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Men I've Loved Before

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  660 ratings  ·  60 reviews
How do you know when you've met the one you're meant to be with?





Neil and Nat are a match made in heaven. They hate marmite and the opera. They love smelly cheese and the missionary position. And they both absolutely do not want children.











At least that's what Nat thought. But now Neil seems to have softened to the prospect of dirty nappies and sleepless nights, and he's prac
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Headline Review (first published January 1st 2010)
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Nat is happy, married to her soul mate Neil in cozy domesticity, dedicated and well regarded in her career she is firmly in control of her life's direction. Then Neil drunkenly confesses his desire to start a family and Nat's perfect life begins to crumble under the pressure of an argument where no compromise is possible.
Initially I was interested in the dynamics of Nat and Neil's relationship as it began to buckle under the strain of Neil's desire for children and Nat's determination never to b
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Stephanie
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Amanda
Men I've Loved Before tells the story of Nat and Neil, a thirty something couple who seem to have the marriage from heaven. He has a job he adores, friends he gets on with and the perfect wife. She has a fulfilling career, a family who loves her and the perfect husband. They agree on virtually everything, especially the fact that they don't want children. Until Neil decides that he does. Suddenly they are both questioning every facet of their relationship, and Nat wonders whether any of the men ...more
Caroline
Really disappointing. I've enjoyed all her other books, but found myself really bored by this one.

The story centres around Neil & Nat, a married couple in their early 30s who have agreed not to have children ... until Neil suddenly decided he does actually want a baby, after all.

I thought it was clumsily written, with poor characters, a lot of the plot was unbelievable and didn't ring true at all, and generally I was just bored,and found myself skipping through chunks, in a bid to get to the
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Lynda
I've read loads of her books and love them but wasn't too sure of this one at first but it definitely grew on me.Just didn't find it believable that she wouldn't tell her husband something that important when they were 'soul mates'.....but saying that,had a nice and tidy happy ending which was what I wanted even if not true to how it would be in real-life!!!!
Jo
This was just OK - storyline was slow and I couldn't warm to the main character - in fact I wanted to give her a good slap!!
Joanne Nock
Just goes to show you that however perfect your relationship might be, even when you think you've found " the one", fate can always turn up and screw things up.
Nat & Neil are the seemingly perfect couple. 7 yrs together, happily married, jobs they love, living thd dream, until one of them deviates from the master plan. It was intetesting to see just how quickly they went from being a "we" to two selfish individuals wrapped up solely in their own geievances. Although this book starts as a l
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Petra Bašlin
Though I'm not a fan of romance novels (at least if they're not historical), when I first started reading this book, I thought it was really good. However, as I continued reading, it got worse and worse.

When author was describing Nat in the past, Nat somehow reminded me of Bella Swan and Anastasia Steele. Karl is one big sexist asshole and a man whore who only chases skirts. Jen is stupid. Neil is a pussy. I didn't read it till the end, but I peeked in some of the last chapters and found out tha
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Maureen Reil
It took me ages to finish the book but this is by no means any reflection on the quality of what was between the covers, because it paced along rather nicely to be fair. It was for the simple fact that I have forsaken the paperback (my first love) for my Kindle (my new fancy piece) lately and regularly chose one preference over the other. But every time I did pick up this novel, I was pleasantly entertained by the story of Nat and Neil and the huge divide that had suddenly appeared in their rela ...more
Danderma
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Helen
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Clo
To say I only discovered this author the other week, I'm ADDICTED! Neil and Nat are a great couple, that is until Neil announces he wants a baby; something that Nat has been dead against all through their relationship, so it comes as a bit of a shock to her when Neil confesses this.

Things go tits up for them, Neil finds comfort from a stripper and Nat decides to contact all her exes with a view to work out whether she really has chosen the "one" in Neil. Things go from bad to worse when Neil sh
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Julie Lees
Men I’ve Loved Before is the first of Adele Parks’ novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I have to admit it was compelling. It begins with the introduction of the female protagonist, Natalie, meticulously organising a birthday meal for her beloved husband, Neil. Having been married for seven years, we soon discover that this couple have formulated a routine around work, social engagements, down-time and even sex, which suits them both... or so they believe.

Following an innocuous comment f
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Hsiau Wei
This is my least favourite book by the author among all the books that i read. It tell the story of Nat and Neil who initially thought have the perfect marriage but their marriage changed overnight when Neil going against his own word. He wanted to have a baby now.. their baby. Nat who is known to be very stern with her principal, is unrelented. She doesnt understand the reason for Neil's change of mind. Neil, who is frustrated with Nat's refusal, begin to visit to the stripper club and befriend ...more
Agi
Wow. This book was so realistic. And so about me:) I have totally understood Natalie, even not knowing about her secret, actually I have thought the same way about having a baby. Not enough sleeping, your whole life changes drastically... Maybe a little too egoistic, but nevertheless - true. Not everybody are cut to be a parent. Even without a secret like Natalie's. And there were moments that I hated Neil for pushing Nat so much in baby's direction, for organizing meetings with babies or with f ...more
Fiona Lansdown
Chick lit of the annoying whingey heroine variety. She doesn't want to have kids, he decides he does, she goes back to visit all her ex-boyfriends to see if any of them would have been a better choice - sigh of boredom already. Oh, and the ending is really horrible, where basically the husband behaves pretty badly but the wifey lovingly forgives him.
Sara Cole
My first Adele Parks novel after a recommendation from another avid reader. What a fabulous suggestion and I'm so happy to have had this introduction.

