Friday 19 September 2014

Review: The Beginner's Guide To The Birds And The Bees by Sophie Hart

What happens in the bedroom doesn’t have to stay in the bedroom
A refreshingly open and uplifting romantic comedy about friendship, love and sex. Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone in order to give a relationship a good dose of TLC…

Sex therapist Annie Hall helps couples put the fizz back into their relationships. It’s a shame her own love life is non-existent. When Jamie who works next door catches her eye, she can’t ignore the spark of chemistry.

Most men would jump at the chance to skive off work for an afternoon quickie with their gorgeous wife, but Nick knows Julia is after only one thing – a baby. Sex shouldn’t be a chore. Can Annie help Julia see that?

Newly engaged Zoe and Simon can’t keep their hands off each other. They’ve decided to take a vow of celibacy until their wedding night. Will Annie help them stick to it?

Roy and Linda have been married for over thirty years but she’s more interested in the family business than getting intimate with him. Can Annie convince Linda to rediscover her passion for Roy after all this time?

While Annie begins to work her magic with the three couples, she soon discovers that she’ll need to take some of her own advice if she’s going to let a new man into her life.

Review: this book will have you hooked for the first page and keep your attention right until the very last page! I love an original storyline and this book definitely had that. This author just writes things which are incredibly compelling to read because of the storyline but also because of her writing style, its like she knows how you want to read a novel and makes it easier for you! Each chapter of this book begins with a quote about sex from a famous name and then leads into the stories of its various characters. The structure means that it is fast paced and that naughtiness and sex appeal runs through ti without it being overly explicit or erotic. Yes, its a book about sex and a sex therapist, but there is actually very little sex that explicitly goes on in the story!

The characters in this novel are just so cute you want to wrap them up and take them home, you root for each and every one of them, especially sex therapist Annie. You want her to sort her own love life out and have a fulfilling relationship and at the same time you admire her for the work that she does with others and the ideas that she has to help the clients that she sees! The other couples in the book are equally as likeable. Zoe and Simon are just so young and carefree, Simon has some fairly surprising moment in the book but you love him all the same. Ray and Linda are just desperate to get their spark back and although Linda comes off as a bit of a cold fish initially, she soon warms to Annie and the other characters as well! and Julia and Nick have a similar balance in that Julia is reluctant to begin with but soon comes round to Nick's way of thinking, and that's just the beginning of the book, this storyline swoops and twists its way to the grand finale. 

The structure of the novel also means that you get to spend time with each set of couples individually as well as en mass and it means that you really get to know them all and feel as if you actually know them in real life. Even Annie's family get to play a part! Fear not, there really is no explicit sex on this novel though, there are some incredibly steamy moments because, let's face it, Annie is a sex therapist, but these are tasteful and hopeful and brilliant! I loved the ending of this novel, the whole thing was just everything I wanted it to be, the pace, the structure, the characters and then this lovely author threw in an epilogue-I love an epilogue, and although it wrapped everything up nicely-I still miss the characters, I want to know how they're getting on and what they're doing! This is just an lovely warm hug of a novel that is perfect for reading at this time of year and will definitely put a smile on your face!

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