Tuesday 29 March 2011

Review: Knowing Me Knowing You - Mandy Baggot

Recently single mother Kate is struggling. Clinging on to a career and bringing up her 2 year old daughter leads to nights alone drowning her sorrows in the cheapest white wine she can find. Forced to employ Joel, a male escort, to accompany her to a professionals' dinner, Kate somehow ends up in the middle of a relationship contest, competing for a £100,000 prize alongside someone she barely knows. With her boss, the Lady Dragon Miranda, desperate for Kate to flounder, her tarot card reading child-minder trying to match-make and her ex-husband making her life a misery, can Kate keep her life on an even keel? And more importantly can she put her trust in a serial dater who used to be an underwear model? 

My thoughts:
 Ok I have to tackle one issue first, the cover, it's bad. Actually it would have been a huge improvement if the chicken was gone. Anyway had to get that out of the way cos I know how we all fall in lust with covers or even do not give some books a chance cos of bad ones.

Back to the beginning of the actual review then. I was not sure at first but then I got further into the book and the story was good. Sure there were some things that were a bit too simple, and one tiny plot was just that, tiny and silly, I wanted something bigger. But overall the book was good, because the plot in there was cute. So I got past it.

In this book we have single-mum Kate, who hires an escort (*shakes head, that is gonna get you in trouble* ;), and Joel who is gorgeous and nice. Soon they are more or less thrown into a contest with chicken gates and love questions. Kate has got doubts about herself, she does try to be strong for her daughter, but when it comes to men, yes she is broken. Then we have sweet sweet sweet Joel, aww, what a sweetie and he falls for her. But it will not be easy, cos we have a ex in the background, her issues with him being so good-looking, and trouble at work. In comes the bitch, I honestly wanted to slap the woman at the office. Trust me, she was evil. So there you go, a couple who pretends to be in love, falls in love. And one crazy contest going on. About how well you know your partner

A sweet and simple book about real life, pretend life and that age old emotion, love. HEA promised, and humour.

Ok and sweet

Ahem, yes I spoke about it before.

Genre: Contemporary romance
Pages: 398
Published: Feb 2011
Source: Author


  1. YOu have been on Twitter too long. You are asterisking your actions too now.LOL.

    I really don't like the cover of this book and being shallow as I am, it would turn me off. Glad to hear it was good though.

  2. That is a terrible cover. LOL! Though, it does sound like a sweet story. I enjoy books with "mom" heroines, esp. when they start out down on their luck and end up with a HEA. :)

  3. Lol I agree about the cover! I usually don't judge books by their covers, but this one is horrible! The book seems to be a nice, light read. I may read it someday.

  4. I don't get the whole contest thing, but it sounds cute enough. And you're right, the cover is terrible.

  5. Thanks for the review. I'll try to overlook that cover...

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. The cover is horrible and the book...sweet perhaps but I don't like sweets. Neither romance novels with simplistic plot and HEA. Oh sorry, I think I am being horrible today.

  7. Oh, goodie, a romance about chickens! ;)

  8. LOL Love love love the headshaking! LOL

    Hey I have a great book you'd love if you haven't already read it,Blodeuedd. It's right up your historical alley... The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupass... look it up :) I'd love you to guest review please!


  9. That does sound like a fun book, but I agree with you that the cover is awful.

  10. Sounds pretty cute! Like a good summer read.

  11. Vivienne
    I know! ;) Bad bad twitter, making me asterisking things.
    We are shallow, that's life, but I do try not to be..try is the word

    She was sure down her luck, but a HEA is coming for her, and she is so deserving

    Some covers are just not good, I just saw a bad one yesterday, a high profiled book but the cover, bleh

    It was this gameshow, know your partner

  12. Brandi
    Please do :)

    You re not being horrid :=) Truthful is the best way too be and I am well aware not to mention too many fluffy books to you ;) I do fear it is way too sweet for you


    You are the best!!! *happydance* Of course I wanna guestreview

    I fear we all think so :(

  13. Wow that cover is a bit of a disaster isn't it? Glad to know the story is entertaining, but it's a shame it's trapped behind a giant heart and a chicken:)

  14. The cover would make me ignore the book too.

  15. Ooh, that is an awful cover. The story, though, sounds like a lot of fun.

  16. I love the sound of the book - cute and sweet with a touch of humour, but I agree the cover is hideous haha :)

  17. Hm... I don't know. Sounds sweet. Maybe when I'm in the mood for one. Oh, and I so agree with you. That poor chicken does that cover no good. lol

  18. The story sounds good but what were they thinking with a cover like that.

  19. You're right the cover is terrible

  20. I agree about the cover. The book does sound cute though.

  21. Nope, not gonna comment on the cover as well... ;) Nice review, B! :D

  22. Sweet can be a good fun read but egads that cover is horrible!

  23. Jenny
    Take the chicken out and it would still be bleh, but still so much better

    And that was sure why I had to comment on the cover, cos sometimes it's hard to look past things like that

    I am glad you think so

    It's, oh I do not have words for it

    Poor chicken, if he only knew

  24. Jenny
    Since it's indie I fear there was no choice really, perhaps

    Sad but true

    Sometimes one just have to look past covers :)

    Lol, thank you Janna for one comment not about a certain thing ;)

    Sweet is sure lovely

  25. Oh no. I think that cover might give me a few nightmares. You are much better than me for taking on the story despite the cover. Glad it turned out well. The story just sounds like a lot of fun, even with the bit of heartache that the character had to get through.

    I'm ready to call an escort to see if I'd get just as lucky. ;)

    P.S. Please don't report this comment to the authorities. hehe

  26. Well, I don't think it's for me. But I have to agree with you on the cover. lol. :) Thanks for the wonderful review!

  27. Sounds like a cute read, but an awful cover!

  28. you gotta love a sweet book every once in a while!

  29. Ok seriously I agree the cover is dreadful, but . . . the book sounds sweet. Notwithstanding the tacky cover, I may check this one out.

  30. Uh yea... the cover has got to go. Glad the story turned out to be quite good. Great review :)

  31. I really don't like the cover AT ALL. I also wonder how many really nice, super good-looking guys are escorts ;-) Glad it was a nice and simple book, though!

  32. Hey everyone, thanks for all your feedback. I'm sorry you don't seem to like the cover but until I hit the big time I am very much limited with my budget. My first book was a plain ugly black thing with no relevance to the story, now at least I have covers which represent the theme of the books. I would love to have sparkles and swirly writing and a touch more professionalism - maybe in the future. Please don't let the cover put any of you off though. It is a lighthearted and humourous read as Blodeuedd reviewed and I would love you readers to give it a go!


  33. I completely agree with you on the cover, it is terrible! I will have to say I've had a day dream, or two (or three) about hiring an escort and then falling in love. It's kind of like that movie The Wedding Date. So the story line sounds fun and seems like it would be a light read.



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