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You Can't Hurry Love

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  32 reviews
‘Delightfully romantic, light-hearted and charmingly entertaining.’ What’s Better Than Books?

Definitely, maybe…yes?
Mia Valentina gave up her high-flying life in LA to move back to Kent over four years ago. But it turns up that life in the slow lane isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

So when her boyfriend Leo proposes, she says yes, hoping it will bring some much needed sparkl
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by HQ Digital
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming, amusing, and positively enchanting!

How Not to be a Bride is a lighthearted rom-com full of heart and humour that reminds us that life is often full of pressures, challenges, misunderstandings, and surprises and sometimes all we need to do to find happiness is communicate, compromise and find balance.

The writing is crisp and witty. The characters are flawed, lovable, funny and sincere. And the plot sweeps you away into the lives of Mia and Leo as they learn the importance of being t
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley

How Not To Be a Bride was a nice and enjoyable story,the words flow and the plot development kept me glued to my kindle.
This is my second Portia MacIntosh's book but she easily became one of my favourite romantic comedy author.

Following Mia journey from her boyfriend's proposal to her walk down the aisle was a whirlwind of feelings,I laughed at most of her predicaments and I have shed few tears too.
I could definitely feel her love for Leo and her excitements at the prospect to have him in her l

Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as good as another I read by her other author name but I still like Mia...and Dylan. Leo was good but we really get to know Dylan better and Leo is secondary...that's the weird part.
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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-raises hands up to the sky in the hallelujah pose-. YAS!!!!

I am a huge fan of Portia MacIntosh’s work. Her laugh out loud approach to real life situations is not only refreshing, it’s also weirdly heart-warming. MacIntosh takes situations (which some of us hide behind closed doors at, crying our eyes out with no idea of where to go from here) dissects them until they’re unrecognisable, and then coaches her characters t
Rachel Gilbey
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well the title is not wrong, if you want to find out how to be the perfect bride for a big white wedding then you are looking in the wrong place. If you are wanting a fun romantic comedy about real people that aren't quite sure what they want or how to act then this is the book for you!

This is a typically amusing Portia MacIntosh book, incredibly funny and transports you to between the pages of the book for a few hours while you read it. Pure escapist fun and frolics.

Now who doesn't want to re
Grass monster
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Blurb :
Mia Valentina gave up her high-flying life in LA to move back to Kent over four years ago. But it turns out that life in the slow lane isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!
So when her boyfriend Leo proposes, she says yes, hoping it will bring some much needed sparkle back into her life. The trouble is, Mia never wanted a big white wedding, just the happy ever after…

My Thoughts :
Having loved previous book by Portia MacIntosh, I knew this new offering wouldnt be a disappointment.
We meet Auth
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was quite funny! It was refreshing to read about a down to earth woman who wasn't obsessed with weddings and all of the hassle that comes with it.
Mia is so funny and likable that i couldn't put the book down. I would definitely 're read this book!
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases, 2017

I am a huge fan of Portia MacIntosh's novels and I was so looking forward to reading "How Not to be a Bride" - already the title made me smile and I really hoped that it's setting the mood for the rest of the story. And I absolutely got the fact that Mia didn't want to get married - I have never dreamed about fluffy bouncy wedding dress and only thinking about the first dance and all those traditions that are mandatory at the wedding made me cringe, and big weddings are a real nightmare for me,
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mia has her dreamed job and a charming boyfriend, but she still misses her oh-so-amazing life in LA. When her handsome boyfriend (Leo) asks her to marry him all of her fears return to her... is she ready to marry Leo?

Mia loves her boyfriend, she left LA to stay with him... but everytime anyone asks her about the wedding she feels compelled to change subject. It's because she is not yet ready for it or because she really doesn't want to marry?
I could understand the fear of weddings, I never dream
Kathryn Laceby
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I do love Portia Macintosh. Her heroines are often struggling with something and it's usually something that women are expected to embrace as part of our “make up”.

My last MacIntosh read had a main character who didn't get along with her in-laws and had to spend a weekend under their scrutiny. This novel has our modern leading lady feeling pressure to plan a big white wedding to go along with her engagement. Trouble is that she's just not that kind of girl an
Angela  Mellor
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mia is the main character in 'how not to be a bride', when we join her she is living with Leo a hunky fireman in their house that needs gutting which is a million miles away from her American life. Leo proposes to Mia and although she says 'yes' with no doubts they start to creep in over time through some of the bad choices she makes. Mia is a writer so stays at home and feels she's missing out on the social side of work life so to help fund the house and the wedding she sets off to find an extr ...more
Rachel (Rae)
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you have ever read a Portia MacIntosh book you know that you will get down to earth characters who feel like you could genuinely know. Along with a story that will completely wrap you up in the storyline all the way to the end. How Not to be A Bride is exactly that and it felt so easy to be pulled into Mia's life along with the ups and downs that she experiences along the way. It was really refreshing to meet a character who wasn't obsessed with weddings or even remotely hoping for an engagem ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How Not to be a Bride is a fabulously sparkling fun read with an underlying message: do you get married for the wedding - or the marriage?

