When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with heartbreak: she swears off sex for an entire year.
Luckily, she has plenty to keep her mind off men. Between starting a business with ice queen Lucy, straightening out her sister Tasha’s tangled love life, and running a blog read by thousands of single ladies, Leila is soon snowed under. But she can’t help finding a little time for irresistible architect Nick – Lucy’s funny and infuriatingly sexy brother.
After an unplanned encounter under the mistletoe, the Man Ban looks like it might be skidding to a halt. Has Leila found love when she least expected it?
Leila finds herself at her boyfriend’s hotel room in Jaipur just one day before Christmas. What she hoped for and what she got was two completely different things… A perfect Christmas by surprising her boyfriend was the goal, but all she was faced with was a cheating boyfriend in the company of a blonde and very naked young woman.
Leila officially decided to become celibate for one year in order to figure out herself and what she wanted in life. To kick start the one year of her man ban, Leila created a blog to share her experience and soon enough it becomes a huge success, leading up to herself, her sister Tasha and her sister-in-law Lucy becoming a business and creating single ladies groups for women all around the country. Single life was seeming pretty peachy for Leila. That is until she meets the brother of the woman her brother is about to marry. With Leila having to suffer through the wedding by herself, as her male friend dashed off as soon as he could and Nick’s date already planning their wedding after only five dates, they soon had enough to bond over and made an escape to be in the company of each other.
After hitting it off, Leila and Nick soon start up a secret relationship, starting off a web of lies that soon erupts around the family and everything breaks loose. You shall have to read the book to find out all the other dirty lies, as I wouldn’t want to give away too many spoilers!
The one thing I loved about this book is it was so faced pace, within the space of two years, so I felt like I was getting so much out of reading this. I truly couldn’t put the book down and every spare moment I had was focused on Leila’s life. Although Leila is the most prioritised character, her whole family has a huge part in the book too and I loved being able to go back and fourth between each family and seeing how they was getting on and what was going on in their lives for the final chapters to be so linked and tense. I absolutely love this family and although I got two years worth of their lives in this one book, I could definitely do with a sequel! Such a light-hearted story about a family who isn’t perfect; there are secrets and affairs and insecurities, but after all of the trouble they go through they will always find a way to come back together and accept one another for how they are and who they love.
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