Sadie Walker is trying to fit in. She’s a new mother and she’s looking for a mother and child group so that she can have conversation with adults. But Sadie isn’t your typical sweet mother. She’s been un-invited to some of the groups for eating non-organic foods in group, and maybe swearing now and then.
At yet another group of screaming babies and women talking organic foods, Sadie is about to give up even trying when in walks John, a handsome young dad with his child. Maybe the group wasn’t so bad? In addition to being good looking, John is outgoing and adventurous and gets many of the women together to go out for a coffee or treat after class.
Since having the baby, the relationship between Sadie and her husband has gone down hill. In John, Sadie finds someone who she can talk to. It doesn’t hurt that he’s pleasant to look at it. And soon John begins flirting with Sadie. John, it seems, has an open relationship with his wife and has a regular partner as well. Now John invites Sadie to change her lifestyle and enjoy the life of an open relationship with him. If her life with her husband were better she wouldn’t even consider it, but ….
This book kind of falls apart on many different levels.
The book was billed as an erotic romance and there is absolutely nothing erotic here (not by today’s publishing standards anyway) and there is no romance, only some longing and light flirting.
And swinging…? Well, John does have an open relationship, so technically speaking he’s swinging, but it comes across as infidelity rather than a swinging lifestyle.
Sadie’s feelings of loneliness are not unusual for a first time mother (post partum depression is a real thing), and what Corbin Lewars does well is set up our main character struggling with desire for someone new and desire to return to the known relationship that was there before they had the child.
But for all Sadie’s back-and-forth on what to do, we just never believe she’s ever seriously considering a swingers lifestyle. She struck by a handsome man paying her some attention, but not for a second do we think this will take off.
This was a disappointing read. It was slightly dull, not at all what it was billed as, and there never seemed to be a purpose to it.
Looking for a good book? Whether or not you’re looking for a romance, some erotica, or just a titillating read, there are better books out there in all those categories.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Corbin Lewars
paperback, 192 pages