A Question of Us
Two best friends. Eight pub quizzes. One shot at love... There are some people who seem like they have all the answers in life. Clarrie Midwinter isn't one of them. At the age of 26, tomboy Clarrie is still struggling to become a 'proper' grown-up. She's eternally strapped for cash, she hasn't had a date in nearly a year and her attempts to quit smoking tend to take a nosedive after the second pint. Most annoyingly of all, her ladykiller best friend Simon just won't stop asking her out. The only thing keeping her sane is her pub quiz team, the Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers. But when Simon bets her a date their team will win the quiz league, Clarrie is forced to confront what she really wants out of life – and love. Is it finally time for her to grow up? Gloriously irreverent, badly behaved romantic comedy from the author of Meet Me at the Lighthouse.

A Question of Us Details

TitleA Question of Us
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2019
PublisherAria
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

A Question of Us Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an odd reading experience for me. From the moment I picked this up, I was hooked and did not want to put it down. The friend group was so charming and the main character, Clarrie, and her love interest, Simon, had SO MUCH CHEMISTRY. Seriously, SO MUCH. I was positively buzzin' over how much I was enjoying this. HOWEVER. Clarrie ended up becoming SO INSUFFERABLE. She was her own worst enemy and kept ruining things for herself and I am never gonna be over it. BLAH. Also worth noting: This was such an odd reading experience for me. From the moment I picked this up, I was hooked and did not want to put it down. The friend group was so charming and the main character, Clarrie, and her love interest, Simon, had SO MUCH CHEMISTRY. Seriously, SO MUCH. I was positively buzzin' over how much I was enjoying this. HOWEVER. Clarrie ended up becoming SO INSUFFERABLE. She was her own worst enemy and kept ruining things for herself and I am never gonna be over it. BLAH. Also worth noting: this book is VERY British. I didn't really mind it, but if you're not into that, this is definitely not the book for you. Also also worth noting: there is a fair amount of cheating in this book. None of it is between the main couple, but it happens at two different times and is a lil unsettling, so just keep that in mind if you want to read this as well. ANYWAY overall I did enjoy this book, but I can't pretend that I didn't have quite a few issues with it in the end.TW: cheating, miscarriage, cancer
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Netgalley and Aria for an E-arc in exchange for an honest review.A sweet, funny and unapologetically British friends to lovers romanceBefore I start my review I would like to address some of the negative reviews on this, as some of the comments have mentioned readers being distracted or annoyed by the Britishness of this book...Now this is very British, and I'm not talking about Hugh Grant, princes, lords or the posh stereotype of British people, but proper northern working class Many thanks to Netgalley and Aria for an E-arc in exchange for an honest review.A sweet, funny and unapologetically British friends to lovers romanceBefore I start my review I would like to address some of the negative reviews on this, as some of the comments have mentioned readers being distracted or annoyed by the Britishness of this book...Now this is very British, and I'm not talking about Hugh Grant, princes, lords or the posh stereotype of British people, but proper northern working class people. And I loved it! The jokes, banter, friendships, scenery was ace! The fact that it was set in a small town/village like I grew up in, where there is literally nothing to do but go to the pub (or drink in a field being judged by cows lol). It was so relatable to me! Now I understand that it won't be to some people who um aren't British, but I feel like that's a lame and lazy excuse! I read a lot of books, and most of them are set in the USA and that's fine. BUT I know nothing about American football, ice hockey and other USA sports, the school or college system, etc. It's a completely different culture to us, and uses a lot of different words, but that's ok. I have google! I have urban dictionary! I have had to look up so much over the years to understand what's going on, but I did it. Now along comes a book set in northern England, and all of a sudden people don't like it because its different, and the Britishness is distracting?! WTF man?!Alright so this was a delightful friends to lovers romance, and it was sloooooow burn, so if you like that then it will be right up your street! It also features pub quizzes, which are one of my favourite things to do with a group of friends! So much fun!This was about Simon and Clarrie, best friends since they were 4. Simon keeps asking Clarrie out but she thinks he's joking so keeps turning him down (even though she's really into him) He then makes a bet with her that if their pub quiz team wins the league, she has to finally let him take her out on a date! Simon and Clarrie were the best! I loved Simon, what an amazing book boyfriend! Such a good friend to Clarrie and the rest of the gang, he wasn't afraid to cry and show his emotions. And he's fit! He and Clarrie had such a great connection, and great chemistry! Clarrie was the narrator and she's great! A bit rough around the edges, she suffers from anxiety but was a very likeable character. I do wish the anxiety had been explained a bit earlier, and the book had delved in a bit deeper into that though. My only negative about Clarrie was how long it took her to realise that Simon had feelings for her, and how long she took to decide, it was a bit frustrating. Anyway, even though the book was about Simon and Clarrie, it was also about their group of friends Sonny, Gem and Dave. I loved the friendship dynamics in this! They loved and supported each other and it was so nice to see! These characters were so precious! They clawed their way into my heart throughout the book and I love them all. They could be quite immature at times, but they felt like real people in their late 20's, struggling with the types of issues that you do at that point in your life.This book was so funny! The humour was really dry, and the banter was relentless! It was spot on to be honest! I grew up with a group of lads and girls in my friendship group, and we're still mates now. Our WhatsApp group could be straight out of this book. Lots of swearing, boobs, penis and your mum jokes etc very immature but still funny lol. I snorted and laughed out loud a few times reading this! That's just what it's like here, we take the piss out of each other constantly if we love you! I loved the back and forth and snarky wit!The book was also about family, and about the tightknit community which these characters live in. I also liked that. So many romances just focus on the main couple, whereas this book felt so raw, messy and real. All of the characters were important in this, and they had their own lives and storylines.So yes I loved this slow burn friends to lovers romance! It was the perfect beach read for me. I had such a smile on my face after reading it, and was on such a high! If you do decide to read this and don't understand parts, then either look it up, or message me friends!😂
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  • Finitha Jose
    January 1, 1970
    There is no contesting the fact that enemies to lovers is my favourite trope, but friends to lovers can always bag the second position. And this lovely book undoubtedly goes straight to my favourite shelf. Set in a typically British village, the story had me in the hooks from the very beginning and the pages flew by . . . just like that. When I said 'village' that doesn't mean the story is all about a cosy, little Edenic place. On the contrary, most of the story surrounds a tightly knit group an There is no contesting the fact that enemies to lovers is my favourite trope, but friends to lovers can always bag the second position. And this lovely book undoubtedly goes straight to my favourite shelf. Set in a typically British village, the story had me in the hooks from the very beginning and the pages flew by . . . just like that. When I said 'village' that doesn't mean the story is all about a cosy, little Edenic place. On the contrary, most of the story surrounds a tightly knit group and pub quizzes and so we see more booze and talk than any real village life. The humour is irresistible and the banter (with sexual overtones) is spot on. Yup, if you want to pick some British slangs, this is your right pick. Main characters are Clarrie and Simon aka Si. They are close since their birth but never could manage that final leap to love, all thanks to Carrie's anxiety. Now, at the age of twenty-six, she is finally cornered into a bet. Well, let fate make a decision and all that. Si is not your typical macho guy (with all his cockiness, he sobs when he learns that his mom is ill) and I just love him for that. The other members of the gang have their own major parts too with stories going on their own. We have Sonny (or Sunil) an Indian Sikh, Dave and Gemma. Everyone knows practically everything about each other and that creates the whole fun scenario. Couples are made (not unmade, fortunately) and life goes on. I am practically jealous of them all actually. One of the drawbacks of village life is that there are no secrets, but the support of the tight-knit community can never be replaced. They make you appreciate the little things. I loved the way the story turned out, expected but still quite romantic. Wooh! So what are you waiting for guys? Stock your drink cabinet and keep your tissues at hand; this cute little story is going to make you misty-eyed one moment and howling with laughter the other. A great comfort read for the weekends!
