The Plus One Pact by Portia Macintosh

Having been on more than her fair share of awful dates, Cara Brooks decides to give up on dating apps, and that is when she meets Joe Mills. They make a pact to be each other’s ‘plus one’ to all the weddings and family gatherings they both have lined up over the summer – purely as friends.

The ‘pretend romance’ trope has been done many times before, but The Plus One Pact is definitely one of the better ones I’ve read. It all hinges on the likeability of the main characters; don’t expect the plot to be realistic – if you can imagine it as a rom-com, then the author has probably got the right idea.

The characters are well written and believable, even the horrible ones. For some reason, at every event they attend, Cara and Millsy seem to get into trouble. A lot of the humour lies in how they manage to get out of it unscathed.

The Leeds setting makes a pleasant change from London, and I also enjoyed the trip they took to Scotland to visit his Gran. The story moves along at a fast pace, from one event to the next, that will keep you reading far into the night. I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Portia Mackintosh.