walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

_Full Moon_, Mari Carr, Second Chances series

I read the day-of-the-week books by Mari Carr and they were all pretty fun. I've been wanting some contemporary romance so I took a look at her and a couple other authors and picked this one out. A bunch of women in their late 30s/early 40s decide to do some bucket lists. I skipped the first one, because it was a cancer story, and I didn't feel like that right now (yes, HEA, but still). In this outing, Josie, who has a 6 year old and is 2 years post-divorce, decides she wants to have some sex. She has a list of what she wants to do and has decided that each full moon, she's going to make one happen. The plan is not much more detailed than that (there was wine involved in the bucket list creation project -- if there's an issue with this book, it's the "wine night" thing, but no one seems to be over indulging to a scary degree, so I won't worry about it if you don't think I need to). First up is sex with a stranger; she picks up the bartender/owner of a bar in her town and, unsurprisingly, he doesn't stay a stranger.

Mari Carr does a nice job writing sex scenes. None of this, but wait, he's going to break his wrist if he tries to do that, or, how long is her torso, anyway, that can occur in less well blocked sex scenes. Conversation, character and relationship development are all nicely interweaved, and the monthly date slows the process down enough to be believable. The series structure also provides a consistent opportunity for Josie to talk about what's happening with her friends, some of which occurs on stage, altho most of it happens off stage.

The kid is a little precocious, but not too bad. The ex- is a bit of a pain, but not cartoonishly so. All in all, a very believable, emotionally involving and pleasant contemporary romance. There is no horrifying abuse back story, just ordinary people with ordinary problems, which really are more than enough to introduce the kind of tension present in a developing intimate relationship. I particularly liked that the list (which was pretty ambitious in spots) was fulfilled, in parts with creative re-interpretation to bring the more out-of-scale items on the list into the range of do-able (ahem).

There doesn't appear to be any major issue with skipping the cancer entry in this series -- or, for that matter, dropping into this series anywhere. It seems to have been written carefully with a view to working as standalone novels, but with a little extra if you read more than one. This was well designed, thought through carefully and implemented carefully.
Tags: book review, contemporary erotica
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