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Not in a Million Years

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Absolutely back to her best. Sophie at her finest. 

I loved this book. The story of Kate, Andy and Daniel. If you’ve read P.S. I hate you (also brilliant) or Santa, please bring me… (a serious dip in form IMO) then you’ll be familiar with these characters and some of the ensemble cast. 

Kate’s friend Andy has done a disappearing act but no one’s really that bothered apart from Daniel. Andy’s got form after all. Despite Kate’s deep dislike for Daniel, she is also concerned enough about Andy’s whereabouts to go with him to Turkey - the last place they knew Andy to have been.

What follows is a story of attraction, exasperation, misunderstandings and finally understanding, all sprinkled with trademark Ranald wit, lovely locations and some very serious topics dealt with with a lightness of touch but real sensitivity and care.

I loved Kate and Daniel but also appreciated the therapeutic observations about why we love who we love and what is and isn’t within our remit to resolve.

My only complaint is that I wanted just a little bit more before the last page. Let’s hope we see them again in the not too distant future.

Thanks to #netgalley and Bookouture for a preview copy.
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I’m going to start this review on a slightly negative note – a peeve. I only peeve have with the book is the blurb that says that this is a laugh-out-loud book. It is not. Yes, there’s romance and a few humourous situations but over all the subjects it deals with are serious and the story gets quite intense at times.

Did I enjoy it? Yes, I did! Once I started reading it, I got very invested in the story and the characters and read straight through to the end.

Kate and Daniel, head to Turkey, to find their friend, Adam, who has been MIA for sometime. While both are used to Adam going off the radar, they’re worried that he might have fallen off the wagon and started using again. They’re afraid he would be in danger in a foreign country.

While Kate and Daniel met through Adam and used to be friends, they had a fall out over how they responded differently to Adam’s drug use. Thrown together reluctantly, they try to make the best of things and focus on finding Adam.

They progress in their search and fall for each other, only to fall out again when some secrets are revealed. Will they be able to put the past behind and have a romantic relationship or will they forever be just friends as they take care of Adam.

While at the core the story is about friendship and loyalty, the book also deals with the subject of addiction and bi-sexuality. The author has done a great job of treating them with the sensitivity they deserve. The whole question of how to be a friend to an addict without enabling them comes up and this is what I found particularly interesting.

I like how the book shows Kate and Daniel’s personal growth from their younger days.

Great characters and a very engrossing story line, make this a really good read.
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of Not in a Million Years by Sophie Ranald. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to N\etGalley and Bookouture for this ARC.

I tried so hard to find something redeeming among these characters and came up empty. I didn't find the story romantic or humorous, and all of the serious issues found in the plot fell flat. There is a way to discuss toxic relationships and addiction, and this is not it. I almost felt like I had been dumped into an episode of Sex in the City. So if that is what you enjoy, give it a try. But I like my characters to be a bit more likable. I give this book 2/5 stars.
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Review for 'Not In A Million Years' by Sophie Ranald

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Sophie Ranald, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous 

Publication date 22nd February 2023.

This is the third book I have read by this author. I have also read 'He's Cancelled' and 'Santa, Please Bring Me A Boyfriend' which I highly recommend. 

I was originally drawn to this book by its intriguing cover and its hilarious sounding synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that this book is  'A feel-good, feisty and fabulous romantic comedy, perfect for anyone who has ever found themselves in a love-hate relationship. Fans of Emily Henry and Sophie Kinsella will love this laugh-out-loud, snort-inducing read.' I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of Sophie and if this is half as good as 'He's Cancelled' and 'Santa, Please Bring Me A Boyfriend'. it is guaranteed to be a hilarious page turner!! I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book).

This novel consists of 37 chapters. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!

This book is based in London, England, UK 🇬🇧 and Turkey 🇹🇷. I always enjoy when books are partly or fully set in the UK as I'm from Wales and have sometimes visited areas mentioned in the book. This makes it easier to picture where the scenes are set at times. I have in fact visited and gone on holiday in England on many occasions so am looking forward to possibly recognising name places.

