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Kiss And Tell Paperback – 31 Mar 2011
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Deliciously naughty . . . Fun, horses, glamour and lots of sex always make a great read (Sun)
Satisfyingly Jilly Cooper-esque . . . An undeniably well-written book (Daily Mail)
A magnificent country romp (Daily Record)
This fab romp has more rivalry, sex and jealousy than you can shake a stick at. Perfect (Closer)
The cross-country course of true love doesn't run smoothly, in this sexy new bestseller from the author of Well Groomed and Kiss Chase.See all Product description
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Now married for seven years with a young daughter and another baby on the way, the golden couple experience all the trauma of pregnancy and parenthood, the problems of juggling family life with careers and, most of all, sexual jealousy in the shape of a rather delectable new rider who challenges Hugo both personally and professionally.
There are times where the ensemble nature of the story feels too drawn out, and some of the characters are less than interesting. The Silva/Dillon sub-plot, in particular, feels like an unnecessary add-on. But the heart of the book centres on Tash and Hugo, and is done excellently, stretching beyond the more usual superficialities of typical chick-lit. This book doesn't quite escape the contrivances of the genre (why doesn't Tash ever ask Hugo about V?) but I still loved this.
Tash and Hugo are such a great couple and their situation was so familiar, I think many couples go through this when the children are so young and need so much attention. I would definately recommend this book!
I've never read Fiona Walker's books before but I'm a big fan of the Jilly Cooper classics, so a friend suggested I try Kiss and Tell. From start to finish, I was hooked. I now know that Tash and Hugo are returning characters from a previous book by Fiona Walker but I never felt that I was missing out on something while I was reading. But what a treat for existing fans to bring back some old favourites!
This is one of the most entertaining books I've read this year. Completely engrossing, so very raunchy and just a cracking good read, I envy anyone who hasn't read it yet - because you still have the whole experience to come! Can't wait for her next one.
I have to say, I've been an ardent fan of Fiona Walker since picking up French Relations - although I found that her more recent outings had lost a little of their sparkle for me in comparison to her earlier work. Of all her characters Tash and Hugo are by far my favourite (after the novels French Relations and Well Groomed) and I was rather nervous to see how Walker continued their story.
At first I was a little disappointed. The first twenty pages or so were a flurry of names from both her Lodes Valley novels and the previous Tash and Hugo novels. I've read all of Walker's novels and even I was hard-pressed to follow who was who. The 'cast list' at the start went some way to helping, but it took me a while to find my feet.
However, once I had everything straightened out in my head and the main meat of the story began, I was completely drawn into the world of three day eventing again, and the immense rivalry between awesomely drawn male characters Hugo and Lough. These two swaggered their way through the pages of the novel, and I found myself drawn to both of them (which is strange, considering I've wanted my own Hugo since encountering him in French Relations!)
Walker has updated her writing to reflect the current climate - economically, technologically and sociologically. Times are tough on the event riders circuit, with owners selling horses; people communicate with iPads, mobiles and via email; and Walker has included a storyline concerning a woman famous for being famous (someone who bears more than a passing resemblance to Katie Price). I love that Walker is embracing all these factors - it makes Kiss and Tell incredibly relatable.
For me, Walker's biggest success is twofold - one is that I experienced emotions alongside the characters and the other that I stayed up WAY too late gulping down the last few hundred pages. I simply could not put it down! When I say I experienced emotions, I mean that I was positively furious, unbelievably frustrated and overwhelmed with happiness at various points while reading Kiss and Tell - Walker has a real talent for making you feel everything that the characters are feeling.
I thoroughly enjoyed the sparkling wit in the dialogue - Walker has always been clever with her word choice and sharp puns, and it made for some thoroughly entertaining exchanges.
This is pure escapism, pages and pages of thrilling relationships, turmoil and love all set against the exciting backdrop of three-day-eventing (the rules for which Walker covers at the start of the book, which might be worth reading for those not familiar with the sport, although Walker does manage to insert details and information into the course of the story without it feeling tacked on or information-heavy).
I adored catching up with Tash and Hugo, and loved the addition of characters such as Rory, Faith and Lough. With Kiss and Tell Fiona Walker has returned to her sparkling best, producing a novel of real heart. Highly recommended.
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