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Olive Brewster is a scaredy cat. She doesn't do new or risky. She’s happy enough with her job at the local market, it’s cool that she has no boyfriend to fret over, she even likes that she still lives in her childhood home. No drama, no fuss, no problems. Everything is fine. Super duper fine.Except … Olive's best friend in the world, Birdie, is dying.Birdie has one final wOlive Brewster is a scaredy cat. She doesn't do new or risky. She’s happy enough with her job at the local market, it’s cool that she has no boyfriend to fret over, she even likes that she still lives in her childhood home. No drama, no fuss, no problems. Everything is fine. Super duper fine.Except … Olive's best friend in the world​, Birdie, is dying.Birdie has one final wish. She wants to track down her first love, Chuck, and because she's stuck in the hospital she needs Olive's help to do it. But there’s a teeny problem: Chuck is somewhere in New York and Olive has never even left her home town, let alone roamed the crazy streets of Manhattan.As if the big city isn't scary enough, Olive has to contend with Seth, a cocky comedy TV writer who thinks she’s a joke; Anders, a bored socialite who’s taken a shine to her; and the fact that no matter how hard she tries to track down Chuck, he doesn't seem to want to be found.Can Olive learn to overcome her fears, abandon her old safe routine and fulfil her best friend’s last wish? It's going to take extra bravery, one badass attitude and a whole lot of big sexy love to make this happen …...

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ISBN : 9781910014
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Number of Pages : 286 Pages
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Big Sexy Love Reviews

  • Whispering Stories
    2018-12-30 16:26

    Big Sexy Love is the story of Olive, a twenty-something, working as a fishmonger and living with her brother and his girlfriend in their old family home. Olive and her brother ended up alone after their mother had an affair with a French man, and therefore went to France, their Dad flees to Scotland shortly after.Olive loves her routine and gets easily irritated when something is not going after plan. That`s why she is still working as a fishmonger, lives with her brother and has never had a relationship. Her best-friend Birdie is the opposite of Olive: always chasing the next adventure, having affairs and looking for her Big Sexy Love – a real live-wire. Sadly, Birdie is dying.Her condition is the reason she asks Olive to hunt down Chuck, her first love back in New York, to give him a letter with Birdie’s thoughts about their relationship. Olive is torn between her beloved routine and Birdie’s “last wish”, but nevertheless ends up on a plane to New York, not yet aware of the adventures she is going to have in the Big Apple. As it is said “In New York, anything can happen.”I won’t hold back here: I love this book! I’ve already read Kirsty’s last books and am very into them, but I honestly believe, this is her best.From the first word I was hooked and I easily warmed to Olive who is such a likeable character, it is a shame she is only fiction. It was so entertaining to watch her grow and get to know the hidden sides of her nature.The plot is elaborate and I found myself having great difficulties laying the book aside. Additionally, it is funny, and I had great laughs. At the same time the story, especially the friendship between Olive and Birdie, is very touching and I shed a few tears.I am a huge fan of romantic comedies, so-called “Chick-Lit”, and Big Sexy Love made its way into my Top 10 in no time. If you are a fan of Lindsey Kelk, Mhairi McFarlane and Rosie Blake you just have to read Big Sexy Love from Kirsty Greenwood! You won’t be disappointed, I give you my wordReviewed by Kerstin on www.whisperingstories.com

  • Elena
    2018-12-24 21:27

    Total hidden gem. If you can get past the random exclamation points, this book is a funny and completely endearing story about the love between best friends.

