I have a book review for you all today. I’ve been going through a Kirsty Moseley phase again, so if you saw last weeks review you’ll have seen that I reread Nothing Left to Lose, and now this week I finally got around to reading Man Crush Monday which I have been super hyped for! I’m part of Kirsty’s Facebook group and I swear her posts on there have been getting me through lockdown. She was meant to be writing a sequel (but not sequal, more like an accompanying piece) for this, instead she’s been working on something else and raking in a huge word count and I just relate so much with that. Whatever she brings out next I will surely be reading! But enough rambling for me, let’s get into the review.
Title: Man Crush Monday
Author: Kirsty Moseley
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: 1st February 2020
Pages: 303 pages
When I Read It: 11th May 2020
Goodreads Rating: 4.23 Stars
Perma-single Amy Clarke prides herself on three things: her pink hair, her Converse collection, and her ability to drink copious amounts of margarita without puking. She isn’t looking for love. She’s perfectly content with her simultaneous love affairs with Netflix and both Ben and Jerry. The trouble is, sometimes, love finds you.
Five months ago, he climbed aboard her train, and nothing has been the same since. Fast-forward to now, she still doesn’t know his name, but she knows she wants his babies.
Her crush—this tall, dark, and handsome dork who gets on her train every other Monday—has no idea he brightens her day with his panty-wetting smile and laugh that makes her pulse quicken.
When a chance encounter outside of work forces them to have their first proper conversation, things quickly go from loving him from afar to up close and very personal. With a string of disastrous exes in her past, has Amy finally found her Mr Perfect? Or does fate have other plans?
My Goodreads Review:
May 9, 2020 – page 39 12.87% “So far I am loving it! I adore Amy – I feel like we are the same person. Jared is swoon-worthy to the nth degree! I can’t wait to see where the story goes.”
May 10, 2020 – page 79 26.07% “I’m still in love! It’s perfect, Jared is so sweet and cute and adorable and I love it. Potential new favourite from Kirsty Moseley”
May 11, 2020 – Finished 100% “This was such a roller coaster! It was hilarious and adorable and the perfect summer read. Every page makes you smile. This is spoiler free..
But I do have to say that when the plot twist happened I was so shocked. I never even saw it coming!! And I read a lot of Romance novels so to shock me takes a lot. It was so incredibly written ( not that I was surprised by that, this is Kirsty we’re talking about)
Also the amount of second hand embarrassment I felt for Amy was astounding. I actually think I’m linked to Amy on a personal level, we are the same person. I have so many great thoughts about this, I can’t wait to write a full review on my blog. 5/5 stars 🤗”
My Favourite Quotes:
- It’s Man Crush Monday *le sigh*
- “Fishing metaphors? Seriously, stop watching that Wicked Tuna programme!”
- I pull open the door, and when he smiles down at me, all sexy eyes and straight teeth, all thoughts of being cool are long gone.
“Fuck. Well, I just came,” I blurt, and then my eyes go widen in horror at what I just said.
“That was easy,” he deadpans, cocking an eyebrow at me before we both burst out laughing.
- “To surprises and paths yet undecided.” They both raise up their glasses and clink them against mine, and I gasp as Puzzle lets out a huge fart and then runs away from himself.
Nana tsks her tongue. “Well, that ruined the moment.”
- Tim laughs his eyes sparkling with amusement. “Amy’s like a gremlin.”
My mouth drops open in outrage , and I fold my arms across my chest. “Oh gee, thanks.”
He holds up a hand and raises one eyebrow. “Just calm your tits there Gizmo. Hear me out.”
- “Now you know I’m a despicable, horrible person.”
He nods slowly, his eyes burning into mine in understanding. “Yeah, but you’re my despicable, horrible person.”
*There were so many quotes I loved but they all had spoilers in them so I cut them, also if I wrote down every quote I loved from this book I’d basically just be rewriting the whole thing haha.
