Review: Mad Love by Nick Spalding

Mad LoveTitle: Mad Love

Author: Nick Spalding

Pages: 316 Pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

The Blurb

Can two people who have never met make a marriage work? Popular dating site Sociality thinks so, and is marrying London lad Adam to California girl Jessica to prove it.

What better way to show that your ‘love algorithms’ work than to put two complete strangers together in an expensive publicity stunt? But, as livewire Jess and lazybones Adam quickly discover, just because a computer says you’re the perfect match, it doesn’t make it so!

Two million Sociality subscribers and the media are following the happy couple’s progress, and they have to make a go of it or they’ll lose everything, look like idiots, and destroy Sociality’s reputation. But can the mismatched pair, who seem to be constantly at each other’s throats, put their differences aside and work their way into each other’s hearts?

Nick Spalding, bestselling author of Fat Chance and Bricking It, will make you cry with laughter at this story of marital warfare—complete with sinking boats, badly aimed flatulence, well aimed tennis balls and some very suggestive pastry.

The Review

I do love a good love story and I have to out this out there, Nick Spalding is the master of the modern day love story.

Spalding takes the everyday occurrences and moulds them into stories that make you laugh, cry out in frustration and breathe out a deep heart warming sigh.

In Mad Love, Spalding takes on the fairly modern phenomena of online dating. People often complain that dating isn’t like it used to be. You go out with some friends, give someone the eye and then at the end of the night when the DJ plays a slow song you have a bit of a snog. This was how my mum’s generation did it. When I was in my twenties the songs didn’t slow down and you had the “quarter to two” lads who would start sniffing around girls who they hadn’t paid any attention to for the rest of the night but they didn’t want to go home alone. People say that internet dating isn’t natural but it has become the more organic way to meet people these days.

Spalding takes internet dating one step further in Mad Love. What if you had an algorithm decide who your perfect mate was? Wouldn’t it take the stress out of dating? Two people who had signed up to dating website Sociality and both entered a competition to win a butt load of money, a fancy London flat…..and a husband/wife. When the algorithm picks Adam (nerdy and bit unsure of himself) and Jessica (perky and persistent) things go a little catawampus.

Mad Love is a feel good romp which highlights the perils that lie behind the profile picture. This is a must read for someone who wants a chilled out, funny book.

Mad Love by Nick Spalding is available now.

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35 Stars

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