Dinner Party by Tracy Bloom

Dinner Party by Tracy Bloom

 

 

40794610Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 26th September 2018

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 330

Genre: Humour, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Never has an unexpected guest caused such chaos!

Three couples take it in turns to host a monthly dinner party.

Beth, Sarah and Marie have been friends forever. Now they are grown up, with busy lives, busy husbands, busy kids… but they still find time to meet up over dinner once a month. A cosy, comfortable gathering of happy couples – or so they thought.

Until one night, someone brings along a last-minute guest whose wife has just left him.

Simon is standing on the doorstep in floods of tears. While the women do their best to console him, their husbands feel the need to mark their territory.

And as Simon becomes more involved with the group, his presence changes everything these three couples thought they knew about each other, leading to a final dinner party that no-one will ever forget.

From Amazon chart bestseller Tracy Bloom, Dinner Party is a funny and moving read that will make you see your marriage and friendships in a whole new light… and make you think twice about inviting your best mates round for dinner. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Nick Spalding and Gill Sims.

Rating: three-stars

Beth, Sarah and Marie have been friends since school. Now, once a month, they and their husbands, that truly don’t have anything in common except their wives being friends, meet at one of their places for a dinner party, that usually run without mishaps and in a nice atmosphere. However, this time, when it’s Beth and Chris’s turn, he forgets to tell his wife that he has invited his new friend Simon. Simon and his wife have just split up and he’s been since heartbroken. To be honest, nobody is too happy with the new addition but when he arrives, the three female friends find themselves drawn to him, which doesn’t go unnoticed by their husbands. As the time goes on and the dinner parties as well, Simon becomes more part of their lives, however his presence also causes chaos and misunderstandings that eventually lead to a very dramatic finale.

There are six main characters in this book – yes, you could say it’s a lot, but they’re all so different and right from the beginning you get the feeling who is who and to whom they belong. All of them had perfectly distinctive voices, they had their quirks, flaws and secrets, some of them were too perfect and too snobbish, some of them really overdid with their love of dips – it was funny at the beginning but then it stopped being funny and started to feel irritating. Each chapter is told by a different character and all of them have a chance to tell us their thoughts, which was a brilliant way, as it was really great to see how each of them perceive the particular situation or what they really think.

Due to short Q&As at the end of each chapter between a journalist and one of the characters we quickly get the sense that something big has happened. Yes, it did, but it took the whole book to get to the point – a little too long for this story, to be honest, but I also understand that should it have been written differently, there wouldn’t be the grande finale that the author presented us with. However, it just felt too short and too rapid in comparison to the whole story. On the other hand, it was truly surprising and unexpected what has happened at the end.

It was an interesting, sharp – observed read that for me lacked in the final touch, the wow – effect and the idea of mixing stories of three different couples was a brilliant one, and adding then an extra person to this mix was even better, as it was for sure going to steer problems and troubles, but it was not developed. I was all the time asking myself: and? Please don’t get me wrong, I love Tracy Bloom, but this time I actually wasn’t sure what she wants to tell us with this novel. It is also billed as a “LOL Romantic Comedy” however for me it was neither LOL nor romantic nor comedy. However, I DID enjoy the book. Even though I didn’t sympathize with the characters, they were very well drawn and felt realistic. Why didn’t I sympathize with them? Well, first of all, I truly wasn’t sure why they’re calling themselves friends, I didn’t feel any bond between them, even between Beth, Sarah and Marie who have known each other since school, and well, Tony did admit, on many different occasions, that he actually has nothing in common with Chris and Duncan. They had many issues with each other and actually, they weren’t friendly, they were nasty and jealous of each other.

This book is written in this lovely, light Tracy Bloom’s writing style that I so much adore. She also for sure can create a bunch of regular, relatable characters with real problems and get them into some complicated and often hilarious situations. There is also so much depth to this story, as it touches upon love, betrayal, friendship and second chances. It makes me really sad that the book didn’t work for me as much as I was sure it’s going to, but Tracy Bloom stays at the very top of my auto – buy authors, I will read whatever she writes.

