My So-Called (Love) Life by A.L. Michael ~ BLOG TOUR!

'Sometimes it falls apart because you need to start again...'

Title - My So-Called (Love) Life
Author - A.L. Michael
Publication Date - 9th February 2015
Publisher - Carina UK
Format - eBook (Provided via author)

The blurb

Meet Tigerlily James: romance cynic, North Londoner and die-hard margarita fan. 

Tigerlily James has been a member of the Young and Bitter Club ever since she was dumped on Valentine's day. By her fiancé

Surviving on a diet of cynicism and margrarita-fuelled 'Misery Dinners' with her best friends, she's become a romance free zone... and that's the way she likes it. Until an invitation for the Ex's wedding arrives. Suddenly in need of a plus one, Tig has little choice but to bin the takeaways, ditch the greying underwear collection... and start pretending to view the opposite sex as something other than target practice. 

Then, she meets Ollie - ie. the perfect solution. No sex. No strings. Fake boyfriend. The only catch is that she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for three whole months. 

Dating without the heartbreak: the best idea Tig's ever had, right? Wrong!

Becca's thoughts

Firstly, I'd like to say a massive thank you to the fabulous A.L. Michael, for providing me with a copy of My So-Called (Love) Life in exchange for a fair and honest review, and for also inviting me along for the blog tour ride, to spread the bookish love! Thanks so much, A.L Michael! I'v read and loved each of your books, so I really could not bloody wait to get started on this one, and I'm incredibly happy to announce that I LOVED IT!

In My So-Called (Love) Life by A.L Michael, we're introduced to Tigerlily James. I'd like to begin by saying that never before have I met a character called Tigerlily, and I now have quite a bit of an obsession with it. It fits A.L.'s heroine so perfectly, though, in every way possible. Tigerlily is a little feisty, not quick to trust, and just a little bit bitter. With good reason, mind you! Tigerlily was dumped on Valentine's day by her fiancé, and ever since, she's been unable to even glance in a male's direction without emitting a growl. Alongside her friends, Tigerlily attends their 'Misery Dinners' and together, they moan about their jobs, about men, and just about the unfairness of life in general. Now, me being me, I love a bloody good moan. Not all of the time, obviously, cos' that would get a tad tiresome after a while, but I think being able to get together with your friends and let off some steam is one of the best feelings in the world, so each time Tigs and her pals got together, there was a real sense of friendship and feminine banter which added so much depth to the bonds between the girls. A.L.did a wonderful job of opening up her book to the reader and giving them the perfect amount of background info on her characters before the plot truly began to run away. At just a couple of chapters in, I felt like I'd known Tigerlily and her friends for ages. I knew all of the ins and outs of the girls, the ups and downs, what pissed them off and what made them happy, so before A.L. began to make tracks with her plot, the characters had already been perfectly created and moulded, ready to take the stage that is My So-Called (Love) Life

Written in third person, and entirely in Tigs' narrative, My So-Called (Love) Life resonates perfectly with every lost, uninspired twenty-something girl out there in the big wide world. When the plot really begins to get going, A.L. Michael twists things up a bit by having Tigs be invited to her Ex's wedding, which kinda' sets up the framework for the book itself. From this moment on, Tigs decides that the misery business needs to stop if she's to show Darren that she's a strong, independent woman who has obviously happily moved on, just like he as. I loved how A.L. didn't linger on anything for too long within the book. There was always something new and exciting to look forward to on behalf of the characters, and when Ollie entered the picture, it got even better. The contrast between these two characters was just brilliant in every way possible. Tigs: bitter, angry, hates males. Ollie: flirty, confident, drop-dead gorgeous and downright irresistible. I suppose in a way, you could say that Ollie appears at just the right time, and saves Tilly from herself, just when she needs it most. The pair of them, together, were just fabulous, and I loved each and every moment that they spent in each other's company. Tigs plan is to have Ollie escort her to her Ex's wedding, but Ollie has other ideas, and he is the cutest male EVER! And the perfect hero, trust me. 

During my reading of My So-Called (Love) Life by A.L. Michael, I was kept constantly entertained and enjoyed this book endlessly. The characters, A.L.'s language and writing style that worked so effortlessly with my twenty-something mind, how brilliantly structured the plot was... It was just spot on. All of it. My final thoughts on this book are that it's a modern day love story, that left me grinning from ear to ear when I turned the final page. I loved everything about this book, EVERYTHING, and I cannot wait for A.L.'s next release already. 

Becca's Books is rating My So-Called (Love) Life by A.L. Michael with FIVE GORGEOUS CUPCAKES! This was a truly feel-good, humorous book that will have you swooning and smiling in equal measure. Thanks so much for inviting to be part of your blog tour, A.L. Michael, and I wish you every success!


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