Monday, 14 January 2013

Books Read: Clodagh Murphy - Frisky Business

Romy Fitzgerald always planned to go the conventional route: boyfriend, marriage, children. Motherhood via cupboard sex at a costume party with a stranger dressed as Darth Vader didn't feature on her to-do list. But when she gives birth to her son Luke nine months later, he turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to her. As Luke gets older however, Romy knows that at some point she's going to have to tell him about his father. Trouble is, she never found out 'Darth's' real name. But when an old flame arrives back in her life, the plot thickens.

Kit Masterson was always 'the one who got away' and now he's back from New York and seems intent on playing happy families with Romy and Luke. But Kit has his own secrets to hide ...As Romy begins to wonder if she'll ever find her mystery man from the party, she learns that in real life secrets rarely stay hidden, especially when it comes to love. But will Romy find her dark knight or will she be left to raise Luke (Han) solo?

Although Frisky Business is the third book by Clodagh Murphy, it's actually the first of her books that I'd read.  And what a fantastic funny read it was too, it was the perfect pick me up last weekend when I was under the weather.

When Romy attended an old school friend's fancy dress Halloween party, she certainly came home with more than she bargained after a liaison with Darth Vader in a cupboard!  A year later Romy, along with her friend Lesley, decides to throw her own Halloween party to try and discover who could be the father of her son Luke  by inviting as many of the guests that she knows attended the party the previous year.  Will she be able to recognise her mysterious Darth Vader?

At the same time Kit, her boyfriend from her school days, is hanging around outside trying to summon up the courage to knock on her doors.  When the party finally ends, Kit comes down from the tree he's been sitting in!, and soon she discovers that Kit was at the party last year so could he be Luke's father? 

Romy soon finds herself offering to rent Kit the basement flat, agreeing to be his 'pretend' girlfriend at his sister Hannah's wedding and helping him to renovate a country house that he'd inherited. Will they be able to make a go of it and become a happy family unit.

This was definitely romantic comedy at its best, there were moments when I was literally crying with laughter at the things I was reading particularly Lesley's enthusiasm to find out who Luke's father is with her suspect board and Romy's seduction attempts during her weekend away with Kit....

This book had been on my Amazon wishlist since I first heard about it last year but fortunately for me I was lucky to win a copy of it in a Halloween competition that Clodagh ran on her website.  Having thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I'll definitely be adding her previous books onto my wishlist to read when I have the time to do so... won't be for a while yet though as my TBR is getting a little out of control!

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