  • Agi
    2018-12-30 20:19

    Oh guys. It took me so long to write this review because I simply couldn't find words to tell you how much I adored/enjoyed/loved it. I actually still am absolutely sure I can't do this book justice but nevertheless, I'll try. So. "Big sexy Love" by Kirsty Greenwood has finally arrived! I was probably one out of many almost daily checking Kirsty's Twitter feed for any news on her new release, and FINALLY this wonderful, glory day arrived and Kirsty told that "Big sexy Love" is going to be published! The EXCITEMENT, guys! Excitement! I don't know how this girl does it, and I'd love to own a small percent of her humour - to be as funny as Kirsty Greenwood... *sigh*. Mission impossible - she's one and only.Now, this book. This gorgeous, hilarious and heart - breaking little book. It is this kind of book that you want to race through to see how it's going to end and at the same time not wanting it to end - so the best kind, really. I immediately fell in love with the characters, Olive and Birdie, and all the other ones. Olive is, to be honest, my new hero. My inspiration. I want to be like Olive when I grow up - the Olive that went on a plane, even though she was SO scared of flying and have never left England before, and went to New York on a mission to find her best ever friend Birdie's ex - boyfriend to give him a letter. I couldn't believe the troubles Olive was - incidentally - getting into! Guys, really. I've no idea you could be so much accident - prone, and each new one was more hilarious than the previous one. She was a bit OCD, our Olive, but she felt so comfortable in her own skin, with the life paths she has chosen, and it was brilliant. She liked quiet and safe and routine but it doesn't mean that she was boring, because she was everything but boring - she was loyal, lovely, incredibly funny and sharp - minded and she was able to laugh at herself as well. This is amazing how well Kirsty Greenwood has written Olive's coming out of her comfort zones, how much it has cost her, without making the story too overwhelming, to heavy. And it all felt so genuine, my gosh, guys, you could FEEL through the pages that Olive was scared, that it was not her idea of a nice time but she would do anything for Birdie - because this friendship between Olive and Birdie, it was like once in a million years. I loved how well the author captured the friendship dynamics and relationship, it - again - felt absolutely honest and true and I - yes! - loved it!All the other background characters in this story were just brilliant and you loved them immediately. Well, not all of them, the others you just loved to hate. I loved meeting them all, the absolutely gorgeous Seth, Anders, Olive's family and all the others - no matter how huge or small part did they have in this story, they all had brilliant personalities and they all brought so much to the plot, even the woman from the private park in New York and her tweets!So shortly, very shortly - this book was perfect. Incredibly, cleverly funny, heart - breaking, down - to - earth, romantic. I fell for the characters immediately and I had everything crossed for them, heck, I told my dogs to keep their paws crossed for them. This story is written with tons of heart and it is one of the warmest, honest stories with the most brilliant one - liners I've read for a long time. You immediately feel at home with this book, you feel as if the characters were your best friends. I simply loved this novel - it was full of incredibly funny, hilarious scenes but it had tons of depth as well, and it was a perfect mix. It made me laugh out loud and it made me cry - again, literally, and I would love to be able to read this book for the first time again. Those of you who haven't read it yet are for a real treat! Highly, highly recommended!Copy provided by the author in return for an honest review.

