"He's Spanish! She's pulled a Spanish guy at seventy-three? My God, that's impressive. I mean I know I managed it at twenty-three, one long hot summer in Madrid, but that only happened after I plied him with an enormous amount of sangria. How exactly did she do it? How pissed did she have to get him?"
"I don't know. I doubt alcohol was involved."
"Alcohol is always involved, Katy. You find me someone who cannot attribute their relationship in some part to alcohol and I will find you a Brit who is able to communicate their emotions while sober."
Katy and Ben have settled into a nice house in the suburbs. Stay-at-home dad Ben has started working part-time at their daughter, Millie's preschool, while Katy concentrates on her career in marketing. They have finally decided the time is right to try for a second baby, when a surprising new job opportunity for Katy throws a spanner in the works. Meanwhile, Katy's mother shocks the family by wanting to bring her new boyfriend to stay for Christmas, and wedding bells may be on the horizon for Ben's mate Braindead if he can manage not to screw things up for once.
No-one Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day revisits the characters from the best-selling No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday and No-one Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs but it would still make sense if you hadn't read the two previous books in the series. It's a light-hearted romantic comedy that would be perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit.
My one criticism would be that at times it's a little hard to keep track of all the characters, but I did find myself actually caring about them all, which made up for my confusion early on. Tracy Bloom's writing style is playful, and the book is a blend of humour and romance, with some thoughtful reflection about gender roles and the different expectations men and women may have about relationships.
No-One Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day is an enjoyable read for lovers of romantic comedy. It's a fun bit of escapism, ideal for helping you de-stress during bustling pre-Christmas preparations.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bookouture, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest Review.
Published: October 24 2017