The Serial Dater’s Shopping List

Written by Morgen Bailey


Are you looking for the perfect summer holiday read? Then you’ll love this laugh-out-loud comedy about the highs and lows of dating. 

Izzy is a journahat – intimidating boss William sets her the task of dating thirty-one men, via an internet dating site, all within a month, and writing about it for the paper.

Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend Donna, Izzy knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts and starts ticking them off as she meets the men.

Follow the ups and downs of the dating process including Tim ‘the Weeble’, whose date leads Izzy to see banoffee pie in a whole new light, Lawrence the super-skinny social worker, Felix with his bizarre penchant for Persian Piranhas, and ‘the music maestro but don’t talk about dead pets’ Jake.

By the end of the month, will Izzy have met Mr Right?




Fresh and Funny!   4 stars


If, like me, you’ve forgotten what it’s like to be in the dating game, this will bring back memories – but most of all it will make you laugh!

Izzy has her own column in the local newspaper; she is the tech-geek and loves her job as she gets to try out all the new tech toys. When her boss, William, gives her the new assignment of joining an online dating site, meeting up with a man each day for a month and writing about it she thinks ‘why not?’. It’s not as if her love life is bursting at the seams and it may be fun – right?

Izzy begins by making a list of what she is – and isn’t – looking for in a boyfriend. As the days progress the list gets longer and even if some of the items seem obvious judging by some of the men she meets they are necessary! As well as the month’s dates, we get to meet Izzy’s colleagues, including her best friend Donna and the rest of the varied bunch. To say the dates are a motley crew is no exaggeration; I suspect her experiences are more true to life than we normally get to hear about and boy, did this author give me the giggles. I thank my lucky stars I met my ‘the one’ years ago!

This is a very easy read; split into a chapter for each date I raced through it, eager to find out what happened on the next outing. The characters are wonderfully created; Morgen Bailey obviously has a real eye for people watching and it’s paid off in this novel. Fresh and funny, the clever writing kept my full attention from beginning to end and left me with laughter in my heart and a warm, fuzzy feeling. What more could I ask? A fantastic summer read and one to pack for your holidays!

My thanks to Bombshell Books for providing my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1004 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Bombshell Books
  • Publication Date: 12 July 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author



1. Morgen large.JPGMorgen Bailey – Morgen with an E – is a multi-genre author, freelance editor, writing tutor, Writers’ Forum magazine columnist, blogger, speaker, and Northants Authors co-founder. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates, RONE, BeaconLit, BBC Radio 2 and Althorp Literary Festival short story competitions. She also runs her own free monthly 100-word competition and is a forthcoming Flash 500 judge.

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