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Your Place or Mine?

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I really wanted to like this book but I had a hard time getting into it. The characters werenโ€™t really relatable for me personally.

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This is one hilarious read and as always another brilliant addition to the collection. I have devoured this book in just one sitting and found myself completely unwilling to put this book down.

I have laughed out loud reading this gem. One thing with a Portia book, I find I have a permanent smile on my face. This is a gem.

The characters are brilliant! Serena and Ziggy are a very entertaining as a pair! Add in the others and you have a brilliant cast in this book.

This is perfectly paced and will hook your attention from the very beginning. I find myself filled with excitement when Portia has a new book landing and this hasnโ€™t disappointed.

Iโ€™ve read all of Portia books and this is definitely high on the list of favourites.

This is heartwarming and completely brilliant from beginning to end. I cannot recommend this book high enough.

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A cute and entertaining book that was a lot of fun to read! I've read a few books by this author and enjoyed them, so I did not hesitate to pick this one up. I was not disappointed!
Serena has been having a rough time of it lately. Her employer, who she adored, passed away, and she finds herself out of a job and home since she had been living over the business and her employer's children have decided to sell. Her friend Taylor provides her with a temporary solution. While she is away travelling with her husband, Serena can stay at Taylor's place. Seems like the perfect solution, except that Taylor's husband didn't know she offered Serena the place and offers it to his friend Ziggy. Neither Ziggy or Serena are very happy about sharing a home, and they engage in pranks hoping to flush the other out. But when one prank crosses the line, they put their differences aside and work together to fix the mistake. They begin to understand each other more and it doesn't take long for hate to turn into something more beautiful.
The story was full of fun and heart, filled with many humorous moments and left me with a smile on my face. The characters were well-defined with realistic qualities which made them relatable and I couldn't help but fall in love with them. There was no question about the strong chemistry between them, and their banter and interactions were fun to read. Glad to have had the opportunity to read this one!
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.

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Portia MacIntosh is at the top of her field when it comes to writing contemporary romantic comedies. Her most recent book, Your Place or Mine? is the perfect example. This fast- paced read is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud!!! After all, no one writes witty banter quite like her.

Special thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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This romance story is an almost anti romance story. There is just as much in this book about why not to fall in love and how bad relationships are as anything else. In fact the plot and character development for Serena and Ziggy was probably lacking in part fault due to the development of Serena's current relationship and how she comes to the end of that. The story of sharing a house with your enemy who will turn lover is a definite reason for me to have picked up this book to read, I was expecting a full on humourous enemies to loves, forced proximity with all sorts of antics and pranks but this all felt secondary so I was a little deflated by the outcome.
Portia Macintosh hasn't lost her writing style and it is still an easy fun and enjoyable read I just dont think the plot was what I was expecting and definitely not from the blurb.

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

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I absolutely loved this book. It hooked me and kept me turning pages until I was done. Finished it in two days! The character development was strong, and the premise was unique enough that it didn't feel like anything else I've read.

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This was a quick read, but ultimately it was too insta-love for me. I didnโ€™t feel the connection between the characters. I needed more character development to fully get invested in their relationship.

Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy. Thoughts are my own.

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This was cute, but not as cute as most of the author's other books. Not quite sure I really bought this couple together. Having said that I will absolutely read the other is next book.
They can't all be winners.

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As always, Portia Macintosh gives the perfect mixture of comedic excellence and a romantic swoon fest. I had a very good time with this and will always read anything Portia dishes out :)

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I would have liked this book a little more if the cheating parts didnโ€™t go on as long as they did. I hate it and itโ€™s distasteful. But thatโ€™s a me issue. The authors writing was easy to follow and engaging.

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This is a very fun read! I love Portia MacIntosh's humour and I absolutely enjoyed this one.
The book deals with unemployment, loss and trying to move on in life, and yet remains a light read.
The author's characterization is interesting as always!

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A rom-com that follows Serena and Ziggy, who fall-together when they become unexpected roommates while housesitting for mutual friends.

Usually a fan of the enemy to lovers trope, Serena and Ziggy felt quite invested in their nemesis roles. I missed where their mutual feelings of disdain moved from one end of the spectrum to the other; the transition was abrupt and did not include any slow build-up or growing anticipation. I found it hard to connect to their romance.

And while not specific to the romance of Serena and Ziggy, with infidelity as a theme woven throughout, it all just felt a bit uncomfortable. It's hard to muster-up the warm and fuzzies when it's sandwiched between yuck and heartbreak. This one was not for me.

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I received an advanced copy of this from NetGalley and was so excited to read it! The synopsis had me very intrigued and excited to see what was going to happen between the unexpected housemates. I enjoyed all the different scenarios in this story that the FMC had to encounter and overcome but a lot if it fell flat for me. The synopsis leads you to believe that it is going to be a story focused on the rivalry/romance of the two main characters and that felt like it was barely part of the story. The FMC deals with loss, a cheating ex, and inheriting a new business and this felt like it came before the 'reluctant housemates' trope.

Overall it was an okay read for me but I was expecting quite a bit more! It did have me rooting for the main character and laughing to myself at times though and I always enjoy that.

