The Break Up by Tilly Tennant
Publishing Date: 26th March 2020
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 315
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
What happens when Mr Right goes rogue?
Lara doesn’t have a back-up plan. So when her safe-bet boyfriend Lucien dumps her for her best friend, Lara’s world implodes. Life after the break up stretches bleakly ahead, lonely evenings on the sofa with only a bottle of wine and her grey cat Fluffy for company…
Down the road, Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, giving other people great nights out before coming home in the early hours and unwinding with his loyal cat Satchmo.
What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat.
And when they find out, standing in the streets in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet, sparks of the wrong sort fly.
Lara can’t deny that Theo is one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever met, but she can see exactly why he’s still single. They do say opposites attract… but is she ready to move on? And when Lucien comes back into the picture, will she be tempted back to her life before the break up, or risk everything on the chance of something new?
A wonderfully warm will-they-won’t-they romantic read that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. If you’re a fan of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews, The Break Up is the love story you’ve been waiting for.
Previously titled: A Cat Called Cupid
“The Break – Up” introduces us to Lara Nightingale, currently dumped by her boyfriend after finding out that he’s been cheating on her with her best friend Siobhan! But no worries, fast forward a year and everything looks a little better for Lara. Her new wedding planning business is already running smoothly and she makes a name for herself, and her stray cat Fluffy is her best friend now. Only, Fluffy likes to wander in the neighbourhood and disappears for few days. One evening, looking for her loss, Lara encounters Theo who claims Fluffy is his and his name is Satchmo. Their first meeting isn’t too nice and then Lara seems to see Theo everywhere she goes – can she keep her emotions in check? And can she eventually convince him that Fluffy’s name is Fluffy and it’s her cat?
Personally I thought that the cat is going to play much more significant role, especially when the title was still “The Cat Called Cupid” (but I must say that this other title, “The Break”, is also not much better than the first one, yes, I know, Lara has broken up with her boyfriend but is it worth the whole title? ), and I was a bit disappointed that there were only few scenes with him, or rather without him as he was running away all the time. And I’ve never thought I’m going to tell this, that I was missing a cat, as I am much more a dog person and yes, I’m going to say this now loud, I don’t like cats.
The story started in a very promising way but then it went a little downhill for me – it started to feel flat and I had a feeling that the whole wedding – planning business takes our attention away from the main plot. At the beginning there were so many great scenes, for example the first meeting between Lara and Theo and I loved how he called her karate – kid later, and it’s a real pity that then the book started to feel somehow so forced and predictable.
Lara and Theo were characters full of warmth, however they just felt too two – dimensional, I’ve missed more depth in them, especially Theo whom, I have a feeling, I got to know only in terms of his good – looks. Some of their encounters were brilliantly hilarious, however the things between them escalated so quickly that I thought I’ve missed something – one minute they hate each other, the next they’re crazy in love and planning their future. I don’t know, I think I enjoyed them more as opponents than a couple, they were simply much funnier then. Of course, they are both such typical rom – com characters, jumping to conclusions, not being able to communicate, quite thick – headed and blowing things out of proportion, making me feel desperate. What’s more, it mostly took the characters’ ages until they were able to make up their minds, because every single thought was dissected – they were truly over thinking things and those inner monologues felt like a kind of filler.
This was a light – hearted story and Tilly Tennant is a lovely story – teller. Her writing is light and easy to follow and she can easily draw the reader into the book. However, she has also successfully incorporated some important issues in her book, like being in a manipulative relationship or pregnancy at a young age. If you are looking for an easy, not demanding read to relax for a few hours, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy this book.