No – One Ever Has Sex on Holiday by Tracy Bloom
Publishing Date: 29th July 2019
Series: No – One Ever Has Sex #5
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 3209
Genre: Humour, Women’s Fiction
Get ready to enjoy your first holiday abroad with small children. Highlights include: being woken at 5 every morning and working a gruelling day in unbearable heat chasing kids around the pool with a bottle of sunscreen. Added features: screaming during mealtimes and toddlers moaning about sand. Absolutely no sex guaranteed or your money back!
Katy and Ben and their four closest friends are going to Spain for a week with their kids. Sun, sex and sangria? Almost certainly not.
The couples think they are prepared for all the joys and trials a family holiday has to offer but they have a shock coming, and not only from the kids. Into their first day by the pool crashes Ollie, who has just been dumped by his girlfriend, and Cassie, on her hen party holiday but having serious doubts about her impending marriage. A recipe for a relaxing week abroad? Let’s wait and see…
From the no. 1 bestselling author of No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday, this is the perfect book to read on the beach – either with or without small children. Perfect for fans of Nick Spalding, Marian Keyes and Gill Sims.
Three couples, that we’ve already got to know very well and love so much – Katy and Ben, Braindead and Abby, Daniel and Gabriel – are off on their first holiday together as families. With five children between them. Abroad. To Spain. To a family friendly hotel, which means that it’s full with such travellers as our characters. What can go wrong, right? It’s for sure going to be a relaxing, peaceful holiday, right? Or not?
I’ve read somewhere that parents actually don’t have holidays at all – they simply look after their children in a different place, and well, this book shows that it is true. The way all the characters tried so much to get as much as possible out of their holidays, how they tried to adjust and not go crazy was so brilliantly portrayed and made the book even more brilliant to read.
It is already the fifth book in the series and well, as much as I think it could be read as a stand – alone, I wouldn’t recommend it. I’ve seen some reviewers mentioning the fact that the characters were not developed enough – well, I got to know them inside out in the previous four books, it felt like being with old friends together again, and the author really didn’t have to flesh them all out again – if you’ve been with Katy and the gang through thick and thin you really know them and what make them tick now. So better read the previous books as well, me thinks.
It was hilarious and funny and full of “OMG” moments read, unbelievably relatable, even though my daughter is a very easy – care child, but being so much around other children once you’ve seen this you’ve seen this all (and can’t unseen or forget it). The attempts of really enjoying the holiday by taking part in all the planned activities, that usually turned out to be attractive and thrilling only in the flyer, trying to spend some time together as couples and keep everybody happy on top of that were brilliantly described. And rang a bell – it’s a situation that probably all of us know very well, no matter if we’re parents or not yet. Keep everybody happy, ha!
The characters are like old friends but the one that I liked most this time must have been Daniel, so out of place on a budget airline and in a normal hotel room, not in a suite, behaving like prima donna, and I simply loved him! He was so funny and he seemed so shallow but deep inside he was so insightful and full of love to his daughter and husband, and well, his battles also rang a bell, don’t you think? This of wanting to be a stay at home father but realising that it’s better other way round.
We’ve got more of Gabriel this time and I can’t say how much he impressed me, first with his patience and second, with using his Spanish to solve some problems – the way he did this was simply first class brilliant!
I couldn’t put my finger on Abby, I was guessing there was much more to her behaviour than meets the eye and I think I’d like the author to dig deeper into her problems and issues a little bit more – especially as I was in her shoes, so I really could relate to her and her feelings. Braindead… Well, I must admit that he annoyed me a little this time, he took to fatherhood too seriously and I had a feeling that Abby being so absent simply worked for him.
There are some new characters introduced to us as well, and they were a great addiction, especially Ollie. Oh boy, the poor Ollie, who’s on his honeymoon, staying in the honeymoon suite at the same hotel that our characters but without the bride, who has called – off the wedding. The honeymoon suite is a character of its own, be prepared!
Intertwined with all the humour and light heartedness, and I really liked how it was done, were the problems and troubles that come with family and becoming a parent. They’re written with a pinch of salt but they’re there, highlighted, all the expectations versus reality, and how well the fact that the arrival of the children impacted the relationships of their parents was captured.
“No One Ever Has Sex on Holiday” was a quick, light and entertaining read, full of quirky, sharp dialogues and hilarious one – liners. It was full of many laugh out loud moments, but also some poignant and heart – warming ones, and Tracy Bloom knows how to handle and balance them. However, the main point of this book is to entertain you, and it fulfils this intention completely, offering you a relaxing, light and uplifting read. Highly recommended, a perfect summer read!