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The Flood by Steven Scaffardi – Review

Title – The Flood
Author – Steven Scaffardi
Genre –  Lad Lit/Humour
Length –    359 Pages
My Rating – 5/5 Stars

Synopsis

One bet, four girls, eight weeks, multiple dates. What could possibly go wrong?

Following his traumatic eight month dry spell, Dan Hilles is back in the driving seat and ready to put his dating disasters behind him.

But if only it were that simple.

After a drunken afternoon in the pub, fuelled by the confidence of alcohol, Dan makes a bet with his three best pals that will complicate his love-life more than ever when he brazenly declares that he could juggle multiple women all at the same time.

With just eight weeks to prove his point, Dan is about to find out how hard it is to date a flood of women without them all finding out about each other, especially when they come in the shape of an ex-girlfriend, a stalker, the office ice queen and the one that got away.

The Flood is the hilarious follow-up to The Drought by lad lit author Steven Scaffardi, chronicling the adventures of unlucky-in-love Dan Hilles. Available at Amazon and all good book retailers from March 2016.

Review

The Flood is the second novel in the Sex, Love & Dating Disasters series. If you haven’t already read my review of The Drought, check it out here.

We are back with Dan Hilles and his very unfortunate love life..If you haven’t read the first book don’t worry, the author weaves such a good story they work well as standalone tales.

If possible this book was even better than the first, for me it had more cringy moments where I found myself laughing on public transport.. at one point I even let out a little snort..not my finest moment I’ll admit.

The guys in the story are a very likeable bunch. I think the author really does give a true male perspective. Yes we can be tits sometimes but for the most part we mean no harm.. we just don’t use our brain as much as we should… and we can end up in some awkward situations just like Dan.

From the opening chapters and synopsis I thought I had a good idea what the direction the story would go in but with all the twists and turns the author throws in I literally had no idea what would happen next.. the only thing I knew for certain is that I had to keep reading.

One of the things I liked most in this book is we are introduced to some very weird and fun new characters… some were so unpredictable you just had to keep reading to see what they got up to next

If you read my reviews you’ll know I’m not one for spoilers.. but the ending blow me away.. didn’t see it coming a mile off and I’m eagerly looking forward to more from the author.

I definitely feel the characters have grown a little since the first book, although not very much ha ha they’re still the fun bunch of lads that had me laughing in The Drought.

Overall I felt this was a honest, funny and clever tale that pretty much anyone will enjoy.. how can you not 🙂

If you’re looking for a nice fun read then this is the series for you. It keeps you hooked and leaves you wanting more..

My thanks go to the author for the chance to read/review his work..it was my absolute pleasure

To find out more head to Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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The Lights Went Out and Other Stories by Fiona Cooke Hogan – Review

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Title – The Lights Went Out and Other Stories
Author – Fiona Cooke Hogan
Genre – Literary Humour
Length – 213 Pages
Publication – October 2015
My Rating – 4/5 Stars

Synopsis              

An eclectic mix of flash fiction, short and longer stories. At times humorous, eerie and poignant; a mother burdened by financial troubles shares her problem with a stranger, a young couples’ journey to the the airport takes a strange turn, a wedding anniversary in Dingle goes from bad to worse, a small dog is forced to change his ways and a vampire hiding out in suburbia just wants to be left alone. Dip your toes into this quirky collection and find your favourite.

Review

I won’t lie.. this isn’t the normal type of book I’d pick up but I was presently surprised how much I enjoyed it. I must thank the author for suggesting I add her book to my review pile.

It’s a nice selection of short stories which shows off the author’s style of writing and her imagination. I must say they were all easy to read.. some made me chuckle.. some made me think..”hang on what am I reading here” Vampires..Zombies.. it’s a good old mash of stories but it kind of works.

For this this would suit anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to read. This is the type of book you can read a story a day and not worry you’ve lost your place. As a reviewer I’m constantly reading books and I found this was a perfect book to read in-between longer books to give my brain something easy to digest, refresh myself.

As you can imagine there were some stories I liked more than others but this books gives you a nice range that I’m sure everyone will find ones they love.

Some of the stories and the writing style showed great promise to me for longer works. The author hooked me in.. it was a shame that some had to end so quickly.

Worth reading, have a look.

To find out more head to Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Goodreads.