A huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for organising this blog tour and to Orion and Erin Reinelt for a copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
The laugh-out-loud romantic comedy with a difference, all about the highs and lows of modern dating.
Newly single Jean is dating again… he just so happens to be married.
Straight-laced Jean has just broken up with her overgrown baby of a boyfriend. At 30, she’s always done what’s expected of her – by her traditional parents, by her demanding boss, and by her disaster of an ex-boyfriend – and if she doesn’t have some fun now, when will she?
Taking her life into her own hands, she decides to do something that takes her out of her comfort zone; a woman heels-over-head, and not head-over-heels, in love. When Jean meets married-but-open pianist Gabriel, she explores all that modern romance has to offer with a polyamorous love affair. From navigating tricky waters with Gabriel and his wife, to dating a pansexual couple, via infiltrating an exclusive sex party and jetting off to an orgasmic meditation retreat in Ibiza, Jean screams ‘Yes!’ to life.
But can relationships last, without entangled hearts being broken?
I have no idea where to start with all the things that I loved about this novel.
This is fresh, feminist at it’s most honest and openly discusses aspects of relationships that are not usually explored in mainstream rom-coms.
From the very beginning of this novel I was overjoyed that our heroine, Jean, is a woman of a certain age. This is not a novel about a young woman is the prime of youth. It’s a novel about a woman who’s had it up to her eyes with her current partner who is hilarious and frustrating at the same time. She’s sick of hiding herself in the shadows so decides on a sexual revolution, marking the beginning of an hilarious but uplifting journey for Jean. Never once did I pity her!
I adore the fact that this is not a novel of men-bashing and even the ex boyfriend is written about in almost an endearing manner. The main focus of this is about Jean finding and discovering a side to herself that she never knew. It’s also about a woman who has a little adventure which helps her to realise what she wants. And yes! You can be a feminist and want marriage, romance etc.. (despite reading a comment recently that how can a character be a feminist when she wanted these things).
This biggest and most pleasant surprise for me in this novel is that it delves a little into the world of women being empowered by sex. Not in a seedy way but in a way that shows they can take control over this aspect of their lives and that it’s actually ok. That it’s okay to try new things and enjoy them. To me this is empowerment. I also loved the exploration of an open relationship – many see it as betrayal etc but I think it’s about trust and understanding each other – something never explored in romance novels (that I have read).
I think Ms Reinelt has really found a fresh way to write a rom-com which is sexually empowering without moving into the adult book market. I really recommend this novel if you are looking for something refreshing.
Author Bio – Erin Reinelt
Erin Reinelt is an author, journalist and screenwriter. In 2016, she moved to Brooklyn for a year, where she worked as a freelance editor and studied screenwriting at The Jacob Krueger Studio in NYC. Her first script was shortlisted for Diverse Voices, Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY screenwriting competition, as well as the Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship. She now lives in London, and after some interesting experiences, including dating a married polyamorous Jazz musician, is currently taking a ‘love sabbatical’.