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The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none Polly’s not looking for ‘the one’, just the plus one… Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none Polly’s not looking for ‘the one’, just the plus one… Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim. But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s**t together. Her latest piece is on the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, undoubtedly neither a plus one nor ‘the one’. She’s heard the stories, there’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms… A laugh-out-loud, toe-curlingly honest debut for fans of Helen Fielding, Bryony Gordon and Jilly Cooper. Don’t miss the hottest book of 2018!


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The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none Polly’s not looking for ‘the one’, just the plus one… Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none Polly’s not looking for ‘the one’, just the plus one… Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim. But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s**t together. Her latest piece is on the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, undoubtedly neither a plus one nor ‘the one’. She’s heard the stories, there’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms… A laugh-out-loud, toe-curlingly honest debut for fans of Helen Fielding, Bryony Gordon and Jilly Cooper. Don’t miss the hottest book of 2018!

30 review for The Plus One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I love romance, and chick-literature. I love fast reads, and enjoyable nonsense. The cover looked so cute, and when I got approved the ARC on The Plus One from Sophia Money-Coutts on Netgalley, I was excited to read it. And then, it all started going downhill… The Plus One is a book about Polly Spencer. She is thirty, single and works for Posh! Magazine. I didn’t like the Poly Spencer of now, and I thought, this might be a book where the main cha Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I love romance, and chick-literature. I love fast reads, and enjoyable nonsense. The cover looked so cute, and when I got approved the ARC on The Plus One from Sophia Money-Coutts on Netgalley, I was excited to read it. And then, it all started going downhill… The Plus One is a book about Polly Spencer. She is thirty, single and works for Posh! Magazine. I didn’t like the Poly Spencer of now, and I thought, this might be a book where the main character is a lady with no self-respect, gets dumped, doesn’t have any ambition in life, and that’s okay. People learn, people change, or if people don’t change, they start to be happy in their own world, without bothering what others think about it. But Polly - she is all of these things, and on top of that she is not a happy bunny. She keeps complaining about things without trying to act on it, and her day consists of her checking if the phone has a message of her ‘crush’, and asking herself eighty-six times whether to send a message first or not. I usually love these types of books, but not in cases where the character is just so… I don’t even have the words to explain. And the book is full of words used too often (Shenanigans is such a lovely word, and Sophia destroyed it for me), lame pick up lines (‘I carry farm animals. I can manage you.’ - WHO SAYS THAT?), dialogues and useless waste of pages with people deciding what to eat: ‘So let’s get some onion bhajis to start. And then I’m going to have a butter chicken. And it comes with popadoms, right?’ ‘Yes’ - I said, taking the menu from him. ‘And I’ll get the chicken jalfrezi. And plain rice. Mums, do we have any chutney?’ And it goes on… At 42%, I decided to store this is my DNF stack. I really wish I had loved it, and I am so sad I didn't. But life is too short to read the books you don’t like...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danielle's

    The plus one is about a lady called Polly. She doesn't take life too seriously and is a Bridget personality type. She's not good at dating, she quite often says the wrong thing and she over analyses every little detail. Her last relationship, if you can call it that was with a banker called Fred who she had two under average sexual encounters with. Polly is basically just coasting through life. She's not looking for Mr Right. She is just enjoying life and not worrying about her mistakes. Polly wo The plus one is about a lady called Polly. She doesn't take life too seriously and is a Bridget personality type. She's not good at dating, she quite often says the wrong thing and she over analyses every little detail. Her last relationship, if you can call it that was with a banker called Fred who she had two under average sexual encounters with. Polly is basically just coasting through life. She's not looking for Mr Right. She is just enjoying life and not worrying about her mistakes. Polly works for a magazine, Posh!. It's a celebrity magazine that covers gossip about weddings, babies and scandals. Polly has landed an interview with Jasper. He's a rich, posh, bachelor full of charm. He doesn't have much luck with the ladies and is always in the heat of dating gossip. Against her better judgment, she starts to like him and accidentally dating him. Polly is a walking disaster. Her sex life is cringeworthy. She drinks too much and isn't afraid to make a fool of herself. She finds it easier to make friends than find potential boyfriends. This book is set in London and works around Polly's busy schedule. For some readers, this is going to be a great book. It fits well with the busy working London lifestyle. Polly is a single girl who is struggling to work out how to date and it's supposed to be funny. If you like this type of story you will like this book. I was expecting a wedding plus one story that turned into love. That is definitely not this book. It does have a happy ending but it's about stumbling through life without a plan. It's so hard not to put my judgemental Kate head on, but Polly is not my type of girl. Her thoughts during sexual encounters were supposed to be funny but I found them too much. She dates friends ex-partners which I thought was totally against the girl code (especially without asking). She is a modern lady and trying to find her way. She makes plenty of mistakes but gets straight back on the horse. For me, this was an ok read. 3 stars out of 5. I think this book is aimed at the single ladies that can laugh at bad dates and the pulling knickers. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tasha Mahoney