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  • .
    January 1, 1970
    dnf @ 57%i'm literally in love with these characters and the romance but it's SO BORING i CAN'T DO IT ANYMORE
  • NAT.orious reads ☽
    January 1, 1970
    3 quizzical ★★★✩✩ This book is for you if… you enjoy light chick lit and are able to deal with a very slow start + one too many pub quizz nights. You'll be in for many funny lines but should be warned that mental issues are not addressed properly. ⇝Overall. I was very happy when Aria Publishing granted my request. The synopsis sounded super promising as it depicted a new version of the friends to lovers-narrative. I must admit that this book somewhat disappointed. The lines were funny and made 3 quizzical ★★★✩✩ This book is for you if… you enjoy light chick lit and are able to deal with a very slow start + one too many pub quizz nights. You'll be in for many funny lines but should be warned that mental issues are not addressed properly. ⇝Overall. I was very happy when Aria Publishing granted my request. The synopsis sounded super promising as it depicted a new version of the friends to lovers-narrative. I must admit that this book somewhat disappointed. The lines were funny and made me laugh out loud a lot and the general plot idea was really original. She was about to put out her hand when Greg spread his arms.Oh God, he was a hugger. It was, however, executed poorly and that the first 40 to almost 50 (!!)% of the book were a total drag. Although the whole plot is designed around pub quizzes at one point I just thought Oh my goodness, not another pub quiz. The characters were unique, distinct (from one another) and quirky enough, however, that they made it bearable and even fun in the end. I also liked that feminism has been addressed a couple of times: How come Si had got away with a nice, civilized handshake while she had to have her personal space invaded. Honestly, you'd think feminism had never happened. ⇝Was mental health addressed properly? To be fair, I don't have a qualified answer for that. What I have is a feeling of uneasiness. From the beginning, Mary hints at the fact that the main character Clarrie deals with one or several mental problems such as trust and commitment issues (?). I expected that topic to take off throughout the book - as underrepresented as it is in common literature. I waited in vain, though. I would have wished for Clarrie to actually take a leap and seek professional help. The storytelling and plot repeatedly made clear she probably needed it. Instead this "problem" solved itself, so to say when (view spoiler)[Clarrie finally took a leap and admitted to her feelings for Simon. Apparently, a partner can make up for professional treatment? (hide spoiler)] I honestly don't feel too good about this. ➺What’s happening. Clarrissa and Simon have been friends ever since they were little troublemakers. It has been just as long - or so it seems to Clar - that Si made a fun game of mockery out of asking her out on dates. It has always been clear as crystal that it was never a series question. Or has it?All of a sudden (at least from Clarrie's viewpoint), Simon gets very serious about dating her - he makes a bet. If their team wins the Pub Quizz league this year, Clar will have to go out on a date with him. Should he lose, he will stop asking her out for good.While the bet is running, Clarrie suddenly loses confidence in her belief that Simon has only ever been joking all this time. Because, if she's being totally honest, she has thought about Si as more than just a friend herself. After all, there is a reason why she never failed to find something to break up over with her past boyfriends._____________________ Writing quality + easy of reading = 4* pace = 2.5* plot development = 2.5* characters = 4* enjoyability = 3* insightfulness = 2*_____________________This eArc was provided by Aria via NetGalley/Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much!
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the proper British reads which reflected their humor and banter. It took me some time to traverse through it so it was an extremely slow read, but the core story of a group of friends was very sweet and warm.Plot arc of friends turning into lovers caught my fancy. Simon and Clarrie were the best of friends, though he wanted something more and she kept refusing him till he makes a bet with her – if their team won the pub quiz, she would go out with him. And the story rolled on…My This was one of the proper British reads which reflected their humor and banter. It took me some time to traverse through it so it was an extremely slow read, but the core story of a group of friends was very sweet and warm.Plot arc of friends turning into lovers caught my fancy. Simon and Clarrie were the best of friends, though he wanted something more and she kept refusing him till he makes a bet with her – if their team won the pub quiz, she would go out with him. And the story rolled on…My first book by Mary Jayne Baker, the story was warm with the depth of their friendship. Told in the POV of Clarrie, I got to know Simon who was a great guy, absolutely apt for her. Their chemistry was well shown in their banter. Mary Jayne’s writing gave these characters a depth.I love when a book explores and shows me different facets of friendships and family. This had a group of friends and their dynamics with each other. Their byplays were childish but came from a place of familiarity. Their conversations were a hoot when they got together, though not my kinda humor. Family is everything and the book exemplified that. Each character had a tale to tell.This was one of my different reads and had its own sweet tale to tell… Slowly… Very slowly.
