It’s a delight today to be joining the blog tour for Erotic Fiction? by the wonderful Hannah Lynn, due for publication on 14th February. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation, and to the author for my advance reading e-copy.
Don’t be put off by that title – or it might be that it’ll attract you, who knows? I adored the author’s Fiona and the Whale (you’ll find my review here) – her humour’s absolutely spot-on for me, and her ideas so original and exciting. So when Rachel introduced me to her latest (despite the fact that “erotic” isn’t really a word that’s within my vocabulary), I didn’t hesitate – I was really looking forward to seeing what she’d come up with this time…
There’s nothing sexy about her humdrum life as a mum. But is her husband’s crazy scheme a bit too exciting?
Sarah’s mind-numbing housewife existence is turning her brain to mush. With her third bun in the oven, this British mum is drowning under a mountain of playdates, bills, and head lice checks. But her man’s get-rich-quick idea of writing steamy novels isn’t her ideal way to dial up life’s passion.
Drew desperately wants a break from Sarah’s whinging. And if that means researching how to write racy books all by himself, then he’ll make the sacrifice. But as he finally warms Sarah up to the sultry side hustle, their R-rated private project gets publicly exposed…
With an office scandal brewing, it’s only a matter of time before gawking workers and a perfectly nosy PTA president turn them into social pariahs. Can Sarah and Drew earn some extra income from sizzling lit without falling prey to stiff gossip?
Erotic Fiction is a charming comedy for fans of humorous fiction. If you like sweet love stories, endearing characters, and dry British humour, then you’ll adore Kindle Storyteller Award Winner Hannah Lynn’s delightful tale. Buy Erotic Fiction to slip into something a little more lovable today!
I was going to say I was surprised how very much I enjoyed this one. The trials and tribulations of a struggling mum of two, a third on the way, really isn’t often a subject I’d gravitate towards – but in Hannah Lynn’s very capable hands, I absolutely loved it.
The characterisation is superb – poor Sarah, I just adored her. And although Drew, fixated on his phone screen, slightly reluctantly taking his turn with the parenting, didn’t look like a promising character at first, I grew to love him too. He’s just an ordinary bloke, doing his best – and then he gets his big idea that might just provide the family with a chance of changing their lives for the better. While he spends his commute – and his every spare moment – writing the next steamy bestseller, Sarah continues to wrestle with the day-to-day challenges of being a heavily pregnant mother. Until Drew’s writing begins to falter, and she gets involved too – first as his editor, then writing chapters of her own. But sending a chapter she’s proud of to Drew’s work e-mail might not be the best idea she ever had…
The subsidiary characters are quite superb too – Drew’s workplace is full of them, particularly the predatory female (or is she – Drew’s not at all sure) and Barry, the useless-with-computers guy who has a hand in sending their lives spiralling out of control. The horrendous school gates super-mum, whose mission in life seems to be highlighting Sarah’s inadequacies, is quite wonderful too – a really fantastic bit of characterisation, and an individual I’m sure many mums will recognise only too well.
Some of the set pieces are just fantastic, and extremely funny – the visit to the chemist, the parcel at the post office that needs to be opened and inspected (I defy anyone not to laugh out loud at that one), the office party – but she also manages to introduce real poignancy at times, quite brilliantly done. And the book’s finale is a real piece of writing magic – breakneck speed, edge-of-your seat writing, bits of incongruous detail that are simply inspired, so perfectly written.
I really did love every moment of this wonderful book – and its characters so captured my heart, I do really hope the author will allow them another outing. Quite wonderful, and really highly recommended.
With thanks to Hannah, I’m delighted to offer the chance to win one of two $25 Amazon Gift Cards. Here’s the rafflecopter for entry:
About the author
Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel – in 2015, she has since gone on to write The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist (which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the Gold Medal for Best Adult Fiction ebook at this year’s IPPY Awards); Fiona and the Whale, a thought provoking romantic comedy; and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.
While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description. She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimagining of a classic Greek myth.
Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Jordan.
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