Published by Quercus Publishing on April 1st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
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Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn't feel fabulous. It's been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and multiple cases of wine and extensive relationship analysis with best friend Lucy have done nothing to help. Faced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution. The List: ten things she's always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. A bucket list for between the sheets. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right? Factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe, possibly, true love and Phoebe's got her work cut out for her.
While this book does have a Bridget Jones’s Diary vibe to it, what with the single female making a New Years’ resolution to change her romantic life, the writing and story lines set this novel far enough apart from the original.
Parts of this were quite predictable, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this novel. One thing I particularly liked was Phoebe not always enjoying everything she attempts on her list. After having extreme success and loving everything she was trying, I found it to be quite unrealistic, so it was good to see that not everything was for Phoebe, which is much more like it would be in real life. The most predictable and annoying part of this novel (the only thing really, that makes this a 4 star book instead of a 5) was of course, everything involving Phoebe’s ex-boyfriend. I know that some sort of drama or issue is needed before the ending, but really? Even so, it all wrapped up pretty well.
I am really glad I got the chance to read this, as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the writing and will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Joanna Bolouri :)