It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake

Mira: Harlequin. Feb. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780778331568. pap. $16.99. F
Following the end of a long-term relationship and then a one-night stand with an unexpected aftermath, Noni Blake, a thirtysomething bisexual and overweight teacher in Australia, decides to travel to Europe on a six-month pleasure quest where she will finally put her desires and needs first. She seeks out the one who got away and explores what makes her truly happy. She has a lot of sex with different partners, meets new friends, and meets someone who might just keep her from her firm plan of returning to her life back home. Along the way, Noni realizes that not only is she desirable but she is the common denominator in her happiness and that she can find joy anywhere.
VERDICT Christian’s sophomore novel (but her debut adult novel--Beautiful Mess was her debut YA novel) is an inspirational chick lit/romantic comedy that should appeal to readers who like stories about self-discovery and self-esteem, friendships, and romantic and sexual entanglements. However, it is definitely not for readers who don’t care for explicit sexual scenes.

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