  • Leah
    2019-01-04 16:23

    Kirsty Greenwood is one of my favourite authors, ever. I adored Yours Truly and The Vintage Guide To Love and Romance EASILY, EASILY, made its way into my Top Ten Favourite Books Ever. She just gets me, with her writing and her characters and I regularly still think about Jessica Beam and what she’s up to these days BECAUSE WE SHOULD HAVE HAD A SEQUEL ALREADY. Deep breath, do not throw a heppy skeppy. Unfortunately, that sequel has yet to come. *Weeps forever* BUT Kirsty is back! After what feels like donkeys years (literally ages) KIRSTY IS BACK WITH A NEW BOOK! CALLED BIG SEXY LOVE! And it’s amazing.At the end of Big Sexy Love, Kirsty asks us if we liked Big Sexy Love, because it was a bit bonkers - and boy, was it. If I say to you Menace of Manhattan, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about, but read the book and all will become clear. It was ridiculous. The whole menace thing, the whole concept even of just hopping on a plane to New York, which is literal madness to me because I could never do that!, the unicorn hair (which intrigues me so hard), all of it adds up to a pretty bizarre read, but in the best possible way, because Olive Brewster is somebody you root for. Olive Brewster could be anyone of us - moseying along, with her job at the fish market, living with her brother and his horrible girlfriend (I literally forget her name and want to punch her in the face, and I’m writing this review like two weeks after finishing but her snobby/snotty texts will forever haunt me) and doing very little with her life (which is fine, btw). Until her best friend in the entire world Birdie asks Olive to go to New York to find her Big Sexy Love (yes, all caps is required) because Birdie is dying, to put it bluntly and she wants to know what could have been! Thus follows a madcap New York adventure!I’m such a sucker for books set in New York, even after all these years of reading. It never gets old to hear about the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty or the skyscrapers and honking cabs and weather that can be on both ends of the scale. So Olive’s madcap adventure in New York was brilliant. And it started before she was even on the plane! Or, rather, it started *on* the plane, when she asks a random stranger to take her to the toilet, because she doesn’t like flying. *Dies laughing remembering that scene* And she asks none other than a Sunday Night Live writer, WHO IMMORTALISES HER ON TV. Because Seth, the writer, thought Olive wanted to join the mile high club, whereas Olive just really needed a wee. COMEDY GOLD. I honestly loved this book so hard. Kirsty Greenwood is so under-appreciated with her books, you seriously need to read her books if you have any sense in you. If you love Sophie Kinsella or Paige Toon or just BEING MADE TO LAUGH AT ALL, EVER. I loved Olive’s adventures. I loved the quirky characters - Anders, in particular, was hilarious and bizarre all at the same time, and I loved Seth and Birdie and Olive and Mrs Ramirez, they were such a random, rag-tag bunch but it sooooo worked. Even the Manhattan Menace stuff, I swear, is unforgettable. Kirsty Greenwood just KNOWS what she’s doing when it comes to writing, she kills it every single time, without fail. She makes me laugh, she makes me cry and she makes me want to go to her house so she can read me her stories over and over and over again. Big Sexy Love was a triumph and I am so excited for what the future holds for Kirsty, because if anybody deserves to become a big writing star (to me, she’s already there mind), it’s Kirsty Greenwood. No one writes like her and she’ll  make you laugh for days, I promise.

  • Cressida McLaughlin
    2018-12-24 13:22

    This book is perfect. It is catch-your-breath hilarious, heartbreaking and romantic. I honestly spent most of my reading time feeling breathless - because I cared so much, because I was legitimately swooning, my toes all tingly, because I was laughing so hard or, in some places, sobbing my heart out. It has the most loveable characters, and the biggest, warmest heart of any book I've read for a long time. Olive is my new hero. And the leading man - well, I won't spoil anything, but he is utterly, utterly delicious. Basically, this book is perfect.

  • Petra
    2019-01-14 19:07

    Kirsty Greenwood comes back with a bang!Big Sexy Love ticks all the boxes of a fantalicious summer book. There is a life-affirming friendship, heart melting love and the cherry on the reading cake is the all around wonderful characters that you can't help but fall in love with. I love meeting and getting to know Olive Brewster. Olive enjoys nothing more than living in her little comfort bubble but someone very special to her sees through the so called happy bubble and can't help to hatch a plan how to push our leading lady out of her comfort zone and propel her on a journey of self-discovery and amazing adventure. I have read all Kirsty's book, and they are without a doubt book that will make your reading heart immensely happy.

  • Lynne
    2019-01-16 14:03

    Ok ... so this is totally rom-com. Think "The Mindy Project" meets a British version of Mindy and you have "Big Sexy Love" - at times over the top, a little silly, funny, heartwarming, memorable, put a smile on your face kind of a read. Olive is scared of everything but agrees to go to NYC when her best friend Birdie asks her to ... Birdie is dying, who can say no to someone's deathbed request?Olive's adventures in NYC might make you groan: to be honest, I didn't actually love Olive until midway through the novel, but then you saw how she found herself and opened herself up to all sorts of new things, and rather than being slightly neurotic, she became charming and lovely and the person you most want to succeed at her task!It doesn't hurt that Kristy Greenwood created Seth, a character who made me invasion Seth Meyers, especially since Seth works for a sketch comedy show (basically Saturday Night Live) and has a background in improv (a mention of Second City and United Citizens Brigade). And honestly, there are far worse characters to be compared too ... it was lovely to imagine Seth and Olive in Staten Island or wandering the streets of NYC. His character definitely brought out Olive's best attributes.Overall, a very charming, funny read with a lovely (deeper) message at the end of it. Quick and fun, perfect for an afternoon in the sun. If Kristy decided to write a short story giving us an update on their lives, I would happily pick it up and revisit all of the characters... or perhaps a short story on Birdie's life before she moved to England ... :0)

