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Synopsis: When her life is irrevocably altered by a post-Rave tryst on her mother’s floral patio recliner, Erin Roberts’ long-standing relationship with Humiliation takes her down a path that’s not so much ‘less well trodden’, more ‘perilous descent down sheer cliffs’.
Armed with a fierce devotion to her best friend and the unrequited love for the boy she might have accidentally married at age seven, when Erin falls pregnant at sixteen, life veers off at a most unexpected tangent.
Her journey to adulthood is far from ordinary as Erin learns that protecting the hearts of those most precious to you isn’t balm enough when your Love Punked heart is as sore as your freshly tattooed arse.
Whilst raising football prodigies and trying not to get stuck in lifts with Social Work clients who hate her, Erin discovers that sometimes you have to circumnavigate the globe to find the very thing that was there all along.

My thoughts

This book should come with a warning…that you will laugh and cry, a lot, in equal measure. I laughed at home, on the bus, in cafes and on one sneaky occasion when I needed to know what happened next; when I was meant to be working. The second to last chapter had me in floods of tears. For anyone who knows me this rarely happens. I’ve only ever cried at one film and that was (spoiler alert) Bruce Willis’ death in Armageddon – romcom books never result in tears. All this waffle is to explain just how good I found this book.

Despite, at the start, Erin only being 16 it is full of adult themes but then when you get pregnant whilst still at school it’s quite understandable that she had to grow up quick. The book covers the trials and tribulations of having to bring up twins at such an early age. Both my mum (with me) and step-mum had their first child under the age of 18 and I’ve heard so many similar stories so a lot of it felt very real to me based on their stories.

The writing is superb, as mentioned it brought out a lot of reactions when reading it. The characters are so well developed right out of the gate and just get better as they evolve and grow up. I’ve already recommended it to a friend and can’t wait for the next one

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1717868096

Amazon US –https://www.amazon.com/dp/1717868096

Author BioI am a UK based author of Contemporary women’s fiction who is passionate about telling the stories of strong, sympathetic, entertaining and engaging female characters and the lives that they lead. My Welsh heritage and my life as a practising Social Worker with teenagers and their families heavily influences my work as does my love of all things 90’s and an adolescence spent immersed in clubbing culture.

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