This book is written in first person perspective and the main protagonist is Kate Miller. The benefits of books written in first person perspective are as long as they are well written it makes you feel that you are being spoken to by the protagonist and it can create more of a bond between yourselves and them. 

'Not In A Million Years' discusses some topics that may upset some readers or may not be suitable for others. I like to point this out ahead of time in my reviews so you can judge if this book is for you or not. In this book Sophie discusses addictions. 

What an absolutely gorgeous must read!!! Absolutely loved it fairplay!!! This book has fantastic descriptions that set you straight in the scenes. The cover, title and synopsis suit the storyline perfectly. 

I must admit that although I did laugh on several occasions and that this book is a romantic comedy that it has a more serious storyline to it than Sophie's other books I have read. This is not a bad thing and it is fantastic that Sophie has managed to take the topic of addiction and weave it into a gorgeous storyline while showing the affects in can have on friends and family. I love it when authors write about serious topics as they need to be discussed in order to help those struggling with them and their friends and family but not everyone is interested in reading self help guides. Sophie has managed to include advice, information and more that you would find in a guideline and put it into a great storyline that will keep you turning the pages. The storyline itself was absolutely unputdownable so make sure you clear your schedules before starting to read it!! Although there are serious topics discussed it was still a light hearted, easy read which made me laugh out loud so many times I lost count and had me rooting for a certain person all the way through. It is filled with friendship, love, addiction, $3x, lessons, heartbreak and so much more. It is filled with touching moments and I loved every single page of it!! Sophie's vivid descriptions paint the scenes of London and Turkey and captivated the atmosphere putting the reader straight into the storyline. 

Another fantastic book by the very talented Sophie. I would love to see this turned into a movie!! 

It is set over multiple time lines. When books show what has happened in the past and what is happening in the present I find it really helps the reader (if it is well done) understand why things are happening and what has lead to the present activities and decisions. It also shows the bigger picture.

The characters were all an eclectic mix and each one of them were realistic and strong. I was completely invested in them all. I absolutely loved Kate who my heart absolutely went out to. She does everything she can to help Andy who has suffered with addictions for years. However, sadly, she can't see what is really going and she misses years of living her own life because of it. I really liked Andy when I first "met" him but my feelings changed throughout the storyline. I was the other way around with Daniel and was not a huge fan of him when I first "met" him but warmed more to him as the story went on. Their three way friendship is extremely complex and I don't want to go into too much detail as I don't want to spoil it for future readers. Sophie brings these characters to life, making them jump out of the pages at the reader. 

A MASSIVE WELL DONE to Sophie on a HUGE success!!! I loved every page of your book and I cannot wait to read more past and future. This is exactly why you are in my top 3 favourite romcom authors list!! 

Make sure you read to the very end of the book to read the first two chapters of Sophie's 'Sorry, Not Sorry' which promises to be just as hilarious and addictive as Sophie's 'He's Cancelled' and `Santa, Please Bring Me A Boyfriend' and is one I'm looking forward to reading myself!! 

Overall an unputdownable, gorgeous book filled with friendship, laughter and love but with some serious moments due to the topic of addiction. 

Genres covered in this book include Humour, Contemporary Women Fiction, Romance Novel, Humorous Fiction, Love, Sex & Marriage Humour, Contemporary Romance, Women's Humourous Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction and Domestic Fiction amongst others. 

I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Sophie Kinsella, Emily Henry, Bridget Jones, Bridesmaids movie and anyone looking for a good laugh. 

364 pages.

This book is just £1.99 to purchase on kindle and £8.99 in paperback via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! 

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Not in a Million Years is not your typical romcom. Sure it has an adorable cover, a cute premise, and Kate and Daniel’s relationship falls into the tried and true enemies-to-lovers trope featuring some genuinely humorous moments, but it also features a rather serious exploration of addiction/substance abuse. In fact at times the addiction issue and not the romance almost felt like the main focal point of the story. While I don’t know that I’d always want my romcoms to be entangled with serious issues, it was a nice change of pace and I definitely enjoyed this one. I’d like to thank Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an eARC of Sophie Ranald’s Not in a Million Years.
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I read my first book by Ranald for Bookouture last year and absolutely loved it, so to be accepted onto another tour for one of her books made my day!

