ARC Review: Love, Locked Down by Beth Reekles


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. In Flat 14, wild and reckless Imogen is stuck living with a one-night-stand whose name she can’t remember.

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

In 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 . . .


At the beginning of the Covid pandemic an apartment block is locked down after one of the residents contracts Covid.  Love, Locked Down follows the stories of five different couples over a period of seven days, the highs and lows they encounter and the test it puts upon their relationships.  There is a group of women in the midst of a wedding planning party, a couple who have only been seeing each other for a month, a one-night stand, a video blogger finds himself separated from his girlfriend and a couple who have been in a tumultuous four year relationship, all of whom wake up on a Sunday to discover they are in lockdown. At the start I did find it confusing with the number of different character introduced, however once you become familiar with who is who you quickly become engrossed in their life and will soon find a favourite couple to root for.  The viral video moment was really lovely and so endearing.  Another one of the character’s has a particularly sweet and unexpected ending and a couple with a more tenuous and emotional ending.  The apartment building is a great setting, with the strict apartment manager hilariously referred to as ‘Walter White’.  

I’m sure we’ve all experienced one or two of scenarios depicted during the first total lockdown.  We see the different emotions everyone is going through and the difficulties faced spending forced time together with a loved one, 24 hours a day.  The writing is good, it is an engaging plot and a thoroughly enjoyable read. 

Publisher:  Sphere
Publication Date (UK):  1 February 2022
Format:  Paperback  
Page Count:  368
Genre:  Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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