‘The Naughty Girls Book Club’ By Sophie Hart Book Review

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I have never warmed to erotic fiction and I definitely didn’t join in with the fifty shades of grey phenomenon so when I heard that The Naughty Girls Book Club was put in that category, I almost didn’t read it. However, I gave it a chance and it’s proof that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, I wouldn’t call it an erotica novel at all. It’s a fun chick lit with a cheeky dialogue and sexy scenes, definitely my kind of book.

The story begins with Estelle, who decides to set up a book group in order to bring in more customers for her struggling business Cafe Crumb. As the first book club meeting ends with Estelle suggesting to the other members that they read an erotica novel, she soon realises that it is just what the members need to spice up their lives and her own. The sizzling choice of novels that follow inspire the group of shy suburban readers to shake off their inhibitions and discover a new side to themselves.

After a couple of chapters I was hooked on the story, the plot is fairly simple but the novel is character driven, which is why I could immerse myself in their world. The book was definitely not what I expected and although Sophie Hart was inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, her novel has reached a pinnacle that E L James could never reach. The novel was well written for a start, it was entertaining, clever and had the right amount of heated moments scattered throughout, the story had a perfect balance of naughty and nice.

I loved that this book was about modern women who want to explore their female sexuality and the main reason why I couldn’t read Fifty Shades was because it was about a man objectifying a woman and I found it difficult to agree with the rest of the world when they called it ‘great literature.’ Sophie Hart’s novel on the other hand is evidence of a true talent to keep a reader turning the page.

I can’t wait for Sophie Hart’s new novel The Beginner’s Guide to the Birds and the Bees which is to be released in September, if it’s anything like The Naughty Girls Book Club, I’m sure I will love it!

Four Stars

‘Life As We Know It’ Film Review

Directed by Greg Berlanti and starring Katherine Heigl and  Josh Duhamel. ‘Life as we know it’ is a fun, romantic comedy about lifes unexpecting turns. We all know the typical ‘boy meets girl’ and they fall in love stereotype in these types of films. They have a baby and so it ends with a happy ever after. In this case however, the story shows two characters who really dislike one another.

Holly and Messer have one thing in common though, their love for their god daughter Sophie. They never understood why their friends picked them both together as her secondary guardians but it all becomes clear as the plot unravels. I don’t want to give too much away but this film was a really great film to watch.

Added to my dvd collection, I can watch it over and over again. The humor, the tears and the tantrums. Every little bit of this film is brilliant. I loved the journey of the characters and the actors were very well casted. With most romances you know what’s going to happen.

In this film there is a slight element of knowing what’s coming but there are also a few shocks along the way to keep the audience wanting to watch more. Simply brilliant. If you want to see a film that shows how one incident can change the path of life then this is the film for you. I love this film and I am glad I watched it and I will continue to watch it over and over again.

5 stars!