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-27 18:27

    Reviewed first on The Book Babe.I've got some BIG SEXY FEELS for Kirsty Greenwood's latest release, BIG SEXY LOVE, and they're going nowhere fast. There's something extraordinary about a novel that somehow manages to instil in the reader a whole lotta' courage, faith, and the urge to go on a wild adventure that you'll remember for the rest of your life, much like the one Olive sets out on within her story. If you're after a book that will leave you feeling ridiculously inspired & eager to get out there and live your life to the fullest, then BIG SEXY LOVE by the brilliantly talented and hilariously funny Kirsty Greenwood is the book for you. With belly-laughs aplenty and shenanigans galore, this was a gem of a story that will, without a doubt, reignite your passion for life and all that it entails, even the not-so-good times, tenfold.In Greenwood's BIG SEXY LOVE, readers are introduced to Olive Brewster and her simple, yet amusingly-told life. Olive is not one to do things out of the ordinary. She is happy, TOTALLY HAPPY, with her lot in life, and sees no reason to change any part of it. Not her job in the local market where she works with fish on a daily basis, nor the fact that she's single and has been for quite a long time, and she definitely has no plans to change the fact that she's never left the town she's grown up and lived in all her life. No. Olive is perfectly content with it all. Things are just the way she likes them and will continue to be. That is until a visit to her best friend, Birdie, who's sick in hospital, results in Olive being sent on a wild goose-chase in order to deliver a handwritten letter to Birdie's first love, Chuck. Birdie's health is quickly deteriorating, and if there's one final thing she would like Olive to do for her, then this is it. Only problem being, Chuck is all the way over in New York, and Olive has never been on an plane before, and to be honest, she feels a bit freaked out by the whole thing, but then on the other hand, it's what Birdie really wants, and if Olive lets her down then... Oh God. What is she going to do?Yep, you guessed right, dear readers. Olive, unable to let Birdie down, jets off to New York with no idea of how she's going to complete her mission, but determined to not let a single thing stand in her way when attempting to do so. But of course, it's a massive, rather terrifying leap for Olive. And she isn't quite sure of where to begin. All she has is a letter, that of which is addressed to a man she's never met. But she can do this, can't she?What really shone through for me in the novel was the pure, stronger-than-steel love that two friends had for each other, and the lengths that one would go for the other in order to ensure they left this world happy. And that was just the most breath-taking damn thing. From beginning to end, Greenwood had me absolutely honking with laughter. Her turn of phrase, her ability to write about Olive's experiences in New York in a way that had me feeling totally involved and falling head over heels in love with this stupendously funny yet beautiful tale, was incredible. Olive's time in New York was so entertaining and made for a story I was more than happy to curl up with, with a hot cup of sweet tea and lose myself in repeatedly. Following her steps, she encountered some truly memorable and marvellous characters, all of whom felt like friends of my own. It was a wonderfully uplifting and bright, humorous story that was jam-packed with all manner of places, faces and feelings that left me totally shook by the time it reached its end.I think it's fair to say that BIG SEXY LOVE by Kirsty Greenwood was a book that I utterly adored and one I would not hesitate in recommending to anyone who loves a real feel-good, side-tickling story about friends, romance and finding yourself without even realising it, in the most gorgeous of places. I loved being beside Olive as she stepped out on such a massive adventure and I sure will miss her now that it's over. Bravo, Kirsty Greenwood. You knocked the ball right outta' the park with this one. It's five brilliant shiny stars from The Book Babe.

