Blurb (from Goodreads):
"A modern-day retelling of D.H. Lawrence’s controversial early 20th century tale Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Belle sets her story in Palo Alto, California where Connie Chatterley is torn between marrying her tech genius boyfriend or giving him up for a fling with a masculine, muscular fitness coach.”
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pocket Star and Edelweiss.)
The last thing Connie Chatterly was expecting at her graduation party was for her boyfriend to announce that his company needed to move to Silicon Valley, and that he wanted her to go with him.
Leaving behind New York, her place at Art College, and her friends and family, Connie finds herself not waking until noon, and with nothing to do, getting a little fat.
Things with her boyfriend Cliff aren’t going well either. He spends every waking moment at the office, and when he comes home, he takes his laptop and i-phone to bed with him. Even worse, they haven’t had sex in weeks, and when Connie tries to make a move, Chris loses his er… mojo and blames it on stress.
Connie wants sex though. She wants to feel wanted and beautiful, she wants to feel like she matters to someone, and when she sees a sexy trainer at the gym – Mr. HTFU (Harden The F*ck Up), it’s suddenly him that she’s fantasising about in the shower.
Connie doesn’t want to cheat on Cliff though, she loves him, but how long can she go without feeling wanted? And is Mr. HTFU too good to resist?
This story is a retelling of Lady Chatterley’s lover, a book that I have always wondered about but never read. I debated whether I wanted to read this one or not, but eventually curiosity won out, and I decided to pick it up.
The story is mainly told from Connie’s point of view, and I quickly started to love her and know exactly what she was going through. Poor Connie was basically ignored by Cliff while he was doing major work to make his company a global name, and having left New York and her whole life behind for him, Connie had nothing to occupy her time.
Even worse was the fact that even when she put in the effort and tried to spend time with him, or took an opportunity to try and make love with him, he ultimately…. Um, deflated! And their passions were brought to an untimely end.
I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Connie, and it was obvious that she was doing her best to try and save their relationship.
When her sister recommended that she just find someone else to occupy her time, Connie argued and said that she wasn’t going to cheat, but ultimately, she needed some attention.
Cliff was pretty focused on his company, which I totally understood, but at the same time he was letting his relationship die. The relationship really needed a little bit of effort from him to keep it going, but he just wasn’t paying Connie any attention at all.
Mr. HTFU was very sexy, and it was easy to see why Connie began thinking about him, even though cheating is not the answer to relationship problems.
I really liked the way this story was written, and found it really compelling and difficult to put down. There was constant tension in Connie’s relationship with Cliff, and the constant question over what Connie was going to do next, and whether anything was going to happen with Connie’s personal trainer!
This story is told in a series of novellas, and this one ends on a very sexy note which definitely leaves you wanting the next book!!!
Overall; a well-written, slightly-erotic contemporary romance novella, that will leave you wanting more.
8 out of 10.