Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE DROUGHT BY @SteveScaffardi #LadLit #Humour #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs at http://cphilippou123.wordpress.com

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Chris has been reading The Drought (Sex, Love & Dating Disasters)

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Any book that starts with a drooling man getting punched by a barmaid has got to be worth a read, as this one is. A lot of silliness, a little romcom, this is effectively an insight into the life of an amiable idiot.

Dan finds himself in, as the title suggests, a sexual drought following his break-up with his long-term girlfriend. Cue a host of disastrous attempts to end said drought, some ‘helpful’ mates, and a sprinkling of potential romance amid the chaos…

The writing was light-hearted (which makes the stereotypes forgivable) and the dialogue realistic. The book is labeled as lad-lit for a reason, and that’s because it’s heavy on male antics, humour, and thought, and it’s worth pointing out that, for that reason, it may not be for all. But if it’s comedy, fun, and some semblance of something akin to romance from a male point of view that you’re after, The Drought is worth a read.

*I received a free copy from the author, via Rosie’s Book Review Team, in exchange for my honest review.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com Steve is running a free download promotion for this book on April 28th/29th

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT SIX LIES by @BenAdamsAuthor #Ladlit #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s second team review is from Wendy, she blogs at http://booklovercircumspect4.wordpress.com

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Wendy chose to read and review Six Lies by Ben Adams

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Poor David, the guy just can’t win for losing. His wife, Lou, has left him for a librarian, *chuckle, chuckle,* and then his mother dies, and leaves him a note that she wasn’t his biological mother, and he needs to get answers from his father.

So, what does Dave do? Dave gets drunk and shags his best mates, ex wife, and a few others along the way. Great idea, Dave!

All the while, he’s still trying to get his wife back and figure out who is bio mom is.

Dave has a tendency to behave like a petulant child throughout this book, and has a tendency to get in his own way most of the time. Throughout reading this book, I didn’t know if I wanted to slap Dave across the face or just beat him to a bloody pulp!

But, when more lies are revealed after Dave meets his bio mom. You kinda gotta feel for the guy, and instead beat Dave’s dad!

In the end, Dave does redeem himself but dang it took him long enough. Maybe, he would have stayed more on track had he been thinking with the correct body part…

Overall, this was a funny read, written by a man’s point of view of life, and how they get in their own way a majority of the time!!

It reminded a lot about the joke, “What happens when you play a country song backwards? You get your wife back, your dog back, your truck back..”

Happy Reading!!!!

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT SIX LIES by Ben Adams @BenAdamsAuthor

Today’s team review comes from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

Terry chose to read and review Six Lies by Ben Adams

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Six Lies by Ben Adams

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

A very short way into this novel, I realised that Dave, the main character, is actually a minor one from Ben Adams’s first book, Six Ways To Get A Life, which I read earlier this year, and I thought, what a great idea! I love this sort of thing on TV dramas, when a series tells the story of a different member of the cast each week; it always brings home to me how little we really know about each other’s’ lives.

The plot: After his mother’s death, bank cashier Dave Fazackerley discovers that she wasn’t really his mother at all. It’s a confusing time in his life, as his wife has left him for another man, and he’s stuck in limbo emotionally, having ill-advised one night stands and trying to lead his 1980s pop covers band in a favourable direction.

Ben Adams has a readable, conversational style of writing that flows along; it was no hardship to read this book over a short period of time. There are some good lines:

Is that the best drummer you can find? My gran could do a better job and she’s had Parkinson’s Disease for the last twenty years.”

It is a place where middle-aged, middle class people with large middles live.

One bloke with an unruly beard that seemed to morph at about neck level into a brown cardigan

“...your foreplay leaves a lot to be desired.”

I don’t remember you moaning at the time.”

Exactly, Dave, exactly.”

 It’s a good plot, too. I think I preferred Graham’s story in the first book, though; it seemed more ‘real’. I felt this was a little formulaic: Dave is a likable, good looking bloke (but not too good looking), desperate to get back with his former love who he lost through his own incompetence. There’s the group of mates that include the wacky best buddy and the more serious one (Graham), he has a few casual sexual encounters he regrets, and listens to records from his youth when feeling morose … not unlike most other ‘lad lit’ heroes (High Fidelity, The Understudy, etc). This isn’t necessarily bad, because he’s a well-drawn character and some genres do follow a formula; indeed, their readers like to know what they’re getting. I did enjoy much of it, certainly enough to read it quickly because I wanted to know what happened. I was just hoping for something with more spark; it was all a bit too safe.

Although the book is mostly written from the first person, there are also chapters from the points of view of Dave’s father, Terry, and his mother, Sue. I was pleased to see this variation at first (I do love books from multiple points of view), but, alas, there wasn’t much to differentiate between the ‘voices’ of the characters. Aside from a couple of recurring slang words from Terry, he and Sue told their sides of the story in much the same language and mood, with similar attitudes and rhythm, which gave no sense of being inside the head of a new person. However, finding out what happened in their respective pasts added another dimension and rounded the story out nicely.

There’s a particularly neat twist near the end; I knew something was coming because there were a couple of hints earlier on, but I couldn’t guess it, hadn’t a clue – good shot!

To sum up, Ben Adams can certainly write, knows how to make a reader keep turning the pages (not a quality all writers can boast, by any means), and has the cosier end of this genre down to a ‘T’. I didn’t spot one single error in it, and although I prefer something with a bit more bite, I imagine it will do very well for him and will appeal to many.

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Would you BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge – Dan Taylor is Giving Up On Women by Neal Doran

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

Here goes… this week my category is LAD LIT

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Did you even know this category existed?

This caught my eye because is basically CHICK LIT for men but I think women will enjoy it just at much and it looks fun

Book Price; £3.60 is pretty high for a competitive kindle price

Book Description

Dan Taylor is Giving Up on Women is witty, warm-hearted and achingly real. Neal Doran has created a love story for our times that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with Dan Taylor. I loved it!’ – Miranda Dickinson, bestselling author of Take a Look at Me Now and I’ll Take New York

Perpetually single Dan Taylor is so terrible at meeting women his own mother suspects he might be gay. So best friends — and smug married couple — Hannah and Rob insist he needs some serious man management. Taking matters into their own hands, they decide to make him their ‘Project’ and set to work on finding him a girlfriend — one that might actually stick around long enough to meet his mother.

A new wardrobe, a better haircut and a slick online profile later and an unwitting Dan is ready to be launched on the London dating scene. But miracles don’t just happen, and when he does achieve some success with women, it’s not in the way anyone expected.

Number of pages; 268

Reviews; A mix of 37 reviews, 22 of them 5* on Amazon.co.uk, had time to skim a couple and they said it was funny.

Would I BUY or PASS?…….PASS

Analysis

Did that shock you? I like the sound of the book, I like fun books, the reviews make it sound good too, I liked the book description, but for me the price was key. The author may not have much say on price it looks like its from it got a Carina backing. If I saw it again on a price deal I would probably buy it. This book has the potential to grab the chicklit readers and younger male readers in their 20’s and early 30’s, so a double market potential.