  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    2018-12-22 15:01

    I loved this book so much. Kirsty Greenwood is now a total auto buy author for me because her books just absolutely blow me away with the storyline, the characters and her ability to write such epic romances that happen to such real and likable characters. Seriously I enjoyed this book so so much!The characters in this book are so easy to get to know and so easy to like and so right from the beginning you feel that they are your friends and you are ready to get stuck into their story and take this journey with them. I loved the fact that Olive begins this story and someone who chooses to lead a fairly sheltered life, and she's absolutely fine with that. I also love the fact that she works on a fish stall-when was the last time you read a book about a fishmonger? Her best friend Birdie is fabulous and they interact just like me and my best friend, I'm sure all readers will be saying the same thing! Birdie is great and we know right from the start that she has a terminal illness, but she doesn't let that hold her back and Kirsty doesn't let that cast a dark shadow over the novel at all. There a whole host of other character to love and love to hate as well. The fabulous Seth, funny little Colin; Anders the GBF and Olive's family. I absolutely loved meeting everyone and getting to know how they were going to play a part in Olive's story. New York is obviously another fabulous character in this book. Everyone knows I love a story set in New York and the fact that I was there whilst I was reading it made it even more fun! I loved the fact that there are views of the city from the river and they even go over to Staten Island. Olive gets to live in an actual apartment as well, something which most tourists won't get to do. Another thing which I really enjoyed about the book was the way it was structured. The chapters are a great length, not to long and just short enough that you bargain just one more with yourself again and again when you are totally supposed to be somewhere else other than the pages of Olive's story. Each chapter begins with a text or a tweet, sometimes multiple and these can be really really funny. In fact the book made me laugh out loud many many times! I also cried in public and shouted 'bitch!' at one of the characters in the book, thankfully I was in a noisy Starbucks so that was ok!This is a great read and I guarantee you will fly through it. I really recognised myself in some of these characters and loved spending time with them! There is such fabulous romance and just a really great story and setting. You don't have to have read Kirsty's other books to read this one, it would be a great intro to this fab author,. This would also be great to read at any time of year but I definitely recommend reading it right now because you will love it!

  • Alba
    2019-01-09 20:16

    Originally posted on: http://www.albainbookland.com/2017/07...I love Kirsty Greenwood's stories because they are always crazy, full of laugh out loud moments and with really lovable characters. So I was very excited about Big Sexy Love. Now that I have read it, let me tell you, this story is a whole new level of craziness and brilliance. I absolutely loved this book and its characters, especially Olive. She is very happy with her life and her routine. Or that's what she thinks... until she embarks in the adventure of a lifetime in New York. Her life back home suddenly doesn't seem as exciting. As we follow Olive around New York, it is difficult not to fall in love with her and her sense of humor. She manages to find herself in the most absurd situations. Seriously, they are so absurd that they are just hilarious. Every time I thought she couldn't possibly get into more trouble, she did. But she always finds a way to make it work and along the way, she makes some really great friends. These friends are definitely something else. From the eccentric billionaire to the goofy comedy writer, they all stole a bit of my heart and made the perfect companions for this crazy adventure. If you are looking for a really fun read to escape for a few hours to the amazing New York, then look no further! Big Sexy Love will definitely become your own big sexy love. Perfect holiday read, laughs guaranteed, but also a lot of heart and some tears. What else can you ask for?

  • Tina Clark
    2019-01-11 18:24

    I loved everything about this book. It kept you going. Olive is a loner and never takes risks. She lives a routine life in England. Her only best friend, Birdie whom is very sick and asked one favor before she dies to deliver a love letter to her ex. So Olive travels to New York to honor Birdie dying wish. The story is hilarious funny and Olive is amazing. The story takes you to Manhattan and must say Staten Island. (My home town) where she becomes the laughing stock and police wanted. Loved the story. A funny amazing crazy story. What a change of pace. This book was picked in our book club and so happy that it was chosen.