    I really liked the synopsis of The Plus One but for me if fell a little flat. There were some brilliant one liners and humorous moments that made me laugh loudly and some emotionally charged heart-felt moments. I did enjoy the humour I liked Polly, I just didn't connect with her. Personally I liked - Polly's personality The funny lines and humorous moments The flow of the story I did not enjoy - The pace. The 'it's been done so many times before' feeling. This isn't always an issue for me but the co I really liked the synopsis of The Plus One but for me if fell a little flat. There were some brilliant one liners and humorous moments that made me laugh loudly and some emotionally charged heart-felt moments. I did enjoy the humour I liked Polly, I just didn't connect with her. Personally I liked - Polly's personality The funny lines and humorous moments The flow of the story I did not enjoy - The pace. The 'it's been done so many times before' feeling. This isn't always an issue for me but the competition in this area (Natural comparison to Bridget Jones) is very high and while this was ok it didn't reach the level of some others. Forgettable - It did not make a lasting impression In conclusion, the humour and emotion were well delivered and if you are looking for a chick lit to take to the beach this summer for a pleasant, no thinking required, story then this could be the ideal book for you. If you are looking for another Bridget then this probably isn't the book for you. I was given an arc copy of The Plus One by HQ and NetGalley. This is my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This was a cute little contemporary romance. A tad predictable but every once and awhile it is nice to just read a bit of fluff. Polly, is a thirty something single, enjoying the dating life and working for a gossipy newsmagazine. When her boss sends her on assignment to interview a playboy and future Duke, sparks fly and she finds herself wondering if he could be the "one." Or at least the guy she can take to her best friends' wedding. I didn't find the book outrageously funny and it was hard t This was a cute little contemporary romance. A tad predictable but every once and awhile it is nice to just read a bit of fluff. Polly, is a thirty something single, enjoying the dating life and working for a gossipy newsmagazine. When her boss sends her on assignment to interview a playboy and future Duke, sparks fly and she finds herself wondering if he could be the "one." Or at least the guy she can take to her best friends' wedding. I didn't find the book outrageously funny and it was hard to not see the nod to Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones' Diary Both female protagonists work in news, both are thirty something singles, and Polly wants to find her "Willoughby" a nod to Jane Austen's Sense&Sensibility. Fielding had a "Mr. Darcy" that was a nod to Austen's Pride and Prejudice. They spend most of their storylines pining after the playboy, when most people in the background see them with the straitlaced and dependable guy. All in all, not a bad romance but don't expect a lot of laughs.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The only good thing about this book is the premise, which is the reason I read it in the first place. Wedding season and the frequent reminders that you don't have a plus-one are a regular gamut run by single women in their thirties (ie well past your sell-by date). However, this book was just plain bad. In fact, they should have taken the premise off her. The writer, and by extension the main character Polly, has zero insight. There is loads of fat-shaming and aristocrat-worshipping, and no one The only good thing about this book is the premise, which is the reason I read it in the first place. Wedding season and the frequent reminders that you don't have a plus-one are a regular gamut run by single women in their thirties (ie well past your sell-by date). However, this book was just plain bad. In fact, they should have taken the premise off her. The writer, and by extension the main character Polly, has zero insight. There is loads of fat-shaming and aristocrat-worshipping, and no one stops at any point to consider that hey, it's 2018 and the hive-mind of society is reconsidering these things! My suspicion that this book was actually written a long time ago and then sat mouldering in a drawer is heightened by the fact that Polly works at a print magazine with four to five employees but not a single person is worried about the death of print media. Equally, it appears to be a stand-in for Hello!, except I would imagine a publication of that magnitude would have employee numbers in the hundreds, not the less-than-tens. If that's what it's supposed to be, why does Peregrine want Polly to write 'hard-hitting' pieces, not screamingly-obsequious puff pieces? Why on earth would anyone who reads Hello! want to hear about posh BDSM parties? That is 1000% not their target audience, ffs. Polly is described as a catch by everyone she meets, but I fail to understand why. She's a borderline alcoholic who lives in what sounds like a squat, doing the same job she got on leaving college, without any ambition to change it or even any idea what she would do instead. She lives on 500-calorie muffins (her description) and then laments that the free clothes she get from her job are a bit tight (they do fit though, just in case you thought she might actually be representing a non-standard body shape). She fat-shames without restraint and mental-illness-shames too, saying of Jasper's family that they should all be 'in an asylum'. Aside from the fact that residential care for serious cases of mental illness is no longer called 'asylum', the narrative doesn't even display why you would think that about his parents, who are a bit shouty and argumentative? And slow to get dressed, which is unsurprising given they HAVE SERVANTS - not something Polly cares to interrogate, preferring to focus on their imaginary mental disturbance. Polly also blows off her best friend's engagement party for a date. She keeps forgetting her mother has cancer in favour of worrying about her love life - handily, the mother gets a sudden-onset boyfriend while ON CHEMO, after decades of widowhood, thus relieving Polly of the need to be a decent daughter in her mother's hour of need. It's a good thing romance novels come with a few standard plots (best friend secretly in love with you, for example) because this writer could not come up with one on her own. Even something as simple as describing a hen party with a nude model and a Mrs&Mrs Game - something you could lift from anecdotes of any hen party ever - leaves her flummoxed. Absolutely dire dialogue, charaterisation, plot - and the SEX SCENES. OMFG. They are not sexy. Polly is constantly reluctantly agreeing to scenarios she's not into and are never discussed because BOYFRIEND, and I'm supposed to think that's hot? 2018! 2018! This reads like it was written in 1998, which is maybe why Jilly Cooper liked it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is not my usual genre, but after reading other people’s encouraging reviews I requested my copy from netgalley in exchange for a review. Polly the eternal single works at ‘Posh’ magazine a celebrity gossip magazine as a journalist writing stories about the royal aristocracy and other tongue in cheek articles! Polly declared that her sex life was drier than a Weetabix! When all you’re friends are getting married you are sadly reminded that you are the only singleton. When friend Lex announce This is not my usual genre, but after reading other people’s encouraging reviews I requested my copy from netgalley in exchange for a review. Polly the eternal single works at ‘Posh’ magazine a celebrity gossip magazine as a journalist writing stories about the royal aristocracy and other tongue in cheek articles! Polly declared that her sex life was drier than a Weetabix! When all you’re friends are getting married you are sadly reminded that you are the only singleton. When friend Lex announces her wedding plans, Polly has to come up with a plus one for the wedding, not an easy task. I found this book did make me laugh and although you could see what the outcome was going to be. I thoroughly enjoyed it, took me back to the horror of dating and waiting to see if they would text you, desperate not to appear too keen. This book has some classic one liners that made me chuckle out loud, it’s a very easy book to read in one day, ideally read on a beach relaxing in the sun with a glass of something fizzy!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lethmi

