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 Β£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
Conclusion:
A sweet and simple book about real life, pretend life and that age old emotion, love. HEA promised, and humour.
Rating:
Ok and sweet
Cover:
Ahem, yes I spoke about it before.
Info:
Genre: Contemporary romance
Pages: 398
Published: Feb 2011
Source: Author
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33 thoughts on “Review: Knowing Me Knowing You – Mandy Baggot

  1. Vivienne says:

    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. Misha says:

    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.

  3. anachronist says:

    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.

  4. Sassy Brit says:

    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 πŸ™‚ I'd love you to guest review please! Sassy πŸ™‚

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    VivienneI know! πŸ˜‰ Bad bad twitter, making me asterisking things.We are shallow, that's life, but I do try not to be..try is the wordDianaShe was sure down her luck, but a HEA is coming for her, and she is so deservingMishaSome covers are just not good, I just saw a bad one yesterday, a high profiled book but the cover, blehcarolIt was this gameshow, know your partner

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    BrandiPlease do :)AnaYou 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 πŸ˜‰ I do fear it is way too sweet for youChrisLOL!SassyYou are the best!!! *happydance* Of course I wanna guestreviewBermudaI fear we all think so 😦

  7. Jenny says:

    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:)

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    JennyTake the chicken out and it would still be bleh, but still so much betterNiseAnd that was sure why I had to comment on the cover, cos sometimes it's hard to look past things like thatSimchaI am glad you think soMelissaIt's, oh I do not have words for itMelissaPoor chicken, if he only knew

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    JennySince it's indie I fear there was no choice really, perhapsLiZSad but trueNaidaSometimes one just have to look past covers :)Lol, thank you Janna for one comment not about a certain thing ;)StaciSweet is sure lovely

  10. Missie says:

    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

  11. Aarti says:

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

  12. Amanda says:

    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!Mandy

  13. deannalynnc says:

    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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