Dec 15, 2014

There Are No Men by Carol Maloney Scott

Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date.

After a long drought, men are flooding her shores and she’s drowning in choices. There’s Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he’s cheating on her with his medical mistress—a demanding cardiology practice.

To further rock her boat, Claire’s ‘stable’ career in publishing has been tossed about by her floundering company’s launch of a new line of trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren’t selling these days, but erotica is flying off the shelves—and challenging Claire’s attitude about sex, work . . . and her tempestuous new life.

When her best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea—he has already caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation. Giving in to her friend’s nudging, she tries to ignore the details she discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her publishing house up from the bottom of the ocean.

Claire’s dilemma begs the question: Are there NO men or TOO MANY?

Review by Tanya
I was not sure what to expect when I started this book.  In fact it turned out to be a humorous book with a serious aspect to it. Claire is searching for a new partner hopefully resulting in a happy marriage, however the lucky man must not want children so needs to be of the age where children are not a wish. This is due to the fact that after various miscarriages she had to have an emergency hysterectomy so cannot have children even though she really would like to. 

Her various meet ups with the men she meets often via an online dating site result in some funny mishaps, with Claire consuming too much alcohol or quite often both of these together. The book had me laughing out loud in some parts although all the time feeling for her as she finds her situation so hard. I loved her pet dog Dixie and how she is her substitute baby and hence it’s important any partner gets on with her. 
The problem with men is that like busses there is a quiet patch and then they all turn up at once. Well, these men keep coming and some she turns them down because they are too young and couldn’t possibly understand the situation. Some she meets and then wants to avoid another meet. In the book  there is Justine, Dr Nathan and Brandon as well as some online dating men. They are all very different from each other and of various ages, will she go on a date with any or will she stay clear? Will they be friends or will she avoid them at all costs?

Claire is fantastic and her clumsiness reminded me of myself, although I hasten to add I don’t need the alcohol and/or high heeled shoes to have some of her mishaps, although I have done some of her escapades without that assistance. You cannot help laugh at her antics but at the same time feel for her and understand why she feels the need to drink. I did not like the fact that she planned to drive and sometimes did, I would have preferred her to catch a taxi but that is just a slight point.
  I enjoyed the light-hearted aspect of this book and wanted Claire to be happy with one of her many suitors. I liked the fact that the book is left open to allow you to make up your own mind of her future and am wondering if there will be a follow up. 

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