    A fun book, with some inspiration from my favourite, Jane Austen. Some nice little references to other cultural icons too, very subtle so as not to make you feel stupid if you don’t share the same knowledge-base, which is also fine. For a change, I rather liked the protagonist. She wasn’t the silly, cringe worthy character that often graces the page of this sort of book, or the over-the-top cool party animal. I actually wanted her to find her happiness in whatever form that came. The only down s A fun book, with some inspiration from my favourite, Jane Austen. Some nice little references to other cultural icons too, very subtle so as not to make you feel stupid if you don’t share the same knowledge-base, which is also fine. For a change, I rather liked the protagonist. She wasn’t the silly, cringe worthy character that often graces the page of this sort of book, or the over-the-top cool party animal. I actually wanted her to find her happiness in whatever form that came. The only down side was that the constant references to Jasper not asking after her sick mum paved the way for his particular character arc and I think that could be better. I’m sick of always knowing which character isn’t going to be Mr Right; let’s share in the heartache!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wanted to like this, I honestly did. This is a genre I typically enjoy, and the Jane Austen-inspired prelude to the novel promised a satisfying read. But it wasn't. Enormously predictable ending, vapid main character who seems incapable of adult emotions, poorly-developed plot lines, unnecessary characters (Callum? What a waste of writing space)-- This story has that all in spades. And then the ending. Oh, boy. The ending. Oh, so he's "THE ONE" based on...one kiss? With absolutely no evidence o I wanted to like this, I honestly did. This is a genre I typically enjoy, and the Jane Austen-inspired prelude to the novel promised a satisfying read. But it wasn't. Enormously predictable ending, vapid main character who seems incapable of adult emotions, poorly-developed plot lines, unnecessary characters (Callum? What a waste of writing space)-- This story has that all in spades. And then the ending. Oh, boy. The ending. Oh, so he's "THE ONE" based on...one kiss? With absolutely no evidence of chemistry or mutual interest prior to that last page? I'm not buying it, not buying any of it. This book isn't good, I'm afraid. I would not recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Not in the same league as What Happens Now I absolutely loved this author's second book, What Happens Now. It was witty, poignant and romantic. Unfortunately this was silly and unbelievable featuring daft caricatures that didn't feel authentic. I felt zero chemistry and the ending came from nowhere. I'm just relieved I read this second or I'd never have picked up another book from this author on the strength of this one. Complete story. I'd recommend her second book but not this one I'm afraid. Not in the same league as What Happens Now I absolutely loved this author's second book, What Happens Now. It was witty, poignant and romantic. Unfortunately this was silly and unbelievable featuring daft caricatures that didn't feel authentic. I felt zero chemistry and the ending came from nowhere. I'm just relieved I read this second or I'd never have picked up another book from this author on the strength of this one. Complete story. I'd recommend her second book but not this one I'm afraid.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adele Shea

