There Are No Men
by Carol Maloney Scott
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: July 30, 2014
Publisher: Carol Maloney Scott
Print Length: 340 pages
Available from: Amazon
thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s
doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and
insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility,
but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather
thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire
desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle
aged man worthy of a second date.
After a long drought, men are
flooding her shores and she’s drowning in choices. There’s Justin, the
25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won’t
take ‘no’ for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun
not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then
the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he’s cheating on
her with his medical mistress—a demanding cardiology practice.
further rock her boat, Claire’s ‘stable’ career in publishing has been
tossed about by her floundering company’s launch of a new line of
trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren’t selling these days, but
erotica is flying off the shelves—and challenging Claire’s attitude
about sex, work . . . and her tempestuous new life.
best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just
moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea—he has already
caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation.
Giving in to her friend’s nudging, she tries to ignore the details she
discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his
mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her
publishing house up from the bottom of the ocean.
Claire’s dilemma begs the question: Are there NO men or TOO MANY?
There Are No Men by Carol Maloney Scott
There Are No men is a wickedly skewed, heartbreakingly sad and hysterically funny tale of a woman in her mid-thirties who has been dumped back into the shallow end of the dating pool after living through life-altering events in her life. Divorcee Claire has turned to an online dating service when her matchmaking friends had run out of someones ”who were perfect for her.” Is there no man for her, someone her age or older who won’t want children? Feeling damaged, Claire clings to her ideal man as being mature and settled, too bad some of them were as mature as Methuselah.
When a new neighbor moves in across the street, much to her disappointment, he was far too young, oh, and she accidentally flashed him when her little wiener dog ran amok in the yard. At work, a hot young exec has been chasing her and is closing in for the kill, but is there more to him than the obvious under his hot and flirty façade? Determined not to be a cougar, Claire rebuffs the advances of these two amazing YOUNG men, and then her Prince charming enters. Forty, not looking for children, settled, and a doctor, no less, Claire hears birds, bells and...the tones of a rock band?? From famine to feast, the once lonely and lost divorcee is now a hot commodity, but only one is right for her, too bad she can’t figure out who it is.
Carol Maloney Scott has taken chicklit to an entirely too relatable level, then went beyond by dumping in almost every possible twist and dating disaster that could possibly happen! Face it, how many of us have repeatedly put on those cute little shoes that absolutely kill our feet? Perhaps a time or two we have had too much to drink and for sure in a search for that special dream prince, we have picked up a few toads, without a doubt. Claire has repeatedly done it all, and has even made an art form of putting her foot in her mouth.
Through it all, Claire was often whiny, insecure, pigheaded and yearning for fun in her life, even while she thinks she should be looking toward maturity and security. maybe its time for her to listen to her heart and not her head. I have never laughed so much at someone else’s pain, mistakes and predicaments as Claire searches for love in all the wrong places. Clever writing with attitude, heart and humor, this is a book to look at without being too serious.
I received this copy from Carol Maloney Scott in exchange for my honest review.