So when she finds herself alone in the bar, again, Florence can hardly believe her eyes-or ears-when Hugh Humphreys swoops in and presents her with a proposal s ...more
I don't know why I keep trying to read chick lit style books, they usually irritate me. I'm just such a miserable madam.
I really had to suspend disbelief over and over again reading this, so much so that it made what should've been an undemanding read into a teeth grinding exercise in irritation management. Put it down to the time I had to rearrange a Christmas do at short notice. Everywhere was already booked, even crap places were overpriced and suppliers were not working to their usual sch ...more
Adventurous Proposal is only the second book I've read by Laura Barnard but it was so much fun! Florence and Hugh were both great and fun characters and I loved to get to know them.
Hugh and Florence meet in a bar on December 2nd, both stood up by their dates. They start talking and soon realize how much they like the other. Instead of asking for a second date, Hugh proposes to Florence who says yes to this crazy idea. They have a lot to plan since the wedding is scheduled for Christmas Da ...more
Well let's face it most not bharmy people don't meet in a pub, and decide later that night not only that they should get married, but to have the wedding in 25 days time on Christmas Day. Well this is what Florence and Hugh do. They barely know each other first names, but suddenly they are thrown into frenzy of ...more
Because a man ages like a fine wine, he just gets better. A woman is like a loaf of bread – we just start going off.
She leans in to kiss me on the cheek, her scent invading my nostrils. So, this is what pure evil smells like.
She throws back her head in a totally ridiculous over the top posh laugh. Imagine a horse having a panic attack, and you’re almost there.
As long as you don’t sit on Santa’s knee and start professing that you’re a ho ho ho.
She narrows her eyes at ...more
I’ll be honest, this is one of those books where you need to suspend your belief. When you read the premise, you will do one of two things – roll your eyes at the silliness or be sucked in by the potential. If you find y ...more
The following morning Florence is woken up, Hugh has brought coffee. He has a question, a proposal if you will. He wants to get married. To Florence. In 3 weeks time - crazy right? The crazy bit is that Florence agrees.
Hugh comes from mon ...more
Florence Gray is a young 30-year-old woman who no longer stands dating on online websites. Once again, she was stood up and she found hers ...more
Laura Barnard is a favourite author of mine and I was excited when I stumbled across this book.
Florence has had a few dud dates recently, because she has been stood up a few times. She is just about to give up on another no show and head on home when Hugh starts up a conversation over their mutual dating woes. They share the evening together and Hugh enlightens her on a theory he has on relationships. He walks her home b ...more
It has all the good vibes, along with a gorgeous man, who is everything you could want, sexy, kind, funny and loving. The heroine, who doubts herself but has gumption and determination. The best friends, the awful families, the snow, the romance, the laughter and great sex! What more could you want?
After meeting ...more
It totally wraps you up in a warm fluffy blanket and makes you want to watch old christmas movies.
I absolutely loved this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to fall in love with the perfect leading lady and gentleman.
Flo Gray and Hugh Humphrey were made for each other.He's her soulmate who just happened to get stood up on the same night ...more
This is the second book of Laura’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. She does an amazing job with these rom-coms. I absolutely loved Florence and Hugh!
Karena did a great job on the narration. I look forward to listening to more of her work in the future. The only thing I noticed was the sound quality was a bit off on this book which could be a bit distracting.
I need to thank Andie M Long for writing the review that lead to me reading this book I'm in your debt as I may never have read this without your glowing review.
I managed a few firsts with this book; it's my first book by this author and it's the first time I've been so engrossed in a book that I actually walked to walk ...more
Also, the MCs are ...more
But between the lesbian mother, the stupid ex, the alcohol, the mega fail dress shopping experiences, there really isn't a chapter you won't find something to giggle about.
A truly funny, cute and festive story that for me encapsulates what Christmas (and love is all about); having those we love around us, for better or for worse ;)
If you like your Christm ...more
I think it might make a good Hallmark Christmas movie, but as a novel everything read as soooo contrived. Even with the premise of “couple meets and immediately decides to get married in 23 days!”
The mom was basically a plot device, while the ex was pretty much a cartoon villain. The number of SERIOUS RED FLAGS that were ...more
The book is about Florence, a thirty something singleton who finds herself stood up on a tinder date. She feels humiliated and is determined to play down her embarrassment, especially when a dashingly handsome man at the bar calls her out. Th ...more
Having read or listened to several books by Laura Barnard I was interested to listen to Adventurous Proposal narrated by Karena Gregory who is a new narrator to me.
Florence (Flo) Gray has had enough of disastrous on-line dating and decides to do something rash.
Being stood up yet again is the final straw, although it does give her the opportunity to meet Hugh Humphreys. When he presents her with an outrag ...more
I have really enjoyed this quick nice story.
The title and cover have immediately caught my attention,the entertaining plot and the flowing writing made it hard to put it down.
The main characters,Hugh and Florence,are lovable and cute and you cannot not to support their weird plan even if it is a little bit crazy.
The supporting characters add so much fun to the story.
I particularly loved the ending...the last sentence put an indelible smile on my face.
"...when it comes down to it being in lov
Adventurous Proposal by Laura Barnard
Five stars ✨
Laura Barnard, I fucking adore you.
I never thought I'd EVER find a book I loved more than Tequila and Teabags (my first LB experience), but by God she's done it.
I literally inhaled this within hours. It was hilarious, and perfect, and everything you want in a chick lit story.
Hugh and Flo are the absolute best. Also, I think I'm 100% in love with Hugh's Grandma. 💕
Cannot wait to read the next! ...more
Language: fewer than 70, including deity and around 20 fbombs. Super crude language
Sex: descriptive kissing. Sex. Yes, definitely.
Cute story, loads of promise: strangers meet, get along, decide to marry. Not sure if it's a British thing, but they throw the fbomb around like it's a conjunction.
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This book is about an unexpected, impromptu, whirlwind relationship between 2 people who have been having a hard time finding love. At 30 years old, Florence is desperate to find "the one" so that she doesn't miss out on kids, love, happiness - but all of her online dating experiences have been either lackluster or complete no-shows. On one of these no-shows, a rando at the place starts chatting her up, pointing out her no-show disaster. Their conversation leads down some funny p ...more
This story has a totally different concept from anything I have read before and I wasnt too sure if it was going to work, but boy it had me hooked.
Meet Florence Gray, Flo is in her early 30s and has had enough of internet dating, after yet again being stood up on one too many dates, she is left sitting in a bar alone, that is until she meets Hugh Hump ...more
This was the first book that I’ve ever read from Laura Barnard and it was such a fun read. I really enjoyed reading about Florence and Hugh, getting to know their fun quirky characters.
Hugh & Florence first met in a bar on the 2nd December after both of their dates stood them up. They soon start talking and ...more
They have a lot to do in a short time if they want to pull off this wedding. Lucky for them, they have great friends. Even though everyone thought this couple were off their rockers, they ...more
She lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and daughter.
In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, cuddling dogs, matchmaking her friends (very successfully), binging True Crime, indulging in the power nap and reading past her bedtime.