20 Books of Summer Book 11 Review – The Setup

Title: The Setup

Author: Lizzy Dent

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Romance

Goodreads Rating: 3.58

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: ARC


There are two men in my life. But this is not a love triangle.

Mara Williams reads her horoscope every day – but she wasn’t expecting to be in a whole other country when destiny finally found her. Just as a fortune teller reveals that her true love is about to arrive, a gorgeous stranger literally walks into her life. And now Mara is determined to bring them together again . . . Surely even fate needs a nudge in the right direction sometimes?

But while Mara is getting ready for ‘the one’, the universe intervenes. Her new flatmate Ash is funny, and kind, and sexy as hell . . . There was no predicting this: it’s as if her destiny just arrived on her doorstep.

So will Mara put her destiny in fate’s hands – and finally trust herself to reach for the stars?

My Review:

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Viking for approving me for an ARC of this book. I was a huge fan of The Summer Job and couldn’t wait to see what Lizzy Dent wrote next.

I have always been fascinated with start signs, particularly the characteristic features and whether I’m anything like mine says I should be. I wouldn’t say I’m as obsessed as Sagittarius Mara who’s life revolves around her daily horoscope readings.

From the beginning I was entertained. I loved how, whilst on holiday, Mara took fate into her own hands and convinced herself that she had found ‘the one’. Isn’t it funny how easily led we can become and throw our hats into one ring, never even considering another possibility?

When Mara returns home she is determined to make her meeting with ‘the one’ as perfect as can be so surely this means changing everything about herself! Mara’s lack of self confidence and self love was frustrating at times. She couldn’t see what Charlie, Ash and even her own parents could. That she was perfect as she was. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with pampering oneself but surely you would want ‘the one’ to accept you for being you, all the horrible warts included!

As soon as Ash stepped on the scene you could see that Mara would have a crisis of conscience and I know which team I was batting for! The chemistry between theses two was off the radar and it was fun watching them try to deny it to each other.

This was a delightful read where the secondary characters made the story. From the frayed friendship with Charlie to Samira’s savvy fashion knowledge, Mara couldn’t of asked for a better supporting cast. Even Ryan and his constant Tinder bio suggestions had me giggling.

Once again Lizzy Dent has produced a solid read. Filled with humour, romance and a flawed character that you can’t help but want to succeed, what more could you ask for?


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