While we have all the hilarity and enemies to lovers romance that come naturally with a romcom, there's the side plot of Andy's addiction at the forefront, which may be a trigger for some.

The characters are fun, likeable and realistic. 

I enjoyed the book and found it an enjoyable, lighthearted story of friends, relationships and finding love. 

 Many thanks to Bookouture for my tour spot.

Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Enemies to lovers story. I liked how it was told from both points of view and kept you guessing with some surprises along the way.
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I've read several of Sophies books,and this was more of the same but with a more serious topic enclosed too...addiction. Kate has it all,all bar a love life but that's ok..she's financially independent,has a great support network of friends and is winning at life pretty much. Until,she hears her good friend Andy is abroad and in need of help. So go to him she must. The only thing is a mutual friend of hers and Andys,Daniel.. is also going. But she is getting abroad so silver lining! The first part of the book is fun rom com and a good giggle. Then it deals with Andys problem and is definitely more dark,you wouldn't guess it from the cover though. All in all its a good read. With thanks to Sophie Ranald, Bookouture and NetGalley for an arc in exchange for my review.
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Kate and Daniel used to be friends but after a disagreement years ago,  he became her enemy. But when mutual friend Andy disappeared while on holiday, they must work together to find him.  A romantic resort on the coast in Turkey with her nemesis sounds like hell on earth,  but the more time they spend together she sees he's not so bad.  But can this truce last when they return home to London?
I don't know about this being hilarious and laugh-out-loud as much as women's fiction. I loved the first half of the book,  but then it started concentrating on Andy's issues and I was frustrated with the two friends enabling him and blaming his addiction for every horrible thing he did to them. Then there was just a rushed reunion between Kate and Daniel at the very end. 
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Thank you #Netgalley for the advanced copy!

Always love a quick Sophie Ranald read! Kate is single, has an amazing group of friends, but when one of her friends goes MIA, she immediately drops everything to find him.  This entails traveling to Turkey with Daniel, Andy's other best friend, to track him down.  Of course in rom com style, we watch Daniel and Kate start of disliking each other, to then tolerating, to then you guess it....Once Andy is found and brought back home, we watch Kate navigate this new friendship with Daniel, while still trying to 'fix' Andy.  Not the ultimate light rom com, but interesting contact and in true Sophie Ranald style, many hilarious moments.
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This book wasn’t what I expected.  While it had some romance and some humor, it wasn’t the lighthearted read I was looking for.  The book was well written and enjoyable, but I was surprised by how far it delved into addiction.  The inner monologue of Kate and her dealings with insomnia were fun as were her verbal spars with Daniel.
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For me, this book was anything but hilarious. The beginning read as if it would be a romantic comedy and the ending ended as if it had been a romantic comedy but the pages in between weren’t heavy on romance or comedy. This book fell flat and didn’t live up to its promises. The depiction of drug addiction, rehab and enablers was not depicted accurately— and it seemed that the author wrote as if enabling someone was an acceptable thing to do. I would hate for the reader  to think it was ok to help someone stay safe by partying with them since they are going to do it anyway. I was provided a digital ARC by the publisher and NetGalley. This review is my own opinion.
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First of all, a huge thank you to Bookouture & Netgalley for approving this arc and giving me the chance to review this romance book. 

Not in a Million Years by Sophie Ranald isn’t your typical Rom-com book. It explores topics such as drug addiction and rehab as well as relationship manipulation and sexuality. 

Even though it starts as really funny and we get to observe the comic side of Kate and her struggles with dating, insomnia and baking, the end is quite romantic and emotional. 
Kate and Daniel’s story will keep you engaged and you will find  yourself not being able to put the book down. 

A huge plus for me: the vividly painted London scenery.
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This is a cute rom com that I absolutely adored! At times I did want to shake Kate, but her inner dialogue made me laugh...

