When a man diets.. or doesn’t!

Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes Book Cover Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes
Steven Morris
humour, contemporary, love, sex and marriage
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(1 Jan. 2015)

After accidentally exposing himself to his son’s girlfriend, and realising that because of his over-hanging stomach, she couldn’t actually see anything, Eric Baxter decides it’s time he went on a diet. Unfortunately, due to an exercise allergy, and an eating obsession, it isn’t going to be as easy as he first thought. Throw in a battle of wits with his neighbour’s cat over toilet rights to his garden, a son who lives in the shed and dreams of being discovered on The X Factor, a stroppy teenage daughter with a Wayne Rooney fixation, a wife who doesn’t want to sleep with him anymore, and an amorous work colleague who does, and you have all the ingredients to Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes: A delicious laugh out loud comedy.

It is really great to have a male writer writing about his male character’s weight and dieting issues.

I found this book funny but with pathos as the lure of the cake, the biscuits, pork pies and even the burgers undo every effort our hero makes – even using his cycling machine.

He does manage to resist the lure however of the sex-hungry receptionist at work – even if only just.

Fun reading with a well portrayed central character.

My husband who also read it, found it punchy, funny, and insightful and would like to read more of this author.

 

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Enter cake

Love Lies and Lemon Cake Book Cover Love Lies and Lemon Cake
Jayne Bartholomew
romance, contemporary, women's fiction,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(7 April 2014)

A lot can happen in a year. Mark is struggling to juggle redundancy with an extremely expensive supermodel fiancée who wants a show-stopping wedding in Las Vegas. After years on the move, Kate returns to her home village and unknowingly brings a problem from the past with her. Penny yearns for a little more spice in her marriage to the vicar, but when she does find something that excites her, it’s not quite what she expected. There’s sabotage in the tea room and Laura’s in a coma. Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is a cheerful and uplifting look into village life. Go on, have a nibble…

Sweet as the name

Village life as it isn’t,  but who cares, it’s a novel.

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Billionaires for sale?

Billionaire Investor Book Cover Billionaire Investor
Small Town Billionaire Romance #1-5
Alexa Davis
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
Kindle

Justin is a self-made man, with millions to his name. But he also has a needy brother tagging along, spending his money almost as fast as he can make it, without any desire to pull his own weight. This leaves Justin with two choices: cut his brother loose or find a new investment.

In truth, he knows the right choice is to make his brother stand on his own, but the guilt is too much. So he starts seeking out new investments, which leads him to Annie and her combination café and bookstore.

Unfortunately, her store isn’t the right investment for him, but Annie herself is irresistible. And her daughter is just too lovely, making him start to see a new future for himself. But between his business and his brother, can he really find room in his life for Annie and her daughter?

A series of 5 books of which I only read the first as too bored to read further.

I kept saying ‘you can’t franchise the idea of a bookshop that sells coffee and cakes, and behaves as a community centre’ – and finally the heroine agreed. I really can’t even consider why anyone, even the author thought this was a good idea for an investor – so as the characters are clearly very far from business minded I decided, as they say on the Apprentice ‘You’re fired’ to the books.

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