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3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  197 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Dan Hilles is a pretty regular kind of guy - regular job, regular bunch of mates, regular male aversion to shopping. But following his break-up with long-term girlfriend, Stacey, he finds himself single again. He's been out of the game for a while and is a little out of practice. Soon, the very irregular and increasingly worrying issue in Dan's life is the extended drought ...more
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published September 2011 by Pen Press
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Feb 09, 2013 Dd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

"It gives me great pleasure to award the Guinness World Record for the longest period without sex to Mr Daniel Hilles,” the adjudicator proudly announces to the crowd in an annoying nasal monotone accent. Polite applause starts up as he continues. “Mr Hilles has not come into contact with the female genitalia for two months, eclipsing the previous record held by 97-year-old Hubert Grayson.”

In case all of you are wondering who is this Daniel Hilles....Readers,he is our hero!!

And no,no,don't worry
Nov 26, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any of the Kardashians
Recommended to Mark by: Author
Where to begin ? I am 49, can't bear football, cry regularly at soppy films and moving books, am very in touch with my feminine side and am quite happily ensconced a little to the left of the neutral line when extreme right is hetero Neanderthal and extreme left is Julian Clary so I would have to say that i am not quite the target audience for this book.

The four main characters are horrible.

The 'hero' is a whiney, self-obsessed tosser who breaks up with his girlfriend on New Year's Eve/Day and
Nov 19, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous-fiction
While it doesn't quite rank up there with Portnoy’s Complaint, 'The Dr♂ught' is one of the more enjoyable books I've read on the subject of Man's never ending quest to get laid.

Dan has just ended his relationship with his girlfriend of three years, and boy, is he out of practice in the ways of wooing and winning women. As the dry spell stretches from days to months, he attempts to get back in the saddle again, but always, always, some hilarious something - jealous boyfriends, vicious dogs, nause
David Baird
Apr 26, 2016 David Baird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First let me say this.. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled as much or laughed as hard as I did reading this book, multiple times a had to cover me face to stop the laugh coming out while on public transport.
This book follows Dan and his numerous disasters in the dating world. Although I felt for the guy I couldn’t help but laugh at the events that played out.

One of the best things about the book for me was that the author hit dead on with the events, so much so that it reminded me of my own life at
Jan 18, 2016 Rossy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
I laughed out loud at some of the adventures and situations Dan has throughout his "Drought", some of them were a little implausible, but nonetheless really fun!
It was a light read, entertaining, and I haven't heard before the term "lad-lit" before!
I'm giving it 3 stars because I wasn't satisfied with the ending and I didn't care too much for any of the characters, I felt Dan and his friends were kind of jerks, fun jerks obviously, lol.
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Nov 24, 2012 Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-fav-s
"It was like Take That turning up at a Black Panther Party convention."

Absolutely friken loved that.

This was my first ever experience reading lad-lit....


Sorry, the word lad-lit seems like such a naughty word it makes me giggle! I feel as though it should be used describing a porno....


Me and my husband made a deal. If I go on 1 fishing trip with him, he would stop hassling me about my purchases from Amazon for a month. After much heated negotiations it ended up being 2 and a half months
Steven Scaffardi
Aug 29, 2011 Steven Scaffardi added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I am a little bias seeing as this is my book! But for that reason alone it had to go on my bookshelf! It has been called chick-lit for me (or lad-lit) and already it has received positive feedback (including TV presenters Ortis Deley from Channel 5's The Gadget Show and Choice FM, and Angellica Bell from BBC1's The One Show.

You can find more info about the book at my website Please feel free to drop me a line too.
May 16, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, ladlit
It was funny and entertaining.
Guys can be gross, but so can the girls. No one wins. Here, have a self sex.
Kellie Maddox-Ward
I decided that little Dan had been punished enough, and he had a long overdue date with Palmala Handerson The art of masturbation is a skill that does not get the press it deserves. With no visual or audio aid to assist, a true pro-stoker will take a dip into the resource pool that is the wank bank; in this particular case the hot red-head who sat opposite me on the bus Thursday evening. - Dan's inner thought

Wow this story was just... piss your pants funny.
I received a message from the autho
Apr 30, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a welcome light-hearted read after having read some pretty sinister ones lately. British down to earth humour when it comes to understanding the opposite sex (this applies to both men and women)!

When I was just checking out the cover again while pasting it in here, I immediately had to think of the following video clip. If you think this is even remotely funny, you're going to love this book. If not, oh well, tough luck, you should still try this book.
Nov 16, 2015 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is imbecelic, which in itself is not a problem as the topic is men in their 20s trying to persuade women to sleep with them, which in my personal experience led me to do a toe curlingly stupid things. Also in the interest of full disclosure I had to look up how to spell imbecelic so perhaps not best placed to fling around judgements.

