Friday, 26 June 2015

Guest Book Review: Tracy Bloom - No-One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs

Reviewed by Kelly Spillane

Ben and Katy haven't had sex since Ben found out about her one-night stand with her childhood sweetheart, Matthew. 

Not only that but the arrival of a new-born baby has blown their relationship apart like a hand grenade. 

Drastic measures are required, so they swap roles hoping that everyone will be happier... Only it’s not as easy as they thought. When a desperate Ben starts secretly accepting help to solve his childcare disasters – from Matthew’s wife – it could mean the end of everything. Can their relationship survive the lies and suspicions and will they ever have sex again?  

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I am a huge fan of Tracy Bloom. Her books never fail to put a smile on my face, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on No One Ever Has Sex In The Suburbs. This book is a sequel to No One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday, which was one of my favorite books of 2014.  

In No One Ever Has Sex In The Suburbs, we catch up with Katy and Ben, who have gotten over the nightmare of not knowing if Ben was the baby's father, after Katy has a one night stand with her old flame Matthew in the previous book. Now knowing that baby Millie is in fact Ben's daughter, the new parents struggle with life as parents to a newborn. Add to this the stress of trying to raise their new family on the salary of a P.E. teacher. So when Ben is faced with the dilemma of taking on more work or spending time with his new baby, he decides to let Katy go back to work. When Katy jumps at the opportunity, Ben has no idea how hard life as a stay at home Dad can be. When he starts to struggle with appliances, such as the sterilizer and get's kicked out of Music, Mummy and Me for being disruptive, Ben realises that staying at home with his daughter is not the piece of cake that he thought it was going to be. Not wanting Katy to think that he is incapable of looking after his own child, Ben turns to Matthew's wife Alison for advice.  

To make matters worse for the couple, there has been no action in the bedroom since Ben found out about Katy's one night stand with Matthew and now with a newborn baby thrown into the mix, they can't seem to find the time, or the energy! The books follows their journey, to try to come to terms with parents, as well as Katy and Ben trying to rekindle their romance.  

What I really liked about this book is that Katy and Matthew took a back seat and we got to know the characters of Ben and Alison more. All the characters from the first book are back with a bang, including the ever eccentric and extremely loveable Charlene, although this time she is joined by her friend, Abby, rather than her husband. Katy's friend Daniel is also back as well as my personal favorite, Braindead. Each one of these characters added something to the book. The scenes with Braindead had me laughing out loud, just like in the first book. The book moves along at a great pace and keeps you well entertained throughout.  

Tracy Bloom has gone from giving a very funny, but very real account of what to expect when you're expecting, to dealing with life as the parents of a newborn. I think that these books are so popular because not only are they very funny, but they are also one hundred percent believable. This book makes a great summer read, perfect for the beach, but also perfect to cheer you up on a rainy day stuck inside.  Absolutely unputdownable, and guaranteed to have you in stitches.   

I'd like to thank Tracy for sending us a copy of No-One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs for Kelly to review.

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