ShortBookandScribes #BookReview – Love, Locked Down by Beth Reekles

Today I’m sharing my thoughts about Love, Locked Down by Beth Reekles which will be published by Sphere in hardcover, eBook and audiobook on 1st February. My thanks to Francesca Banks for the proof copy for review purposes.

Five couples. One week. A love story like no other….


When an apartment block is put on lockdown, its residents are in for a whirlwind week. Wild and reckless Imogen is stuck living with a one-night-stand in Flat 14 whose name she can’t remember (and who she tried to steal a t-shirt from while sneaking out), and is forced face the reality that maybe it’s time she grew up.

Upstairs, Isla and Danny are still in their honeymoon period, but a warts-and-all week together so early in the relationship could make or break their romance (hello, secretly applying concealer in the bathroom at 6am). Meanwhile, Zach and Serena’s steady relationship is on tenterhooks, and pineapple on pizza might actually be the last straw.

At Flat 22, Olivia’s Maid of Honour duties are pushing her to the edge as a wedding-planning weekend has turned into an entire (nightmarish) week… And speaking of weddings, this whole thing has made Ethan realise he wants to spend the rest of his life with Charlotte, if only he can surprise her with the perfect proposal – and find a way to sneak her into the building . . .

From make-ups to break-ups, one-night stands and proposals, Love, Locked Down is the ultimate love story. Perfect for fans of THE FLATSHARE, OUR STOP and LOVE ACTUALLY

Love, Locked Down is set at the beginning of the pandemic in an apartment building. As one person in the building contracts the virus the whole building is put into a seven day lockdown at short notice. As you can imagine, whilst some people are locked down with the people they normally live with, others find themselves in a rather unexpected position.

We follow five sets of residents throughout the week. My favourite set was Imogen and Nate who had only got together for a one-night stand. Other couples are Isla and Danny who haven’t been together for long, Zach and Serena who have been together for a while but find that a chance bit of information changes everything, Ethan and Charlotte who end up reluctantly spending the week apart, and Olivia who is forced into spending a week with Bridezilla and other members of a pre-wedding get-together.

This is the author’s first adult novel, following several successful YA books. For me, this book felt quite YA in style but with adults as the main characters and I sometimes found it a little tricky to really gel with them. However, the more I read the more invested I became in their stories and in finding out how they felt about each other at the end of the week-long lockdown. I found myself smiling at some of the moments that occur and thought there was a certain charm to the whole thing.

Love, Locked Down is a light read looking at some important life choices for these millennials (and maybe some less important ones like whether they like pineapple on their pizzas or not). The author set out to write something like Love, Actually and it does feel a bit similar in that there are these separate storylines linked only by the building the characters live in. Although I didn’t feel like the target audience, I enjoyed my visit to the apartments on London Lane and if you like a good rom-com then you will too.

Beth Reekles is the bestselling author of the sensational YA series THE KISSING BOOTH, now a major Netflix hit and one of the streaming services’ most watched series. In 2014 Beth was listed in The Times at No. 6 on their ‘Top 20 under 25’ list. You can follow her on Twitter @Reekles

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