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  • Vikkie Wakeham
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness!! What an absolutely wonderful and fantastic story. I have literally laughed my head off.I have just one question for the author- where can I get a Simon? Right from the start of the book, the connection is genuine. The characters are extremely likeable both together and separate.Mary-Jayne has a way of writing which makes you feel as though you are watching the story unfold. This is a book I haven’t wanted to put down- it truly is fantastic.I have loved the friendships in this bo Oh my goodness!! What an absolutely wonderful and fantastic story. I have literally laughed my head off.I have just one question for the author- where can I get a Simon? Right from the start of the book, the connection is genuine. The characters are extremely likeable both together and separate.Mary-Jayne has a way of writing which makes you feel as though you are watching the story unfold. This is a book I haven’t wanted to put down- it truly is fantastic.I have loved the friendships in this book, the fun and support amongst the group has made me smile on numerous occasions.Simon and Clarrie are just fab, I can’t imagine any reader not rooting for them from the start. The book has its ups and downs but it wouldn’t be the same without any of them. I can honestly say this should be on everyone’s must read list.I am a huge fan of Mary-Jayne’s books, I haven’t read any that I dislike. She is definitely a talented author and deserves recognition for the fantastic stories she produces.Truthfully, I cannot give this book five stars because it just isn’t enough. Five stars doesn’t show how fantastic and wonderful this book is. I wish I could give more than five! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I highly recommend this book as well as Mary-Jayne’s other books. Each one will get you hooked but they are definitely worth the read.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Cheeky, hilarious, and authentically British!A Question of Us is an engaging, humorous, friends-to-more romance that features the determined, fun-loving Simon who finally wants something more than friendship with his best mate, and the hesitant, stubborn Clarrie who may finally have to take the risk and acknowledge her true feelings for her best friend.The writing is amusing and witty. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are gregarious, lovable, and well developed. And the p Cheeky, hilarious, and authentically British!A Question of Us is an engaging, humorous, friends-to-more romance that features the determined, fun-loving Simon who finally wants something more than friendship with his best mate, and the hesitant, stubborn Clarrie who may finally have to take the risk and acknowledge her true feelings for her best friend.The writing is amusing and witty. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are gregarious, lovable, and well developed. And the plot is a delightful blend of heart, humour, spirited dialogue, pub trivia, competitive rivalry, romantic gestures, and the complex dynamics between friends.Overall, A Question of Us is a quirky, sweet, entertaining tale by Baker that’s full of laughs, creative characters, and touching moments.Thank you to Aria for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Andi
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed A Question Of Us!I loved the story. I loved the banter between the characters. I loved how I laughed out very noisily it made my dog jump!I loved the other emotions, the sad moments, the angry moments and the understanding between the friends. I loved the visits to the pubs, bars, ale houses. And, I LOVED the Britishness around the whole story. Thanks to NetGalley, Mary Jane Baker, who I would love to go to the pub with, as I think that we would Well, I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed A Question Of Us!I loved the story. I loved the banter between the characters. I loved how I laughed out very noisily it made my dog jump!I loved the other emotions, the sad moments, the angry moments and the understanding between the friends. I loved the visits to the pubs, bars, ale houses. And, I LOVED the Britishness around the whole story. Thanks to NetGalley, Mary Jane Baker, who I would love to go to the pub with, as I think that we would have a giggle and Aria Publication.
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  • julia ♥
    January 1, 1970
    full july romance wrap-up on my blog: here! "All that time I was worried I’d mess things up with you the way I did with the others. But now I know I only messed up with them because they weren’t the right ones – I mean, because they weren’t you." I read this book in ARC format, and the blurb really spoke to me. Best friends to lovers is my romantic tropey JAM, so I was super excited to tuck into this. A question of Us centers around two best friends who compete with a team in their local pubqui full july romance wrap-up on my blog: here! "All that time I was worried I’d mess things up with you the way I did with the others. But now I know I only messed up with them because they weren’t the right ones – I mean, because they weren’t you." I read this book in ARC format, and the blurb really spoke to me. Best friends to lovers is my romantic tropey JAM, so I was super excited to tuck into this. A question of Us centers around two best friends who compete with a team in their local pubquiz league. Simon has been wanting to ask Clarrie out since forever, but Clarrie keeps turning him down because she thinks he's just joking. What if he's not, though? The two of them agree on a bet that if they manage to win the pubquiz cup, Clarrie will go out with him. What happens if you put your future in the hands of fate?This book wasn't bad per sé, I enjoyed the majority of it, but the ending felt a lot anti-climactic. It was also excruciatingly slow at times, and a lot of the writing-style kept me from enjoying the characters to their maximum potential. I enjoyed Simon and Clarrie as a couple, but Clarrie's unwillingness to listen to Si and her, dare I say, selfishness while stringing him along kind of made this a less enjoyable experience. I really enjoyed the use of the childhood friends to lovers trope, but I also felt very frustrated with the female character which didn't help matters. Taking all of this into account, this turned into a final rating of 3 stars, but this certainly had potential and I would love to read the author's other books.**Review copy provided by Netgalley
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  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.The plot of this book caught my attention. Childhood friends to possibly more, especially when there's a bet involved? Who wouldn't love that?Me, apparently. The pacing of this book is godawful slow. It's also so British that it's distracting and off-putting. I nearly marked this as DNF on a few occasions. At times, the conversations seem hectic and hard to keep track of. Then other times, my eyes glaz Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.The plot of this book caught my attention. Childhood friends to possibly more, especially when there's a bet involved? Who wouldn't love that?Me, apparently. The pacing of this book is godawful slow. It's also so British that it's distracting and off-putting. I nearly marked this as DNF on a few occasions. At times, the conversations seem hectic and hard to keep track of. Then other times, my eyes glazed over because the characters are rambling. This book could do with a fair bit of editing. Multiple chapters for one event? Just get to the point already. Simon has been in love with Clarrie for forever and asks her out whenever possible. It's cute in theory but I don't think it was executed as well as it could have been. There has to be a better way of telling your childhood best friend that you've been in love with her for ages than to jokingly ask her out constantly and then turn around and date other girls. The reason this even gets two stars is because when the book DOES get to the point, it's decent. There are great sweet moments with Simon and Clarrie where you can clearly see how much he loves her. Every time she's drunk, she wants him but then doesn't realize that's what she wants once she sobers up? It gets very tiring and boring. The pacing is just too uneven throughout to earn more than 2 stars from me. I really wish this book was better than it was.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. A Question Of Us By: Mary Jayne Baker *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟A Question Of Us is a British contemporary romance. I say British because it's a bigger part of the story than I'm used to, and I got annoyed at some point. Clairre and Simon are friends, late twenties, pub quiz team, secretly in love with each other. Simon asks Clairee out repeatedly,and she always says no. Clairre is extremely self conscious and, honestly, a bit ins Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. A Question Of Us By: Mary Jayne Baker *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟A Question Of Us is a British contemporary romance. I say British because it's a bigger part of the story than I'm used to, and I got annoyed at some point. Clairre and Simon are friends, late twenties, pub quiz team, secretly in love with each other. Simon asks Clairee out repeatedly,and she always says no. Clairre is extremely self conscious and, honestly, a bit insufferable. It's like get over yourself! Eventually, a bet is made for a date. Then, so many pub quizzes and too many characters at once. This story is fun and interesting, but it's also tedious at times. Certain personalities just don't translate well in any story, and Clairee is one of those. The group of friends are fun to read. Simon seems desperate and ridiculous at times. In the end, if none of these things bother you, it's a solid modern day romance that you will likely enjoy. I found it slightly below average.