Wednesday 12 June 2013

The Naughty Girls Book Club

A quaint suburb. A quiet little reading group. A very naughty reading list…
Estelle sets up a book group in order to increase custom to her struggling small town cafe, what follows is more scandalous than she could have ever imagined…
As the first book club meeting flounders, Estelle suggests a spot of erotica to spice up the members lives – with trepidation the decision is accepted.
Inspired by their sizzling reads, this group of shy suburban readers shake off their inhibitions and discover that their own lives can be just as scandalous...

You know when you pick up a book and you read the first page and think, 'I'm really going to enjoy this', well that's exactly how I felt about this book! Seriously, I love books that you can just instantly get into without having to give it a little bit of time.

I will be honest, if I had not read a review from an awesome blogger about this book, I would not have given it a chance- but I'm so glad I did. I just thought that when there was the mention of the word erotica, it was going to be another Fifty Shades spin off and that was my limit as regards to erotica reading. But this wasn't like that at all- yes there was some sex scenes in it obviously, but it was like the story surrounding how everyone reacted when the Fifty Shades books came out, except in this book it was 'Ten Sweet Lessons' ;).

So Estelle's book club read different erotica books every two weeks for their book club and I loved how the characters lives developed just from this small book club. I got so involved in each of their stories. I thought it was great the way Sophie Hart wrote each chapter in a different characters perspective. You can really get to know them like this and I loved all of the main characters. I think my favourite was Gracie with her headstrong views and her amazing fifties dress sense. She sounded like such a glamorous woman. But the character I could relate to the most was Reggie. I think this was because he was shy and quiet and always seemed to find himself on the outside looking in; but the change that comes about for him is brilliant. I thought it was great that Sophie included a main male character, as it added a different take on the erotica the book club were reading.

The characters were just so real and believable- I so badly wanted to part of their book club and be one of their friends as the friendships they developed were just so lovely. I just loved Sophie's way of writing as it's what helped me get into the book so well and read it as quickly as I did. I was actually a little sad when I finished as I wanted to carry on 'living' their lives.

This may sound a little silly, but thank you Sophie for writing this book and please please please write another one!

The Naughty Girls Book Club is out now in paperback and as an ebook.