I had a lot of fun reading this rom-com book. Think Bridget Jones meets Grey’s Anatomy meets Carry On Nurse! Which makes for an entertaining mix up of image issues, innuendo and romantic tension all with a backdrop of a busy city centre hospital.Ideal Girl by Jenny O'Brien
Published by self published on August 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Humorous, Love & Romance
Source: Received from Author
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Ideal girl is the first in a series of romantic novels, which find old fashioned girls thrown into modern day settings.
All set in the fictitious Dublin hospital of St Justin's staff not only have to cope with their stressful jobs, they also have to cope with the mire that is 'pre- relationship hell!'
First Line of The Ideal Girl by Jenny O’Brien:
“How in the name of all that’s holy can a kiss be so squelchy?”
My Thoughts on The Ideal Girl by Jenny O’Brien:
I don’t know if I’ve ever read a hospital romance before but the setting worked so well as it was a hot bed of young, free and single characters who work hard and who have a lot of steam to let off in their down time. It makes for a book with heart and humour and some very quirky one liners that made me smile knowingly!
The main character is Liddy who I immediately liked. She is honest, she is genuine and I could see myself being friends with her. I totally empathised with her lack of confidence and her critical thoughts on her curvy body. Her family background is also developed enough so that we can see what drives her self-doubt and lack of assurance. Her deficiency of dating experience makes her somewhat unusual but that added vulnerability just made her even more likeable.
There is a cute romance that felt realistic and I loved that we got to see both points of view. Mitch is bowled over when he falls for Liddy as she is the exact opposite to the Ideal Girlfriend that he had pictured up to this point. I enjoyed watching them get to know each other and slowly build up to something meaningful. And it never got cheesy which I hate.
One thing irked me a lot as I read though and it was a character called Donal. In the very first chapter, he groped Liddy at work. And as he is senior to her in the hospital food chain, this really bugged me. Liddy despite being quiet was well able to tell him to back off but it made me uneasy. However he still tried it on again another day. So I was dumbfounded when she later referred to him as ‘a dear’. Nope, he’s not. He’s probably more clueless than anything but that kind of behaviour AT WORK or anywhere is just not on.
That aside I loved the humour in the book and the tangled journey through dating misadventures was poignant and entertaining. There was enough conflict to make things interesting but it never felt ott or ridiculous. And the characters pulled me right in and had me rooting for them.
“Relationships should be like flat pack; come with easy to follow instructions so that you knew which bits fitted where.”
Overall this is an entertaining read. It’s a début novel and it does feel like that at times. However the author has knack for humour, snappy dialogue and quirky characters so I know I’d like to read more by her in the future.
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Who should read Ideal Girl by Jenny O’Brien?
I’d recommend this to you if you like books which are romantic but still funny and that have characters that are still trying to figure themselves.
Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.