The problem with this book is that both the topic and the depiction is imbecelic. I spent most of this book trying to figure out how drunk i would have to
Nov 26, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prior to this novel, I haven’t heard about the existence of lad-lit. I have read stories which were written by men, but not the counterpart of chic lit. It made me curious as to how something can be classified as such, so after I finished the book I was reading, I didn’t waste time and start checking what the fuss was about.

The story started at the end – well, that’s what the chapter said anyway. This was refreshing as most of the novels I have read recently didn’t use this technique. Right away
Mar 06, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Hilles is just a normal guy with a job, a small group of friends and a long-term girlfriend, but not for long. Things start to change for Dan when he breaks-up with his girlfriend Stacey and he finds himself single again for the first time in three years. Unfortunately for him things don't change in his favour and he enters a period of drought.
With some near death experiences, more than a couple of awkward dates and some really embarrassing situations, things are getting real complicated. Bu
Shell Baker
Apr 10, 2016 Shell Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG this book is just to funny! I seriously couldn't stop laughing even my kids asked me what I kept laughing at I was actually crying with laughter at one point I don't know how I didn't pee my pants!! LOL. The Drought is the first lad lit that I have read and I'm so glad it was recommended to me by BCB and more.

What is Lad Lit I hear you all saying, well its the male version of chick lit. But I have to say The Drought can be read by both especially if you have a dry cheeky sense of humour. Thi
Quentin Stewart
Apr 20, 2016 Quentin Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

A very enjoyable read about a young man who has broken up with his steady girlfriend and now is on the search for a new conquest. It seems the harder he tries the longer his "drought" becomes and the more frustration builds up. All of his buddies know the trials he is going through and they are always there with advice and things for him to try. His mother even gets into the act trying to understand what is going on in his life.

The book is the
Apr 26, 2017 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Drought has been patiently waiting on my kindle for a whole year!! I know!! My apologies, Steven, but better late than never. I'm working my way through my review list slowly, but surely.
Anyway, if you haven't already read this book you really should as it is hilarious! Reading it in bed, next to a sleeping husband, trying not to laugh out loud has been quite a challenge!
The main character, Dan Hilles, is struggling to get his leg over since splitting up with his long term girlfriend and Th
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Occasionally I receive emails from authors asking if I would be interested in reading their debut novels. Steven was no different and to be honest when I checked out the bio of him I was a little shocked. Yes I had heard of `Lad Lit' but to be honest had never really delved into the world of the Mike Gayle's and the Nick Hornby's. I figured that as I was being offered a chance to read it free, then why not. What I didn't realise was that Lad Lit is the perfect combination of humour and reading f ...more
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, I’m not the target market, a ‘lad’, and I don’t tend to read ‘funny’ books. But I was game and gave it a go.

Dan has just split with his girlfriend and is experiencing a sexual drought…his friends are offering lots of advice which is getting Dan into some awkward scrapes…

Steven Scaffardi can’t be faulted on his skills as an author, he writes well and as someone who doesn’t tend to get jokes he
Naznin Azeez
Jan 19, 2013 Naznin Azeez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Naznin by: Monica Calangian
From the very beginning of reading it, I felt a warm feeling in me because I could positively see that the book was a relaxing one. It set the right mood from the moment it began. I love the way the author gave attention to little details throughout the book. He has definitely thought the whole plot through very very well!. There were certain moments I just laughed out LOUD. He plays around with words in a very hearty manner. You gotta love Steven for not messing with the actual harsh reality of ...more
Andrew To
Apr 06, 2013 Andrew To rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Really enjoyed this one.... 5 stars without question. The humour in this book is just so good it got me laughing all the way through - every moment in the book i would have burst out laughing or put a hand over my face hoping the character does not do what i think he is about to do... absolutely hilarious and embarrassing. My only disappointment with this was wanting more towards the end and seeing the book come to an end. But i hear there is going to be a sequel so really cant wait for that !

Maureen Reil
Apr 07, 2013 Maureen Reil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Lad-Lit at its finest and I loved it from start to finish and you can’t say that about many books. I enjoyed it so much that I recommended it to the hubby, who informed me that it was bound to be wittier than chick-lit because men are naturally funnier than women and that’s why there are no decent, British female stand-up comedians. Hence the debate that followed about him challenging me to name any famous ones, apart from Jo Brand, which was on the tip of my tongue. So I expressed a lik ...more
Robert C.
Nov 22, 2012 Robert C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: competition
Gah! Goodreads ate my review!

