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Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks
Helen’s children leave home at eighteen. She sleepwalked through her marriage of twenty years for their sake. But when they go, she leaves her husband. Her house is a mess, as is her image and Helen breaks down. Through her pain, she draws blood and allows the universe to guide her and her decisions.
The unexpected happens, scientist Helen gets thrown into a new life of hedonism, dating, and self-discovery. A charming lawyer steals her heart, but is Helen ready for the fast lane? Will the local village firefighter provide the romance of her dreams? Or the military spy CJ, who is convinced that Helen is part of a Romanian smuggling gang.
With the help of her sister Portia, Helen starts to transform her life. The universe guides her to finding something in herself.
Debut author Bena Robert’s provides a unique perspective in this witty black comedy. Dark humor meets chick lit with a robust and realistic voice.
Ooooh… Mama Mia… I went into Six Tinder weeks expecting a quirky romantic comedy. What I found was something far more raunchy, raw and real. The blurb identifies this novella as “dark humor meets chick lit with a robust and realistic voice,” and that description is spot on.
Bena Roberts takes readers on a wild ride through one woman’s downs and ups of a post-separation midlife crisis.
“The leather was symbolic of my fatigued marriage. Beautiful at the start and over the years frayed and shabby without the chic.”
Helen is ready for a fresh start. Her hairdresser gives her a makeover and sets her up with the dating app SPRK to spice up her sex life, because that’s what Helen needs. What ensues is a series of comedic online interactions between Helen and the men she ‘swipes right’ to.
As Helen blunders through her six weeks on the app she comes across the charming, the witty, the liars, the con artists, the seriously sexy and the possible ‘one’. The author switches perspectives as the chapters change to give the reader a sense of the characters flitting in and out of Helen’s life. Helen’s chapters are written in the first person, while the chapters dedicated to the supporting characters are written in the third. I actually found that unique style worked well.
My main issue was that Helen’s imagination rambled a lot! It was easy to get sidetracked or lost in her ramblings, not always realising it wasn’t a scene that was actually playing out.
A standout scene for me was CJ’s confrontation with Helen. It was so unrealistic and ridiculous, I couldn’t help but enjoy it! You have to have a healthy sense of humour when reading this one.
The ending is a bit open but yet works in the context of this story. Never fear, the main issues are resolved and I finished this book feeling satisfied; and with a determination to stay away from dating apps. 😄
This book is not for the squeamish or easily offended. If that okay with you, though, you’ll be in for an entertaining ride.
I give this story 4 darkly witty espresso shots.
About the Author: Bena Roberts
Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title romance adventurist! She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.
Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’
Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog. However, her technology career ended after she was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2009. Since 2012, Bena has taught English in Germany and managed a small relocation business.
Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey.
Six Tinder Weeks, now Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel. Other books include The Forever Night Stand, with Tammy & Lisa: Mum Detectives at the Village School available in 2018.
Twitter – @benaroberts
Amazon Author – https://www.amazon.com/Bena-Roberts/e/B076ZRDW8G
Blog – www.sixtinderweeks.com
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