Tuesday 3 May 2016

The Flood (Sex, Love and Dating Disasters Book 2) - Steven Scaffardi

One bet, four girls, eight weeks, multiple dates. What could possibly go wrong?

Following his traumatic eight month dry spell, Dan Hilles is back in the driving seat and ready to put his dating disasters behind him.

But if only it were that simple.

After a drunken afternoon in the pub, fuelled by the confidence of alcohol, Dan makes a bet with his three best pals that will complicate his love-life more than ever when he brazenly declares that he could juggle multiple women all at the same time.

With just eight weeks to prove his point, Dan is about to find out how hard it is to date a flood of women without them all finding out about each other, especially when they come in the shape of an ex-girlfriend, a stalker, the office ice queen and the one that got away.

The Flood is the hilarious follow-up to The Drought by lad lit author Steven Scaffardi, chronicling the adventures of unlucky-in-love Dan Hilles.

What did I think?

After reading The Drought and absolutely loving it, it was only natural that I followed on with the next book in the series, The Flood. Anybody who reads The Drought, must read The Flood as it really is an absolutely hilarious sequel, but The Flood could easily be read as a standalone with no enjoyment lost.

Obviously I don't endorse or encourage promiscuity or cheating on partners but this is a work of fiction and a light-hearted read; it was great fun to read about Dan juggling his ladies and there is a hysterical scene where all four ladies are in the same pub and I could barely read for the tears of laughter running down my face.  It was like an episode of Benny Hill and all that was missing was Dan being chased out of the pub by his ladies...and everybody else in the pub.

There are some weird and wonderful new characters in The Flood who really must get a special mention.  Firstly, Dan's new flatmate, Tuna.  Yes, I really meant to type 'Tuna'.  Tuna is completely lacking in social skills and he's always creeping up on Dan and asking if they can get a dog, like they're an old married couple.  Then there is Dan's new colleague, Ieuan, pronounced Yigh-Un, but the gang call him Iron.  He's led a bit of a sheltered life and Jack sees a great opportunity to play Yoda as he takes Ieuan under his wing and teaches him the ways of beer and women.  With Master Jack in charge, prepare yourself for a bucketful of hilarity.

My favourite character has to be Ollie, as he is so like Neil from The Inbetweeners.  He's innocent in his stupidity and he meets his perfect partner in Steph, who Dan works with.  There is an absolutely brilliant bit where Ollie and Steph discuss stories in the bible - it's an absolute moment of genius from Steven Scaffardi.  The only problem is that Steph has a high-flying banker boyfriend.  How can Ollie compete with him?  I hope it's a 'watch this space' so we can find out more of this story...

There is so much going on in this book that you can never second guess the story.  There is pretty much a laugh on every page, meaning that I frequently had to stop reading to wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes.  Doctors should prescribe The Drought and The Flood as a little pick-me-up.  Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, unless you have no sense of humour, they are definitely going in my pile of 'books to read again'.

Lad Lit may be a niche genre but I think Steven Scaffardi is on to a winner with this series.  I hope to read more about this motley crew and I don't think I will ever get tired of them.  I miss them already and don't think it will be long before I re-read both books.  Try something new today and join in the fun and frivolity of the Lad Lit revolution!

I received this e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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