Title: Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes
Author: Jules Moulin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dutton (August 25th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
When a buttoned-up professor and her unbuttoned daughter fall for the same irresistible man, a delightful, subversive comedy begins. . . .
Life isn’t easy for single mother Ally Hughes. Teaching at Brown, her class load is huge and her boss is a menace. At home, she contends with a critical mother, a falling-down house, and a daughter who never misses a beat. Between taking care of the people she loves, teaching full time, and making ends meet, Ally doesn't have time for a man. She doesn’t date. She’s not into flings. But then she meets Jake, an eager student, young in years but old in soul, who challenges his favorite professor to open up her life, and her heart, to love. It doesn't work. In fact, his urging backfires.
Ten years later, Ally's still single. Jake reappears and surprises her in a brand-new role: He's dating Ally's now-grown daughter. In this hilarious, heartrending tale, Ally is finally forced to concede (not only to herself) that an independent, "liberated" woman can still make room in her life for love.
Ten years ago, Ally Hughes took a risk, she broke one of her rules; she had sex with one of her students. To be specific, Jake Bean wasn’t her student at the time because he had withdrawn from college hours before their encounter.
What was supposed to be a one night of passion, turned out to be a weekend impossible to forget.
Ten years have passed and Ally still remembers that weekend with longing. In those few days she shared with Jake she fell in love with him and with the way he made her feel.
Ally has tried dating, but without success. She’s content with her life and has come to terms with her single life, especially now that her daughter, Lizzie is a grown up woman trying to make it in the acting world.
All this changes when Lizzie brings home Hollywood star, Noah Bean. Noah is not other than Jake. Jake changed his name to his middle name, Noah, when he made it to Hollywood.
Ally can’t believe the Jake Bean she haven’t been able to forget is the same Noah Bean her daughter brought home to meet her. This new revelation and her daughter insistence of having a nose job will bring Ally’s uncomplicated life to a halt, where she will have to question what she really wants from life. It doesn’t help that they guy she was seeing has many secrets of his own.
I liked Ally as a character; she is funny and caring. Her concerns and desires were very real making it easy to connect with her. I really liked her conversations with her best friend.
Jake was a too perfect character to be believable. I can believe the Jake of ten years ago with a crush on his college teacher, but it was hard for me to believe in the Jake of the present. First, if he really hadn’t been able to forget Ally why he didn’t look for her sooner? Why he waited until he met Lizzie to contact her? With the money and the power he now has as a Hollywood star he could have found her very easily.
Lizzie is a character that I couldn’t understand all the time. She’s also a character I liked and didn’t like much at times. First, I couldn’t understand why she behave the way she did and did the things she did. Supposedly she did it to get money for a nose job nobody told her to get nor did she need. That plot was a bit farfetched.
The story is very simple, it’s told in two parts, one in the past ten years ago and the other in the present. There are not big secrets apart for what Lizzie is trying to do; something that even at the end is not even clear.
Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin wasn’t perfect, but it was entertaining. With snarky characters, laughing out loud moments and smart dialogue is a good choice for a beach read.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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