The Internet is abuzz thanks to the steamy, revealing blog, Scenes of a Sexual Nature. The posts leave nothing to the imagination, detailing all sorts of delicious – and sexual – secrets. The author behind the blog, NiceGirl, is a bit of an enigma, but manages to catch the eye of Mark Bell, an up-and-coming London publisher. Little does Mark know that NiceGirl is really Claire Kennedy and her blog? More fiction than fact. When Mark offers Claire a book deal – and possibility of so much more, she panics, thinking that he’ll realize she’s a fraud with much less experience than her online persona. So Claire solicits the help of Luca, friend, artist, and commitment-phobe, to teach her how to live up to her alter ego. Strings-free sex with a friend? What could possibly go wrong?
Some Girls Do, the latest from Irish romance author Clodagh Murphy, draws on the world on blogging and imagines what might happen when Internet friends and real-life friends collide. I’ve read all of Murphy’s books, so I already knew I wanted to try this one, but I was also intrigued by the premise. I am, after all, a blogger myself, though not one who hides behind a fictional name or writes salacious things (unless, of course, my book reviews are somehow salacious in which case, that was totally unintended). In our 21st-century, Internet-obsessed world, so many people go online to try to be someone other than who they really are. Some Girls Do explores what might happen if our online self was suddenly dragged into the real world and forced to interact with (or as) our offline self.
Claire is a woman after my own heart. She works in a bookstore, finds her creative outlet in writing, and thinks a quiet evening at home with a good meal, wine and some television is the perfect evening. But Claire also harbors a wish for so much more and when Mark walks into her life with the promise of everything she ever wanted, she decides to take drastic action. Murphy doesn’t shy away from the awkward or uncomfortable. Claire’s proposition to Luca is cringe-worthy and funny at the same time, as Claire has clearly never done that sort of thing before. Likewise, the realism continues once she and Luca do begin their “lessons.” Claire doesn’t automatically become a knowledgeable sexpot right away; it takes her time to grow her confidence and lose some of her inhibitions.
Though it was clear to see where the story was headed early on, I still liked watching polar opposites Claire and Luca learn about each other. And while I don’t think Some Girls Do develops Luca’s character as well as Claire’s, I did like watching him finally open up to someone and realize the benefits of having someone care for you. (Besides, who doesn’t like a reformed rogue, no matter what century he lives in?)
Fans of contemporary romances will enjoy Clodagh Murphy’s Some Girls Do, which is equal parts sweet and sassy. It’s got Internet secrets, friends-into-lovers, and a brooding starving artist. (And, as an added bonus, the excerpts from Claire’s blog are seriously hot). Give it a try – no one on the Internet has to know. It’ll just be between us.
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