  • Natalie TBGWP
    2018-12-22 18:09

    💙REVIEW: O-M-Fucking-G! You know that excitement you get when you squeal silently to yourself whilst clenching your gnashers and shaking your fists a bit? That is what you get when you read this book. THAT IS WHAT YOU GET! You don't even need me to say anything else now do you? You know that's the one. The link to buy is right here 👉🏼 BUY IT... But If you do want to hear me waffle on about it then be my guest and go right ahead.... Big Sexy Love is without a doubt Greenwood at her absolute best. I don't know how she's going to top this one. It's sooo good. Like proper good though. Please go and buy it. It's a treat and a half it really is. It is the perfect book to have at any time and any place. Ok, so protagonist Olive Brewster is a knob. Not even a little one, a full-blown massive one. And girls we all know we love one of those 🤦🏻‍♀️😉moving on.... Olive is right now standing at being my favourite character of ALL time. ALL TIME THOUGH! I died laughing so many times with her shenanigans, northern charm, sarcasm and utter could not give a fuck attitude mixed with a shyness and confusing demeanour. She is outstanding! It is such a pleasure to watch her blossom throughout the book and it is a blessing to be able to read about her friendship with the fantastic Birdie too.I honestly idolised every single part of it. It's heartbreaking, heartwarming, romantic, piss yourself funny, northern to a tee and utterly fucking joyous. It broke my heart in the most amazing way possible. I know right? How the fuck can that happen? Clever minds and fantastic writing and fabulous plots, characters, and love can actually make that happen. Such a wonderful and inspiring book. Go buy it! You know you want to.Also, if there is a prize for making someone's heartbreaking tear-snot erupt over electronic reading devices with full on snorting laughter? Kirsty, my friend you deserve that prize. Shit memes have never been more funny in a heartbreaking moment. Big Sexy Love is my Big Sexy Love this year for sure. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5/5 P.S... Kirsty Greenwood, I love you. Ahh no I really do. You are an amazing author and I totally fucking love your work. Queen of the mother fucking northern authors baby! (You have to sing that sentence like Snoop Dogg sings 'the King of the mother fucking westcoast' in Eminems Bitch Please ll.) Get your mike out girl 🎤👸🏼

  • Anne John-Ligali
    2018-12-20 18:26

    Full review coming soon. Great book.

  • Rachel Gilbey
    2018-12-25 12:59

    I can't work out whether I'm supposed to laugh or cry, as I have definitely been doing both, while reading this utterly fabulous book. In some respects its bittersweet, and in others its one of the funniest books I've read this year. What I can definitely say is that I was completely hooked on the story and almost missed my stop on the tube while reading, and that was during the first 20%!!!I've not really read anything quite like this before, and it definitely is another gem from this immensely talented author. Olive is such a engaging character, she has barely experienced anything life has to offer, is scared of water and planes, has only ever left her home county once, is even scared of the thought of being in love, or anything along those lines. However Olive is Birdie's best friend, and Birdie is unfortunately terminally ill, so when her dying wish is for Olive to go to New York to track down Chuck Allen, her Big Sexy Love, Olive has to say yes despite being terrified. Even from the start with Olive in an airport, on her first ever plane, despite not really understanding her fears for myself, I was laughing at the situations she was getting into. There is a very memorably scene early on from the journey to New York that was hilarious. But the fun didn't stop there, every situation, every other page practically was filled with Olive doing stuff so far out of her comfort zone, I wasn't sure whether to laugh, applaud, cheer for her, all the while being aware that Birdie isn't in a great way. Each chapter starts with either some text messages to/from Olive, her browser history, to do lists etc which give great insights into her current frame of mind, while she is on her New York adventure. I absolutely loved the variety of people she met on her journey, from the obnoxious American queue jumper in the airport, to the slightly weird man she drinks with pre-flight, to the creepy hairdresser billionaire, plus the people that start referring to her and hunting her down on social media, in a sub plot of craziness that I adored. This is easily one of my favourite books that I have read this summer, its a great feel good read that will have you in stitches but also tears. My only recommendation is don't read this on public transport unless you don't care where you end up, as tearing yourself away for a second to get off a bus or train, is close to impossible. Kirsty Greenwood has clearly done it again, in producing a masterpiece of comedic genius, wacky adventures and some surprisingly serious moments too. This is a must read for romantic comedy fans, and I just hope this eventually makes it to the big screen as its the sort of film I'd enjoy watching over and over too! Thank you so much to Kirsty Greenwood for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  • Yvonne Morgan
    2019-01-11 20:58

    finally finished ...Took me a while but got there in The end...very quirky book...i personally think bonkers ...did enjoy it but not as much as her others...

