Book Review: Single by Christmas


A few weeks ago I was contacted by author, Rosa Temple. She asked if I was interested in reviewing her new book, Single by Christmas. She added a blurb to her email and after I had read it I was so ready to read! It sounded like a book that I would definitely enjoy. Here is the blurb for Single by Christmas:

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.

I feel so bad for taking so long to write a review – especially as I read the book in one day. Once I started I could not put it down. Life just got in the way and I never got a chance to sit down and write the review until now – I had loads of notes though!

I am going to try and make this review as spoiler free as possible as I know how much I hate spoilers and would never want to give any to anyone else!

This book is great because it really keeps you guessing. It starts off with Alex waiting for Charlie in a graveyard on Christmas Eve. It then goes back in time and we find out how she came to be at that place at that time.

I’m sorry but Alex is so selfish. She assumes that Charlie will always be there for her. Charlie makes so many sacrifices so that he can see Alex but she is not willing to do the same. Charlie is so patient with her – I don’t know if I would have been so patient if I were in the same situation as him. He is also very forgiving and understanding with regards to Alex.

I am not sure how I feel about Jodie. Is she really such a good friend if she believes that lying to Charlie would be a good idea? Lying in relationships is not a good idea.

Alex does have some other good friends though and they have her back. They might fight but they always make up in the end!

I would really recommend this book to anyone looking for a good and surprising read.

You can buy this book by Rosa Temple from Amazon over here.

Have you read this book before? Or any other books by Rosa Temple? Let me know in the comments below!


Kirsty x



  1. October 28, 2016 / 15:14

    I’m so glad you liked the book and that it kept you guessing! Alex brought out all the right feelings in you, that’s exactly how I felt 🙂 Thank you for reviewing Single by Christmas

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      October 30, 2016 / 18:19

      Ah I am so glad! Thank you so much for sending it to be reviewed! x

  2. October 28, 2016 / 20:34

    This book sounds great 🙂 I love a christmas story. This is on my to read list now xx

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      October 30, 2016 / 18:19

      It is such a good, fun read x

  3. October 28, 2016 / 22:17

    Great review! You really got me excited about the book

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      October 30, 2016 / 18:18

      Thank you! It is definitely worth the read x

  4. October 30, 2016 / 10:10

    Completely sold by the book and reading your little comments about it is making me go “oooo” currently making a list of books I’d like to read, this is now on it. Thanks for sharing!


    • Kirsty Hoggons
      October 31, 2016 / 16:43

      I am so glad that you enjoyed the review! I am sure you will love the book! x

  5. Kayleigh Zara
    October 30, 2016 / 19:28

    This sounds lik a book that I would love! I’ll have to get it and have a read, I really love how all the characters sounds and Thankyou for being spoiler free! X

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      October 31, 2016 / 16:42

      Thank you for reading! Spoiler free reviews are so important to me haha!

  6. October 31, 2016 / 17:21

    Oooh this sounds like a nice easy read! Always looking for those, particularly around exam time! I’ll have to give it a try xxx

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      October 31, 2016 / 17:33

      It really is. I would recommend it x

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