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No – One Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day by Tracy Bloom / #BlogTour

Hi guys, and happy Wednesday! Today I am über – thrilled to be a part of Tracy Bloom’s blog tour – she has just gone and released a third book in the No – One Ever Has Sex series, and it couldn’t be more hilarious and feel good if you asked for it. I absolutely loved this story and I’m crushed that it should be the last in the series, as I would LOVE to see more from Ben and Katy, and Braindead of course! Really, if you haven’t read the three books, go and treat yourself to them, they are brilliant!

No – One Ever Has sex on Christmas Day by Tracy Bloom

 

35918407Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 24th October 2017

Series: No – One Ever Has Sex #3

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review, thank you!

Number of pages: 296

Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Romance

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Synopsis:

Don’t you always plan the perfect Christmas?
Don’t you always think it will be the best one ever?
And doesn’t something – usually one of your loved ones – always come along and screw it up?

Katy’s been spending too much time in the office and not enough time with her family so she wants it all: snow (fake or real), the Michael Bublé Christmas album, whatever it takes.

There’s only one thing missing as far as her husband Ben is concerned: another baby to complete their family. Katy isn’t so sure…

Ben may be playing the role of Master Elf in the pre-school nativity but he is struggling to master his own family life. With romantically-challenged friends, an ex who refuses to go away and Katy’s mum’s 64-year-old toy boy thrown into the mix, Christmas looks like it could be going off the rails… Never mind family planning, can Katy and Ben even plan to make it to the end of Christmas Day?

Rating: five-stars

 

Oh guys, it was so great to be back with Katy and Ben and the chaos that surrounds them! This book was Tracy Bloom at her best and I raced through this story, not wanting it to end – yes, this is this kind of a book that you want to finish, and at the same time you don’t want to finish because it’s that good. I admit, the last few books by this author seemed to lack in her characteristic sparkle and brilliant, sharp sense of humour but I am incredibly happy to report sir, yes sir that “No – One Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day” is filled with everything that I have expected from Tracy Bloom and even more.

This is the third book in the No – One Ever Has Sex series, following Ben and Katy, but what I so adored in this book is that, next to Katy and Ben’s story, there are tons about Braindead, Alison, Matthew and his friend Ian. Sure, this is mostly about Katy and Ben but the other stories also takes up much room and this is just brilliant, guys – so hilarious and so entertaining, and it was so great to see that all the characters didn’t change, they were just as I left them last time – I absolutely loved it.
I felt immediately at home when I started reading this book. It was great to be back, and I didn’t even need any reminders or retrospections. Ben and Braindead’s antics are brilliant, and the scene when they told Katy about their Christmas tree shopping was absolutely hilarious – just like many others. Then there are some tricky situations for Katy, there is not only THE job offer, but she’s also hassled by her mother and her new toy boy, and there is also this thing that Ben wants from her, and moreover, Ben gets two new pupils at pre – school who turn out to be the children of… You probably guessed who are the parents but if not then just go and treat yourself to this brilliant book. And this all was written in the best possible way, the situations were so relatable and so easy to imagine, I am sure that putting inflatable Rudolf in the garden happens in many houses around the world around Christmas time, right? Also, all the dilemmas, troubles and problems were so brilliantly written – it is really hard to put into words how great this was, so really, just read it for yourself and thank me later for recommendation.

“No – One Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day” was a hilarious and fast – paced read and I found myself laughing my head of so often! It was so funny and feel – good, and it would be perfect to turn into a film, and if I’m saying this it means really something, as I don’t watch films, and I’d be the first in the virtual queue for this one. The dialogues were brilliant and the scenes were written in such a way that you could easily picture them in your mind, the characters and their body – language and it made the reading such a pleasure.
It was a feel good Christmassy story, already with a festive spirit to it and some great ideas for the next Nativity, with plenty scenes that made me laugh out loud. It was full of embarrassing situations, cringe-y text messages and exceptional proposal, and I knew that I’m going to like it but I didn’t have any idea how much – it has fulfilled all of my expectations. It was a great story about families and friendship and I am already looking forward towards a new Tracy Bloom’s book. Highly recommended!

 

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Strictly My Husband by Tracy Bloom

Strictly My Husband by Tracy Bloom

 

30750114Publisher: Lawsome Books

Publishing Date: 27th July 2016

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 260

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

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Synopsis:

The brilliantly funny, and romantically moving new novel from number-one-bestselling author of No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday. Absolutely tangolicious!

