Yay! I’m so excited to be here on Day One of the Great Sexpectations Books On Tour … HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY to you Kristen Bailey!!
If you’re ever looking for a great, uplifting, laugh-out-loud read then Kristen Bailey will never, ever disappoint! She’s simply hilarious … cringeworthy … over the top … no holds barred … and absolutely nothing whatsoever is off limits!! What will happen when her kids are old enough to read her books? I have no idea. But whether they do or don’t or if they’ll want to or not, I”m sure they’re damn proud of her because there’s a very good reason why she’s a bestselling author of numerous titles: she’s bloody good at what she does!
In Great Sexpectations, Josie Jewell is running the successful family business that her parents established years before and proudly handed over to her. It just so happens that this business happens to be in the industry of Sex Toys, and her parents are former porn stars! Although these are facts that Josie and her brother Sonny are used to, not everyone is quite as comfortable with the dinner table discussion in the Jewell household! And this is where things really got me wondering (with tears rolling down my face, and sides aching from being doubled over with laughter) what Kristin Bailey’s Google search history looks like, and just exactly how she went about doing detailed research for this book?!
So Sonny gets engaged to the love of his life, Ruby (yes, she’s going to be ‘Ruby Jewell’), and Josie is thrilled for them. As for her, she’s basically done with all that stuff after her fiance dumped her via a note on the fridge! But then she meets the lovely Cameron at a Halloween party and it seems like they’re meant to be together. I mean, they both dressed up as Ghostbusters!! Nobody else is that retro! For some reason though, Josie doesn’t correct him when he assumes she’s part of the catering team at the party. For once, she thinks she might like to know what it feels like to have a ‘normal’ job and have a ‘normal’ family. And things go really well for a brief while until she meets Cameron’s family and she’s not sure ‘normal’ is worth it. She doesn’t know that she might not be the only one hiding something.
This is another fabulous read from Kristin Bailey, and yes, it’s hilariously funny but also has an underlying message about an industry that is generally not taken too seriously, but which is a thriving, legitimate part of the commercial world, providing employment (and hence, income) for countless people and a genuine and necessary service.
I also need to mention Bailey’s brief, but searingly honest commentary about friendship. She talks about Josie having a close friend throughout high school and how they share absolutely everything: their highs, their lows, their triumphs and failures, loves and losses. Josie feels secure in their friendship, thinking she has a friend for life as they know each other so very well. However, school ends and her friends leaves for university and a new life, and Josie never hears from her again. She’s shocked and astounded. What happened? How could someone who was such an integral part of her life just walk away from her like that with no explanation? It happens all the time though, even when we get older. We assume friendship will be easy but we shouldn’t ever take it for granted. People walk out of our lives and we might never know why. It hurts. It’s painful, but most of the time we need to remember that they leave because of their issues, not ours. And we have to find a way to move on.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters (for the most part) are unique, funny and wholly likeable. 4 stars all around but probably don’t eat or drink while reading if you generally prefer not to snort food and beverages through your main orifices! Thank you to Bookouture for another fabulous Kristin Bailey Books On Tour …
Mother-of-four, gin-drinker, binge-watcher, receipt hoarder, enthusiastic but terrible cook. Kristen also writes. She has had short fiction published in several publications including Mslexia & Riptide. Her first two novels, Souper Mum and Second Helpings were published in 2016. In 2019, she was long listed in the Comedy Women in Print Prize and has since joined the Bookouture family. She writes women’s fiction and she hopes her novels have fresh and funny things to say about modern life, love and family.
You can find out more about her at her website: www.kristenbaileywrites.com.
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