    Although there a alot of raunchy sex scenes in it, I found The Plus One a cute little book. All of the characters are so likeable, especially Jasper, who I now have an extreme crush on. Polly Spencer, a Journalist for Posh! Magazine has been set a task to interview Jasper, who is basically playboy. Having not been in a relationship for year, will Polly fall for Jasper's charms and live happily ever after. Although there a alot of raunchy sex scenes in it, I found The Plus One a cute little book. All of the characters are so likeable, especially Jasper, who I now have an extreme crush on. Polly Spencer, a Journalist for Posh! Magazine has been set a task to interview Jasper, who is basically playboy. Having not been in a relationship for year, will Polly fall for Jasper's charms and live happily ever after.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cait

    I don't say this to be disparaging but: this very much feels like I picked up a British Chick-Lit book from 2005. If I didn't know that this was a recent release, I honestly would have assumed it was written at the height of Marian Keyes. Just to give you an idea of the feel and style of the book. It didn't really work for me, mostly because of the romance, but it was light and fluffy and might totally work for someone else. I don't say this to be disparaging but: this very much feels like I picked up a British Chick-Lit book from 2005. If I didn't know that this was a recent release, I honestly would have assumed it was written at the height of Marian Keyes. Just to give you an idea of the feel and style of the book. It didn't really work for me, mostly because of the romance, but it was light and fluffy and might totally work for someone else.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    A perfectly pleasant diversion 😊

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    A very fast, slightly humorous, and sometimes frustrating read. If you have read Bridget Jones's Diary then you have read this book -with a few changes! A little heavy on the sex, and what should have been a surprise twist at the end really wasn't...a little obvious for my taste. *ARC supplied by the publisher. A very fast, slightly humorous, and sometimes frustrating read. If you have read Bridget Jones's Diary then you have read this book -with a few changes! A little heavy on the sex, and what should have been a surprise twist at the end really wasn't...a little obvious for my taste. *ARC supplied by the publisher.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    DNF-ed at 21%. This was occasionally humorous, but the main character is really unlikable and I am not invested at all.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Kennedy

