Thank you, Next by Sophie Ranald / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @SophieRanald


Seriously, why do guys on dating apps think I want a picture of what’s in their pants? I could open an art gallery with the collection I’ve got.

Zoe really doesn’t want to die alone and surrounded by cats. But it’s not looking good: she’s had sex precisely twice in the last year, and her feline friend isn’t the kind of male company she wants in bed…

Her top dating disasters include:

1) The guy who kissed her hand, took out a violin and serenaded her in public.
2) The guy who force-fed her oysters (she can confirm that they’re not an aphrodisiac).
3) The guy who was so hungover he turned up with his t-shirt on inside out, sweating sambuca.
4) The guy who brought his actual kid on a dinner date.

And don’t even get her started on the dick pics, or how on earth you’re supposed to know whether a total stranger is an axe murderer or not.

Zoe’s ready to give up on the search for love, until her friend has an idea. Robbie lives by his horoscope, and he’s sure she’s got this dating stuff all wrong. He dares her to work her way through the zodiac until she finds The One.

Usually Zoe would laugh at such a suggestion, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Could love be written in the stars? Or is she destined to end up alone, eating take-out in bed and watching endless re-runs of Friends?




In the previous book (Just saying) we already met a few of the characters that we see again in this next part. Although Zoe played an important role then, the focus really is on her now.

Looking for love seems easy nowadays. We have not only social media, but also a lot of apps that can help you on your way to the happily ever after. A big difference compared to how it all went say about 20 years ago. Some things never change though: there will always be people who are not honest and pretend to be someone they are not. Maybe the ‘old system’ was not that bad? You met your date in person and you did not have to dream about the prince charming you met online who turned out to be a frog…

Anyway the way the author describes the dates Zoe goes through are often simply hilarious and that’s one of the things that turn her books in to great fun. It’s not all about laughter though. She touches your heartstring from time to time too.

Being in love is a great feeling, but always keep in mind that it’s about give and take in equal parts. Never ever change to please someone else because in the end you will end up being hurt.

A great story that had me in stitches. 5 stars.

Thank you, Sophie Ranald and Bookouture


About the author

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 


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