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    DNF. Well, that was disappointing. sigh another ARC I've had to DNF. I've had no luck at all with them this year.First off, this book was mostly just dialogue. I don't recall much scene-setting or backstory, it was just so much dialogue. And so much British slang. That's weird for me to point out too because I'm British myself so it takes a lot for me to complain about that but uggh. Every other word was something like 'bloody/bloody hell' or calling someone a git and even things like 'HP-lavis DNF. Well, that was disappointing. sigh another ARC I've had to DNF. I've had no luck at all with them this year.First off, this book was mostly just dialogue. I don't recall much scene-setting or backstory, it was just so much dialogue. And so much British slang. That's weird for me to point out too because I'm British myself so it takes a lot for me to complain about that but uggh. Every other word was something like 'bloody/bloody hell' or calling someone a git and even things like 'HP-lavished bacon sarnie' which I do know what it is but why. Remember, Baker, that your audience is everyone, not just Brits. They won't understand what you're talking about. Sometimes I didn't. (Sidenote: a HP-lavished bacon sarnie is a bacon sandwich with brown sauce :) just so you know). It just seemed more like she was trying to prove she/the characters were British or something. We get it. I mean, Harry Potter is British but you don't see J.K shoving all that slang in there. It felt like a bit too much, even for me. Just felt a little odd.The friendship group was fine but it was the same conversations over and over and over and over again. In the same setting. I genuinely felt I was just reading about someone's pub night out and the bullshit you push around with your friends. But very dull bullshit. And why were these friends the worst to Sonny? Trying to convince him to get back with a girl that cheated on him. Like, is he even your best mate? They did nothing to help him out with this, he's still struggling and telling him to 'get over it' isn't helping. What kind of friends are you though #judgingyouThis book was just a bit of a mess. The pacing was bad as it dragged so much, the conflict was barely a conflict (being Simon's insistence of Clarrie going out with him) which made Simon look more like a sex pest than a guy in love with his best mate. Repetitive conversations including her sulking about why she won't go out with him, and endless chats about nothing at all. Also, there was so much sex talk - sorry, talk of 'shagging' - that was off-putting because oh my god please stop talking about it. It's not even interesting.Also there's mention of Clarrie being a feminist. Hmmm. Not sure I agree with this. I don't see her being friends with these guys either as they said some questionable things. (Sidenote: why did Clarrie's mum refuse to let her daughter have a beer at dinner but Simon and her new bf could? She had to stick to wine? Lads? Just felt weird.)Clarrie owns a bookshop and she has three customers a day. How does she even keep the shop going? She is doing something wrong and needs to address this instantly or she'll go out of business. Bookshops are wasted on her, that's my dream. Do some marketing or something, woman! Disappointing that we hardly get anything from said bookshop too. Thanks but no thanks.
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty much everything I was hoping for!This book had so much to love! Cute illustrated cover, off-the-charts chemistry between not only the love interests, but also the friend group, bookstores, pub trivia, best friends secretly in love with each other…seriously, it ticked all of my boxes.I was hooked on this book immediately and not a lot happens plot wise, which honestly was fine for me. I love a good slice-of-life book and that is exactly what this is!Clarrie and Simon have been bes This was pretty much everything I was hoping for!This book had so much to love! Cute illustrated cover, off-the-charts chemistry between not only the love interests, but also the friend group, bookstores, pub trivia, best friends secretly in love with each other…seriously, it ticked all of my boxes.I was hooked on this book immediately and not a lot happens plot wise, which honestly was fine for me. I love a good slice-of-life book and that is exactly what this is!Clarrie and Simon have been best friends basically since birth. They’ve grown up together, seen each other at their best and worst, and have totally fallen in love along the way, they’ve just been too scared to do anything about it. Or, well, Clarrie has been too scared. Simon cannot stop asking her out, even though she repeatedly turns him down. Clarrie thinks it’s a joke to Simon. He could have anyone he wanted, so why her? But when a bet over their pub trivia league is made, everything begins to change and Clarrie starts to realize that maybe her very really feelings for Simon ARE actually real on his end too. (Spoiler alert: obviously they are!)This book is very British and I loved that! I don’t often read a lot of British authors, so it was nice getting to experience that writing and world and slang and humor. There were definitely some downfalls, like Clarrie constantly getting in the way of her own happiness, but I also understand why she felt certain ways about certain things. It was just hard to watch her ruin things for herself when she could have had it all a loooot earlier. Everything else worked so well for me though, so it still gets 5 stars. I loved the friend group and their dynamic immensely, and of course Simon and Clarrie too, because as mentioned earlier, their chemistry was EVERYTHING.*Thank you to Aria and Netgalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    I adore quizzes and I love this authors works, so combined this was a fabulous book for me. Featuring a local quiz league Clarrie and her friends are determined to win this year, as there is the outcome of a big bet riding on it. The connection between Si and Clarrie is obvious to everyone apart from Clarrie and at times I wanted to knock some sense into her, to see the obvious. I loved the whole group of friends, and seeing their dynamic at play. And their competitiveness was amusing to see too I adore quizzes and I love this authors works, so combined this was a fabulous book for me. Featuring a local quiz league Clarrie and her friends are determined to win this year, as there is the outcome of a big bet riding on it. The connection between Si and Clarrie is obvious to everyone apart from Clarrie and at times I wanted to knock some sense into her, to see the obvious. I loved the whole group of friends, and seeing their dynamic at play. And their competitiveness was amusing to see too. I loved the various quiz questions and can't help but wonder how much research was done in the compilation of the quiz snippets seen. Filled with great humour, really relatable to character and loads more besides, A Question of Us is another fantastically enjoyable story from Mary Jayne Baker. Thank you to Netgalley and Aria for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • aarya
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 16%I nearly DNFed this one at the first page, but decided to persevere and see if I’d like the ARC more. Nope. The friend group acts like middle schoolers, every word that comes out of their mouths is a sex joke, the “hero” won’t stop pestering and asking out heroine despite her repeated denials, there’s very little trivia (which is all that I was interested in), and I was unamused that the MCs were trying to get their friends back together (relationship ended because of cheating). Not fo DNF at 16%I nearly DNFed this one at the first page, but decided to persevere and see if I’d like the ARC more. Nope. The friend group acts like middle schoolers, every word that comes out of their mouths is a sex joke, the “hero” won’t stop pestering and asking out heroine despite her repeated denials, there’s very little trivia (which is all that I was interested in), and I was unamused that the MCs were trying to get their friends back together (relationship ended because of cheating). Not for me on all levels but it might be your thing. Try a sample: you can figure out if this is for you on the first page.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    A question of us is a fantastic chicklit and romance book. I absolutely loved this one. Simon has been in love with Callie since the first time that he saw her at primary school. But because of his jack the lad attitude, his gorgeous good looks and his kind and caring personality. Simon is a catch with all the ladies and has had his fair share of hook ups over the years. But everytime he sees Callie he asks her out multiple times. Because of his natural way with the ladies Callie just thinks Sim A question of us is a fantastic chicklit and romance book. I absolutely loved this one. Simon has been in love with Callie since the first time that he saw her at primary school. But because of his jack the lad attitude, his gorgeous good looks and his kind and caring personality. Simon is a catch with all the ladies and has had his fair share of hook ups over the years. But everytime he sees Callie he asks her out multiple times. Because of his natural way with the ladies Callie just thinks Simon is trying to be funny. Not really understanding that he is crazy about her and is only going out with the other people because she keeps saying no. Simon devises a plan if they win the pub quiz tournament Callie has to go out on a real date with him. Which Callie agrees too. But will love finally blossom between these two before the quiz tournament has finished? And will they walk off into the sunset on their happily ever after? I absolutely loved this gorgeous book. The characters in this book are fantastic and it has a great dry sense of humour that I loved. One that I highly recommend to all.
