Love by the Book: A Novel

By Melissa Pimentel

A laugh-out-loud debut novel that would pride enthusiasts of Bridget Jones’s Diary and HBO’s Girls

Love through the booklet charts a 12 months within the lifetime of Lauren Cunningham, a gorgeous, clever, and unlucky-in-love twenty-eight-year-old American. Feeling previous sooner than her time, Lauren strikes to London looking for the fab unmarried lifestyles replete with horny Englishmen. yet why can’t she persuade the boys she’s when you consider that she particularly isn’t after whatever extra severe than heavily sturdy intercourse? made up our minds to wreck the curse, Lauren turns her love existence into an test: every month she's going to stick with a special relationship advisor until eventually she discovers the technological know-how in the back of being a siren. Lauren will persist with The Rules, she’ll play The Game, and alongside the best way she’ll magazine her (mis)adventures and perhaps even locate an individual worthy maintaining directly to. Witty, gritty, and extremely actual to lifestyles, Love by means of the booklet will have you ever in stitches.

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I’ve heard plenty approximately you,” she acknowledged, bundling me into the hallway. i used to be rendered mute with confusion. used to be this his ex-wife? possibly they weren’t truly divorced . . . perhaps they have been swingers, and this used to be how they lured of their conquests. “Well,” i presumed to myself, “if they suspect they’re getting one other threesome out of me this month, they’ve bought one other factor coming. ” within the heritage, I heard the sound of cartoons and a small baby softly making a song to herself, and commenced to panic. Holy fuck: did he even have a child together with her? what kind of fucked-up international had I entered? “That’s simply Poppy,” the middle-aged girl acknowledged. “Don’t brain her! I’m Jane, incidentally, although I count on you recognize that already. I’ll simply run up and get him. ” I was hoping desperately that she intended motorbike man and never one other rogue baby. i attempted to calm myself down. definitely there has been a rational reason for all this. I had simply controlled to get my respiring again to general whilst I felt a faucet on my shoulder. I became, readying myself to invite motorbike man loads of pertinent questions, and used to be confronted as an alternative with one other frazzled yet kind-faced middle-aged individual, this time a guy. “Lauren! ” he stated, pulling me in for an ungainly include. “We’ve been so waiting for assembly you! I’m Oliver. I’m certain you recognize all approximately me—probably greater than I care to imagine! We’ve had a few adventures in our time, that’s needless to say. good, he’ll be down in exactly a tick. Do you fancy a cup of tea? I’ve simply opened a stunning bottle of Rioja if you’d like whatever a piece stronger . . . ? ” Oliver checked out me optimistically. “No thanks,” I controlled to stutter. What within the identify of all that's holy was once happening the following? A FOURSOME? i used to be keen on increasing my horizons, yet this used to be pushing it. I heard footsteps bounding down the steps and acknowledged a silent prayer that it wasn’t a 5th participant during this strange tableau. “Hey, babe! ” I nearly handed out with aid while I observed motorbike Guy’s beaming face charging round the nook towards me. “I see you’ve met the total gang! we could move upstairs? ” It was once a bit ahead, yet i used to be so desirous to extricate myself from the location that I nodded mutely. I simply was hoping Oliver and Jane weren’t going to persist with. “Pop down later for a tumbler of wine when you fancy! ” Oliver referred to as as we headed up the steps. I heard Jane whisper, “Leave them be! ” and the sound of the 2 of them laughing. bizarre. at the very least we have been going to be on my own. motorbike man pulled on a bit rope dangling from the ceiling on the best of the steps and a steel ladder got here tumbling out. “Watch your head! ” he stated as he all started mountain climbing. “It will get a piece slender on the most sensible. ” I climbed up after him, a part of me thinking about why i used to be coming into a move slowly area and one other, better a part of me too burdened by means of fresh occasions to probe any longer. Following him appeared the simplest choice. while he reached the head of the ladder, he hopped onto the touchdown and spun round to offer me a supporting hand. “Up you get! ” i used to be pulled up into the move slowly area and deposited at the ground. “Are we within the attic? ” I requested, peering during the darkness.

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