Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Book Review: Erotic Fiction? a special giveaway

By Sara Steven

Sarah’s mind-numbing housewife existence is turning her brain to mush. With her third bun in the oven, this British mum is drowning under a mountain of play dates, bills, and head lice checks. But her man’s get-rich-quick idea of writing steamy novels isn’t her ideal way to dial up life’s passion.

Drew desperately wants a break from Sarah’s whinging. And if that means researching how to write racy books all by himself, then he’ll make the sacrifice. But as he finally warms Sarah up to the sultry side hustle, their R-rated private project gets publicly exposed…

With an office scandal brewing, it’s only a matter of time before gawking workers and a perfectly nosy PTA president turn them into social pariahs. Can Sarah and Drew earn some extra income from sizzling lit without falling prey to stiff gossip? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

This was a unique experience where writing erotic novels comes into play. Ordinarily, we read about a woman who is taking that venture on, but in this case, it’s a man who takes those steps! With that comes an interesting collaboration between Drew and Sarah, when the normal response would be to shy away from racy or sexual things from one or both partners.

When the couple takes it on, they go full force, and in doing so they find out a lot about one another. I appreciated that lens, because much of the focus leading up to that has been on what has been the contributing factor on the distance in their marriage. It’s understandable, considering how much they have going on, how both feel neglected, that there isn’t enough time in the day to do it all. Plenty of parents and couples can relate to their situation, and can find a lot of similarities in how Sarah feels as a stay at home mother, trying to keep her head above water while feeling compared to the “perfect” mothers in her world. (There’s one in particular, and those exchanges are pretty funny) There’s also Drew’s full-time employment with many stressors on his shoulders, wanting desperately to support his family at all costs. Their writing collaboration feels like a much-needed break from all of it, a ray of unconventional hope.

Through it all, the reader is introduced to hilarious humility for both characters. There were a few particular scenarios, particularly with Sarah at the post office, which really got me going! It was an unexpected situation, but one that really added to the type of chaos that she endures, and even though she doesn’t realize it, she deals with it through a lot of grace. Drew’s office antics with coworkers added a layer of funny sarcasm to the idiot coworker trope, as he often experiences with one guy in particular who acts as a catalyst for Drew in more ways than one. All of it gave way to a lightheartedness that was needed in order to balance out some of the heaviness that comes from life’s monotony.

Given the humor, the truth behind the struggling marriage, and the really unique plot, it was inevitable for me to give Erotic Fiction? five stars!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review. 

Purchase Links:
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Amazon UK

Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments - a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write the multi award winning The Afterlife of Walter Augustus - a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist, Fiona and the Whale – a thought provoking romantic comedy and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.

While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description.

She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a re-imagining of a classic Greek myth.

Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she has spent twelve years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia and Europe. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Jordan.

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1 comment:

JeanneK said...

Hannah is a new author for me and I’d love to receive a copy to read and review. The storyline sounds intriguing. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome Giveaway!!