eARC Review – Will They, Won’t They? by Portia MacIntosh


Title: Will They, Won’t They?

Author: Portia MacIntosh

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication date: September 7th, 2021

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

When life goes off track sometimes the only thing you can do is go back to where it all began…

Emmy Palmer is the star of Bragadon Forest, the biggest fantasy series on TV; adored by the public, living the life of glamour and luxury in London.

But when scandal strikes, Emmy must escape the city and return to her seaside hometown to lie low and wait for the storm to pass.

Emmy’s agent decides it would be a good look to star in the community Christmas pantomime, but who else could be playing her leading man but her ex-boyfriend who she may or may not have ditched to move to London a decade ago…

As the show approaches, love and friendships blossom and the real question is – Will they? Won’t they?

The brand new laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from top 10 bestseller Portia MacIntosh, guaranteed to put a smile on your face this winter.


I have read the last few Portia MacIntosh books and I generally enjoy her writing and romances, but this book really missed the mark for me. I wish it wasn’t so, but i was confused through a lot of it.

Emmy Palmer is an actor in the UK, starring on a Game of Thrones-esque fantasy series as a popular character, until she is killed off after a tiff with the show runner. Her grandfather then dies, so she decides to travel back to her small hometown to be with her family, especially when a tabloid rumor alleges she is having an affair with the married show runner. At home, she gets pushed into participating in a pantomime to save the local theater, even though she really doesn’t want to. She reunites with the guy she had a will they, won’t they relationship with in high school for the play, but when her next door neighbor pushes all of her buttons, she’s not sure where her love life is going – especially as she plans on returning to the city after the season.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. But when the romance doesn’t begin until 75% into the book you’re left confused and continuing to read just to see when on earth it will come. The last quarter of a book is too late to start a love affair that is believable in my opinion – but for those that appeals to definitely give this book a try. Portia’s book are very well written with engaging characters – but I came to this book for a romance and didn’t get it.

Thank you to Boldwood Books and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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