5 October 2015

Gut Feeling by Victoria Browne

Series: N/A, Standalone
Publication date: February 2014
Publisher: Neville House Publishing 
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Chicklit
Format: Paperback, review copy
Source: The author in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 194

Ashleigh Lands is a twenty six year old dental nurse, who after meeting Dave Croft, a gorgeous twin, finds herself in an impossible dilemma. Living in the heart of London, Ashleigh and her group of friends find themselves in numerous situations, parties, traumas and sexual experiences.

With Ashleigh's love cheat lawyer ex-boyfriend Lee Preston pulling on her heart strings Ashleigh goes on holiday to Ibiza with the girls; Rachel a buyer for a large child's clothing company and also Ashleigh's best friend.

Beautiful Jules who works for a well-known magazine company. And Gemma a house wife who has just found out her husband was sleeping with his personal trainer.

Ibiza brings the girls new friends along with love and loss. Whilst the girls are away Dave has an unwanted sexual encounter. Ashleigh returns home only to have her life thrown into turmoil.

"But I heard it with my own ears". Must be true then? ? ?

"A gripping romantic chic-lit fiction novel at its best" - Independent Quote

"Laugh out loud best seller"

I shared the beginning of Gut Feeling in a book beginning post last month, if you're interested you can check it out here.

I was quite satisfied while reading this book and definitely happy with the ending! It was such a 'feel-good' book and I just enjoyed reading it!


Characters 
In Gut Feeling we meet a ton of characters. Every character is properly introduced; we get to know their names and a bit about their background. I love how we really get to know each and every one of them instead of just getting their name and having to learn the rest from conversation. So, even though Ash is the main character you feel like every character is a main character because you know them so well!

Our main character is Ashleigh Lands and I loved Ash! She cares about other people, she's a great friend, if there's a problem she does something about it and the fact that she doesn't go back to her cheating ex is definitely a plus. Ash is such a strong character and I love that! She's so trusting and I wish there were more characters out there - also I wish Ash was my friend! She's so fun and loving and I think she'd be the perfect sister and friend!

We also meet Dave Croft, he's 27 and such a sweet guy! I really enjoyed getting to know him! He treats Ash so well, he cooks and he's such a romantic person! I really think the two of them make a great couple!

We also have Ash's friends; Leon, Rachel, Jules and Gemma. Each of them are so thoroughly 'created'. Again, it was a joy getting to know them. I feel so sorry for what has happened to Rachel and Gemma! They have definitely not had easy lives!

Basically I loved all the characters. They were all so mature - except for Lee, Ash's ex, and Samantha, Ash's colleague. I think the fact that they all took control of their lives and didn't let people treat them badly. It's not often I read a book where I feel like I don't have to be mad at the characters for doing stupid things - they thought things through before doing something so all the stupid things were avoided!


The story
I'd expected a story about a girl meeting a boy. A lovely chick lit and it definitely was lovely! But it's so much more than girl meets boy. I've already explained that we get to know each of the characters and that played such a huge part of the story. We have relationships on one side and on the other side we have friendships. I love how big a part the friendships played in the story!

Aside from that there's a bunch of storylines in Gut Feeling. We hear about Dave's life, Ash's, Rachel's, Leon's and so on. Not only do we get introductions we get insight in their lives at the time of the story. I really enjoyed seeing the story from other point of views and don't get me wrong - I really liked Ash and Dave's story - but it was refreshing that it included more than just the two main characters.

Even though the book is quite short so much happens! But opposed to other books it's not fast paced even though it's packed with events! I really feel like this is way longer than it actually is and that isn't necessarily a bad thing since I really enjoyed reading it.

So, I really need to tell you that I did not expect this book to be... well.. sexy. I was often surprised by certain details and naked parts of the story. It's definitely not erotica but it's definitely sexy!

The writing style is also quite lovely. I really felt captivated by the story and Victoria's writing style!

As you can probably gather I enjoyed Gut Feeling immensely but I felt like it was missing a little something! So a 4 out of 5 is what Gut Feeling gets!


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