The plus one pact – Portia Macintosh

Title: The plus one pact
Author: Portia Macintosh
Publisher: Boldwood Books Ltd
Genre: Romance, fake dating
Pages: 278
My Rating: 8/10

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The Plus one pact

Cara has officially run out of men in her town. There is no guy left on Tinder. Not great timing because she definitely doesn’t want to go to her niece’s wedding alone. Her ex will be there too. Then she meets Millsy (Joe is his real name) and they decide to be each other plus one this summer. Together they attend a gender reveal party, a birthday party and two weddings.


I thought this was going to be my least favourite book on my Autumn reading list, but I was so wrong I think. You can definitely not judge a book by its cover. I mean, the cover isn’t ugly or something but it looks more basic than the other books I want to read this autumn.

I always thought that in the romance genre enemies to lovers was my favourite trope but I think I was also wrong about that. Because I started to read more and more fake dating books and I am loving it. It doesn’t mean I will never read enemies to lovers books anymore but I think I just prefer the fake dating trope now. It is so cute and romantic.

There were a lot of things I really liked about this book. First of all the fake dating obviously. I think I kind of know why I like this so much right now. They started as friends and they are funny together and I think that is what I also look for in a relationship too. I want someone who is also my best friend and I want to be with someone who wants to do fun things with me. Another thing I liked is the chemistry between the two characters, which is a very important thing if you write a romance book. A love story without chemistry between two people is not a love story!

The story was well-written and very easy to read and I couldn’t put it down. But I had to unfortunately because I had to go to bed. I always read 1 or 2 hours before bed, which is a great way to fall asleep, but when a book is great it is hard to go to bed early. The story was nicely build-up to the moment when they realize they have feelings for each other. I don’t think this is a spoiler because a romance book needs a happy ending and romance books are pretty predictable. And the ending is pretty cute.

Also very relatable that Cara was done with dating guys from Tinder. I felt that because I had Tinder too and most of the guys are terrible on that app. That was my reason to delete it and hope I will find someone in real life.

But I am wondering why every girl/woman in the books I read has red hair or change it into the red? Why can’t I find books about brunettes, blondes or people with black hair? I really noticed that recently and it is not that I don’t like red hair or anything. But when (almost) every book is about a red-haired woman, it gets boring.

This book is for everyone who loves romance books and especially for those who love fake dating (best friends to lovers). I really liked this book and it was very enjoyable. I am probably going to look for more books written by Portia.



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