Then I Met You by Matt Dunn – Book Review

Then I Met You by Matt Dunn – Book Review

Then I Met You by Matt Dunn

Then I Met You

Author – Matt Dunn
Publisher – Lake Union Publishing
Pages – 333
Released – 6th August 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1477823453
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Dream date . . . or an absolute nightmare?

Lisa’s dated a series of disastrous men; Simon’s loved and lost the girl of his dreams. She’s hoping fate might intervene in her love life; he’d prefer that it stopped meddling with his.

Today, they’re meeting, courtesy of the local paper’s ‘Blind Date’ feature – but while Lisa’s looking for that elusive ‘spark’, Simon’s sure lightning doesn’t strike twice. Will theirs be a love that’s written in the stars, or merely another mismatch written up in the Gazette?

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Simon is still grieving for his partner Alice who died a few years ago. His best friend Will wants him to move on with his life rather than continue to mope around believing that no woman could ever live up to Alice. Will offers to take Simon to a new restaurant but he’s actually not going, he’s set him up on a blind date.

Lisa hasn’t had the best experience with men and her last partner has made her realise that she needs to change the type she goes for. Her best friend Jess sets her up on a blind date at a fancy new restaurant as part of a newspaper column she runs in the Gazette.

The date between Simon and Lisa doesn’t start well when Lisa walks out in front of Simon’s car and both won’t back down as to who was at fault. Moving on to the restaurant and they soon realise that they have been paired with one another. But with nothing in common, Lisa likes tea, Simon prefers coffee. Lisa likes astrology and Simon thinks it’s childish to believe in your star sign, the two part company and hope to put the experience behind them. However, forgetting about one another isn’t that simple.

I adore Matt Dunn’s books. They are full of funny moments and wonderful characters, Then I Met You is no exception. The book is totally predictable but isn’t all Rom-Coms? If you want unpredictable I’d suggest reading a mystery or a thriller book.

Simon was such a lovable character. Yes, he moaned a lot and thought little of himself, but this was a man who was still grieving for the love of his life. He knew in his heart that he needed to move on with his life but he also didn’t want to forget about Alice, nor replace her.

Lisa is a very headstrong woman, she doesn’t like others doing things for her. She wants to be an independent woman whilst at the same time be in a relationship, trouble is she seems to go for bad boy after bad boy which causes her one heart-ache after another.

The plot was enjoyable, there were plenty of humorous moments. You know what the story is building up to, yet I enjoyed the wait and watching these two people who seem to have an instant dislike for one another realise that they might actually be good for one another.

The book is told in the third person and from dual POV so we get to see both sides of the story. I’m not always a fan of dual POV (or multiple) but this worked well and I was never left confused.

Then I Met You is entertaining and satisfying and I read it in just two sittings as once I’d started reading I didn’t want to stop.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Matt Dunn then i met you

Matt Dunn is the author of thirteen (and counting) romantic comedy novels, including A Day at the Office and At the Wedding (both Kindle bestsellers), The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook (shortlisted for both the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance) and 13 Dates (shortlisted for the Romantic Comedy of the Year Award). He’s also written about life, love and relationships for various publications including The Times, the Guardian, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Company, Elle and the Sun.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Matt worked as a lifeguard, a fitness-equipment salesman and an IT headhunter.

You can find out more about Matt over on ‘The Writing Life of: Matt Dunn’

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8 Responses

  1. Ruby @ Ruby's Books says:

    I love a good romcom, and I’ve been meaning to get back into the genre. I never read Matt Dunn’s books before, but I will definitely add his books to my TBR. Great review! Happy reading!

  2. Tasha says:

    This sounds like an entertaining Rom Com. Great review.

  3. Great review Stacey, this book looks and sounds absolutely amazingly great I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    I’ve not read his work before but looks like I should

  5. Emma mane says:

    Fantastic review, I love his books.

  6. Nadene says:

    I love a good romcom and this sounds right up my alley.

  7. Kathy West says:

    Great review!!!

  8. Great review!