Tuesday 1 November 2022

BLOG TOUR: Three's a Crowd - S. R. Booker

Out-of-work actor Harriet is recuperating from a crash-and-burn affair with Damian – aka ‘Cockweasel’ – and making ends meet as a barista when she meets two rather lovely men. Tom is a regular at the cafĂ©, and seems like such a nice guy. Smooth-talking DJ Richard is older, but in great shape – a real silver fox.
Deciding to take a chance on both of them, Harriet doesn’t realise at first that she is actually dating father and son. Tom and Richard aren’t on speaking terms, and don’t share a last name – so how was she to know? By the time everyone finds out, both Tom and Richard are truly madly deeply in love with Harriet, and she’s faced with an impossible choice.
But as the battle for her affections intensifies, ‘Cockweasel’ makes an unexpected reappearance and begs her to give him another chance…

What did I think?

I absolutely loved this book.  Thank you Simon Booker for making me laugh and smile so much.  Three's a Crowd is just the tonic I needed to escape the madness of real life.

Harriet is a barista who wants to be an actor, but her dream of moving to Tinseltown seems to get more distant with every coffee she makes.  Tom is just Extra Cinnamon Guy' to Harriet until he finally works up the courage to ask her out.  When Harriet enters a radio competition to be the Voice of London, she meets DJ Richard who takes an instant shine to her.  Richard has good taste, his son Tom likes Harriet too...what are the chances it's the same Tom?

Told from three perspectives of Harriet, Tom and Richard, with an odd grandad George chapter thrown in for good measure, this isn't an ordinary story of girl meets boy - it's so multifaceted the book virtually sparkles.  The writing depicting the different voices of the characters is absolutely fantastic, especially Harriet's nagging doubts that seem to be constantly shouting in her ear.  I loved Gorgeous George (Richard's dad), he's such a smooth talker and rich lady magnet but his charms won't work on his son, who doesn't speak to him.

The fractured relationships between Tom and Richard and Richard and George adds an element of mystery and intrigue that shocked my jaw in to dropping to the floor when it all became clear.  I was really amused by Tom and Richard both trying to outdo each other to win Harriet's affections, they didn't know that Harriet was still hung up on her ex and she would drop everything (and I mean everything) if he ever came back into her life.

Three's a Crowd is like Cinderella mixed with a Carry On caper; it's fun, fresh and hilarious.  It's a fabulous romcom that often had me laughing out loud but also experiencing the various emotions of the characters as I loved all of them.  Highly recommended - it's one of the most entertaining books I've read this year.

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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