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Three isn’t always a magic number … 

There are three reasons Tess Fenton should be happy. One, her job at the Blue Olive deli is dull, but at least she gets to work with her best friend. Two, she lives in a cozy cottage in the pretty village of Halston. Three, she’s in love with her boyfriend, Blake. 

Isn’t she? 

Because, despite their history, Blake continues to be the puzzle piece in Tess’s life that doesn’t quite fit. And when she meets intriguing local artist Daniel Cavanagh, it soon becomes apparent that, for Tess, love isn’t as easy as one, two, three …

Title:  You’ve Got My Number
Author:  Angela Barton
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 18, 2020
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4.5 stars

There are times when a story comes along with just enough slices of real life, glimpses into the hidden view of a monster within that will anger, entertain, delight, and frustrate me – probably in equal parts.  You’ve Got My Number is such a book.  I absolutely loved the story, felt for the characters, and loathed one selfish man who put his own wants above the happiness of someone he was supposed to love.  So, yeah, that’s a slice of real-life for many people, isn’t it?

It’s not easy coming to the conclusion that you might not actually be in love with someone anymore for whatever reason.  Tess is approaching this decision when her boyfriend, Blake, drops an emotional bombshell on her and she stays – but not for the right reasons, and certainly not for the right man.  Add to the mix an attractive man who fits so perfectly in Tess’s life if she were only truly free to pursue more than a friendship with Daniel, yet she feels obligated to remain where she is.  To say that I found Blake’s actions despicable is an understatement, yet there are so many people just like him out in the world that it’s rather frightening.

You’ve Got My Number drew me in from the start and didn’t let go until the final page.  The story flows smoothly, the characters (main and secondary) felt real and believable, and the conflict kept me on the edge throughout hoping that Tess would make the right decision for herself and Daniel – and that Blake would get what he so richly deserved.

I was caught up and invested in this story and feel that you would be as well.  I’d not hesitate to recommend their story to any romance reader who loves a good love story, a villain to loathe, and a couple to root for as they work their way to a happy future.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Choc Lit/ Ruby Fiction. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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