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  • c,
    January 1, 1970
    All that time I was worried I’d mess things up with you the way I did with the others. But now I know I only messed up with them because they weren’t the right ones – I mean, because they weren’t you. On my blog. Rep: mc with anxiety, Indian Sikh side characterGalley provided by publisherA Question of Us is one of those books that hooks itself onto your heart while you’re not looking and ends up dragging you into an emotional investment in its characters. And then it’ll leave you wondering how All that time I was worried I’d mess things up with you the way I did with the others. But now I know I only messed up with them because they weren’t the right ones – I mean, because they weren’t you. On my blog. Rep: mc with anxiety, Indian Sikh side characterGalley provided by publisherA Question of Us is one of those books that hooks itself onto your heart while you’re not looking and ends up dragging you into an emotional investment in its characters. And then it’ll leave you wondering how exactly you review a book you loved to pieces.At heart, this book is a best friends to lovers story, where the best friends in question are physically affectionate and everyone but them is aware they’re in love with each other and kind of wondering why they haven’t yet got together. So it was already right up my alley. Simon, though, who is quite blatantly in love with Clarrie even though she’s convinced he’s taking the piss, decides that he’s going to bet a date on the outcome of a quiz tourney. Clarrie takes him up on this, and what follows is a slowburn romance that will have you tearing out your hair despairingly just because you want the two characters to get together already.What I loved most about this book was the central role that friendships played in this story. Obviously there’s Si and Clarrie, but they’re surrounded by other friends and the rapport between all of them is so funny. There was one point I laughed out loud about five times and my sister kept giving me weird looks (to be fair, this book played right into my fairly childish sense of humour. And it was so English with the slang and everything it felt more familiar than about 90% of other romance books I’ve read. Honestly, just seeing the phrase “arse over tit” in a book… Priceless).Si as a love interest was also so refreshing. Sure, he was a womaniser, and cocky, but he was also happy to confide in Clarrie and cry in front of her and, after having read a book where the male main character was busy holding everything inside and not even confiding in his close friends because he figured they’d pity him? That’s so refreshing. I want more of it, to be honest, because this book has shown me what I’m missing and now I’ll never be able to go back.So yeah, I hope this has convinced you to read this book. All it’s done for me is make me want to reread.
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  • Jheelkamal Nayak
    January 1, 1970
    I can't believe I am saying this, but I was sooo HOOKED from the very first page. The dynamic vitality between the friends, the easy going humor, and the teasing and the feel of solidarity just sucks you in. It started off as a chick flick with romance and chemistry and friendship and challenges but ended up being a little insufferable. Even though the story was easy going and chic, the narrative became haywire in the second half and the "British" part began getting on my nerves. Clarrie, a fun I can't believe I am saying this, but I was sooo HOOKED from the very first page. The dynamic vitality between the friends, the easy going humor, and the teasing and the feel of solidarity just sucks you in. It started off as a chick flick with romance and chemistry and friendship and challenges but ended up being a little insufferable. Even though the story was easy going and chic, the narrative became haywire in the second half and the "British" part began getting on my nerves. Clarrie, a fun and kind girl has issues of her own and even though she is secretly in love with her best friend, Simon, she has a hard time accepting his proposal. So this is the story of a bet and a quiz which made her realize what she always wanted.A fun, easy book to read at the end of the day. I enjoyed it a lot, but kind of expected more.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    The first thing to know about this book is that it is extremely English. Personally I found this a little distracting, but I’m sure a lot of people will love this style!That being said, I love the couple in this book, Clarrie and Simon. It’s the classic friends-to-lovers scenario and Simon has been asking Clarrie out for years. The transition is sometimes awkward in other books, but it felt just right in this one. And I love the banter, not only between Clarrie and Simon, but also amongst the wh The first thing to know about this book is that it is extremely English. Personally I found this a little distracting, but I’m sure a lot of people will love this style!That being said, I love the couple in this book, Clarrie and Simon. It’s the classic friends-to-lovers scenario and Simon has been asking Clarrie out for years. The transition is sometimes awkward in other books, but it felt just right in this one. And I love the banter, not only between Clarrie and Simon, but also amongst the whole friend group. The secondary characters in the book have their own stories, but it doesn’t feel like it does in other novels, like every other character is just being developed so there can be other books in a series. They have their own stories because the friends in this book are just as important as the main couple. If you are a fan of friends-to-lovers, and especially a fan of English books, then I definitely recommend this book to you!ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sofiraindrop
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*4.5 starsThis book was just what I needed! I absolutely loved the characters and the dynamics between them. They were always horsing around and I loved it.Si is absolutely swoon-worthy and may have just become my favourite book boyfriend. *sigh*I also liked that they dealt with important topics such as anxiety and cancer (though maybe a bit too lightly).Recommend it for anyone looking for a hilarious romance!
