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on 5 July 2011
The story is intriguing: on the surface it focusses on the idea of open relationships: the first third or so dealing with how Adam sets up his roster, his honesty around his relationships, and issues that crop up when inconvenient truths which were always at the corner of their eyes come square into his girls' field of vision. The different reactions Gretchen, Cassandra, Jill and Bethany have to being on the "roster" make for some humorous and emotive moments. At its heart, this is a book about judging people by your own standards and values, and the dangers and fascination of attempting to influence them to conform to your view of what they should be. Although the main conflict appears to be between Adam's concept of love and Bethany's, the real conflict comes from the two characters pulling at each other, trying to change each other to get the resolution they want. The conflict resolution is unexpected but extremely satisfying,

The protagonist, Adam, is a man you both love and hate. Smooth, affluent and charming his attitude towards his "roster" girls, and his cynical pick-up routine initially made me despise him, but his honesty and "I am what I am" philosophy was both engaging and endearing. Most of the other characters are infatuated with Adam in some way, but one by one they become disillusioned and end up hating him. Adam gets a lot of anger directed at him during the course of the story, which guides the reader along the path of hating him. It is refreshing that towards the end one of the characters unexpectedly takes Adam's side, and mitigates the vitriol with something much more gentle.

Bethany, Adam's love interest, is the voice of convention. She falls in love with Adam and tries to persuade him to adopt a life of monogamy. Bethany's main concern is that she not appear "judgmental". Adam tries to show her that being judgmental is perfectly human and OK. In the first half of the book, Bethany is set up as someone who is extremely beautiful and intelligent, a paragon of female beauty. The second half deconstructs that image somewhat, and shows Bethany to be as flawed as many of the characters she tries-and fails- not to judge.

All in all, a wonderful, funny, challenging exploration of the rules of romantic relationships.
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on 18 November 2013
Maybe it's me being near on the side of fifty and a yorkshire lass but this elusive lover was more of a player. These women were either stupid or desperate cos I know for a fact one blonde hair on me lovers body would have caused him great harm. You could 'read him like a book' nothing random or spontaneous a dodgy get if ever I saw one.
There was no great depth to the love making which was also quite elusive it did skip those parts which I suppose would have been shallow anyway.
Like all dodgy men he will eventually get his comeuppance.
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on 2 April 2015
I found this book really lacking in depth. The characters were shallow, the premise unrefined and dull. There was no real pace to the story. Overall it really doesn't have much going for it. I wouldn't recommend!
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on 7 June 2013
from the very moment on the first scene you are captured to find out what excatly happens and captivated to its conclusion, thrilling and enjoyabale
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on 30 April 2016
Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Mike Wells
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