*Another thing I quickly have to mention is that it does have sex in it. I’m happy with that but I just thought that I should mention that it’s probably an 18+
Characters: Like I said last week, Moseley’s characters are always incredible. And this book just proves this even more. I actually think Amy was modelled on me. Which my boyfriend begrudgingly agreed when I listed him off the reasons (so you know it has to be true) I don’t think I’ve ever read a character I thought I was more like than her. It mainly comes down to her inner thoughts, I swear Moseley can read my mind hahaha. Amy sold this book to me, she was funny and bold and apologetically her and I LOVED that so much!
I loved Jared, he is interesting as a book boy because while he is everything you expect: handsome, kind, funny etc. He also is a neat freak, perfectionist and a hard ass boss, and these aren’t the most common traits for the perfect love interest. If anything, it was his quirks that made me love him so much more. He was different, not a carbon copy of other male protagonists. When faced with the big twist of the book, he was calm and dignified and just handled it so maturely and realistically. So great!
You really spend most of your time with these two in the book, you get glispses of each family – I love Amy’s crazy family, her nana and her mum had me laughing so much. And I also adored Amy’s best friend Heather, she is supportive and a great laugh and just brilliant to read. Overall, I stand by my statement that Moseley’s characters are always incredible!
Characters = 10/10
Humour: This book had me in hysterics. I was actually crying with laughter at points. I think it partly comes down a little to the characters cause I like I said I thought Amy and I were super similar which only made the things she said and did 100 times funnier because I have either done them myself, or will probably do it at some point. Her banter with all the characters were just amazing, especially Jared. It was by far the funniest book I read this year.
Humour = 10/10
Atmosphere: I felt so comfortable with this setting, as it was set in England. I don’t read many books that are set in the UK, but when I get the chance to I always love them. They always make me feel so comfortable and safe and homely. I just engage with everything so much more.
Atmosphere = 10/10
Writing Style: I’m just saying exactly what I said for the last review because I’ve talked about Moseley’s writing style before. I always adore it. It’s believable and realistic. This was slightly different in the way it’s probably the first book I’ve read of hers that doesn’t tackle serious or hard subject matter and I think that’s why this is my favourite so far, because despite adoring the romantic suspense genre sometimes you just want a good old fashioned Rom-Com. Her writing is what makes you fall in love with her characters. I can’t put into words how incredible it is. 10/10 as always.
Writing Style = 10/10
Plot: I liked the plot. It’s the perfect summer read in my opinion. Sweet and funny with a bit of drama. What more could you want? It loses a mark because not much happens outwith the one huge plot twist. Or well, stuff happens but nothing that rocks the boat or disturbs the plot. It just all slowly builds and builds until BAM! This massive twist that you never could have seen coming hits…and that’s probably why it’s so shocking cause everything is so chill and happy and perfect.
Plot = 9/10
Intrigue: It’s not the kind of book that has you on the edge of your seat, or dragging your heels. It’s not fast or slow paced, just perfect. It’s the Goldilocks read.
When I was reading I was very aware that things were going great for the main characters and I couldn’t see where anything could go wrong. I was therefore blown away when the plot twist happened because I was just stunned not only by the twist itself but by the fact that I hadn’t seen it coming because I always see it coming!
Intrigue = 10/10
Logic: I’ve said it a couple times now but I always enjoy Kirsty Moseley’s writing not just because they’re great but also because they are super believable. So a 10/10 for me.
Logic = 10/10
Enjoyment: Last week, I said that Nothing Left to Lose was my all-time favourite book by Moseley (that I’d read) but this one beats that for me. I just loved Amy, she was the perfect character to read, the humour had me in stitches, the plot had me constantly guessing and on the edge of my seat. It was perfection!
Enjoyment = 10/10
Relationships: I don’t know what I can say other than I loved them. They both had their quirks and when they were together they balanced each other so well. They had banter and flirtation throughout not just when courting. They were just awesome. I loved that both of them were hot people. Like it wasn’t like only Jared could see the beauty in her and only she could see his hotness. They were both hot and everyone could see it and I loved that! I just loved them…if you couldn’t tell ahaha.
Relationships = 10/10
Overall Score = 89/90 or 9.8/10
I think this is the highest scoring book review I’ve ever written. I adored it. It’s definitely in my top of the year list and pushing it’s way up onto top favourites of all time. I cannot recommend enough. It’s the perfect summer read! You need this if you like a cute romance!