This is the third book I’ve read about Ed and Dan and the second in their trilogy. I probably shouldn’t have read them out of order as I much preferreThis is the third book I’ve read about Ed and Dan and the second in their trilogy. I probably shouldn’t have read them out of order as I much preferred the first and third book over this one and quite possibly in part because I knew the next chapter in their story.
Overall, this is a great Lad Lit series. It’s funny in a typically British way. Ed and Dan are mates. Ed is happily monogamous and Dan is the handsome playboy love-em-and-leave-em type. The first book opens with Ed being dumped by his girlfriend of 10 years, Jane, for letting himself go and for becoming boring. That first book is about him getting back in shape and learning to be interesting again to win her back.
In this book, Ed is with Sam (that’s Samantha), his ex-personal trainer after asking her out in the last book when he realized that Jane was something of a shallow woman that he really doesn’t like any longer. Dan can’t seem to get any dates at all as every woman seems to know everything about him already. The book centers around Ed working up to asking Sam to move in with him and trying to help Dan first clean up his image after they find a website devoted to outing crap boyfriends.
The book is funny and Dunn is a very entertaining author. This one just isn’t his best work. It’s just not as f as the others I’ve read. I suggest reading Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook, the first book in the series. Love it, enjoy it, then read this one....more
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book - but the first one was much more fun. This didn't have the same mix of amorality, charm and wit as the first boDon't get me wrong, I liked this book - but the first one was much more fun. This didn't have the same mix of amorality, charm and wit as the first book.
I'll be reading the next book that comes out as I like McLean's demented little world he's creating - but I hope this next one doesn't focus so strongly on just one character. This was too much Topper and needed other sociopaths to keep the fun going. ...more
My initial expectation was this would be somewhat silly if entertaining so it sat on my TBR list for a few months. I was pleasantly surprised when I fMy initial expectation was this would be somewhat silly if entertaining so it sat on my TBR list for a few months. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally picked up and started reading this. This has a little bit of everything - consultants, Bubbas, Super Villains, Dwarf Lawyers, destroyed buildings, disapproving British secretaries and more than a little unbridled greed ... what more can one ask for? This is a tongue in cheek look at super villains as well as superheroes and their motivation.
There are few grammatical errors that stood out but overall it's well edited. From that perspective, its definitely on par with a book from any major publishing house.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I found it very amusing and I'm looking forward to reading the next one....more
This is my second book by Danny King and it didn't disappoint. It starts as a light comedy about a married, 35yo guy, Andrew, and his fantasizing abouThis is my second book by Danny King and it didn't disappoint. It starts as a light comedy about a married, 35yo guy, Andrew, and his fantasizing about having a little something on the side. He's just clueless and more than a bit foolish as he bumbles his way into flirting with a secretary at work with his single, best friend trying to run interference. It was fun but I wasn't sure how King could keep it up for an entire book.
Then, at about half-way through the book, suddenly everything changed. Life happens and Andrew is forced to man up. He's still clueless and foolish as he learns how to be a man - and it's still fun - but it's suddenly much more serious. By the end, he's someone a guy can respect and not just some grown kid going through the motions.
Over the past year, I've various novels with coming of age themes with men in their 30's and 40's instead of teens and 20's and this fits in nicely on the humorous end of the spectrum. If you like lad lit, British humor and/or coming of age books, give this one a try - it's worth it....more
Mark Jones is a henchman (they don't like to be called, goons - it's insulting and quite possibly some kind of -ist as well). He works for Evil GeniusMark Jones is a henchman (they don't like to be called, goons - it's insulting and quite possibly some kind of -ist as well). He works for Evil Geniuses a la Goldfinger or Dr. Evil and the occasional used bookstore. He's not necessarily a good guy or a bad guy - he's just some schlub trying to pay his mortgage. Throughout the book, he's constantly in the line of fire and constantly about to die. Overall, he's a pretty interesting guy to follow around. Inconceivably, Mark and the henchmen read - and discuss the books they've read. AND, they don't read stupid books either - their comments may be a bit blue collar, but their book selections are anything but. A book club is just so wonderfully strange to throw into a novel like this and it's just a wonderful idea.
This book is fun. In the tradition of irreverent satires of well known genres, this book has a strong grasp of the subject matter and doesn't stray. The British and American Special Agents are very well written and very entertaining. (Note to the delicate flowers of the world: the American agent swears a lot! He's a gung ho Hooah action hero on crack who's swearing is creative and completely in character.)
There are a few typos and random grammatical errors in the book - but no more than most books. They're only noticeable for being concentrated in the last 20%. Beyond that, it's well edited - the pacing is good and there really aren't any continuity errors.
I picked the book up as an Amazon Prime borrow and ended up buying it. I'm thinking of buying another of his books right away to see if he's a new author to start following. My Recommendation: Buy the book - it's funny. ...more
I've had this sitting in my kindle for a while but left it unread. I was finally in the mood for something light and amusing and this book certainly dI've had this sitting in my kindle for a while but left it unread. I was finally in the mood for something light and amusing and this book certainly delivered. It was nice to read a breakup and recovery story from the guy's point of view - usually we're the cause and not the recipient of all the angst and melodrama.
This is no great for of literature. The characters are a bit stereotypical and the ending is a foregone conclusion but it's witty and entertaining. It was said all through the book blurbs above, but this really is a typical chick lit plot with the character's genders reversed. There is Dan, the Best Friend, who is indispensable in helping Edward, the protagonist, clean up but he's also a shallow womanizer. Molly the Barmaid is a typical backup friend - sassy and supportive and fills the roll of the gay friend. Natasha is the moody boss with a huge libido. Sam is the unattainable hot chick. The only thing missing was the neurotic mum and couch potato dad ....
This is my first Matt Dunn novel but I'd definitely read more....more
It started slow. The opening segments about complex tricks played on Ted and such just weren't hitting it for me, but when she started telling storiesIt started slow. The opening segments about complex tricks played on Ted and such just weren't hitting it for me, but when she started telling stories about her insane father, it became much more entertaining. Of her 3 books, this is my least favorite but I still liked it....more