Part-Time Lovers, Shelley Munro
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I’d enjoyed a couple of Shelley’s novels before, so seeing as this was the first in a new series I thought I’d try it. I found myself a bit lost though, it felt as if I was reading about characters from an existing series, they all seemed to know each other well, and references to pasts and the reality show made me feel I’d missed something. I looked up Shelly’s other books and saw that the reality show mentioned was from the third in a series, and the characters had all been featured over three books in the Love and Friendship series. Its quite a short read at 125 pages, so I understand why ground covered in those wasn’t explained but I think if you’ve not read any/all of them you’ll find, like I did, that you miss too much to really get “into” the story.
I didn’t understand why Yvonne seemed to give in so quickly – OK it was (supposedly) sex on her terms and I Loved the way she thanked him the first time and said she was off to watch a TV show next! After that though they seemed to slip into being a couple, and though Nolan seemed a nice guy I just couldn’t get past that he’d just left her with no explanation, saying he was going to be away for three months so he couldn’t see her, when in fact he was on TV searching for a wife, dating other people!! What a jerk, and the excuse his mum arranged it all – what was he ? Seven or something? couldn’t he say No to her? I just felt Yvonne got the short straw and that coloured too much of the book for me.
Its a decent read, and I sort of understood Nolan by the end but if I was Yvonne I’d have made him grovel a lot more….if I’d read the other books maybe I’d have had more insight into him. If it was a longer book maybe I’d have had more time to like him, but I hadn’t, it wasn’t and I struggled with a man who could do that. The sex scenes were hot though, and Yvonne made me laugh over the butt plug part….good for her!
Stars: three, I enjoyed parts but really needed to feel Nolan deserved Yvonne.
ARC supplied by publishers and Netgalley
ARC provided via Netgalley.
With all the reality shows that currently dominate TV ( and they’re the reason I spend so much time reading and don’t watch TV) I thought this sounded fun. I get the impression from many of the current programmes that what they really want is to push the sex angle as far as they can without getting banned or reprimanded, so this seemed like something possible at some time in the future. Though I think current TV is dire, this would really kill it for may of us who want programmes designed for those who think and use imagination and don’t need to be spoon fed 🙂
Still, the book. Well, as I said I thought this would be fun. A bit of sexy, spicy, erotica wrapped up in an interesting story. Sadly I was wrong, and what this consists of in my opinion is simply page after page after page of sex, self pleasure, with a partner or with multiple partners, with a flimsy, feeble story as an excuse for carrying it. The plot is thin, really poorly put together, (for instance landlords of commercial properties don’t call round for a cheque days after a rent rise…it’s all BACS transactions..) with the sex part being so repetitive its actually a turn off. I ended up skim reading pages just to see what happened, and get to the end. It certainly wasn’t erotic for me 😦 Its sad really because I think its a novel idea, and could have been really fun and erotic if done in a different way.
If you really like this sort of thing you’ll find the price of £1.01 for 230 pages/369kb a bargain but for me…no – quickly deleted from my kindle.
Stars: sorry but just one.