Blog Tour and Book Review: Stuck On You by Portia MacIntosh
Could a post-it note really lead to love...?
Sadie doesn't have time for finding love. She's too busy as PA for famous artist Damian Banks. When she's not arranging exhibitions, she's organising his dry cleaning or dumping his never ending stream of girlfriends. But when she strikes up an unusual friendship with her desk share buddy, she finds a confidante and a new potential love interest. Problem is, they've never actually met... With Christmas just around the corner, can Sadie put herself first for a change and find what she's been looking for all along?
This was such a fun and charming read. Desperate to break into the cliquey world of art curation, Sadie has been working in tangential jobs for years, finally landing a role as the PA for top photographer Damian Banks. Unfortunately, Damian’s a nightmare, as she agrees with Adam, the guy she hot-desks with but has never met - they exchange cute post-it notes.
Damian’s a bit of a man-child who relies on Sadie utterly - to the point of getting her to dump girlfriends for him (yes, really!) - and my eyebrows did go up when I finally clued in that Damian was the love interest here. And then I thought, well… he’s basically the modern-day equivalent of a Regency rake, and I can buy that as a love interest, so why not this? Especially because the author does such a bang-up job of breaking down Damian’s walls as the story goes on - the scenes with him visiting Sadie’s Christmas-obsessed family in Yorkshire were an utter delight.
There’s a huge elephant in the room, though, and one I guessed fairly early on; Damian and Adam are the same person, which does mean he’s been lying to Sadie all along, and having his other staff play along with it; it verges over into gaslighting and I definitely found it uncomfortable. By the time it came out, Sadie was perpetrating a massive lie of her own by not telling Damian she’d got a new job and was quitting, but two wrongs do not make a right. The author did handle it well by having BOTH of them realise they’d been in the wrong and apologise properly, which I was able to accept, but things like this could well be triggering for people with gaslighters and liars in their past, so just be aware that this could be an issue for you.
With all that said, I honestly loved this story. Damian and Sadie were messy, but they were messy in a way that felt very real, human beings who are imperfect and stuff up but do their best to make amends for it to the people they love. I absolutely bought into the reality and longevity of them as a couple and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a good British chick-lit rom-com. Five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley and Rachel’s Random Resources.
Author Bio –
Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It's Not You, It's Them and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.
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