#BookReview of The one who’s not the one by Keris Stainton @Keris @bookouture @nholten40 #laughoutloud #mustread #Booksontour #netgalley

Posted March 4, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 5 Comments

The One Who's Not the One by Keris Stainton
Also by this author: The Invitation
Published by Bookouture on February 26 2019
Pages: 229
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Cat’s life has hit a brick wall. Since she broke up with her ex Sam five years ago she’s quit stand-up comedy, landed in a steady but dull job, and lives in a tiny flat with roommates she knows only as The One Who Eats All My Food and The One Who Has Really Loud Sex.

Cat, by contrast, is vividly aware that she hasn’t had sex for over two years.

So when she bumps into old friend Harvey and sparks fly, Cat is surprised. The more time she spends with Harvey, the more their chemistry grows – but Cat knows she has to ignore her feelings.

Because Harvey is Sam’s brother, and so absolutely, 100% off-limits romantically. If only Cat didn’t keep forgetting that…

I am really excited to be closing the tour today and I get to do with Kiks over at I am, Indeed so be sure to check out her review!

My Review

So normally when I pick up a book and it has the tag line of a laugh out loud comedy like most people these days you are a bit sceptical. I mean is this really going to make me laugh out and loud?

Well, it only bloody went and did!

I picked this up at 6 pm and between bedtime and reading some of it to my little lady, watching the semi-final of Dancing of Ice, I finished it in one sitting. And I was laughing a LOT! I love Kelly and Cat!

I read The Invitation by Ms Stainton last year and I just fell in love. This book has reinforced my love for this author! The story is obvious to where we will go but the banter and the conversations are hilarious and make the book worth its weight in gold!! I mean there is so much of this book I want to share with you that had me cracking up but I really can’t you have to read it!

I did find that I did the small leaky eye trick nearer the end of the book but it’s ok, it’s raining if I stick my head out the window no one will know the difference. Cat, is a stand-up comedian and so is her ex, and they are both funny, Cat being better, their little antidotes they introduce in their routines flowed naturally just like this book. Then in everyday life, you see sparks of the comedy in Cats life. Her quips and one-liners were just timed perfectly, I mean I am sure I have used one or two…

Gah man!! Seriously I have a huge smile on my face from reading this book, I flew through it because I just adored the storyline. It was the perfect read for me, I needed after such an emotional and draining week. It is the perfect pick me up. It does make you laugh, it does make you smile and if you are like me an old fashioned romantic it reinforces love and finding love in the most unexpected places. To me this The One who’s Not the One, is like a Hollywood movie, and I live vicariously through them, this could be on the big screen! Lilly Collins as Cat maybe and have Sam Claflin as Harvey…maybe it’s because I loved them two in Love, Rosie great chemistry…anyway, I digress! It is just perfect!

I have no coherent words for this review it’s just all rambles! I should sit down and write a sensible review but where is the fun in that!

Cat and Kelly’s relationship is such a fun one, and one I would dream of having again, so in tune with each other. Random quips like you humping my cushions again said so nonchalantly were funny! Their friendship was such a strong bond and it carries you through the book, to me this was the best bit over the romance (sssh I didn’t say that really!). I did love the slow build up to the romance with the grand gesture at the end. It suited the book wonderfully and I can not wait to see what follows next for Ms Stanton. If I see Keris Stainton on a book I am picking it up for sure!

So if you are not sure what I thought about the book…well, I loved it!

Until next time xxx


What has been said on the tour?

Sarah’s Book Reviews says


Keris Stainton writes brilliant novels which leaves the reader smiling if not laughing at the end of each of her books.  They are bright and cheerful books with fantastic characters who could be in anyone’s circle of friends as Keris’ characters are easily identifiable and relatable in today’s world.

Stardust Book reviews says


The writing in this book was spot on and as you read it you can put yourself in Cat’s shoes, as surely we’ve all been where Cat is in life at some point!  The story is not only belly-laughingly funny (the scene when Cat and Arnold visit a department store’s Santa springs to mind!!) but there is also a warm and touching story running alongside teaching us the important lessons of forgiving, forgetting and learning to love again.

The Writing Garnet says


‘The One Who’s Not the One’ is such a charismatic, energetic, addictive and utterly hilarious read which left my sides needing sewing and my brain thinking ‘whaaaaa?!’ (In a good way, obvs). I absolutely loved this book and, like Keris Stainton’s previous books, this author has knocked it out of the park once again in more ways than one.

StacyisReading says


This book was an absolute scream….I was howling from start to finish and couldn’t put it down. I don’t think I’ve loved a leading lady as much as I love Cat. Her sense of humour and tenacity were a hit that left me giggling into the pages of my Kindle and working out how we could actually become friends in an alternative lifetime. I mean what a girl – she was off the wall in an endearing way with just the right amount of batty behaviour and zealous for life. You couldn’t help but love her and her wacky ways.

And do check out the other fabulous reviews by B for Bookreview, Over the Rainbow Book Blog, Sal’s World of Books, Looplou Laura, Sandie’s Bookshelves, Kristin’s Novel Cafe, Tishylou’s World and Between the Pages Book Club

Catch up with the rest of the tour here

Thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for the tour invite and the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Keris Stainton

Keris Stainton was born in Canada, grew up on the Wirral, lived in London for a while and now lives in Lancashire with two boys, two guinea pigs, and an unhealthy (but enjoyable) obsession with One Direction.

She’s written books for children, teenagers, and adults and can almost always be found on Twitter.

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