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I loved the authors writing style, wit and humor. The story was fantastic and it drew me right in. I loved each character and thought the character development was really well done. I think what I loved most about this story is that I could really relate to it and understood the character. Polly was so real and her thoughts were so easy to connect to. Life and emotions were understood; I could put myself in her spot and feel the exact same way. I laughed out lou I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I loved the authors writing style, wit and humor. The story was fantastic and it drew me right in. I loved each character and thought the character development was really well done. I think what I loved most about this story is that I could really relate to it and understood the character. Polly was so real and her thoughts were so easy to connect to. Life and emotions were understood; I could put myself in her spot and feel the exact same way. I laughed out loud at so many of the things that she thought and things that happened to her. It was fantastic. The character development was so great. There were things about each character that I loved and things that made me just shake my head. Each character could easily fit right into my life and some of them were just like people I know. The frustration was real, the humor was uncanny. I loved these characters and how real they felt. Characters that were real and the things that happen in life as well. This is one that I would definitely recommend. I think a lot of people would enjoy this read. Fantastic work and well worth it. I loved it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This book has it all! Love, romance, sadness and sex. I loved it. Funny at times and moving at others. It’s worth reading just for the aristocrats names themselves. Polly is alone and wondering why whilst her friends are marching up the aisle. Couple this with a job she is starting to hate and a family crisis you have the recipe for a fantastic story. This will be on every beach this summer. Can’t wait for the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    4.5 stars! It's very funny! 4.5 stars! It's very funny!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Denise Mcghie

    "The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a social function or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none" I love when you find a book that you can't put down and this is one. I related to Polly right from the start when she couldn't remember her work pc password after the festive break (me everytime after being away from work for more than a day ha!). The first chapter or so reminded me slightly of Bridget Jones, an obvious comparison, single 30year "The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a social function or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none" I love when you find a book that you can't put down and this is one. I related to Polly right from the start when she couldn't remember her work pc password after the festive break (me everytime after being away from work for more than a day ha!). The first chapter or so reminded me slightly of Bridget Jones, an obvious comparison, single 30year old female journalist, but that's not a bad thing (who doesn't love Bridget!) and as I got more into the book they thoughts disappeared and I was fully invested in the life of Polly and indeed her friends Bill, Joe, Lex, Lala, Legs, her mum and even Bertie the dog. Not wanting to give too much away about the book I knew there would be a plot twist with Polly and the rich, handsome Jasper and it didn't disappoint. One of the stand out quotes in the book,for me, was Susan, Polly's mum telling her "Never sacrifice anything. The right person will only add to your life, he won't take anything away from it" a sentiment I think everybody should bear in mind. A true romcom with a little sass here and there makes this a perfect read anytime, anywhere. I want to read more instalments of Polly's life and her friends lives and I look forward to reading more from Sophia Money-Coutts. Thank you NetGalley and HQ for the arc.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a fun, light read. I do enjoy British chick lit on the whole, but this did have its disappointments. I didn't like the pace. Took me awhile to get into it. Also didn't like the uncharacteristic departure of the lead love interest. I, for one, wanted to hear an explanation for his poor behaviour. I know he's set up this way, but then proves himself to be very different, so why then the very unexpected affair, so publicly. Seemed odd that when he's with Polly no paparazzi, but when he stray It was a fun, light read. I do enjoy British chick lit on the whole, but this did have its disappointments. I didn't like the pace. Took me awhile to get into it. Also didn't like the uncharacteristic departure of the lead love interest. I, for one, wanted to hear an explanation for his poor behaviour. I know he's set up this way, but then proves himself to be very different, so why then the very unexpected affair, so publicly. Seemed odd that when he's with Polly no paparazzi, but when he strays....??? And then he shows up drunk to "apologize" & we don't get an explanation. Seems like the author ran out of ideas as to what to do with him. Poorly done, in my opinion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Desirae Miller

