I won’t beat around the bush….I absolutely LOVED this book! I absolutely felt like I was inside Martin’s brain and he was a real man with real feelings. I think that many more men than will admit have the same insecurities and long for that lifetime companionship.
The Story’s blurb from goodreads:
Martin is a content twenty-four year old single guy whose peace is disturbed when he receives a wedding invitation from his ex-girlfriend with whom he still pines for.
Does he go?
He considers that if he doesn’t go to the wedding, he will be perceived as a sadsack loser.
If he goes alone he’ll be perceived as an even worse loser.
However, if he attends the wedding with a drop-dead gorgeous bombshell who looks like she’s crazy about him, then it’s his ex-girlfriend that’s going to look like the loser. Problem is he’s not dating a drop-dead gorgeous bombshell. He’s got three weeks. After many disastrous online initiated dates, he finally does get to meet a gorgeous bombshell who agrees to attend the wedding with him. Problem is, not only is she fourteen years his senior, but she’s all about putting Zen into relationship, which involves every guy’s worst nightmare: talking about your feelings, being conscious of your thoughts and above all, unabashed, honest communication at all times. Martin has no idea what he is getting himself into and the sharp learning curve that’s required of him when all he wants is sex and she wants Zen.
I loved that we felt his anxiety and went through the build up to worst case scenario with him. I know I do this myself often and you can have yourself so worked up for no apparent reason. There were many times throughout the book that I wanted to tell him to breathe…..but I think that is why it felt so real and genuine to me.
I read some of the other reviews about the book before I started because I like to know how my perception matches up. I felt like Dermot Davis gave us a true glimpse into a real persons mind….the thoughts are not always PC nor are they necessarily what we really feel. Sometimes you are just working up a scenario in your head that is truly the “worst-case” and then you are surprised by the true outcome once you have a chance to talk with the person.
Something I would definitely be interested in reading (if there is any thought of more on Martin and Frances), would be the same story from Frances’ perspective.