The Beginners Guide to the Birds and the Bees by Sophie Hart

If she could fix everyone else's love life, then why couldn't she fix her own? 

Title - The Beginners Guide to the Birds and the Bees
Author - Sophie Hart 
Publisher - Bookouture 
Publication Date - 19th September 2014
Format - eBook (Provided via NetGalley)
Pages - 384

The blurb

What happens in the bedroom doesn't have to stay in the bedroom
A refreshingly open and uplifting romantic comedy about friendship, love and sex. Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone in order to give a relationship a good dose TLC...

Sex therapist Annie Hall helps couples put the fizz back into their relationships. It's a shame her own love life is non-existent. When Jamie who works next door catches her eye, she can't ignore the spark of chemistry.

Most men would jump at the chance to skive off work for an afternoon quickie with their gorgeous wife, but Nick knows Julia is after only one thing - a baby. Sex shouldn't be a chore. Can Annie help Julia see that? 

Newly engaged Zoe and Simon can't keep their hands of each other. They've decided to take a vow of celibacy until their wedding night. Will Annie help them stick to it? 

Roy and Linda have been married for over thirty years but she's more interested in the family business than getting intimate with him. Can Annie convince Linda to rediscover her passion for Roy after all this time? 

While Annie begins to work her magic with the three couples, she soon discovers that she'll need to take some of her own advice if she's going to let a new man into her life. 

Becca's thoughts

As usual, I'm going to begin my review by thanking the fabulous publishers Bookouture for accepting me via Net Galley. I hate to sound like a complete cover fiend (which I am), but I just loved the cover for Sophie's title, which of course enticed me to to then read the description, and as soon as I clicked 'request', I knew that I was in for a treat. I also can't forget to thank the author herself, Sophie Hart, for writing such a gorgeous story. The Beginner's Guide to The Birds and The Bees had everything that I love and so it was an absolute pleasure and joy for me to read.

There were SO MANY THINGS that I adored about this book. SO MANY! 

Firstly, I'm going to talk about Sophie Hart's wonderful writing style, because it is something that I have grown to adore in the short time that I spent reading the book. There's something sweet about it, something that makes me want to sit back with a hot cup of tea, a few chocolate biscuits and completely give myself up to Sophie's gorgeous words. It's light-hearted, warm, and entirely good-natured. You'd think that Annie's career as a sex therapist would mean that you'd be in for a dark and naughty read, but surprisingly it's not like that at all. Of course there's talk of sex and relationships etc, but it all comes along with a stunning little dose of softness. It's not hard-hitting or shocking in anyway, and I wanted to just wrap myself up in Sophie's words and snuggle down. When I think of the writing style in The Beginner's Guide to The Birds and The Bees, I smile, because it's the sort of writing that does that to you. 

The actual plot of the book was bloody brilliant, and not once did I find myself feeling tired or bored of the story. Annie's profession meant that you were always being introduced to/catching up with a different couple who were seeking Annie's help, as well Sophie expertly changing the narrative to the couples themselves. I loved this, as it meant you were given a little insight into each couple's personal lives when they were away from Annie's office, and you were also invited to figure out where the problems lay between them. But even despite the focus being on Annie's career, Sophie also switches it between that and Annie's personal life too, which again, was just bloody fabulous! 

Annie Hall herself was superb, and I felt connected with her right from the very beginning. I found Annie to be a lovely, well-rounded woman, who most definitely deserved her own chance at true-love after putting her all into making everybody else's dreams come true. This really emphasised the fact that Annie was a truly beautiful person, inside and out, and she always chose to put her client's needs before her own. I just really, really wanted Annie to find a love for herself. She worked incredibly hard, staying late and ensuring she provided her clients with only the best. She was definitely in need of a break, by all accounts. Her love for rom-com movies made me think that she was a true romantic at heart. Annie's pregnant sister was always trying to set Annie up on dates with strange men, but Annie just knew it wasn't happened. No chemistry, no connection, and most of them were plain idiots anyway. No, I knew that Annie wanted something magical, something different, and she knew herself that she wasn't going to find that in one of her sister's set-ups.

Besides Annie, there were a multitude of fabulous characters to keep you entertained. The couples were brilliant, each with their own unique set of problems that they went to Annie with. They all had their own personalities and their own views towards visiting a sex therapist which made me giggle at times. And there's also the gorgeous Jamie who works across the hall from Annie, who she sees every now and again when popping into the communal kitchens for a drink and a biscuit or two. And as mentioned above, there's Annie's pregnant sister who really wants Annie to find someone who can make her happy. Sophie created such a colourful array of characters, and I think I fell for them all! 

The Beginners Guide to The Birds and The Bees is absolutely perfect for chick-lit lovers. It had everything! The comedy, the romance, a little splash of drama! If I could have wrapped my Kindle around me, then I would have, because I felt like I was cocooned into Annie's world with Sophie's superb characters and story. 

Becca's Books is rating The Beginner's Guide to The Birds and The Bees with four gorgeous cupcakes! Everything about this book is why I love to read. 




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