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  • michelle (magical reads)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsread on my blog**I received an ARC from Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** “Anyway, in answer to your question, Dave, yes, only I may ask Clarrie out,” Si said. “In fact, I invented asking Clarrie out. You get your own rejection complex.” A Question of Us caught me by surprise. It’s been a couple of months since an adult romance has fully captured my attention, and this book definitely did. I couldn’t put this down, and when I fin 4.5 starsread on my blog**I received an ARC from Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** “Anyway, in answer to your question, Dave, yes, only I may ask Clarrie out,” Si said. “In fact, I invented asking Clarrie out. You get your own rejection complex.” A Question of Us caught me by surprise. It’s been a couple of months since an adult romance has fully captured my attention, and this book definitely did. I couldn’t put this down, and when I finally finished it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. A Question of Us is an adorable read, with best friends who become lovers and an amazing cast of characters.I usually don’t love-love the best-friends-to-lovers trope because it’s always one person long-term dating someone else before they realize they’re in love with their best friend or something similar that I don’t really vibe with. This book is a bit of a departure from that; Simon has so obviously been in love with Clarrie for so long, but since she’s scared of change, of commitment, of screwing things up, she’s refused to see it. They’ve been best friends since they were four, and there wasn’t a come-to-terms moment, that Clarrie loved Si. It was much more gradual, and I really liked that.Also, I totally felt how Clarrie wanted to use the quiz as a means to say yes, despite knowing she likes Si romantically. Sometimes it feels better having a big decision made for you even when you know what you want. Change is scary and I definitely relate to wanting no responsibility for your feelings.No, I mean I want him to win the bet. I want to be told it’s okay to go without him. That I’m not doing something wrong or fucking both our lives up or all the other things I’ve been angsting about pretty much since the first time he asked me . . . I want to be…I want to be allowed.The characters were so detailed; they truly felt like real people to me. Clarrie being a mess and just trying to get her life together is such a mood. I also loved that Si is hot and a playboy, yet he’s not overly masculine. He studied history and became a teacher and isn’t afraid to cry in front of Clarrie. I love him! Also, let’s ignore the fact that The Bachelorette has corrupted me and I picture him as one of the contestants that I like . . .I wholehearted loved the friend group. Please give me more adult romances where the friends get up to no-good-hijinks and know each other so well! They’re all so supportive of each other, and there’s just so much love.You all know that I love books where the main character likes living in their small town, and this book was no exception. Reading the characters joking with their parents and being really open with them…it was nice, it was so soft.I think the summary makes Si asking out Clarrie to be little “can’t take no for an answer,” but in reality, it’s much healthier than that. They’re friends, and Clarrie treats it as a running joke, rather than it being unwanted advances.And this book was genuinely so funny! It’s a very British humor, which my sense of humor is very much in line with, because it’s dry and witty. He slipped his hand into hers and she squeezed it tightly, feeling the pull of an unspoken bond called home. I said it before and I’ll say it again, but I still can’t stop thinking about this book. Please, Mary Jayne Baker, I need a sequel…I’ll take a novella, I’ll even take a long extended scene… A Question of Us is definitely one of my favorite romances this year! Pick it up today.original review:I’m crying, honestly
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    eArc provided by the publisher via NetGalleyThis was a fun entry into the "rom-comissance" that publishing has been having recently, but a bit more unique with the British setting and dialogue, and the focus on a pub quiz league - I enjoyed learning a few new facts and occasionally lording it over the characters when I knew something they didn't!Clarrie, Simon, Sonny, Dave, and Gemma have been friends for ages and still live in the town where they grew up. Their friendship and years of history i eArc provided by the publisher via NetGalleyThis was a fun entry into the "rom-comissance" that publishing has been having recently, but a bit more unique with the British setting and dialogue, and the focus on a pub quiz league - I enjoyed learning a few new facts and occasionally lording it over the characters when I knew something they didn't!Clarrie, Simon, Sonny, Dave, and Gemma have been friends for ages and still live in the town where they grew up. Their friendship and years of history is evident in the easy (and constant) joking and teasing among the group, and the sense of small-town belonging is furthered when they talk about members of their parent's generation doing the same things in the same places. This isn't anything like a typical American small-town romance though - no cute coffee shops or dog-groomers here, just pubs pubs pubs! I enjoyed the look at "regular" British life, but the amount of slang may be harder for some readers to get through. This is definitely not the posh Britishness that we're used to seeing in US media, but (probably) more representative of everyday life for a majority of the UK. I consume a fair amount of UK-based media and didn't have any problems with the dialogue, but the slang should be easy enough to figure out with context and Google. Clarrie is our POV character for the entire book, which isn't something I typically seek out in my romance. Since we only see the story through her eyes, it's a bit of an unreliable narrator situation, and I would have liked the occasional chapter from Simon's POV to add some balance and a little more context to his love for Clarrie. He's been asking her out for years, but Clarrie has always assumed it was a joke to him, and Simon has been happy to let that assumption stand. Even without officially dating they spend so much time together and are each other's closest friend, and Clarrie is afraid that if they make the leap to something more, it will end badly and she'll have lost not just her boyfriend, but her best friend all in one go. A lot of this thinking stems from her father leaving when she was younger (view spoiler)[ and not just leaving, but being caught cheating by a young Clarrie, who was then left with a mother who was in a fog for several months afterward (hide spoiler)]. On top of this is the fact that Clarrie likely has some sort of generalized anxiety disorder - which is mentioned by her mother early on, but is never taken seriously by any of the characters, Clarrie included, and she never seeks help beyond reading a few pamphlets and saying a calming mantra once or twice. I wish that her anxiety was dealt with in a healthier way, but it provides all of the conflict in the book, so if she actually faced it, we wouldn't have as much of a story to read! Apart from Clarrie and Simon we have several other couples in the book - Clarrie's mother is dating and becomes serious with someone, Simon's parents are adorable and still adorably in love, Dave meets a nice girl (who I think could really help Clarrie with some of her issues, but we don't spend a lot of time with her), and Sonny and Gemma are dealing with their own rocky relationship. The two of them had been together for two years, but broke up before the beginning of the book and the reasons are slowly revealed over the course of the story (view spoiler)[ CW for drunken cheating and a likely miscarriage (hide spoiler)]Overall I enjoyed this book, but I would have liked an epilogue so I can feel more secure in Simon and Clarrie's HEA. I imagine that they'll have challenges, and hopefully Clarrie seeks out a better way to deal with her anxiety, and I really want to know (view spoiler)[ if Simon's mom is ok! She was diagnosed with cancer partway through the book and Simon was devastated. (hide spoiler)]CW: possible miscarriage, drinking/smoking, cancer, anxiety, parental abandonment
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  • Silvia
    January 1, 1970