  • Jennifer Collin
    2019-01-10 20:57

    Beautiful and funny. Big Sexy Love will have you laughing from the first page and crying at the last. I could not put it down. Kirsty Greenwood never disappoints.

  • Erin
    2019-01-16 21:06

    Kirsty Greenwood is hilar. Loved this!!

  • veta
    2019-01-11 13:02

    I really loved it. What a beautiful story,so funny that I laught at loud but in the same time touching and heartbreaking .If you looking for a book to touch you, this is for you.

  • Pam Cabral
    2019-01-14 21:24

    This book was recommended to me by Amazon and I read it via Kindle Unlimited.It has been in my TBR (to be read) list for a while and when I was looking for books to read in InLoveAthon (a readathon that happened during Valentine´s Day week), I decided to add it in since it completed one of the challenges of the readathon: to read a book that happens on a place that you would like to spend Valentine´s day in (most of this book happens in New York 😊)I have read good reviews about the book but it was my first time reading this author. Also, most reviews said that “it would make you laugh out loud”, and it is hard for a book to make me laugh out loud. But this book was a surprise, really nice surprise and it did make me laugh!!!!The story follows the adventures or misadventures of Olive a girl who at some point kind of forgot how to live, really live… while she travels to New York (from Manchester) to follow her dying best friend wish and a lot of things happen in New York, though some of the stuff that happens is unrealistic, it is incredible funny and it will make you laugh out loud. Because this is New York after all and anything can happen in New York!Though it is a contemporary romance, the romance aspect is not necessary the main focus of it (you do get the romance, don´t get me wrong), but you also get amazing friendships developing, people crossing paths, but this book is not only about love as in romantic love, it´s about love in general, about life, friendship, about learning to live your life at the maximum, taking leaps of faith and also about learning when to let go. It was a super-fast read, read it one day, in 2 separate seatings and really enjoy it!

  • Alison
    2019-01-10 21:17

    All the stars in the history of the universe ever.Despite a title that makes it sound like erotica (don't type it into Google whatever you do) Kirsty Greenwood's Big Sexy Love is a laugh out loud funny, sweet, sad romcom that everyone needs to read right now.I can't remember the last time I laughed so much or got so emotionally invested in a story, yes I cried.Main character Olive was so easy to relate to and empathise with. I actually felt that she could almost be me. A total control freak, she likes her routine and is always prepared for every eventuality. That is until her best friend Birdie, who has a terminal illness, persuades her to go to New York for her. She needs someone to deliver a letter to a lost love (her Big Sexy Love).Despite being well into her twenties Olive has never been further than an hour away from the home she shares with her brother and his girlfriend. Travelling to New York alone is her biggest challenge ever but she can't let down her friend so she embarks on what turns out to be an adventure.Some of the situations she finds herself in on her travels are unbelievable but absolutely hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud a lot making this not a book to read in public. I kept thinking things can't possibly get any worse but somehow they do.The people she meets on her search are wonderfully nuts too. From the geeky comedy writer to the elderly Spanish neighbour who has travelled the world, all are incredibly well written and fabulous.There is some romance but honestly for me the highlight of this book was the relationship between Olive and best friend Birdie. I really wish I had a friendship like theirs as it just shines out of every page. Truly soul mates.Thank you Kirsty Greenwood for writing such an incredible story.

