After finishing my first read of 2015 during the day on Jan. 1, I needed another story to close out the first day of the new year. During the final days of 2014, I discovered I have a ridiculously high number of unread books hanging out on my Nook, Kindle, and bookshelves. Determined to resolve that, and in the market for a short, fun read, I turned to Caitie Quinn's romantic comedy novella, The Last Single Girl.
With the dregs of New Year's Eve champagne in my holiday wine glass sippy cuppy and my Christmas tree lights still stubbornly on, this seemed like the perfect set-up for a night curled up on the sofa.
Fast-paced with a witty and concise writing, The Last Single Girl was everything I was looking for in a light evening read. Dropped into the story at precisely the right moment, I understood and related to Sarah's predicament, empathized with it (particularly the wenchy frenemy), and wanted to see how her attempts at finding a New Year's Eve date via online dating would go.
That's all Sarah has to find a date for the Big Night or earn the honor of being the last single girl in her inner circle. Actually, in all her circles. So with four weeks to find Mr. Right and a frienemy already counting her out, Sarah joins eLove.com hoping that - just like the perfect purse - the internet and online dating can help her find the perfect man.
The problem is, love isn't always where you think you'll find it and Mr. Right may not be the one with the shiniest profile.
I was also quickly smitten with one of the men who comes across Sarah's path and found myself cheering for him almost as much as I was rooting on Sarah.
The "villain" of this story, who happens to be Sarah's frenemy, was also just irritating enough for me to want to slap a few times, but not bad enough that I couldn't understand why they were friends.
As a fellow last single girl, this was a particularly nice read to start my new year. It left me feeling like love really could be just around the corner, and maybe it's somewhere you wouldn't suspect immediately. That's not such a bad thought.
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