A book tour: Operation One Night Stand by Christine Hughes

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Afternoon readers and happy Monday; today I am part of a blog tour, *eeee.* I really adore blog tours because you get to see whether you adored the book as much as the next person, or whether you really disagreed. I’ve had a couple where I’ve had completely the opposite reaction to a book, but as one kind reader wrote on my blog we’re less critics, more guiders to books that appeal to us. So, I’m going on with that.

Caroline Frost had it all-until her boyfriend banged the superskank intern, and poof! Caroline’s happy little bubble disappeared. Now it’s been six weeks of weeping, a mountain of ice cream, and a permanent butt print on the couch. Enough is enough. She and her lady bits need an intervention-now. Enter Operation: One Night Stand: Find a man who is hotness personified and have some much-needed sexy time. The only problem is that Caroline is torn between a flirtatious, well-built guy and the ridiculously hot bartender serving her shots. This was supposed to be all fun and no games, but like the perfect scotch on the rocks, no good fling finishes without a twist . . .

Right, this is another of those books that the regal reviewer that I am says gah I am going to put this down right now and not read another word. However, book loving, trash loving, binge reader on the sofa hungover Lizzy adored this book. It’s one of those books you realise that you need sometimes. Between reading Hardy, Capote, Dickens you need something a little rude a little dippy and something you can read almost without thinking. I realise it sounds like I’m painting an awful picture but it’s got just enough tease and a little smut you can’t help but find a grin upon your face. So as the blurb suggest Sarah and Melody are little desperate to get their friend (I’m not typing BFF) out of her breakup slump and back in the life of a singleton. So what’s the plan? Well what could be better than a one night stand? No commitment, no pressure, no reason to think of it again? However things never quite go to plan and the simple plans becomes a little more complicated.

So, the plot doesn’t particularly appeal although I did find it fun to read about. It has a stereotypical feel; deserted and discarded female gets helped back on her feet by best-friends who know exactly the right thing to do. Instigate a one night stand. It’s a little clichéd and tired but I thought the writing really helped to give this book some punch. The mockery between them at times is so droll that I found myself a little taken with this friendship group.

“I thought I was gonna have to get you some syrup

to go along with that twat waffle attitude.”

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Some of the writing does take a slang like edge (why do authors feel the need to?) but it just about works. For me as I’ve said in so, so, so, many reviews recently tighten it up, make it feel a little more intelligent and it’ll work better a whole. Get rid of the word ‘gonna’ please I can barely type it here. I thought the chemistry between Caroline and Brian was really hot and heady and I liked the constant toying and froing between her and Ryan and then back. It added a little heat, a little mystery. I think the characters could have been developed a little more especially Brian, I thought he definitely took too much of a back seat and could have easily been pushed to the forefront. I also liked that the ending wasn’t wrapped up perfectly; some readers want the ending wrapped up and given to them on a plate, I like a little intrigue.

A few grumbles; I guess for me it is a little clichéd, and the plot does feel a little tired. Maybe I’ve read to many of these types of books recently but just give me more. I thought the plot lacked a little decency, one night stand and all that and for me it doesn’t appeal as much in that sense but maybe I’m just being a little naïve. But, I did enjoy it. I thought it was a little tacky, a little corny and a little too much but I enjoyed it. A simple read that made me smile but didn’t quite hit all the right buttons.

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