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’m upgrading this to 3.5 stars because reading this novel is guaranteed a 100 % to make you forget your everyday worries and problems. It really is the perfect distraction to lose yourself in. The writing was very to the point, a little sarcastic in tone sometimes, and made me chuckle almost every other line. Sometimes I felt it was perhaps a bit too fast going, the humor too much too fast but still, I enjoyed the jabs Ruby gave, she gives her thoughts so crudely, or honest to the bone, if you’ ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This story was ok and there were some funny moments, but I had a lot of problems with it.

I don't know... other than the dreams, Ruby's switch toward Nick is bit too sudden...I didn't really feel the love. Also Nick is being mean to her and all of a sudden he's jealous...mmm, where did that come from? And why would he be jealous of a character as dumb as the rugby player. It didn't make any sense. Characters just switched attitudes with no reason other than the author wanting them to, but the rea
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

Ruby has been having some very sexy dreams about her flatmate Nick, which I must say are very pleasurable to read about, but there is a slight problem. She and Nick just don't get on in real life and he has a girlfriend who is the complete opposite of him.

Ruby has been playing the field for a while using a dating site called Matcher, and is having a series of very bad dates, somehow I do always enjoy reading about other people's bad dates in books, and these were certainly enjoyable from my poi
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Ruby Wood is a fabulously down to earth character. She seems to be working her way through a matchmaking site having one date disaster after another. Even though she has been sharing a flat with Nick for awhile she suddenly starts to have dreams about him and slowly realises she is falling for him.

Ruby and Nick are total opposites. He's clean and tidy, looks after himself and you can see that at times he is fascinated with how Ruby is and at other times infuriated by her. He is a long term commi
Kathryn Laceby
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I do like Portia MacIntosh’s novels. They are always fun and lighthearted with some hilarious moments to keep you laughing out loud. This novel is no different. Truth or Date has a certain “expectedness” to it which I don’t always find in MacIntosh's writings though– this was disappointing. I don’t think I’d be giving anything away to say that you’re very soon aware of how the novel will end.

That being said I don’t think the delivery was disappointing. There’s
Rachel (Rae)
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ruby is content to keep on dating until the right man comes along. That is until she has a surprisingly red hot dream about her flatmate Nick. What does it mean? They don't even like each other, do they?

I think the character of Ruby is an interesting one, I wouldn’t say I loved her character from the start. However as I continued reading she really grew on me, some of the situations she ended up in were really funny. I really liked her friendship with Millsy, together they were so funny even if
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an author I had not heard much about so when there was a chance to receive a kindle copy of her book in exchange for a review I jumped at the chance without having read the premise of the book first. The book started well and I was delighted to discover the setting for the story was Leeds and it’s surrounds as although I live in Devon I am originally from Leeds. The humour instantly grabbed me and the little pieces of the back story that were given were needed, eg how does she have a ma ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that i have read by Portia MacIntosh. I was very eager to read this book after looking at the cover, it just screams Chic Lit!

The story is based around Ruby who is playing the online dating game,.. rather unsuccessfully.
Ruby is a quirky character, her best friend is a man with whom she works with at a coffee shop and she likes to speak her mind ALOT. She lives with Nick a junior doctor who she doesn't get along with but after a rather steamy sex dream featuring her attract
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ruby and Millsy are best friends since childhood, they both work at the coffee shop and they are both equally quirky and a bit childish at times. Ruby lives with a flatmate Nick, they don't get along very well, because they seem to be polar opposites, literally. Instead of talking and getting to know one another, they notice the things that rather annoy them about each other. Ruby is going on online dates, which don't work out like they could, but that doesn't hesitate Ruby, until she had a hot ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
NetGalley copy in exchange of an honest review.

Ruby loves dating and she does it a lot, and every time (or almost) she gets disappointed.

One night, however, she has a very vivid dream about her flatmate, Nick. And from that moment, she tries to forget it, to move on, to date a lot, to focus on everything that is wrong about him.

But can she forget him?

If you’re in the mood for a light and quick read, with romance and humour, this book is for you!

Ruby’s voice is very dynamic, and she’s super funn
Gina Wynn
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars rounded to 4

This book has a really good premise. Friends to lovers or, as in this case, enemies to lovers is always a good read. However, I really didn’t connect to Ruby, the main character, and I also didn’t fully believe in the idea of her crush/wannabe romance as there didn’t seem to be any real sexual/romantic tension in play.

I enjoyed the inclusion of the dating app idea, and believe her dating failures could have been extended. I wanted more failed first dates!

Ms MacIntosh real
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Portia MacIntosh has been ‘making stuff up’ for as long as she can remember – or
so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she
was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or,
most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those
lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales.
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