Wednesday, 8 April 2015

"Some Girls Do" by Clodagh Murphy

Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this title...

Claire is a quiet girl.  Living with her mother, working as a bookseller in an independent book store and happy to while away the hours on the internet or writing under her online alias, NiceGirl.  It just happens that her online persona is the complete opposite of her real self.  NiceGirl is the pseudo name for a hugely popular sex blog,  with plenty of steamy stories of the sexual exploits of a young, confident and experimental woman.  Online flirting with a London based publisher, Mark, leads to an offer of a book deal for NiceGirl, and Claire realises she will have to get some serious research done in order to convince him that she is capable of being as sexy as her online character.  Enter Luca, a handsome and experienced guy who has no problems lending a helping hand (or two) when it comes to sex lessons.  Hilarious bedroom activities are abound and Claire becomes aware of what she has missed out on over the years.  But can she convince Mark, or indeed herself, that she is a hot, sexy woman with some stories to share?

 This was such a great bit of fun!  From the first page, the reader knows that they are in for a light hearted look at sex and the exploits of singletons.  The online blog of NiceGirl, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, is laugh-out-loud funny and full of wild and wonderful make-believe shenanigans.   There are some cringe worthy stories that will have you in stitches as you picture the scenarios unfolding.  Claires quieter personality balances the brash one of NiceGirl and her innocence is really very sweet.  It's kind of a cross between Bridget Jones' character  and Samantha, from Sex and the City.  
I adored Luca.  A damaged soul with lots to offer (cough, cough), his back story was a welcome addition to the novel, with his strained relationship with his mother seeming very real.  Mark was nice but a bit wishy-washy.  Overall this story had a modern day (and sex filled) Jane Austen feel about it.  The book starts off as one thing, but ends up another.  Sometimes this can be a frustrating experience for a reader, but not in this case.  Life has a funny way of changing direction and the narrative here is no different.  
Clodagh Murphy has a wonderful way with words.  Some very raunchy, some funny and some moving.  The whole package works very well and I thoroughly enjoyed the sneak peek of Claires foray into the world of sexual adventure.  An ideal holiday read, grab a copy while the sun shines...

Some Girls Do is published by Hachette Ireland and is available in paperback and ebook format.

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