The Drought by Steven Scaffardi

The Drought

This book really is the Laddiest lad book of all lad books in lad publishing land that I’ve come across so far!  I can see it as a ‘Carry on’ for 2012. The hapless Dan (and aren’t all lad lit main characters so?)  is on a quest for sex having gone without for a long time. He lurches from misadventure to disaster, being dumped, disastrous road trips  beaten up, given bad advice by his best mates (real Job’s comforters) , and as in the genre of Chick lit it turns out the answer was at his front door all the time.  Plenty of male angst, embarrassing body stuff , truly cringeworthy run ins with the gay community.  There is a semblance of just deserts at the end,  living the results of such a completely amoral run of adventures! You could read it as a guide of how not to start a relationship.

As a woman reviewer, I can imagine plenty of laddish guffaws and sniggering  but for me it just all a bit too near the knuckle (I’m probably a generation or two out).  Were the lads when I was a teenager thinking like this?  Flippin eck!

Like Steven the author says, Lads, I think you’ll love it, ladies I think it’ll make you look aghast at your man and wonder………

November’s book of the Month; How to Host a Holiday by Kathleen Kitson

How to Host a Holiday (The Prequel to Ivy Stratton & the Time Machine)

I must admit I’ve been hoarding Christmas themed books from Kindle all summer, so I was really pleased to be sent this to review. Novellas seem to be a hugely growing market in the USA, though I’m not so sure in the UK.  Books by installments, but this was how Charles Dickens wrote and I think it’s a great way to write.

This book is a prequel to a coming series, but is completely enjoyable in its own right Christmas story fans!  It’s complete, beginning, middle, ending,all set around a group of friends meeting for a Christmas meal.The opening was so kitsch and gooey, that I was just beginning to gag, when of course it was a dream, not an easy trick to carry off, as at this point you can lose the reader.  The dramatic tension in there in the sudden snowstorm, and the stormy relationship between Giuseppe and Ivy.  She’s  a single girl,  looking for love, she’s a real Chick lit heroine. but with some good hints of an odd past creeping in, setting the path for the coming adventures – just what does Sy know?

So, enjoy and look forward to when Ivy’s adventures really begin!

 

Newly Published; Cocaine by Larry Jeram – Croft

I had a sneaky preview of Larry’s latest book and for all of you who have been following the Jon Hunt series, this is a more than worthy addition.  This tale is darker, more violent, more explicit than the earlier tomes, but is still gripping, full of suspense with lots of ship and helicopter stuff. The main characters are far deeper, more complex too, the baddies are baddies without the earlier balance of humour or grace, which turns the narrative into a different but no less exciting way.  Another great read!

I suppose the title in itself would get more people finding it on a search!  I just wonder what my brother got up to when he was in the Navy as of course he bases this on his own career -Coconut trees???  My blog page has come up with a link to a Jon Hunt, turns out he’s a mega property bloke – is this what our Jon did on retirement?