Fifteen years ago Kate met her friend Andy and they have been close ever since. So when Andy goes radio silent, Kate is concerned. Enough so that she meets up with Daniel, a friend of Andy's and a former friend of hers (flashbacks go into more detail about this). They find recent pictures of Andy in Turkey, so they decide to go find him.

Although they bicker endlessly, they finally decide on a truce while they look for Andy. They locate him recovering and get the story that led to his silence. They assure him they will stay until he is able to go home.

Sometime in that fortnight, Daniel and Kate reach a sort of friendship and Kate becomes aware of her attraction to him, which is a terrible idea. There's no way any type of relationship could work, right?
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Not In a Million Years is definitely not your typical enemies to lovers book.  When I read the description I thought I was in for a light read but I was wrong.

Kate is quick-witted, afraid of heights and a steadfast friend. Daniel is charming, thoughtful and a sucker for cats. Then there’s Andy, the friend with an intense addiction. 

Kate and Daniel travel to Turkey to find their friend after days of being unable to get in touch with him. They stay until Andy is able to return home but this is just half of the book. The addiction is the second half and takes you through the life of trying to love or be there for an addict.

I enjoyed the slow burn of Kate and Daniel’s relationship but I felt at times she was a bit mean to him.  (Though the aloe did help her simmer down on all fronts - pun intended.) Without any spoilers, I did enjoy some of the twists along the way.  

I would recommend this if you’re looking for a little cheeky banter bit you can also handle addiction and relapse.

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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A huge thanks to Bookouture for my complimentary copy and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Not in a million years is an enemies to lovers romance that is just so adorable. The book follows Kate who reminds me of myself . Kate is a successful woman who bakes an awful lot but also struggles with insomnia . In a quest to find her friend Andy she heads to Turkey with her arch nemesis Daniel. Like every good rom-com there is a thin line between hate and love. Oh mayn, I ate up this romance book.
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I was laughing out loud. That was just what my soul needed. Sometimes we just need to read a book that makes us smile and laugh and not take life so seriously. This book is the answer for that. There are other books with similar plot lines, this one was different and hit the spot.
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I loved this enemies to lovers troupe. Andy has disappeared and two of his friends set out to find him. The story deals with serious issues of substance abuse so be aware if this is a trigger for is always fun to watch two people who hate each other be put together for a common cause. This cause was their friend Andy. A large portion of the book was set in Turkey in the summer. I loved this setting as the heat played into the book in a big way. I love when authors make the setting part of the story. Great read.
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thank you to bookouture & netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review!

i love sophie ranald’s books and this is another enjoyable one! it follows kate and daniel as they travel to turkey to find their friend who has seemingly fallen off the face of the earth.

the story includes flashbacks of the past to help explain why daniel and kate fell out and how andy’s actions impacted them both. 

i would definitely recommend reading some of sophie ranald’s earlier published books to understand the background characters!
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First of all, thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

The description of this book had everything I wanted in a cute beach read, and while I did spend most of my time giggling along at the sarcastic and blunt humour, I found myself thrown off by the Andy situation. It just felt a little too intense compared to the “enemies to lovers” vibe that was going on. 

I do, however, think that Ranald did a very good job describing addiction and relapses and how easy it is to enable someone because you love them - that same love somehow driving our main characters apart and back together again. 

Kate was witty, smart, stubborn and sometimes too risk-averse, and Daniel was a charming, caring,  cat lover … and may have been the only person able to dish it back to our main girl Kate. 

I did like watching them slowly come together again, although it was easy to see Daniel was a good match for her right away (I was 100% sold when he bought her Aloe for her sunburn).  When you take their little rendezvous to find Turkey and separate it from the darker sadder side with Andy’s addiction, you have a really cute rom com. I just wish the book as a whole could stay light- but I may just be biased as I say and read from the sunny poolside. 

Overall it was still a super cute read, and would recommend if you like a cheeky bit of London humour and are able to handle topics covering addiction, drug use, relapse, car accidents, and theft. 

3 ⭐️
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