Monday, 29 July 2019

Book Review - No-One Ever Has Sex On Holiday by Tracy Bloom - Blog Tour

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Title: No-One Ever Has Sex On Holiday
Author: Tracy Bloom
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 29th July 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Get ready to enjoy your first holiday abroad with small children. Highlights include: being woken at 5 every morning and working a gruelling day in unbearable heat chasing kids around the pool with a bottle of sunscreen. Added features: screaming during mealtimes and toddlers moaning about sand. Absolutely no sex guaranteed or your money back! 

Katy and Ben and their four closest friends are going to Spain for a week with their kids. Sun, sex and sangria? Almost certainly not.

The couples think they are prepared for all the joys and trials a family holiday has to offer but they have a shock coming, and not only from the kids. Into their first day by the pool crashes Ollie, who has just been dumped by his girlfriend, and Cassie, on her hen party holiday but having serious doubts about her impending marriage. A recipe for a relaxing week abroad? Let’s wait and see…

From the no. 1 bestselling author of No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday, this is the perfect book to read on the beach – either with or without small children. Perfect for fans of Nick Spalding, Marian Keyes and Gill Sims.

Completely fabulous, utterly funny and I think something parents everywhere will really be able to relate to. 

Even as a non parent I could recognise so much realism in the characters, as  Katy and Ben, Braindead and Abby, Daniel and Gabriel all go on a joint holiday to Spain.  Oh and between them there are two under ones, a two year old and a 6 year old.   So a family holiday shared amongst friends. 

From the first set of three chapters which catches you up with each of the couples, further on in time than the last book, and sees their preparations the night before this big holiday, and the first time they have taken any of the kids abroad. 

To say that Daniel is out of place on a budget airline, let alone package holiday is an understatement.  Yet I managed to fall even more in love with Gabriel than before, as his fluent Spanish speaking was incredibly helpful.  Abby wanted to spend all her time celebrating with the group of hens they were drinking with on the plane, and seems really not in a great place. 

It says a lot to anyone that knows these characters from the rest of the series, that Ben, Kary and Braindead all seemed relatively normal, although Braindead's legendary ability to speak before thinking resulted in some wonderful lines! 

We also get to know Cassie, the bride for this hen party who seems rather out of place amongst her friends, and Ollie who was dumped before his wedding, and is on his honeymoon by himself and appears to have been befriended by the boys. 

And the children, they are the key to the whole holiday, they were just doing what kids do, but its how the adults are attempting to adjust to parent hood and the fact that a family holiday is possibly more stressful than being at home with the kids that is what makes this book so lifelike and wonderful. 

There are hen party antics that will have you rolling your eyes and or rolling around on the floor in laughter - possibly both.  I  adored getting to see another side to all of these characters.  

As this is the fifth book in the series, I felt as though I was alongside old friends. However I do feel that it could work just as well as a standalone, although you would be missing out on 4 equally hilarious books, to not start at the beginning. 

A surprisingly quick book to read - I mean I knew I would find it a fast read, but besides 10% in the bath the night before I read the rest between two tube journeys and eating in a restaurant and still had a stop to spare before I was home - I was enjoying it that much that honestly I'm shocked I managed to get where I was going on either of those journeys, as I have no recollection of any of the stations! 

Utterly hilarious, completely compelling this is another inspired addition to this already wonderful series. My only question now, is please can we have some more?!

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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