  • Verity W
    2018-12-21 15:13

    Firstly, I can't believe I know someone who can make a book like this come out of their head - I know Kirsty because I've written for her site Novelicious. But I bought my copy of Big Sexy Love and wouldn't be giving it all these stars if I didn't really, really enjoy it.Olive has a problem. She's a scaredy cat. She likes her nice safe life and her nice safe routine with her job at the fishmongers and evenings on the sofa with her brother. But, the trouble is her best friend Birdie is dying, and Birdie needs her to do a favour for her: go to New York and track down Birdie's first love, Chuck. So Olive ventures out of her comfort zone and into Manhattan. I don't want to say too much about Olive's adventures in the Big Apple because that would spoil things, but I spent some of the book reading between my fingers cringing with embarrasment for her, some of it laughing out loud on the train and part of it trying not to cry in a corner of the newsroom while I was on my "lunch" break at 3 in the morning.This is the sort of romantic comedy that I think we need more of. There used to be books like this - and I ate them up with a spoon - but romantic comedy movies, they seem to have disappeared in recent years and that makes me sad. I was trying to think of some if you like then... books, but it's really quite hard. It's a bit like the Shopaholic books had a baby with a drunk Katherine Hepburn from Philadelphia Story. And that's a really, really good thing. I loved the comedy, I loved the romance, I loved the quirky side characters, but most of all (I think) I loved the Olive and Birdie's friendship. There aren't enough strong female friendships in books, where the two women are there for each other, through thick and thin, with humour but without jealousy, judgement or ulterior motive. We need more books with Olive and Birdies.This is perfect to read on the beach this summer - but maybe don't read it on the plane unless you've already read past Olive's flight to New York...

  • Kelly Fountain
    2018-12-23 13:58

    What a fun read! I laughed a lot. There were so many skewed parts that you couldn't help but gasp and giggle. I loved watching Olives's character develop throughout this book. She was hiding her true self because of the fears she had and what had already happened in her life. It's amazing what we will do for our true friends and equally amazing is what we can find when we let ourselves go and enjoy life.

  • Cassandra
    2018-12-31 16:00

    Review of big sexy loveDefinitely a Bridget Jones meets Mindy Kaling book. It was seriously so fun to read- I don't typically speed through books, but for this one it was so good I couldn't help continue. I'm a personal lover of both romantic comedies and comedy in general so the incorporation of SNL and improv was such a bonus for me. Honestly when reading it I thought it was a book handmade for my interests! Laugh out loud book for sure, but also just a cute heartfelt read. I miss the characters already, sequel????

  • Elizabeth Butler
    2018-12-24 13:26

    Crazy and laugh out loud hilariousWhat an excellent read, absolutely hilarious. I truly hope Olive has many more adventures. I loved the characters, Anders, Mrs. Ramirez brilliant! Olives adventures were really laugh out loud, highly recommend this book. I needed a good laugh and a few tears and boy oh boy this book did the job. Thank you!

  • Lesley Halliday
    2019-01-04 19:16

    I've just stayed up till after midnight to finish this book after starting it earlier on today. I've smiled, I've laughed and I've got tears running down my face as I write right. What an absolute wonderful story! The characters were brilliant, storyline was brilliant, the emotion was superb. Loved it!

  • Alice Robertson
    2018-12-19 18:27

    Heartwarming funny bookThis was a very heartwarming funny book. Oliver's best friend is dying and and she will do anything for her. Even if it means doing something that terrifies her. What follows is a hilarious adventure with a colorful cast of characters.I thoroughly enjoyed this book alternating between laughing and crying.

  • Michele
    2019-01-11 21:11

    Brilliant!This book is wonderful! An amazing story of friendship and Olive’s journey to find Birdie’s Big sexy Love but truly finding herself along the way! I love, love, LOVE this book...did I mention that I love this book?!?!?!!!!!!! Now what are you waiting for...READ IT!

  • Lucy Huff
    2019-01-14 20:08

    Please please please write a sequel!So loved this book! I absolutely fell in love with the characters. This would be such a spectacular sequel. Please please please with sugar on top!!!

  • Kevin Wu
    2018-12-28 16:22

    Oh boy, this book was so much fun! A hidden gem that was enjoyable and deserves more adoration. Hilariously written and equally brilliant, it is a perfect beach and commute read. I will be sure to read more of Greenwood's work in the future.

  • Catherine
    2018-12-23 15:58

    Loved this book! I laughed out loud and it also brought tears to my eyes, loved every minute reading it. A quick light read with an overall great message, thanks for making this one of my favorite read on my vacation :)