I found out about A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess through my good friend Janice of Specfic Romantic. I’m always curious whenever Janice gives a romantic read a thumbs up because I feel like we enjoy the same type of things when it comes to romance novels. The fact that she mentioned Sarra Manning, who is one of my adult contemporary romance authors, in her review convinced me that I really should read A Girl Like You.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
After breaking up with her boyfriend of, well, forever, Abigail Wood must learn how to be single from scratch. Her dating skills are abysmal, and she ricochets from disaster to disaster – until Robert, one of London’s most notorious lotharios, agrees to coach her.
With his advice, she learns to navigate the bastard-infested waters of the bar scene and practices the art of being bulletproof. The new Abigail is cocky, calm, composed…but what happens when she meets her match?
I picked A Girl Like You up because I was in the mood for a light and fun contemporary romance. I was surprised that I got something with more meat on it than I initially expected. The whole book spans several months, starting right after Abigail’s breakup with her long-time boyfriend and covering the time when she learns how to become a bulletproof single lady who enjoys dating. I must say that I really enjoyed reading about how Abigail and Robert’s friendship develop. I think it’s great that they got along so well as flatmates and even better as friends. It was also nice how their groups of friends merged together. At the start of the book, Abigail’s sister Sophie is about to marry Luke, who is one of Robert’s oldest friends. The wedding towards the end of the book is also something that I enjoyed reading. It’s always fun for me to read books that focus not only on the main characters but also on their relationships with friends and family. I liked how Abigail’s family also gets some screen time in the book. I felt like the characters were realistically portrayed – they’re funny, smart and sarcastic people at various stages in their lives: single, in a relationship, settled in a career, still trying to decide what to do with their lives. I even felt like I would get along with Abigail and her friends if they were real people (although I don’t think I would be able to keep up with the swearing and the drinking).
I liked how Abigail’s life didn’t revolve around her love life – she liked spending time with her best buddies and she was also thinking about her career. Even though I don’t work in an investment firm, I could totally relate to being an analyst in a corporate setting. I could also relate to Abigail trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life and what she’s really passionate about. It’s not that easy to find a job that you’re qualified for and is also something that you can get excited about. I thought it was fun that the book is partially set in Hong Kong because while I’ve never been to London, I’ve visited Hong Kong before. I have a minor quibble which is that some of the characters dated within one group of friends – I know that that’s an accurate portrayal of real life and I’ve actually seen it happen but it’s something that I don’t particularly like. But maybe that’s just me. All in all, I think A Girl Like You was a delightful read. It falls under what I like to call contemporary romance that has more depth than usual, which I really enjoy reading. I look forward to reading Dating Detox by Gemma Burgess. I recently got approved on NetGalley for the first title in her new adult series, Brooklyn Girls, so I’m also planning to read that soon.