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So much of this book felt like filler, and not even good filler. I love watching the build up to relationships in books. This one, however, spent so much time on a relationship that doesn't matter at all in the end. Then we just jump to being in love with the best friend, who is suddenly single in the last chapters. A best friend that we spent maybe 15 pages with during the entire book, so while I knew that was where it was going, there just was no reason to root for them as a couple. I was pret So much of this book felt like filler, and not even good filler. I love watching the build up to relationships in books. This one, however, spent so much time on a relationship that doesn't matter at all in the end. Then we just jump to being in love with the best friend, who is suddenly single in the last chapters. A best friend that we spent maybe 15 pages with during the entire book, so while I knew that was where it was going, there just was no reason to root for them as a couple. I was pretty disappointed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ingstje

    3.5*. This really was a perfect summer read to 'put your feet up and relax'. The Plus One has a high Bridget Jones vibe although Polly is a much cooler and fun person than Bridget and she's certainly not as clumsy and insecure, so I think I actually like her a whole lot more! She doesn't have the most interesting job at a magazine called Posh! but I must say it did make for some very entertaining reading. Her job includes writing articles about the new IT-dog (because the rich have an obsession f 3.5*. This really was a perfect summer read to 'put your feet up and relax'. The Plus One has a high Bridget Jones vibe although Polly is a much cooler and fun person than Bridget and she's certainly not as clumsy and insecure, so I think I actually like her a whole lot more! She doesn't have the most interesting job at a magazine called Posh! but I must say it did make for some very entertaining reading. Her job includes writing articles about the new IT-dog (because the rich have an obsession for horses, and dogs come a close second), finding baby scans so they know who the little ones can become friends with when born, to being sent to places she'd normally never go for the best scoop... like interviewing the new singleton marquess at his parent's castle, or attending 'special and top secret' parties frequented by people of the high classes. The Plus One isn't full of fairytales... although now that I think of it, the book does include a castle, a sheikh, a gold bath, bidet and loo seat... but at least in the bedroom department, when it comes down to it, it was hilarious and brutally honest :-). The many struggles and thoughts flashing through Polly's head were super funny and made me snort OUT LOUD. Yep, damn this book. I think you get the idea what type of novel it is :-). If you read this you're bound to get along with and root for Polly. Now there is a very serious health issue in this novel as well which makes it sometimes a bit more serious but overall this is just a fun chicklit novel that will transport you to a whole other world. I came to realise that even the rich and famous don't have the perfect lives and you can find sleazebags in every layer of society :-). I was a fan of the colorful cast in the novel, her gay roommate Joe, best friend Lex, colleagues Lala and Legs, old friend Bill, but I would have liked to see their own lives more in detail too and missed a bit more intrigue and drama perhaps. The ending left me completely satisfied though, I saw what was coming but was very happy the way it ended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Humorous and heartwarming.  This book is the tale of a thirty+ year old singleton who isn't 'looking' but really would like to have that special someone.   The problem that faces Polly Spencer is finding the 'right' someone.   With her best friend's wedding looming, Polly doesn't want to attend alone, especially when everyone around her seems to have their 'plus one'. When an interview leads to a possible relationship she grabs it with both hands despite the warnings and her own gut instinct.  Cou Humorous and heartwarming.  This book is the tale of a thirty+ year old singleton who isn't 'looking' but really would like to have that special someone.   The problem that faces Polly Spencer is finding the 'right' someone.   With her best friend's wedding looming, Polly doesn't want to attend alone, especially when everyone around her seems to have their 'plus one'. When an interview leads to a possible relationship she grabs it with both hands despite the warnings and her own gut instinct.  Could legendary playboy Jasper Milton be that special someone?   Polly faces several challenges including some weird and wonderful interviews as part of her job at "Posh!" magazine, a troubled time with her mum,  and a weekend hen party in Norfolk, throw in the antics of her "boyfriend" and you've got an emotional mix that will have you laughing one minute and shouting at her not to be so stupid the next!  A little predictable but all in all a really nice read.   

