A viral video of drunkenness and vomiting over a policeman is the stuff of nightmares, and so is living back home with your religious, nutty parents. Fed up with life not going her way and turning quietly insane, Eve Poots comes up with a plan. Well more of a list of “things to do while she’s still twenty-something”.
Six months later, and the list is working its power: she is now living with her new boyfriend, junior doctor Adam, and working as an assistant to TV producer Alastair on a reality show – life really is on the up.
But then it all starts to crumble and she soon realises that what the list should have really said was:
1. An awful colleague hell-bent in making her life agonising – check
2. An unplanned engagement – check
3. Lusting for dashing TV director when she has a perfectly decent boyfriend at home – check
4. Seeking help from a sex therapist – check
5. Growing a back-bone – pending
Has her life suddenly turned into a TV melodrama of its own?
What we say – review by Nikki Mason:
I’ve read all the Nina Whyle books and they never fail to make me chuckle. The heroines are always flawed but so much fun and really quite sassy, which makes them a joy to read.
Eve is no exception. She’s from a super religious family and so when Eve is humiliated when drunk, they feel only the devil is to blame. To escape them she quickly moves in with Adam (Adam and Eve – meant to be, right?) and so what if he ignores her a bit? And so what if the sex is dull? Sex isn’t really her thing anyway. And she’s not perfect herself – she has to obsessively make lists to feel she has control over her life.
But when she is forced to make Adam propose to her on TV to save her producer’s assistant job with humiliating consequences, Eve realises that no amount of lists can save her – only she can do that. So it’s time for her to work things out on her own – if only sexy director Jake didn’t keep sneaking into her thoughts.
Eve’s sexual awakening is brilliant and the story is totally uplifting. I found small sections of the book confusing at times but nothing that got in the way of the overall plot and as for Jake…I’ve got myself a new favourite book boyfriend. Hubba hubba.