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Men I've Loved Before Hardcover – 8 Jul 2010
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Adele Parks's novels are a fabulous mix of comedy, real life and emotional depth ... MEN I'VE LOVED BEFORE, is no exception. --Daily Express
She is a particularly acute observer of relationship ups and downs, and her stories are always as insightful as they are entertaining.--Daily Mirror
One of the great things about Parks' characters is that even though you don't know them, you feel like you very well could do....brilliantly written, engaging and a pleasure to read--Daily Mail
A wicked pleasure. -- Woman & Home
This is Parks at her best. --Heat
Observant, sensitive and funny, we like this a lot!
Parks writes with wit and a keen eye for detail... this will happily pass the time on the sun-lounger
Crisp dialogue and canny details ... no need to call it a guilty pleasure with someone this experienced at the helm.
Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks writes novels that real women want to read. With her trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, she gets right to the heart of the dilemmas people face in their lives and takes her stories to unexpected places.See all Product description
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Neil, right from the start, comes across as the most boring, plain, wet-mop of a man despite the writer's waffle about how he is kind, funny, attractive & interesting.
Standing with his mates in a pub with a glass of wine?!? Sometimes the upper-middle class setting from the writer really irritates me.
His friendship with Karl is very unrealistic, Karl being a typical mans-man sleeping with everything that moves, disrespecting women, scared of settling down and forever boozing.
He actually made for uncomfortable reading.
Nat is worse if you can believe it. We are told by the writer that Neil and Nat are 100% in love, always honest with each other and respectful of one another.
So why Nat couldn't tell Neil why she didn't want a baby in the first place and continued to keep her secret is mind-boggling!
Pages and pages waffle on with Neil believing Nat's feelings are 'unnatural' and not once do the 'loving couple' actually properly discuss it.
And why were Nat's feelings about not having a baby made out to be so wrong?
The tedious little black book carry-on: what female actually gets one of those out and calls everyone in it to arrange a meeting??? I didn't know whether to feel angry, sad or irritated by this part of the book, so I just went for mind-numbingly bored.
Neil's strip club jaunts were so ridiculous and pathetic I had to laugh, especially as the author goes into great (too great!) detail about Neil's attraction to the stripper's nipples and why. To then have Neil never out the place, just wanting to 'talk' and be in the 'company' of the stripper is taking the biscuit.
Then becoming friends with her and her little daughter?!?!? Please! It actually got a tad creepy here and my dislike for Neil deepened.
Nat then practically has a breakdown and does something so unrealistic for someone in a supposed loving relationship to do, despite the few problems, which is when I was tempted to throw the book in the bin.
But I had to see how pathetic the ending was, and I was right, it was ridiculous, cheesy and very very obvious. Steer clear.
There are huge chunks of this book that are very messily told, with extended back stories and the introduction of other couples who seem to be little more than padding.
As other reviewers have said, Nat isn't even allowed to simply have no maternal urge - a subject only just being discussed openly by women - and instead has to have a deep, dark secret to explain her 'unnatural' feelings.
This has the opportunity to be taboo-breaking but just cops out - and is full of increasingly awkward contrivances to manipulate the plot.
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I made some new friends in Neil and Nat and the gang.
Neil's broodiness made me broody but I could totally empathise with Nat...Read more