Mia and Leo are totally and madly in love, but outside influences don't make the ride an easy one - a house which takes all their time and money, madcap neighbours, Leo's shift pattern as a fireman, Mia's lack of a regular income - and that's without mentioning her overbearing and interfering family (which rang a very loud bell for me). All of these add up to
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was OK. I liked the basic premise, and Mia was fine, but I had a few issues. For one thing, she says over and over and over how much she loves Leo, but we never really see that. Most of the scenes with the two of them, they're fighting. She doesn't consult him with major decisions, she doesn't think about how he might feel about planning the wedding, and she can't even tell him that she's not excited about a big white wedding. Whenever Mia thinks about her pre-Leo life, it's all about ...more
Anna || BooksandBookends
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I originally read this as How Not To Be a Bride (uncorrected proof). It's a fantastic chick lit book with laugh out loud moments throughout.

Well the original title was not wrong, if you want to find out how to be the perfect bride this is not the book for you. However, if you fancy a fun giggle a minute romantic comedy this is definitely down your aisle.

I'd never read a book by Portia MacIntosh before but this certainly won't be my last. I love her writing style. It's easy to read and follow wit
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the book. The story was fun for the most part and the scenario's weren't outrageous or unbelievable which is a plus as chick lit and similar genre books can really push beyond what's believable and end up ruining what could have been a good book. I did find it hard to believe any guy, Leo, in this case could be so excited over an Ikea store. Granted I've never been to one but I do know what they are. Also Leo's a bit high maintenance at times and Mia isn't that far off either. I hated Mi ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
How Not to Be a Bride is such an enjoyable read! I loved reading about Mia, her life as a writer, and her relationship with Leo. And, I honestly wasn't sure how this book was going to end! While Portia Macintosh never threw out any true curve balls, there was enough doubt about Mia and Leo's relationship to keep me engaged to the last page. My only complaint about this novel is that it got a little repetitive at points. I think it would have been better if a few pages about how great Leo is were ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poor Mia. What a mess wedding planning can be and she seems to take the brunt of all the problems. Leo, her fiancé, isn't always the most likable character (to me anyway) and her family- well they're just royal pains. Much of this plot will seem familiar but Macintosh has a sprightly writing style and the humor is welcome. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This one could be entirely relatable if you've been through the process or a cautionary tale. No matter your perspective, it's an entertaining ...more
Donna Maguire

This book was so good!!  I was literally laughing out loud at times and I adored the writing style used, so perfect for the story and it made it such an easy read!! 

The characters were brilliant and the whole thing genuinely made me smile.  Exactly the type of book I use to take myself away from the day to day norm or when I need a pick me up - 5 stars from me - an excellent book!!! Loved it xx
Jordan Caldwell
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOSH I loved this book!! I laughed out loud so many times during reading this that I was sure people were going to think I was crazy. Mia, the main character, was so funny and I felt for her so many times. This book is an honest look at the pressure put on modern day brides to throw the perfect, lavish wedding. It shows how quickly things can escalate when a bride's feelings are not considered, and family thinks they know what's best. I cannot recommend this book enough!
Bad Book Bitches
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Okay read - not bad, not super good but okay in a “reading by the pool” kind of way. For me, the book really kind of began when Dylan came into play and that was (I think) 40 % into the book. Mia is okay (kind of bored me with the whole “LA Mia/old mia”), Leo is (a bit too) perfect, her family is somewhat horrible. Dylan was the most interesting character and I liked the development of his and Mias relationship.
Trina (aNovelReader)
The main character, Mia, gives up a glamorous life in LA to move back home to Kent and soon after her gorgeous, firefighter boyfriend proposes. Mia comes across as spoiled, self-centered, and not very likable. The attempt at humor was a bit juvenile for my taste but seems to appeal to many.

I was provided with an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great book. While reading this book I was kinda thinking I could tell how it was going to end by the title and the blurb. By the time I started getting into the middle of it I thought "Damn I'm right about yet another book" but when I actually finished the book my jaw had dropped because I was so so very wrong in such a good way.
Noemi Proietti
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Mia Valentina just got engaged to Leo, her boyfriend of four years, but her happiness is disrupted by the many things going on in her life. She misses her old life in Los Angeles; her house is an ongoing construction site; her mother hired a wedding planner without consulting her; no one wants to be her bridesmaid; she barely sees Leo who is working overtime as a firefighter; and she is ghostwriting the biography of a rock star who is often drunk. As the Christmas holidays loom and the pressure ...more
Rachel Humphries
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never read a book by this author & have had this sitting on my kindle for a while. I'm so glad I decided to read it. It had great characters, a few twists to throw you off track and some funny moments.

I will definitely look out for future releases from this author
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this light chic lit.

It was funny, heartfelt, sad, everything. I’d love to be Mia 🙈.

If you are struggling with wedding planning or even the idea of a wedding, you aren’t alone, give this a read.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Honestly, Leo was sweet but really high maintenance and needy. Mia's family is vicious. Dylan is hilarious and honestly, while some of this book seemed to drag, over all t was entertaining.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
great book, laugh out loud. Thanks for the opportunity Netgalley
Erica (sand_between_pages)
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 24%. I hate quitting a book but YIKES.
Mia— so relatable! And that is one of the biggest things I look for in books like this. Humour, Silliness, Family, and Romance all in one. Portia MacIntosh pulls it all together well. A great read!
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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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