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Flinging It

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Frazer, head midwife at a hospital in Perth, Australia, is trying to make her corner of the world a little better by starting up a programme for at-risk parents. Not everyone is excited about her ideas. Surrounded by red tape, she finally has to team up with Cora, a social worker who is married to Frazer’s boss.
Cora is starting to think her marriage is beyond saving, even
Paperback, 394 pages
Published July 10th 2016 by Ylva Publishing
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I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I recently finished this author's other book "Who'd Have Thought?" and loved it. This one, less so.

Technically, "Flinging It" is written fine. The author has a knack for dialogue, developing characters, and I like that she has character diversity. Her background is in the medical field so the setting and careers ring true. She's also pretty brave in writing a romance around infidelity which is hard to pull off or root for. I *sort of* got over it in t
I found this story equally frustrating and intriguing. It was frustrating to follow the main characters through their, for the most part, unhealthy relationship based on cheating, denial, deception, lack of self-confidence, using someone... and it was fascinating to see how the author turned that same relationship into something completely different. The way that is done is a feature of quality writing. And G. Benson is exactly that -- a very good writer. A writer who does not choose easy ways a ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The blurb pretty much states up front what this book is all about: Infidelity. Not exactly a subject that romance readers would be flinging themselves into with much enthusiasm. Writing about characters having affairs while in a relationship is always a tricky balancing act for authors. How do you garner reader sympathy when your heroines are guilty of the very things they hate most, namely disloyalty and deception? Nevertheless, the premise holds so much potential for conflict and drama that I' ...more
I don't usuallly like books with an infidelity theme because deceit seems such a hard thing to come back from and still be romantic. I didn't have as much of a problem in Flinging It for a couple of reasons. Cora is so well characterized as a woman whose personality and gumption has been stomped on by an emotionally abusive husband (and he is a real 'doos') for so long that she really doesn't have much in her armory left. Her feelings are so suppressed that when she begins an affair with Frazer ...more
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A gauntlet of emotions! A gantlet of emotions is the best way I can describe of Flinging It by G. Benson. This book is witty, angsty and also so incredibly genuine. There were times I wanted to shake the main characters and then I would then the next page and want to give them a ginormous hug. Oh the emotional roller coaster how I love you and hate you all the same.

Frazer is a midwife in Perth, the head of Midwifery to be exact. She is beyond dedicated to her job. She spends her days and nights
If you've read the author's summary of this book you know the subject of cheating will be front and center throughout the narrative. If you're like me you probably also hate that subject and its participants with a fiery passion. It's why I put off reading this book for a while despite its many positive reviews.

I mean cheaters are awful, terrible, horrendous people right? So why would you want to read about them? That's what I kept asking myself throughout a large part of this story. I didn't li
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written book about a divisive topic - infidelity. Benson approaches the topic from a character-driven point of view, giving us the opportunity to get inside the main character's thoughts and feelings, giving us the ability to understand even if we might not necessarily agree were we to encounter the same situation in real life.

Both Frazer and Cora are heads of department at a hospital in Perth, Australia. Frazer heads up the midwifery department and has been fighting to int
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arc, lgbtq
I'm still processing my thoughts on this one and will write a much more complete review on my site but I think I'd give it 3.5 stars. I'm rounding up because there was a lot I liked about this book. It's not a standard romance novel and it deals with some moral issues that will likely turn some folks off before they get more than halfway through. I didn't have a problem with most of what happened in the story line and think this is probably a lot more realistic than most romance novels - which I ...more
Infidelity is at the centre of this book. As much as I don’t fancy infidelity it’s still an intriguing read and had me engaged once I’ve started reading the book
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Paradise Lost
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f
Solid writing, story, and characterization. I was a little wary going in, but everything, from the infidelity to everything else, was handled very well, and sensitively. I didn't fall in love exactly, but I had a great time reading it, nevertheless. Definitely an author I want to see more from. ...more
G Benson’s writing is masterfully good. As with All the Little Moments, Flinging It tackles heavy subject matter in a way that isn’t overwhelmingly angsty or depressing and is actually very funny at times. The story is well plotted, the pacing is perfect and I found myself fully invested even when I wasn’t comfortable with how Cora and Frazer were handling their relationship.

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Just a man's point of view
It seems that (for most of the reviews) G. Benson lost a star from her All the Little Moments to her Flinging It. I too gave 5 stars to the first and 4 to the latter.

I totally agree with all the reviewers who say that G. Benson is a really good author. Flinging It is well written, engaging, pleasant and even brilliant.
There is, however, a frustrating note pervading all the novel.
But before I say what that note is in my opinion, I want to say what it is not.

