The Beginner’s Guide To The Birds And The Bees by Sophie Hart
Release Date: 19th September
What happens in the bedroom doesn’t have to stay in the bedroom.
Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone in order to give a relationship a good dose of TLC…
Sex therapist Annie Hall helps couples put the fizz back into their relationships.
It’s a shame her own love life is non-existent. When Jamie who works next door catches her eye, she can’t ignore the spark of chemistry. Most men would jump at the chance to skive off work for an afternoon quickie with their gorgeous wife, but Nick knows Julia is after only one thing – a baby. Sex shouldn’t be a chore. Can Annie help Julia see that? Newly engaged Zoe and Simon can’t keep their hands off each other. They’ve decided to take a vow of celibacy until their wedding night. Will Annie help them stick to it? Ray and Linda have been married for over thirty years but she’s more interested in the family business than getting intimate with him. Can Annie convince Linda to rediscover her passion for Ray after all this time? While Annie begins to work her magic with the three couples, she soon discovers that she’ll need to take some of her own advice if she’s going to let a new man into her life.
Annie Hall’s quite happy with the way her life’s turned out so far. So what if she’s still single in her thirties? She has a successful career and loves working as a sex therapist. After getting hurt in a part relationship she’s quite happy being single. So she may have a job which people often mistake for her being a prostitute but she does have a rather brilliant DVD collection and her beloved goldfish Sally and Harry.
Plus Annie has her fill of relationship woes at work as she helps three very different couples, all with very different concerns in the bedroom department. There’s the eldest couple, Ray and Linda who seem to have lost the spark in their marriage, there’s Nick and Julia whose sex life has become a chore after deciding to try for a baby, and finally there’s Zoe and Simon who are about to get married and decide to take a vow of celibacy until their wedding night.
After helping these three couple out, the last thing Annie has on her mind his a relationship of her own. At least until she starts to notice Jamie, the rather hunky guy who works in the office next door…
I have to start off by saying that I am a huge Sophie Hart fan. I thoroughly enjoyed The Naughty Girls Book Club, so naturally I had very high expectations for The Beginners Guide To The Birds and The Bees and I am super delighted to say that this novel met those ridiculously high expectations…and some! Firstly, I really liked the storyline. I don’t recall reading a book about a sex therapist before, it’s something a bit different and I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out – would this be a ridiculously hot, steamy, Fifty-Shades style book? If that is not your thing then have no fear, because The Beginners Guide To The Birds and The Bees is not like that at all.
Of course sex is discussed, Annie is a sex therapist after all, but there aren’t really any X-Rated, blush-inducing scenes. This is just one very well formed, sweet, funny and immensely enjoyable romantic comedy.
Annie makes for a brilliant lead and you can’t help but appreciate the irony that she spends her life sorting out other peoples relationships, yet doesn’t take her own advice and is quite unlucky in the love department. She’s easy to relate to and pretty much your typical chick-lit lead character (and there’s nothing wrong with that!) in the sense that she is always being asked when she’s going to settle down by her mother, has a string of disastrous dates after being set up by her sister, likes Leonardo DiCaprio and is a sucker for a happy ending.
However, along with Annie, the couples that she counsels are absolutely brilliant as well. They’re each so lovely that you can’t help but warm to them, sympathise with their problems and desperately hope that they can sort things out. I think of the three couples I liked Zoe and Simon the best, particularly Zoe as she was such a fun-loving, outgoing character who made me laugh numerous times!
The other thing I really liked about The Beginners Guide To The Birds And The Bees was how there’s a sex/relationship-related quote by somebody famous at the start of each chapter. I felt that was a really nice little touch and these quotes will have you laughing very loudly, or nodding your head in recognition.
There is no doubt that Sophie Hart is a brilliant writer, this story flowed so well and had the perfect mix of humour, love, sex and emotion. A warm-hearted story examining both friendships and relationships, The Beginners Guide To The Birds And The Bees is the perfect book to relax with and take your mind off reality. A must-read!
A huge thank you to publishers, Bookouture, for approving me on NetGalley to read and review this title. ♥
Sophie Hart lives in London with her boyfriend and her collection of naughty books. Her first novel, The Naughty Girls’ Book Club, reached number one on the Bookseller Heatseeker’s Chart, and was also published in Italy, Spain and Germany. Sophie likes to spend her time going on nice holidays, making half-hearted attempts to exercise, and lusting after Daniel Craig.