Juliet, the main character, is struggling with sex/romance/commitment. She's finding it impossible to continue having meaningless sex, much to her horror. Her friends think that she's sick of sleeping around and actually would like a relationship, the very thought of which gives her the shivers. Her two best friends are at opposite ends of the spectrum. There is Mel, the Dominatrix, who maintains the upper hand in her relationships, as well as a cool detachment. Then there is Gillian, who has the ideal marriage, minus the sex. While Gillian is struggling to break out of her celibate commitment, Juliet is facing her own sort of self-imposed commitment to celibacy. Much soul searching occurs by all three women, and in the end, all is resolved. A funny, light, enjoyable read.
This report prepared by Michelle L. Maher
Downtown, Nov 2003, 12.00, 368 pp.
Thirtyish, Juliet Cooper wonders if that is all there is to life. She would love them and leave them as a serious sexual serial offender, but currently does not do the latter as she finds men boring. She had no intention of turning to women or the bondage game of her friend Mel the dominatrix does. Instead, Juliet envies her other best pal Gillian who is happily married to the faithful Jeremy.
However, even that dream haven turns false when Gill, jealous of the sexual freedom of her bud, leaves Jeremy, who has not touched her in forever. While Juliet works to keep Liam, the upcoming star of a new TV cook show she will produce, out of trouble with women, Gill begins dating. After meeting Philip, Juliet wonders if a nunnery would be better, but then there is always Architect Alex, who actually stirs her blood, but will Juliet allow him the opportunity to shake her bones?
MY LURID PAST is an amusing chick lit tale that loses some of the luster due to the lack of sympathy the decadent Juliet will receive. The lead character seems spoiled and Gill comes off worse for not even making a real effort to communicate with her spouse. Still, the tale is often humorous especially when Mel is leading some dog collared male around as her slave.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner