Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Review – Cougar Club Bk1 - Barely Legal © Lizzie T Leaf

Barely Legal

Author- Lizzie Leaf

Publisher: Aspen Mountain 

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Katherine is a classy older woman escaping her two-timing director husband by going to Vegas for a quickie divorce.  Barhopping, she meets Corin and life is about to unexpectedly change.  Will this cougar keep her cub, or will she send him running for a playmate his own age?

A gorgeous bare-chested, young man appeared across the table.  "Can I get you something to drink?"  

Who knew when Monique would make it back with their drinks and given the slow service, maybe it would be a good idea to order from this guy too.  "Sure.  How about a couple of pomegranate martinis?"  

Knowing Monique didn’t care for flavored drinks, Katherine ordered them for sheer devilment.  Screw it.  Monique should have made it back sooner and if her friend didn’t want one, she’d drink both. 

  "No problem."  He jotted down the order on a pad balanced on his tray and turned away.    The Eye Candy turned out to be just as good from the back as the tight denim of his jeans emphasized his firm behind.  She might be past her prime according to Rex, but she wasn’t dead and could appreciate a hot guy.    

With each tick of the clock, the mob inside the club grew and by the time Katherine caught sight of Monique again, she was on the second martini.  She polished it off as she watched her friend coming her way and thought, "Teach her to take so damned long.  Not a heavy drinker, the vodka had started to produce a warm, light-headed glow in Katherine.  Oh yeah, definitely getting a buzz here.   

"Sorry it took me so long."  Monique needed to wipe the feathers off her mouth because the cat had obviously eaten the canary.  "Meet Blaine ."  She tugged on the hand attached to hers and a young blond man stepped forward as he juggled two bottles of beer in the hand not entwined in Monique’s.   

Barely Legal © Lizzie Leaf

My thoughts

I little while ago I read Helen Hardt – The COWBOY AND THE COUGAR, the third book in the Cougar Club series and I really like the quirkiness of it and decided to give the other two books in the series a shot.

I was a little apprehensive about starting this one, as starting a series in the middle is never a good thing, but  I was pleased to see the stories all can be read on there own,which was a good thing.

BARELY LEGAL starts off on a emotional low point for Katherine, she is finding out things about her husband of 25 years and about her marriage itself in the worst way.

Married to one of the Hollywood set Katherine has only one true friend, Monique - through all these years and as a friend she comes to the aid of Katherine in her hour of need. A good portion of the first part of the book is spent with Katherine looking back at her life and how she ended up where she finds herself today – In Vegas trying to sort out a divorce.

Monique is not known for letting the dust settle under her feet and she enjoy life to the fullest and one of the pleasures of her life at the moment is cruising for the young studs who are more than willing to put out for what the older women are willing to put up.

It is through Monique lust for younger men that Katherine meets Corin. Corin is at a in-between phase in his life, he’s working part time as well as trying to sort out his real estate issues. Meeting Katherine is one of the highlight of an evening that he was not looking forward to after being dragged out to go clubbing by his friend.

As expected Corin And Katherine hooks up and they see something in each other that makes them take a second look, however things cannot be that easy, Monique dips her sticky little fingers into Katherine’s life, while Katherine’s husband does a U-turn and wants to try again.

This was a really quick read for me, with enough up and down moments I thought. With each of these cougar books that I read I get a picture of the type of women that either go out chasing younger men or the women who just happen to be in the right place at the right time and hooks up.

BARELY LEGAL has a little of both. 

What I liked

A nice balance with the characters that I met. Where Monique was take charge, confident and a bit of a slut, Katherine was a virtual doormat in certain respect. She was more a follower than a leader and she also made me want to slap her a time or two be cause of this. They complimented each other and I could see how their friendship lasted the distance.

The balance didn’t only stop with the ladies, it carried on with the support cast as well.

The author went into the minute details of Katherine life before and during her marriage. I thought it was a realistic sum up of a woman’s life of 25 years of marriage and what can happen when things go wrong..

I really ended up liking Monique –  She was easy, but she had a heart of gold and a spine of steel. She also knew what it meant to be a loyal friend.

While the HEA was assured, the support cast were more easy going about what they wanted from each other and acted  in accordance. This will probably niggle some readers but I find laying your cards on the table can be a refreshing change.

Niggles

Club scenes are never a big draw for me, and older women on the prowl is not a pretty sight. I must confess I cringe a time or two at some of the antics.

There is a very blasé attitude toward sex by all the people in this book and that didn’t really sit well with me. One boy was clearly on the make, the other was feeling no hurt about hooking up with a woman he just met, and this attitude applies to the ladies as well.

Reader who have issues with infidelity – the boundaries are pushes in this book. Not only will you have difficulty with Katherine and Corin’s relationship  - but her husband will make you want to drag out the knives.

I felt there was too much info at the end of the book and this gave the book  a rushed feel at the end.

I am not one to mind titles of books – but the title BARELY LEGAL don't not describe this book at all.

 Bottom-line

A book with a pretty cover that just didn’t tick all my buttons. While I liked Ms Leaf’s voice and I can see touches of magic in some of the scenes, there were too much of my pet peeves touch on in this book to say it was winner with me. 

Readers of Cougar loving book looking for an easy fun read, you will love this, Monique is an experience to behold, she was the best part of this book for me.

7 Speak To Me:

Eyre on 19 May 2010 at 00:06 said...

Great review!

If this post ends up looking all wonky, it's because Lucy's new puppy is helping me type.

I don't think this is the book for me. I know it's weird, but I don't usually like the older woman/younger man scenario. It's probably because guys who are younger than me and are also of "legal" age, are probably the same age as my former students. That thought gets a big old "Yuck!"

Now, if it's an older man/younger woman, that's great. If it's an older man, younger man story--even better. Plus, I absolutely despise the term "cougar." It's so predatory. Yes, I know that the guy in a May/December relationship is sometimes seen as a "dirty old man" but it's more acceptable for the man to be older. When that happens, the woman is automatically a "gold-digger."

Umm . . . I think I kind of got a bit off-topic. :)

Chris on 19 May 2010 at 00:26 said...

I'm not a May-December romance fan in m/m or m/f...

Smokinhotbooks on 19 May 2010 at 01:45 said...

EH I'm going to confess something, I really can't get into books where an older woman is on the prowl for a younger man. I don't mind it so much in m/m but it literally makes me cringe when it is m/f. I guess...I'm not liberated enough *pitiful sigh* perhaps b/c it seems to real and I've seen it in a bar a time or two (not pretty btw).


Nice Review!

Erotic Horizon on 19 May 2010 at 09:19 said...

@Eyre.

I know it's weird, but I don't usually like the older woman/younger man scenari

I know what you mean - I dont mind them, if done well it can be a treat to read and in some ways it's just what is happening in todays world anyhow.

I absolutely despise the term "cougar." It's so predatory

Agreed, why couldn't it just be love with a younger man - why does it have to be "named"..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 19 May 2010 at 09:20 said...

@Chris

May/Dec romance - I love them, different strokes for different fokes I guess.

You dont know what you are missing...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 19 May 2010 at 09:24 said...

@K.C...

Everyone has to have their shot at love - even if it's a younger man...

But I understand about the cringe factor - especially if it's too in your face..

E.H>

Chris on 19 May 2010 at 13:18 said...

I'm not a fan of this when it's an older man/younger woman, either. Just to be consistent! :)