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That moment when you think it canโ€™t get worse, but then it does.
Thatโ€™s what Serena is living through in Your Place or Mine?
Just when things seem to be smoothing out, another thing tries to derail her life.
When her friend offers her a place to stay, sheโ€™s surprised to find out she wasnโ€™t the only one offered the house sitting job. Ziggy-musician, mess maker, and hater a cleaning supply smells-is Serenaโ€™s new housemate. After experiencing many catastrophes, they begin working together. And as we all know opposites can definitely attract.

I enjoyed the amount of subplots happening in this story. Even though many, many things go awry for Serena, the story is woven together beautifully.

Your Place or Mine? is a story of resilience, of fate, of found family, and ultimately love despite the odds.

Thank you NetGalley, Boldwood Books, and Portia MacIntosh for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

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Your Place or Mine?
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle eBook
Date Published: 1/17/23
Author: Portia MacIntosh
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Pages: 289
GR: 3.77

I requested a digital advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Boldwood Books and providing my opinion voluntarily and unbiased.

My Thoughts: Trigger Warning of cheating. This is not my first MacIntosh book, I love her writing style. I have found a lot of the authors from Boldwood Books write such quality stories and I always enjoy reading them. Serena is hit with a lot at once, when her employer/close friend dies, she is left without a job and home, not to mention the loss of her friend. Serena is invited to her friends house to stay while they are out of town, but the friendโ€™s husband did the same with Ziggy, whoops, unexpected roommates! While they are complete opposites, can they learn to stand each other in order to move on the next step in their journey?

The story is narrated in a first person POV. Serena and Ziggy are definitely polar opposites. A classic enemies to lovers trope that played out well. Serena is quirky, laid back, and has to have everything in order. Ziggy, on the opposite end is very easy going and doesnโ€™t feel like everything should have a place. The tension and pranks was brilliant. The characters were developed well with witty banter, chemistry, and creatively woven throughout the story. The authorโ€™s writing style was complex, funny, swoony, and kept me engaged. There were some separate storylines developed but in the end, they all made sense.

This was such a fun, lighthearted story, it just kept me smiling throughout the story. The only con for me is that the cheating plot went a little longer than I would of liked. Now, cheating tropes do not bother me, I just would liked more focus on the relationship. Having said that, this is still a great book to read and I would highly recommend.

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This was fast-paced easy read. There were some laugh out loud moments I enjoyed and the growth of both characters was nice to see. However I felt the way Serena and Ziggy's love was created wasn't the best. The foundation of it felt unrealistic to me.

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A fun read, would make an excellent beach read. Marked down due to the adult adultery I donโ€™t particularly enjoy this as a plot line

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Thank you to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for sending me the Advanced Reader Copy of 'Your Place or Mine?'.

From reading this blurb, I thought this book would be a fun, easy-read rom-com with some of my favourite tropes: forced proximity and enemies to lovers! Unfortunatley the blurb was completely misleading, and Ziggy and Serena's living situation was more of a sub-plot. The overarching plot was Serena dealing with the loss of a loved one, and her dealing with her BOYFRIEND she has until 3/4 of the way through the book..
Aside from the deceptive blurb, there were multiple issues I had with this story.
Spoilers start here:
- The Marilyn Manson reference (why ever reference a criminal like that in a book??)
- Serena sleeps with Ziggy because she gets cold in her room... that's a lot
- Agatha was written like a children's cartoon villain
- Serena and Ziggy went from hating each other to being in love after sleeping together once while drunk
- There were times when Serena broke the fourth wall by talking directly to the reader. It was uncomfortable and strange
- At the end of the book Serena and Ziggy decide to move intogether after being together for a very short time
- The ending felt like a 2000 coming of age movie
- I also felt it was mildly sexist insinuating that a woman would not understand the concept of a fuse being tripped

There were however two points of this story I appreciated. One was that there were some lovely quotes regarding grief.
The other was the storyline of Dirty Di's. I found this witty and charming and I wish this had been explored more. This is what gained the story the extra star in my rating.
Overall it felt the author had a lot of ideas and tropes that were crammed into one story.

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I have laughed and swooned through every Portia MacIntosh book and this book was no exception!ย 
First off- the reference to All American Rejects and Ziggy looking like Tyson Ritter? YUM! Way to make me fall in love with Ziggy right off the bat!

Serena and Ziggy are both house sitting for their friends and their first impressions of one another are not so great. They secretly declare war on one another throughout the house, which yields hilarious results. Slowly, their dislike for one another turns into a differentย kind of passion and when they team up together, they are so fun to read about!ย 

The side characters, especially Al, made for great storylines and character chemistry. I adored Diana and her legacy that allowed Serena to thrive. Overall, a fast paced, fun, loveable book!

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I always love a Portia MacIntosh book and this was another good one. It gave me very similar vibes to the flat share. It made me laugh which is what I always love about a Portia MacIntosh title,
This was an enemies to lovers story and I did enjoy it, I found the parts about her boyfriend cheating a little more difficult to read but I suppose that will always happen with the type of story content.
Overall another enjoyable read, can't wait for the next one

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