In this laugh-out-loud contemporary romance, a whole apartment building in London is locked down with only a few hours' notice given in the wee hours of the morning. What follows is a peek into the lives of several of the inhabitants while they are forcibly caged for a week.
In one apartment, what was meant to be a one-night-stand extends for seven more days. In another, one half of the couple is locked out of the building while her boyfriend realizes how much he hates living without her. Another couple realizes that the only thing holding their relationship together is their ability to get away from each other once in a while.
I found the premise pretty improbable but the actual story was really cute. Overall it was an enjoyable, quick read.
Maybe it is because I am not from England, but I found the rules of this forced lockdown disturbing, draconian, and downright dangerous. I only hope it is as unrealistic as I think it is. There was only a few hours' notice and those hours seemed to be in the wee hours of the morning. If anyone worked the night shift, they would come home to find they had no home for the next seven days. Charlotte was locked out of her home for a week! What!?!! Then there is Imogen trying to escape a one-night-stand before Nate wakes up. These people don't even know each other and they are forced to cohabitate for a week due to one stupid indiscretion. What if one of them is unstable or dangerous? Yes, I know they made a choice the night before, but they did not sign up for this. If you think too hard about this situation, it really ruins the story.
If you ignore everything I just mentioned and just go with it, it really is a light, funny, sweet story. The author has a great sense of humor and a delightful writing style. I love well-developed, quirky characters and the author set up the perfect environment to deep dive into the freckles, warts, and scars of these lovably imperfect 20- and 30-somethings. They aren't going anywhere or doing anything for the next seven days, so we have a lot of time to get to know them. I am pleasantly surprised to announce that I would love to invite every one of them to margarita night. They would be a hoot.
In short, don't think too hard about the plot and you will fall in love with the characters.