    *4.25*I was provided with a digital ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishing house, Aria, in exchange for an honest review.I will be part of the blog tour of this book, so my full review will be on there, but this book really is cute and adorable."A Question of Us" tells the story of Clarrie and Simon, best friends since childhood, and among three other of their friends, are participating in a trivia quiz competition. Simon has always asked Clarrie to go out with him, but the girl *4.25*I was provided with a digital ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishing house, Aria, in exchange for an honest review.I will be part of the blog tour of this book, so my full review will be on there, but this book really is cute and adorable."A Question of Us" tells the story of Clarrie and Simon, best friends since childhood, and among three other of their friends, are participating in a trivia quiz competition. Simon has always asked Clarrie to go out with him, but the girl, taking it as a joke, always refused right away. But what if behind these jokes there actually is some seriousness and most importantly a true feeling?Like I said in the beginnin, "A Question of Us" is, in my opinion, completely adorable. I'm a sucker for Friends!ToLovers romance books and this surely was a very good one. I enjoyed the dynamics between the two of them so very much, and I also adore when romance books are set in England, so that was a plus. I've seen people complain about the large use of English slang, but for me that was only a bonus, cause I love English sayings. The relationship between our two main character did not feel rushed at all. Surely they have known each other for their whole life, so there was no need to build the chemistry, they already have that, and I adored this aspect. Simon and Clarrie were very touchy and affectionate for being only friends, and I really like that in book. I mean when two characters are in love, but they do not acknowledge it.Simon, on his part, was very sure about his feelings for Clarrie, while the girl was totally oblivious. She has always taken Simon's invitations as jokes, and the poor guy has to always specify that he's being utterly serious about it.I also think that the book dragged a little bit too much in the middle part. I know they did not communicate for the sake of the plot, but in real life they would have seem quite the idiots, and I say that with all of my love. They were in love with each other and it showed, but oh well, let's just put 100 pages of them looking languidly at one another without acknowledging the facts.One thing I did not enjoy very much was how the guys in the team, Clarrie's friends, basically made jokes about her in a sexual way ALL THE TIME. Maybe it's just me, I've been the only female in a group of friends for a long time, and I would have been okay with a joke or two (or let's just stay on one), but I would not have suffered through this kind of jokes, all the freaking time. They're quite disrespectful and honestly they did non make me laugh.I loved the ending, I really did like it. I loved how the fought and confronted each other but realized their love in the end was stronger. I'm a sucker for happy endings, I really am, escpecially in romance books.After all I would really recommend this book, if you're in search of a lovely Friends To Lovers romance set in the English countryside. My full review will be out on the blog in the blog tour.
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  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    January 1, 1970
    A Question of Us is a charming and funny contemporary romance from British author, Mary Jayne Baker.The friends to lovers trope in romance has always been my favourite, and it’s the focus of A Question of Us. Clarrie and Simon have been best friends for over twenty years (since they were four) and both have harboured unacknowledged romantic feelings for each other since their late teens. Now in their mid twenties, Simon is ready for Clarrie to to take him seriously, but Clarrie, desperately worr A Question of Us is a charming and funny contemporary romance from British author, Mary Jayne Baker.The friends to lovers trope in romance has always been my favourite, and it’s the focus of A Question of Us. Clarrie and Simon have been best friends for over twenty years (since they were four) and both have harboured unacknowledged romantic feelings for each other since their late teens. Now in their mid twenties, Simon is ready for Clarrie to to take him seriously, but Clarrie, desperately worried that giving in to her attraction to Simon will eventually spell the end of their friendship, prefers to deflect and deny. Clarrie’s concerns are understandable, and relatable for anyone who has been in a similar position. Her fears are also magnified by what seems to be mild social anxiety.In the attempt to convince Clarrie to give him a shot, Simon offers her a bet - if their team wins the trivia league she agrees to a date, and if the The Mighty Morphin’ Flower Arrangers lose, he will never ask her out again. The weekly trivia competition is a great framework for the story, allowing the author to bring her characters together naturally (and it’s fun to answer the questions).Probably my favourite element of the novel is the dynamic between the group, which includes Clarrie, Simon, Sonny, Gemma and and Davy, who have all been close friends since high school. A lot of the banter involves the pushing of each other’s buttons in only the way people who have known each other forever can, and while much of it is hilarious, if juvenile (and un-PC), the affection between them reads as totally genuine. Each of the characters also have their own story, and unusually, so do their parents.I also really enjoyed the ‘Britishness’ of A Question of Us, Baker freely makes use of British ‘slang’ and the story largely takes place in a variety of quintessential English pubs, resulting in the downing of several pints of Guinness, lager, and cheap wine. I’ve noticed some (American) reviewers complaining it’s ‘too British’ but as an Australian, with plenty of exposure to British culture and TV, it felt familiar, and honestly refreshing. Witty, fun and engaging, I was delighted with A Question of Us.
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  • legenbooksdary
    January 1, 1970
    I mainly had to request this book on Netgalley UK because of the cover, that was what attracted me the most. But then I read the synopsis and it became even more interesting that I just had to request and read it. This story has a love trope from best friends to lovers and that is honestly one of my favourite tropes. Best friends mean so much to us and if there is even a chance of them to split apart in the future is honestly scary but its just a risk that they just have to take. Best friends ar I mainly had to request this book on Netgalley UK because of the cover, that was what attracted me the most. But then I read the synopsis and it became even more interesting that I just had to request and read it. This story has a love trope from best friends to lovers and that is honestly one of my favourite tropes. Best friends mean so much to us and if there is even a chance of them to split apart in the future is honestly scary but its just a risk that they just have to take. Best friends are the ones who know us the best and to be able to live where they're right beside us one day and gone the next is terrifying. So I understand why Clarrie was very hesitant to start a romantic relationship with her lifelong best friend, Simon. The trivia plot of getting Clarrie to date him is actually golden right there. It was brilliant and it just shows his determination that he's all in for it. He has to work so hard to win that its so sweet and is willing to bare it all for the woman he loves. I cannot deny that I was also screaming and trying get her to stop being so scared like some the side characters where Clarrie's family and friends would tell her to just go for it. The things that she's went through and seen affects why shouldn't really commit to Simon but they love each other too much and I suppose that is more than enough for them to go along. The banters between the gang was honestly one of the main reasons why I couldn't pick this book down. Even though they're always insulting one another, childish and so much more but deep down they care so much. The kind of friendships that they have is so precious and priceless. Its the kind where we seek to have and these kind of friends are the ones whom we will always have close by us. Honestly, this was all in all a very fun and exciting read. I really couldn't believe that I finished it in a day but I did. I would really recommend to anyone looking for funny banterings between friends in pubs, shifting the love from best friends to couples and a whole lot of trivia!
