22 March 2015

The Beginner's Guide to the Birds and the Bees by Sophie Hart

Series: N/A, Standalone
Publication date: September 19, 2014
Publisher: Bookouture
Genres: Women's Fiction, Chick-lit
Format: eArc
Source: The publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 384

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What happens in the bedroom doesn’t have to stay in the bedroom
A refreshingly open and uplifting romantic comedy about friendship, love and sex. Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone in order to give a relationship a good dose of TLC…

Sex therapist Annie Hall helps couples put the fizz back into their relationships. It’s a shame her own love life is non-existent. When Jamie who works next door catches her eye, she can’t ignore the spark of chemistry.

While Annie begins to work her magic with three couples, she soon discovers that she’ll need to take some of her own advice if she’s going to let a new man into her life.

If you’re a fan of Tracy Bloom’s No one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday and Lindsey Kelk, kick your feet up, turn off your phone, and sink into Sophie’s novel.

I got into this book very quickly, I actually started it late at night and managed to finish it the next morning - that is how much I enjoyed it, I didn't want to put it down the slightest!

What really intrigued me and made me want to read this book was probably the cover - it's gorgeous! I also loved the idea of a fluffy book where people talks about sex. Even though I don't really read books with sex or about sex I try to step out of my comfort zone and this really intrigued me.

We have quite a few characters to focus on in this book; Annie - the therapist. Ray and Linda - and an old couple with problems. Nick and Julia - a young couple with problems and lastly Zoe and Simon - a newly engaged couple who's taken a vow of celibacy until the wedding. There's also Jamie - Annie's friend.

I really liked Annie. She's a fun, quirky character and people's reactions to her job always made me laugh - "are you going to watch us (having sex)?". Annie's character also has some depth; she's actually been married before and she has problems of her own. I liked Annie because she genuinely wanted to help and actually had the means and powers to. She's a sweetheart!
Jamie! I wish I could talk about Jamie all day. Jamie has an office in the same building as Annie so they meet each other all the time. Jamie develops apps and he definitely likes Annie. I loved the two of them together and my cheeks ached from smiling after their conversations.
I liked the couples, all of them were different and quite easy to know who's who. I wanted much more focus on Annie and Jamie though!

The storyline is quite funny and the point of view is definitely interesting. It's not just Annie's point of view we hear the story from, it's also the 3 couple's point of views and at times I enjoyed it but it would have been better if the story focused more on the relationship between Annie and Jamie.

It's quite 'sexy' at times and goes into some details that I'm really not comfortable discussing. Sometimes it adds something to the book and I know it's just Zoe being Zoe when she talks about sex but at times it put me off. The book could have been without. I can deal with people talking about sex in books but there's boundaries!

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