Couples who dance together stay together…

Laura loves it when Tom takes her for a late night tango around the kitchen after their friends have gone home and they’re avoiding the washing up. She can’t dance but who cares when no one is watching?

All that changes when Tom arrives on the doorstep with Carly, a professional dancer, and announces he’s offered her the spare room to rent while she performs in a show that Tom is directing.

An outraged Laura doesn’t feel like dancing with Tom anymore but Carly does. It only takes two to tango, and given Tom’s history who knows where it could end? Will Laura be the one left watching from the sidelines whilst Carly waltzes off with her husband’s heart?

Couples who dance together stay together – or do they?

Rating: 4/5

I was probably one of the first to download “Strictly My Husband” from NetGalley – I am a huge fan of Tracy Bloom, her writing and her stories and her special sense of humour and every new release from this author is for me like Christmas coming earlier. However, I was sure that the publication date is only in September, hence my late review and I apologise heartily for this delay.

The story is told from all the characters’ points of view, which, as you already know, I always like, as I love to get to know ALL the thoughts and what people are thinking about the same situations. However, what is interesting, it is Carly who brought on this earthquake, yet we only know what other people think about her, as we don’t get her own view point – and I’m not sure if it was done deliberately or not but I still have a feeling that I didn’t know her and didn’t know her real intentions in this whole situation. But no matter, if my husband brought a young, sexy woman home and introduced her as a new lodger, I’d be, just like Laura, suspicious. And well, I am not sure what I’d do with Tom if her were my husband. Luckily, my own personal husband wouldn’t think of such action but I’m sure he belongs to the minority in this aspect and I think mostly men wouldn’t think long and do as Tom did. Well, helloooo, such an opportunity, right? But Tom, well, just your typical man, right, we hope they know what we mean but in fact we just need to tell them directly and clearly what it is that we think/want/feel.
What bothered me a little was Laura’s friend, Hannah. I had a feeling there is nothing that could interest her and her never – ending unhappiness with her marriage was overwhelming, and I truly didn’t understand what’s her problem. Sure, Jerry was irritating and annoying, with a lot of enthusiasm, ideas and money that could realise those ideas, not always the best ones, but if she was so unhappy, then why didn’t finish it, sooner rather or later? Truly, I liked Jerry much more than Hannah, even though he was annoying, but he was also funny and he tried with Hannah. But to be honest, all the women in this book had problems, actually the problems were not worth so much troubles, but you know how it is, right. Laura, for example, with her analytical brain, somehow convinced herself that Tom will cheat on her soon. And with this obsession of hers, yes, there were moments that I wanted to shake her, or bang her head together with Tom’s head, she just made me feel so, so desperate. Yes, I know where she was coming from and I could understand her but there were also moments that I couldn’t stand her for assuming and not asking. So yes, the female characters were a little difficult to understand, and to like, but altogether they were colourful and easy to follow, if only they could – Laura and Hannah – stop moaning and be so unhappy all the time, it would be great. And maybe it’s insignificant, but I adored the fact that the two best friends were called Tom and Jerry 🙂 And you know, the book is really full of brilliant characters, not only the main ones, but also the background, and I can’t mention Amy here, Tom’s assistant. I adored her, and each scene with her made me laugh out loud – she was so strong – willed and she didn’t fear to say what she thinks and everybody were scared of her!

I absolutely loved the Halloween show that Tom was directing and Carly was playing the leading role, Malice in Wonderland – it was a great idea and it looked like a great fun. Altogether, there were many mentions of the “Strictly” program, a lot of dancing an arty – things but they fit the story totally and this, together with Laura’s analytical brain and some brilliant scenes of her research being done, were brilliantly balanced.

So no matter what, Tracy Bloom’s books, so also “Strictly My Husband”, always make me feel better and make me giggle almost all the time when reading them . As always, the book was full of brilliant characters and even more brilliant one liners, and Tracy Bloom’s sense of humour is fantastic. The book seamlessly and effortlessly introduces us to a life of mismatched couples, friendship and misunderstandings and it also shows us that it’s important to talk and to know what it is you want from yourself and from your life. A funny and romantic story, and even though I don’t watch “Strictly” (ARRRRGH!!!), I truly enjoyed it. Another light – hearted, clever and thought – provoking read from Tracy Bloom.