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Clarrie Midwinter is nearly 30 years old but she's still not really got the hang of being an adult. Permanently broke, cadging cigarettes from her friends and crippled by social anxiety when among strangers she is happiest working in her little book shop and quizzing in the local pub league with her friends, The Mighty Morphin' Flower Arrangers. Clarrie is the only woman in the team after Sunny and Gem split up. The other team members are Sunny, Simon, Dave and Dave's dad.Simon has been asking C Clarrie Midwinter is nearly 30 years old but she's still not really got the hang of being an adult. Permanently broke, cadging cigarettes from her friends and crippled by social anxiety when among strangers she is happiest working in her little book shop and quizzing in the local pub league with her friends, The Mighty Morphin' Flower Arrangers. Clarrie is the only woman in the team after Sunny and Gem split up. The other team members are Sunny, Simon, Dave and Dave's dad.Simon has been asking Clarrie out on a date forever, they've been friends since infants school and Clarrie can't take him seriously, especially since he seems to have a procession of giggling women walking through his front door, so Simon makes a bet - if they win the quiz league then Clarrie will have to go on a date with him. Can Clarrie overcome her fear of losing Simon forever and take a chance on love?Although the Might Morphin' Flower Arrangers are adults none of them have really grown up, except maybe Simon, some of them still live at home and they have a juvenile sense of humour which can be an acquired taste - you know when teenage boys are scared of girls so they cover it with bravado and sexist comments? That sort of humour.I enjoyed this book, I love a pub quiz so this was right up my street, however Clarrie's fear of being an adult (because really that's what it was) did get a bit tedious, she was too old to have such a fear of marriage and having children and to make such crass inappropriate comments when in social situations.Simon doesn't get off scot free either.(view spoiler)[ Having pursued Clarrie since they were children he throws a wobbly when she tries to back off after they finally sleep together. This is something I've seen before in novels, the man waits years for the woman to come around and then when she doesn't immediately go All In he has a tantrum and storms off forever. Big babies. (hide spoiler)]Overall, if you have a soft spot for quizzers and young men who aren't ripped and don't have glamorous or sexy jobs and normal lives then I think you'll enjoy this low key romance.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Jane Hunt
    January 1, 1970
    Another original romantic comedy from the author, whose love of Yorkshire is evident from reading her believable, hilarious and romantic stories.This story's characters are the members of a pub quiz team, a quintessentially British pastime, 'The Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers'. A friends to lovers trope, this a gentle romance, despite the often raucous goings-on, and language that dominates the story. Clarrie and Si have been friends since pre-school, Clarrie harbours a secret and inconvenient Another original romantic comedy from the author, whose love of Yorkshire is evident from reading her believable, hilarious and romantic stories.This story's characters are the members of a pub quiz team, a quintessentially British pastime, 'The Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers'. A friends to lovers trope, this a gentle romance, despite the often raucous goings-on, and language that dominates the story. Clarrie and Si have been friends since pre-school, Clarrie harbours a secret and inconvenient passion for her friend, who constantly asks her out, but never she believes in seriousness. She of course, always makes a joke of it and refuses. Now Si has changed the rules, he wants Clarrie to agree to a date if the team win the pub quiz league, what will she do?The romance is predictably full of obstacles, most of which are Clarrie's internal battle over her feelings, and whether she is brave enough to take a chance on love. Suffering from anxiety issues that already make her life choices difficult, whether or not to risk the friendship they have, for something romantic is a major issue for Clarrie.The village life experience is interwoven into the story, the gossip, the interfering, well-meant of course, and the secrets that everyone knows. The sense of community and the tight friendship amongst Clarrie and Si 's group are realistic and give this story depth and interest.The romance although slow to start is lovely and worthwhile, enough to satisfy the romantics, and melt the cynics a little. If you are unfamiliar with the author's take on life in a Yorkshire village, this book is an experience you won't forget, and for those of us, who are already fans, this is another great story full of fun, heartache, quirkiness and romance. I received a copy of this book from Aria via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Rhoda Baxter
    January 1, 1970
    Clarrie and Simon have been best friends since primary school. Clarrie doesn't particularly want to grow up. Simon ... well, Simon keeps asking Clarrie out. She keeps saying no. It's a long running joke between them. Isn't it?This book revolves around a pub quiz league and a group of quiz enthusiasts who are almost, but not quite, grown up. I loved the banter between the friends. I spent my mid teens in West Yorkshire and this is exactly the way my friends would talk to each other! It made me la Clarrie and Simon have been best friends since primary school. Clarrie doesn't particularly want to grow up. Simon ... well, Simon keeps asking Clarrie out. She keeps saying no. It's a long running joke between them. Isn't it?This book revolves around a pub quiz league and a group of quiz enthusiasts who are almost, but not quite, grown up. I loved the banter between the friends. I spent my mid teens in West Yorkshire and this is exactly the way my friends would talk to each other! It made me laugh out loud. The 'found family' dynamic between the friends was wonderful. Clarrie is one of the lads, which was great, but sometimes you did want to shake her. That said, she's a completely believable character because someone who is prone to anxiety would be scared at the idea of ruining things by moving out of the status quo. Simon was lucky enough to have figured out what (and whom) he wanted early on. I like a hero who isn't too uptight to cry when things go horribly wrong. I really enjoyed this book. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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  • Steffy
    January 1, 1970
    A story that involves childhood friends to lovers trope and a bet? Count me in! But as much as I loved the idea and setting for this book, it just didn't do it for me. It started off very entertaining and fun. I really enjoyed the witty and dialogues and banter. I've never read a book before with so much dialogue and so little background story. As fun as the Britishness came through the conversations, I felt like most of the characters sounded pretty much the same. The pace was so slow at times A story that involves childhood friends to lovers trope and a bet? Count me in! But as much as I loved the idea and setting for this book, it just didn't do it for me. It started off very entertaining and fun. I really enjoyed the witty and dialogues and banter. I've never read a book before with so much dialogue and so little background story. As fun as the Britishness came through the conversations, I felt like most of the characters sounded pretty much the same. The pace was so slow at times and I felt like they were talking abut the same things over and over again. I didn't mind the British slang though, but thought that this group of friends were lacking a sense or perspective for life, because all they do is shag and drink. I didn't find Simon and Clarrie's friendship endearing either. Yes, there were sweet moments and I'm glad how the bet ended, but Simon going out with so many girls all the years while he's supposed to be in love with Clarrie is just so weird. This is such a wrong way to tell a lass you like her. Also, Clarrie became so unbearable with each chapter, either swearing, whining or drinking. There were so many times I felt like not finishing this book but I'm a sucker for happy endings, and although it was quite a ride to get to the end, I'm just semi pleased with it. The premise itself has potential, but it lacked so much depth and romance. Not sure if it's the humor, because I had a chuckle here and there, there was just not much between Simon and Clarrie to actually believe that love was there.*I received an advance digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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