This is the story of a husband, Neil, and wife, Nat, in love with each other and their life together. Until Neil realises he wants a baby and Nat is adamant that she does not.

The story is told from many perspectives, of course the main characters but also a scattering of their friends and family. What I love most about this novel and the way it's t
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CuteBadger
Nat, who has always said she doesn't want children, is married to Neil, who has always said he doesn't want them either, but when he changes his mind it causes problems.

This book annoyed me as it operates on the premise that all women must want children and that there's something wrong with them if they don't.

In addition, the whole plot hangs on a piece of information that Nat has never told anyone - but if she had everything would have been sorted out in seconds. I hate this kind of plot devic
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Barbara Elsborg
I like Adele Parks but I think this was my least favorite of her books. I found the story line about Neil and the stripper unrealistic and cliched. I didn't like the whole - why doesn't she want a baby theme. I didn't like the POV changes in the same paragraph- yep, that all sounds negative I know but I do like her writing. I like the descriptions. I like the way she ensures you see all facets of the characters but I missed feeling that way about the secondary ones. Some of the things that happe ...more
The Twins
A topic with huge potential "creating a family" - what if one partner doesn't want children?! Surely not something you can compromise on. I have been in the situation, just the other way round and you definitely have to make decisions that are not easy. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy Adele Parks story line as much. I really liked the characters Nat and Neil but felt let down by long periods where nothing happened and I got bored. The stripper segment was a little bit far fetched for me but the ide ...more
Dawni
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Lisa (scarlet21)
Strong characters that you can relate to, strong story that leaves you guessing until nearly the end. A tale that is by no means unusual but not one that is normally spoken about let alone written about. Nat and Neil are without doubt each other's ONE until Neil decides he is ready to start a family and Nat remains firm that will never have children. Both have to do a lot of soul searching which involves mistakes and pain but happiness rules....It kept my interest and I found the charcters inter ...more
Sara.
I had really low expectations for this book,so it really suprised me when I finished it.
I liked the story very much and it was so well written!
I liked the characters,each of them in a special way.

The only thing I didn't really like about this book,and that's why I have rated it with four stars,is that there were too many information about some things that aren't even so important. That is why it felt kind of boring sometimes.

But,despite that,I loved the end in the clinic and I was very happy t
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Debbie Lilley
This is a good easy read Was slightly disappointed with the ended
Suzi
I loved this book it was just the escape I needed from my busy stressful life! I admit to ignoring the housework and having a cuppa and biscuits for this book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and was gutted when I turned the page and instead of more story it said acknowledgements! Thought the way it was written was great loved the characters etc. Got this out of the library on a whim due to liking the front cover will definitely be hunting down some more Adele parks next visit!
Redfox5
Adele Parks writes pretty decent chick lit. The last book I read of hers I loved and this one was even better. Nat and Neil are the sort of couple you want everything to be alright for. So when things go wrong, you really feel for them. At the same time you want to bang their heads together and tell them to just talk to each other! One thing I didn't get with Nat is why she just didn't look her ex boyfriends up on facebook? Seemed like the much easier option.
Lisa
Brilliant read, a couple that thoulght everything was ok between them and that they agreed on most things, one of them changes their mind and wants a baby, the other doesn't...they go through some tough times but in the end they finally get together again when they realise that they do truly love one another no matter what..observant, sensitive and funny story, I shall be looking for more books by Parks.
Sandy
I decided to give this book 5 stars because I had so much fun reading it!
As an American I found there were an awful lot of British words that I did not know...lol!
Fun story. Great descriptions of marriage, parenthood and dating life.
I wonder if Adele Parks has any other books that are just as fun to read...
Kate
I really enjoyed this book. It gripped me from the start and was such an easy read as all of adele's books are. The only bit I found a tad disappointing was neil's encounter with cindy and his 'relationship' with her afterwards. Not sure if that worked in the story very well but generally a good read!
Milly
Didnt mind this book? Well Baby Proof by Emily Grifin is sooooo much better!
Neil and Nat have the perfect relationship, until Neil wants a baby. Predicable ending. It was stupid of Nat to not tell Neil 'why' she didnt want kids to start with, and it would have saved this whole book from happening *sigh*
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Adele Parks was born in Teesside, NE England. She studied English Language and Literature, at Leicester University. She published her first novel, Playing Away, in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified Adele as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch.’ Indeed Playing Away was the debut bestseller of 2000.
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