I had previously posted this brilliant review that took me bloomin' ages to write because I'd really thought it out, and it had references to Jazz and 3D Stereoscopic Pictures that I'd Googled Google especially to find and when I came to look at it today, it'd gone - vanished into the blue, which is how I feel right now; having to write another one!

..and there was me feeling all antsy because the author had been putting 'Like' next to all the other reviews, but had n
Sophie (Blogger)
Apr 30, 2016 Sophie (Blogger) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The first thing I can say is that The Drought made me laugh, not your normal laugh but a side splitting laugh that still make you laugh even now. The second thing is that everyone should read!
The story follows Dan Hilles who after breaking up with his girlfriend is having a bit of a sex drought, no matter what he tries seems to end with him getting beaten up or a laughing stock from his friends. The story is told through entries from different days that are before and after his break up
Apr 12, 2012 Kell rated it really liked it
WARNING – This book will make you cry… with laughter!

I’m a big fan of lad-lit (I read a hell of a lot more of it than I do chick-lit, and I’m a chick!), and Scaffardi has packed everything you could possibly want into this voyage of self- and sexual discovery. Dan is a tragically comic character – let’s face it, we all know a guy who isn’t so successful with the ladies and tries just a little too hard with hilarious outcomes – and his mates are just as daft. All are present and correct – the smo
Tabitha R
Nov 19, 2012 Tabitha R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is frickin hilarious!
I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive when I first had the request to read/ review this book. It just didn't seem like it was my kind of reading. A book based on a man and his four buddies trying to get him laid just wasn't my kind of book. Boy am I glad I was wrong.
So.. With uncertainty I began the book. And I was instantly hooked.
Dan, Ollie, Jack & Rob were just a perfect fit together. Each adding their own personality spice to the mix that made you look
Zohar -
Jul 02, 2013 Zohar - rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The Drought by Steven Scafardi is a novel which follows an unfortunate man trying to get laid. The title refers to the period the protagonist goes through between having sex. The book is being marketed as a genre called "lad lit" which, to me, seems appropriate.

Dan Hilles broke up with Stacey, his long time girlfriend. Dan has been out of the dating game for so long he has no idea on how to proceed, talk to girls or even behave as a single man.

But Dan has his friends, Ollie, Jack and Rob who are
Nov 26, 2012 Suze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suze by: Free download from author
Got the book free on Smashwords with an offer code from the author.
I do like contemporary fiction written by male authors, giving an insight into the male psyche- though sometimes its best not to know! This book is the nitty gritty end of this genre (lad- lit, if thats a word?)
This book did make me laugh a number of times, though the 4 guys frightened me in that I have a son who may become one and a daughter who may meet them!
British lads with their beer goggles on, what more do I need to say -
Teena in Toronto
When the book starts, it's September 13 and Dan has just gotten tossed out of a bar, where he was drowning his sorrows, by a female bartender.

Then Dan takes us back nine months earlier, to January 1, to fill us in on how he ended up in this predicament. He and his girlfriend of three years, Stacey, had just broken up. They had grown apart since they graduated from university last year ... she'd gotten nasty and clingy.

It's been a while since he's been single and his friends, Rob (the funny one)
Nov 23, 2012 M1styczny rated it liked it

I had read „The drought” because the author send me a link from I downloaded ebook. I had never before read this kind of book but I enjoyed it despite a few things that annoyed me. The story begins unfortunately with a big spoiler so if you want a surprising story you will be disappointed and almost whole “The drought” is pretty predictable.

In entry to the story, main character Dan is depressed and very horny because of his inability to get laid. Desperation is pushing him to a disaster and he

Lyle Appleyard
Nov 23, 2012 Lyle Appleyard rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed the book. It was a story that most men could relate to, whether they want to admit it or not.
The characters were diverse and interesting. You cannot have all the characteres being the same, or there would be no conflict. They were believable characters as I am sure we have all seen the same traints in others. These thaits may have been exagerated a little, but that is what comedy is based on.
I had a good laugh at all thing things that went wroong for our hero Dan. Most were cliche, su
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Steven Scaffardi is the author of the Sex, Love and Dating Disaster series. His first novel, The Drought, is the laugh-out-loud tale of one man's quest to overcome the throes of a sexual drought. After the stormy break-up with his girlfriend of three years, Dan Hilles is faced with the daunting task of throwing himself back into the life of a single man. With the help of his three best pals, Dan i ...more
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