It is not the affair. It is not the che
Clare Ashton
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Won't be everyone's cup of tea with the infidelity storyline but I enjoyed reading about characters who were less than perfect while very relatable and likeable. The angst is always nicely balanced with humour. ...more
Ameliah Faith
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Frazer is the head of the midwifery department in a hospital. She is desperate to start a new program that will help hard to reach and teen parents. Cora is the head of social work in the same hospital. She is married to Alec the finance “god”, in his own mind anyway. Cora's budget has been increased so Frazer decides to see if they can work together on her project, even though she doesn't much care for Cora. As they work together Frazer gets to know the real Cora and realizes not all is as it s ...more
Les Rêveur
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
G Benson Knows how to write a book let me tell you! She writes about real emotion, real life problems and real life Romance and love!

I loved this book and hated it at the same time! I wanted Cora to stand up to her arrogant and antagonistic husband... Leave him... Follow her heart!

And then Frazer and her inability to just say how she feels.... Especially when it comes to Cora she just gives her what she wants and doesn't rock the boat!

I say these things but I realise now that I have finished t
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a hard sell when it comes to books with infidelity which is why I am always cautious when picking one up to read. I find that I just loose so much respect for the characters making it hard to really enjoy the happy ending. So I was pleasantly surprised when I didn't feel that way in this book. I think it was the point of views and the story of the two characters just made me feel like the friend watching my friend make a bad decision but wanted to support them to make the right decision in ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesfic
I was a little bit wary of this book when I picked it up, as the synopsis and reviews make it clear these women get together whilst one of them is still married. But I soon realised this was no happy marriage, for either partner. Hell, this was no partnership. The husband was not walking around in a happy little bubble that the affair would burst with a vicious, sickening pop. He was a controlling, uninterested douche. So though cheating was still kind of icky, it didn't make for an uncomfortabl ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review*

When I read the discription of this book I thought to myself, "I doubt I am going to be a big fan of this affair.", but I decided to read it anyway because I have yet to be disappointed by this author. To say that I'm a fan is an understatement. I felt like the author saw all my misgivings going into the story and thought of ways to resolve them, she even resolved the ones that developed while I was reading.

This book is about an a
Samantha Luce
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Infidelity is never my fav thing to read about, but occasionally it seems justified. Here it works. There's a very nice slow build where you get to know and like both leads separately. Then they get together and it's like skyrockets in flight (but not in a hokey way, in a oh my gosh I hope I find that, pretty please way).

Very good second outing. G Benson is definitely an author to watch with stories to savor. :)

NetGalley ARC received for an honest review.
Carol Hutchinson
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

When I heard G Benson talking about her books at ELLCon, I had this feeling I was just gonna love them…and I wasn’t wrong!

Flinging It was my first G Benson read, and it was AMAZING!

There wasn’t a single moment in this book that I wasn’t obsessing about, everything was perfect. The characters were just everything, Frazer the midwife, and Cora the social worker, and their complicated situation.

So, reading this I honestly felt like I was privy to some exclusive, intimate world the two
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I said I was going to binge all G. Benson work, I thought I was half joking.
But she has such a way with words that I was reading like an addict craving for her fix and less that 2 days later, all books are read ... I may be slightly embarrassed, especially since my holidays are over and being back at work, I'm supposed to be... eh, working and I don't think that describe the last hour. >_>
Back to the book.

It's great. I like it when cheating is not just cheating. It's messy, complex, kind
Book Worm
Cheating as a subject matter - what good will ever come of that? ... I was not so sure when I picked up this book, but I thought the blurb did come across as honest.
First of all, I have to give kudos to Benson. She really is a masterful writer. I can't say much more than that. How did she make me like the characters, when I despised their actions so much, especially in the middle of the book? Honestly, I sometimes wanted to grab them and throw their sorry asses against the wall ( aggressive much
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've read "All the little moments" by this author and rated as 5 stars so I didn't doubt to read this one even though the book blurb didn't appeal to me that much. The main idea of this book is an interracial affair between a lesbian and a straight colleague woman who's married to their boss. Yes, I know, recipe for disaster. However, there is so much more to this book than the affair itself. The book also touches issues like prejudice
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, queer
I really enjoyed this one. Nice humor, messy story in the sense that life is messy.

Just with her other book, the one thing I didn't like is that the 'baddy' was rather underdeveloped and cliché. Could have done more here and that would have made it even more enjoyable.
Em Lewis
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flinging It is another really great book by G Benson. Loved the main characters, their struggles felt real and I was invested in their journey. The side characters played off them so well. I also especially enjoyed Jack’s story and was glad this was highlighted and see what positive support can do.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Technically, a great book...Subject matter, frustrating...
Jane Shambler
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ylva-pub
I didn't give this book 4 stars because I'll admit I don't agree with infidelity regardless of the circumstances. I strongly believe that you should end your relationship before starting a new one. But saying that Benson made this book work despite the contents.

The two main characters Cora and Frazier actually dislike each other in the beginning. It's not until they start working together on an out reach program do they start to like each other. Frazier is single but Cora is a married woman to t
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Benson spent her childhood wrapped up in any book she could get her hands on and—as her mother likes to tell people at parties—even found a way to read in the shower. Moving on from writing bad poetry (thankfully) she started to write stories. About anything and everything. Tearing her from her laptop is a fairly difficult feat, though if you come bearing coffee you have a good chance.
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