  23. 4 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    So, we have Polly, who's just turned 30 (and incidentally shares my birthday) and works as a journalist for a magazine called Posh!, a thinly-veiled rendering of Tatler - the kind of place where she works side-by-side with an earl's daughter and interviews marquesses. The marquess in question is Jasper Milton, whom she rapidly falls into a relationship with, despite him being a notorious playboy. On the side we have her mother, who's in stage 2 of breast cancer, her best friend Lex, who's gettin So, we have Polly, who's just turned 30 (and incidentally shares my birthday) and works as a journalist for a magazine called Posh!, a thinly-veiled rendering of Tatler - the kind of place where she works side-by-side with an earl's daughter and interviews marquesses. The marquess in question is Jasper Milton, whom she rapidly falls into a relationship with, despite him being a notorious playboy. On the side we have her mother, who's in stage 2 of breast cancer, her best friend Lex, who's getting married to a man Polly disapproves of, and her other best friend Bill, who's trying to balance an internet start-up with dating the off-putting Willow. The good: I loved Polly's inner voice. It took me a while to warm up to; she sounded very stilted at first. But somehow, as I persevered, it grew on me. The fact that basically nothing in this novel is going where you'd expect - or at least, not getting there the way you'd expect it to be getting there - is also a massive plus. For a book about a girl whose job entails photographing barons' daughters in bathtubs of avocado, it felt surprisingly realistic. The observations on the British aristocracy were hilarious too. Who doesn't think all those double-barrelled (incredibly, they go up to quadruple-barrelled: say hello to the Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis lot!) are a bit ridiculous? I thought at first this book would basically be the equivalent of a historical romance in modern London, what with the marquess, but it's very much not a fairytale. In fact, for a book with a marquess, this is as real as it gets. I can't deny I'm a tiny bit disappointed about that, but my biggest gripe is the fact that right at the very end, the book took a very random turn with a certain character - it felt too unexpected, and not completely consistent with his behaviour up to that point. Or hers for that matter. Still, I loved the premise of the book and most of the execution, and it had a dry humour I've really grown fond of. 3.5 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com So honest it will make you cringe a bit but so heartwarming and fun it will make you giggle, The Plus One was a stellar debut from Sophia Money-Coutts. ‘He was clearly the boy your mother warned you about but he was also charming… More charming than the papers made out. Or maybe it was the wine?’ I truly did laugh and cringe my way through this rom-com thanks to our author’s dry-witted writing voice that flowed easily across the pages. Polly, our heroine, See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com So honest it will make you cringe a bit but so heartwarming and fun it will make you giggle, The Plus One was a stellar debut from Sophia Money-Coutts. ‘He was clearly the boy your mother warned you about but he was also charming… More charming than the papers made out. Or maybe it was the wine?’ I truly did laugh and cringe my way through this rom-com thanks to our author’s dry-witted writing voice that flowed easily across the pages. Polly, our heroine, came through as so real to me. She was a rather bumbling Londoner sometimes, a might lost when it came to romance and finding her direction in life, but she meant well and had a huge capacity for love. How could you not root for her, yeah? Read More

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    DNF @10% 2019; HQ/HarperCollins I read just 10% of this novel so I did not give this one a huge change. This is because I recently tried to read her other novel What Happens Now? and the humour and story just did not work for me. I am picky when it comes to romances, especially romantic comedies. I think with rom-coms you have to really enjoy the main character and her humour. It's like becoming besties as you have to feel for all the pratfalls that ensues. I am giving up as of now on this author. DNF @10% 2019; HQ/HarperCollins I read just 10% of this novel so I did not give this one a huge change. This is because I recently tried to read her other novel What Happens Now? and the humour and story just did not work for me. I am picky when it comes to romances, especially romantic comedies. I think with rom-coms you have to really enjoy the main character and her humour. It's like becoming besties as you have to feel for all the pratfalls that ensues. I am giving up as of now on this author. If you love rom-coms, please take a look at other reviews :) ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda Romer

    I loved The Plus One, hilariously funny and loads of fun. Polly is a relatable character that's having trouble finding someone special, even if she's not really looking for him. I loved every part of this book and laughed out loud through most of it. I enjoyed this Authors writing and am looking forward to the next great read. I give The Plus One 5 stars for its very entertaining read. I would recommend this book to Romance fans. I loved The Plus One, hilariously funny and loads of fun. Polly is a relatable character that's having trouble finding someone special, even if she's not really looking for him. I loved every part of this book and laughed out loud through most of it. I enjoyed this Authors writing and am looking forward to the next great read. I give The Plus One 5 stars for its very entertaining read. I would recommend this book to Romance fans.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracey-J

