Thank you to Sara-Jade Virtue from Books and the City (Simon and Schuster UK) for a digital copy of Three’s A Crowd by Simon Booker to read and review. I’m sharing my thoughts today, the day after ebook publication day in the UK.
What happens when an estranged father and son unwittingly fall in love with the same woman?
Out-of-work actor Harriet is recuperating from a crash-and-burn affair with Damian – aka ‘Cockweasel’ – and making ends meet as a barista when she meets two rather lovely men. Tom is a regular at the café, and seems like such a nice guy. Smooth-talking DJ Richard is older, but in great shape – a real silver fox.
Deciding to take a chance on both of them, Harriet doesn’t realise at first that she is actually dating father and son. Tom and Richard aren’t on speaking terms, and don’t share a last name – so how was she to know? By the time everyone finds out, both Tom and Richard are truly madly deeply in love with Harriet, and she’s faced with an impossible choice.
But as the battle for her affections intensifies, ‘Cockweasel’ makes an unexpected reappearance and begs her to give him another chance…
I have noticed that I read very few books written by men, and if I do pick one up, it tends to be a thriller. So I was interested to read a romcom written by a man, especially after reading fabulous reviews from some of my favourite authors, including Milly Johnson and Heidi Swain.
The story is narrated by three of the main characters, Tom, Richard and Harriet (and an occasional guest appearance from George). Through a series of events, they find their lives overlapping in ways they could never have imagined.
Tom and Richard are keen to impress Harriet (both immediately pretend to be vegetarian) but Harriet is still in love with Damian, a married man. I loved how Tom and Richard discovered that they had fallen for the same woman. Would it be a case of all is fair in love and war?
I thoroughly enjoyed the humour in this story – something much needed in the world at the moment. This isn’t a long epic read, the pace is quick and there are plenty of clever twists to keep you wondering what will happen next.
This is also a book that reminds us that we need to live life to the full, to follow our hearts and dreams, and to try rather than listen to our self-doubts. There are some tender scenes too, as Tom and Richard finally start to communicate.
Happy to recommend this uplifting read.
Author Bio (From http://www.simonbooker.com):
I’m an author and screenwriter with many credits in primetime drama on BBC1, ITV and US TV. I’ve written thrillers like The Stepfather for ITV1, penned BBC1 adaptations such as Just William, and worked on long-running series including The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Holby City and The Mrs Bradley Mysteries starring the wonderful Diana Rigg. I’ve also written romantic comedies for American TV, including Perfect Strangers starring Anna Friel and Rob Lowe.
My latest novel is a rom-com called THREE’S A CROWD, published by Simon & Schuster. ‘What if an estranged father and son fell in love with the same woman?’
I live in London and Deal, Kent. My partner is fellow crime writer Melanie (M.J.) McGrath. We often discuss murder methods over breakfast.