Monday, 17 October 2016

Blog Tour - Review - Giveaway - Single by Christmas by Rosa Temple

I am delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for Single by Christmas by Rosa Temple. So first of all let's take a look at the book and then you can read on for my review and then finally enter the lovely giveaway!

About the book:

You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.

Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?

With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?

This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.


My Review:

I previously read Natalie's Getting Married by Rosa Temple and I thought both the story and characters were great. So I was more than happy to read Single by Christmas. 

So what did I think...

I really liked the fact that my opinion varied so much on Alex, one minute I would be feeling sorry for her and the next wanting to give her a shake. This all goes to prove that she was a well written character. There were times when I wanted Charlie to stand up to her a bit more and then others when I wanted him to understand. It was great that Alex wasn't totally likeable all of the time. A story is all the more interesting when it shows that the main character has flaws. Charlie and Alex are pretty perfect for each other though and I was hoping that things would work out for them in the end.

The first chapter really grabbed my attention and I was intrigued as to how the story would play out. The book moved at a really good pace and I never found myself losing interest in the plot. Single by Christmas has plenty of romance but also some real issues like infidelity, trust and new beginnings. This makes the book all the more entertaining and interesting to read.


I thought Alex was an engaging character even though sometimes I felt like telling her to think before she acted. I really enjoyed the fact that you didn't know which way things would go for Alex and Charlie in the end.

Single by Christmas is both fun and entertaining!

Five stars from me!

Thank you to Rosa Temple for kindly sending me a copy, this is my honest and unbiased opinion.


About the Author

Rosa Temple is a writer of romantic comedies, chick-lit and contemporary romance. To date she has published one novella, Sleeping with Your Best Friend, and her first full length novel, Natalie’s Getting Married, was published on 14th March 2016.

She has tried her hand at various occupations, from tea lady (albeit for one morning only after being returned to the agency because half an office block suffered caffeine deprivation) to supervising the office running the London Bar Exams.

Rosa is a Londoner born and bred and still resides in West London with ambitions to escape to the country when a suitable country pile becomes available.

In 2014 she was awarded a Distinction in her Creative Writing MA from Brunel University.

Rosa admits to being a reluctant keep fit addict. She owns a yoga mat, a pair of trainers and a spin cycle that gathers dust in the corner of her writing room. She vows that she will run the London Marathon again but has been saying this since her first and only marathon, run in 2010. Hence the trainers.

Having been a ghostwriter for several years, Rosa has written several magazine articles and has penned a multitude of one off novellas and novella length series in the romance genre and in its various sub-genres to include: contemporary romance, historical, adult only, romantic comedies and sweet romances.

Rosa is a member of a writing critique group who meet monthly. This lively and hard working group keep her on her toes as she hones her writing, listening and editing skills.

Rosa’s husband and eldest son are both musicians, her second son swims at a National level for his London team.

Before devoting the majority of her time to her writing of romantic comedies and chick-lit, Rosa was a singer (that’s how she met her husband) and still continues to perform and write songs.

Early reviews show that Natalie’s Getting Married is a favourite of many readers and book bloggers and she follows it with Christmas romantic comedy novel, Single by Christmas, with plans to publish a book series in the very near future.

Rosa loves to chat (about anything really) so follow her on Twitter @RosaT_Author or visit her blog, Rosa Temple Writes, on

Read an excerpt of Natalie’s Getting Married on Goodreads or Facebook




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Why not follow along with the rest of the Blog Tour.

Oh and if you get chance come back to my blog on the 25th October where I will have a little excerpt from the book. 

Thank you, Rae x


Related Posts:

Read my review for Natalie's Getting Married here


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