Still in my twenties, I have it all. I am young, happy, and healthy, despite my wine and pizza addictions. I am a successful business owner who lives a life I love, free from any romantic commitments. To me, my life is perfect right now, except for just one small problem…
She will tell you I am missing something in my life, that I should be married with kids and have a house with a white picket fence, even though I cannot think of anything worse.
Ignoring my constant protests, she manages to set me up on a series of horrendous blind dates. To pacify my mother and avoid being set up with another friend’s son, I am driven to do something I never thought I would.
I begin arranging dates through an agency.
This idea seems to work well, until my arranged date falls sick right before a family event. With no other options, I am forced to attend with the agency owner’s brother-in-law as my stand-in date. At this point, my perfect life suddenly becomes … complicated.
Ollie is sexy, fun, and intense. There is an instant connection between us, but is it strong enough to risk my perfect life plan?
I am single, free, and content. I don’t need a man.
However, Ollie is persistent, despite my reluctance, and now I am left wondering if it is possible that he may be the perfect match for me.
Can Ollie be the one man to finally accept me for me, or does he think he can change who I am and my opinions?
Does my story end with me happily-ever-single or with a happily-ever-after?
Or can there be room for both?
I received a review copy of Happily Ever Single -thank you!- in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way influence my thoughts on the story.
I just read the memoir, Never Have I Ever: My Life (so far) Without A Date by Katie Heaney which is also centered around the topic of singularity. So, reading this after that was good on my part because it was fresh on my mind. I’m in my early 20s, so I can’t relate to the topic that much but I have a friend that is constantly pushed to get married. I really enjoyed reading this because of the realism. There are plenty of women who can relate to this.
We meet Lucy Miller who is in her late twenties and runs a fashion boutique. Her mother is constantly nagging her about getting her life together – boyfriend, marriage, kids etc. – and she setting her up on dates. Lucy is introduced to the website Get Me A Man by her best friend, Jules. Get Me A Man is basically paying for a date. Lucy pays Get Me A Man to get dates to family functions to stop her mother and infuriate her. Years later, Lucy turns 30 and meets Ollie another Get Me a Man employee. You’ll just have to read it to find out what happens!
This was my first Jessica Frances book and I really enjoyed her writing. I was laughing and intrigued as the story went on. I really liked Lucy’s character specifically her personality. I couldn’t help but compare her situation – mom setting up dates for her- with Lorelai Gilmore because Emily tends to do that from time to time in the show.
This is the perfect New Adult Romance book if you’re looking for one! It’s very funny, interesting and fast paced. I really enjoyed this!
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“You know, it is so unfair. Why is it so forbidden to be single? Why am I not complete unless I am stupidly in love with someone, even if that someone makes me miserable? Was there a memo that I missed? One the entire population received that I somehow lost? Why is it that my worth is judged on whether or not I’m married? Why do I have to be in love to be whole? I’m perfectly happy and content by myself. However, everyone automatically assumes I only say that because I haven’t found love. What’s so fucking special about love? Sure, it can be great, until it’s not, until your heart is ripped out, and you lose yourself completely. Until your best friend has to break into your apartment and pry the container of melted ice cream out of your hands and throw you in the bathtub because you got more all over your body than in your mouth!”
“Hey, that only happened once … four times,” Jules weakly complains.
“I don’t know why I have to defend the fact that I am single. I hate that I am considered weird or a freak because I am not desperately trying to find love. I don’t want to get married. I don’t want kids, and I don’t want to be trapped in a loveless relationship just because it is considered normal to be paired up.” I take deep breaths, my head swimming from lack of oxygen from my serious ranting.
“Whoa, how long have you been holding that in?” Jules asks.
“My entire life, but overhearing my cousins basically laughing at me earlier and saying I’m going to be a crazy cat lady didn’t help.”
“I’m sorry about that. Your cousins are such bitches.” I don’t need to explain it was my orange cousins; they are the only ones I ever seriously bitch about to Jules.
“I know, and I shouldn’t let their words get to me. I really couldn’t care less what they think. I just hate how society has given us all this expectation of what our lives should look like, and now, if we don’t meet it, we’re hounded over it. I don’t know the last time I had a conversation with a family member that didn’t have the mention of me being single. I’m sick of it.”
Jessica Frances was born and raised in South Australia, quite possibly born with a book in her hand already. An avid reader her whole life, a pen finally appeared in her hand and she began her journey writing her own stories. The voices in her head have not slowed down and hopefully they never will.