Rosie’s #Bookreview of light #RomCom The Middle-Aged Virgin by Olivia Spring

The Middle-Aged Virgin: A Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy Novel: Newly Single And Seeking Spine-Tingles...The Middle-Aged Virgin: A Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy Novel: Newly Single And Seeking Spine-Tingles… by Olivia Spring

3 stars

The Middle-Aged Virgin is a light romantic comedy.

Sophia is nearing her fortieth birthday and, after the death of a dear friend, she decides to make some radical changes to her own life before it’s all too late. She currently owns a successful top London beauty PR agency, and she has enough money to fill her wardrobe with designer clothes, but her love-life is stagnant.

Determined to transform her life, Sophia first ends her fifteen-year relationship with her boyfriend, then she enthusiastically throws herself into online dating. But it is a singles cooking holiday in Italy where she finds a man who has the potential to heat things up, to her satisfaction, in the bedroom.

Lorenzo is the Taste Holiday’s chef, dark and brooding, and he’s happy to offer Sophia extra-curricular lessons after dinner. This has ‘holiday fling’ and ‘broken heart’ written all over it. But Sophia is so determined that Lorenzo is ‘the one’ that all rationale disappears, as it so often does, with affairs of the heart.

Back in London as Sophia proceeds to possessively stalk Lorenzo on social media and hang on his every text, she may have readers wanting to shout advice at her. Is she a fool, or will she get her man in the end?

This is a straight-forward light romance which concentrates solely on Sophia. I did find her quite hard to actually like. And, I wasn’t convinced that her high profile job added much to the storyline; I was also unconvinced that a high-flying professional woman who, presumably, is worldly-wise and fairly sophisticated, would assume a holiday fling meant true love.  However, if you’re looking for a quick beach read, this might be ideal.

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Book description

Sophia Huntingdon seems to have it all: a high-flying job running London’s coolest beauty PR agency, a lovely boyfriend and a dressing room filled with Louboutins.

But when tragedy strikes, Sophia realises that rather than living the dream, she’s actually an unhappy workaholic in a monotonous relationship, with zero personal life. Her lack of activity in the bedroom is so apparent that her best friend declares her a MARGIN, or Middle-Aged Virgin—a term used for adults who have experienced a drought so long that they can’t remember the last time they had sex.

Determined to transform her life whilst she’s still young enough to enjoy it, Sophia hatches a plan to work less, live more and embark on exciting adventures, including rediscovering the electrifying passion she’s been craving.

But after ending her fifteen-year relationship, how will Sophia, a self-confessed control freak handle navigating the unpredictable world of online dating?

If she does meet someone new, will she even remember what to do? And as an independent career woman, how much is Sophia really prepared to sacrifice for love?

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