I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Ex Factor by Eva Woods
Is it possible to freecycle love?
Modern dating is hard, especially when all you meet are liars, oddballs, men who wear Superman pants and men who live with their mums.
So why not date someone who already comes pre-approved? Just because your friend’s ex wasn’t right for her doesn’t mean that he won’t be right for you. That’s Marnie’s new plan for herself and her three best friends, perennially single Helen, recently divorced Rosa and cynical lawyer Ani.
Through bad dates and good, the four friends begin to realise that there are advantages to dating pre-screened men…but there can be some serious pitfalls to falling for your friend's ex.
What I found amusing about this story was I just recently watched Steve Harvey, and he had Kim Whitley (from OWN’s “Raising Whitley”) on to talk about the experiment she did of connecting her girlfriends with each other’s ex-boyfriends. They called it “The Recycle Party.”
For me, this story has the same feel. In The Ex Factor, we meet friends Marnie who has been away from her friends for about two years and has just returned to London. Helen, her best bud who gathers everyone together so they can catch up and who stays worried one of the women will discover an indiscretion she has had with one of the exes, Ani the solicitor/lawyer single but looking and Rosa who is trying to recover from an unsuccessful marriage.
Marnie comes up with the idea of dating an ex of each of her friends an idea that while she thinks is brilliant, some of the friends, not so much. In the Kim Whitley version they meet at a party, but this version was more interesting I thought in the way they meet on dates and the interaction of the characters.
I would have to say that I did not relate to any of these characters as they in some cases came across neurotic, uptight and more that was irritating. Even with that said, if you are looking for a decent chick-lit read that was in a lot of places laugh out loud funny, this is it.
This is a romantic comedy that you can relax to and read by the pool this summer. This was my first read by this author and I recommend if you like chick-lit.
Reviewed by: Linda C
Eva Woods lives in London, where she writes and teaches creative writing. She likes wine, pop music, and holidays, and thinks online dating is like the worst board game ever invented.
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