The Naughty Girls Book Club - Sophie Hart

A quaint suburb. A quiet little reading group. A very naughty reading list…

Estelle sets up a book group in order to increase custom to her struggling small town cafe, what follows is more scandalous than she could have ever imagined…

As the first book club meeting flounders, Estelle suggests a spot of erotica to spice up the members lives – with trepidation the decision is accepted.

Inspired by their sizzling reads, this group of shy suburban readers shake off their inhibitions and discover a new side to themselves with some tantalising results.

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{I actually read this back in February, but I think I forgot to add my write-up for it here, so just tagging it on now}:

 

 

Estelle owns a bakery / coffee shop that's had a slow-down in business. She gets the idea to start up a book club in the shop to maybe get people to come in, buy pastries & coffee and talk books. The first meeting gets a solid number of people in, but they seem unimpressed with her choice of reading classic literature. Fearing that they're all going to pack up and leave after only one meet-up, Estelle gets a spur-of-the-moment idea to make the book club one where they study erotica through the ages. No surprise, people are all for this! (BTW -- it's all ladies in the group, except for one guy who says he's there for "observational purposes", material for his PhD thesis). The more naughty books they cover, the more these people get more comfortable going for what they want in life -- and not just on the bedroom side of things, but general life goals / dreams / aspirations. They learn to stand up for themselves, use their words, and be heard where maybe they weren't before. All from reading softcore porn! LOL

 

One of my favorite reads of 2015! I wasn't expecting much from this initially, figured it would just be a fun, light read-it-and-forget-it kind of thing. O.M.G. This book was SO much fun! It was fluff without being saccharine, naughty without being offensive, and deep & real without coming off as highbrow & pretentious. I also loved that each of the ladies in the group represented a different age / time of life of women -- you had the 20-something college girl, the 30ish newlywed, the 40something divorcee and the 60something retiree trying to figure out the "now what" of her life. And they all want great sex and affection but maybe feel lost, not knowing how to express their wants & desires without feeling like the world is going to judge them for actually liking sex.

I felt like this book addressed a very relatable topic in a realistic and humorous way. Everyone in this story sounded like people I could actually know, which is more of a skill in writing than you might think! Highly, highly recommend this one for some great laughs and some really poignant, thought-provoking moments as well!