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About The Book
Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date.
After a long drought, men are flooding her shores and she’s drowning in choices. There’s Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he’s cheating on her with his medical mistress—a demanding cardiology practice.
To further rock her boat, Claire’s ‘stable’ career in publishing has been tossed about by her floundering company’s launch of a new line of trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren’t selling these days, but erotica is flying off the shelves—and challenging Claire’s attitude about sex, work . . . and her tempestuous new life.
When her best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea—he has already caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation. Giving in to her friend’s nudging, she tries to ignore the details she discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her publishing house up from the bottom of the ocean.
Claire’s dilemma begs the question: Are there NO men or TOO MANY?
About Carol Maloney Scott In Her Own Words.
My name is Carol, and I'm addicted to Romance.
I grew up in the Hudson Valley area of New York, surrounded by "city folk," like my Manhattanite mom and Bronx-native Dad, who taught me to be sweet on the outside, yet tough on the inside.
As a result, I'm often gifted sassy labels like "firecracker" or "feisty," which I choose to take as a compliment, due to my Irish/Eastern European heritage.
My romantic history is as real (and complicated) as that of the heroines in my novels. I've been divorced, relocated, plunged fearlessly into the turbulent waters of online dating--only to retreat, yelping, at the occasionally shocking climate before bravely renewing my efforts--until finally, I grabbed hold of happiness and refused to let go.
While I did eventually find my "HEA" in the form of a real life relationship, I also fell in love with writing, and it's a romance I can't get enough of.
That's why I can't help chasing after that thrill of first love, of never-ending passion, of self-discovery, of romance--even if that chase leads me to (and sometimes over) the edge.
I am going to start off by saying I did enjoy this book a lot, the leading men in the book were fun, different and full of contradictions, in a good way. the young writer, the flirty coworker and the doctor all very satisfying men to have in a book, the leading lady I found a bit too naive, being a woman who was a recruitment guru, a thirty something divorcee and had been through a terrible ordeal that resulted in a hysterectomy I felt that she should have had a more life experience, and know what to expect, instead she buried her head, ignored all the signs, drank too much and winged A LOT, I found this not very believable as it was the behaviour of a very insecure confused teenager, but I also wondered maybe the trauma the character had been through, the setbacks had made her that way, stole her womanhood and confidence but really she was a little too self indulgent for me. Now that I have ranted about the leading lady Claire, let me tell you what was good about this book, its honest yes the dating world has changed, so has society, taboos are no longer taboos and age really is just a number. So when venturing back into the world of dating specially online dating one must be careful. I enjoyed reading Claire's dating mishaps, the old man in a hat scene was really entertaining. Claire has a long way to go, she needs to learn to open her eyes and see what's staring her in the face.
One more thing that I have to say because it did really bug me, was the way leading lady was repulsed by erotica, I think that was not needed in the book, you shouldn't judge what people read and enjoy, yes I find some erotica a bit too much for my taste but it doesn't bother me, its not graphic and disturbing to sell it, I think it is a good thing that a woman or a man can sit down and read something sexy and lets be honest usually a good bit of smut never hurt anyone and sex sells and there is nothing wrong with that! The character was supposed to be in charge of recruitment in a publishing house, so in reality she should of known how popular and well enjoyed erotica has become now it is finally mainstream and women are no longer ashamed of reading something sexy.
The book is well written, characters are developed well, specially the men, and you really do find yourself wanting Claire to realise what the hell is going on, you wanted her to have her happy ending no matter how much of a fool she had been, the book is all about growing up no matter your age, learning to love yourself and accepting who and what you are is the key to finding love with someone else.
I'm a bookwhore, yes I said it, I have no shame, I will wander off with any old book I'm not even a little bit ashamed. Twenty Seven, Mum, SEND Teaching Assistant, general beauty hoarder and lover of the Irish.