    I finished this book but I didn't like it. The story was not engaging, it felt like a none story - I felt zero connection with any of the characters. I just can't even, I was bored throughout the whole thing, the only reason I didn't DNF this was because I was hoping for a good ending but that didn't happen either, I finished this book but I didn't like it. The story was not engaging, it felt like a none story - I felt zero connection with any of the characters. I just can't even, I was bored throughout the whole thing, the only reason I didn't DNF this was because I was hoping for a good ending but that didn't happen either,

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    Unsure about the ending?? It was unexpected, confusing and felt rushed. Mostly enjoyed it though!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gmr

    Polly is a grand character, though she thinks/shares things QUITE literally...and if overthinking was a sport, she should have been signed up for it since birth! Honestly, I loved the humor, even when it strayed into the "adult" realm of things, and found myself stopping rather often to share a scene or chuckle with those around me. Now some of it may not be shareable depending on your audience...remember I said she is VERY literal, so there is no dancing around things going on here...but still, Polly is a grand character, though she thinks/shares things QUITE literally...and if overthinking was a sport, she should have been signed up for it since birth! Honestly, I loved the humor, even when it strayed into the "adult" realm of things, and found myself stopping rather often to share a scene or chuckle with those around me. Now some of it may not be shareable depending on your audience...remember I said she is VERY literal, so there is no dancing around things going on here...but still, I was laughing. Oh and should I ever need to get into a latex catsuit, I've been sufficiently schooled. (OMG. LOL!) Anywho... The majority of the story is filled with Polly's adventures through singledom with the possibly reformed playboy Marquess, Jasper. We see the ups, the downs, the stolen moments, and trivial banter, all while this romance is blossoming. I mean, he's fab alright, and turns heads wherever he goes, but sometimes you have to call a spade a spade. As much as I wanted to believe the fairytale aspect of it, I just couldn't quite put my faith in him. Even his past connection with her bestie La had me on edge...not that I thought she'd necessarily do something, but one never knows with circumstances, and green-eyed monsters...so when things turn the way they did, I was only half surprised. Now the ending though, that actually took me places I didn't see coming. I mean, I enjoyed the "show" and the fallout was handled well, but it felt a bit off. It didn't seem, even looking back, like it was leading to that particular outcome...so I wasn't displeased, I was just off kilter. In the end, it was definitely out there, off the wall, and typically British...but I enjoyed it, even with the slight misstep at book's end. The humor was spot on, the transparency between friends applause worthy, and the characters well worth knowing. Recommended for ADULT readers of Contemporary Romance who love a good helping of humor pointed at the everyday trials and tribulations of adult life. **eARC received for review; opinions are my own

  30. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Many thanks to Sophia Money-Coutts and Harper Collins for this ARC. Polly is a 30-year-old single woman. No boyfriend in sight. But she's happy, so she thinks, until she meets Jasper, Marquess of Milton. He's from a rich, royal, eccentric family that enjoys horses and tweed, a little too much. Soon Polly is involved and can't understand why jet-setting Jasper is smitten with her. Well, you know as soon as Polly lets her guard down, the relationship spirals. On top of that, Polly's mum is battlin Many thanks to Sophia Money-Coutts and Harper Collins for this ARC. Polly is a 30-year-old single woman. No boyfriend in sight. But she's happy, so she thinks, until she meets Jasper, Marquess of Milton. He's from a rich, royal, eccentric family that enjoys horses and tweed, a little too much. Soon Polly is involved and can't understand why jet-setting Jasper is smitten with her. Well, you know as soon as Polly lets her guard down, the relationship spirals. On top of that, Polly's mum is battling cancer and her best friend Lex is getting married to an obvious jerk. I won't tell you the end but I will say that I enjoyed this romantic comedy. This is the perfect summer read! It was a teeny bit predictable but Polly was a laugh a minute. I admired her strength and her ability to keep her shit together when she felt like falling apart. Yes! (Nothing worse than a whiny character.) I'm looking forward to any of Ms. Money-Coutts future works. With appreciation, Al Monte

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