Adrian Turner, Mountaineer, Secret Agent, Fireman… Ade would dearly like to be any of these things, though he’d trade them all to win the heart of feisty Public Relations Executive, Paige.
Instead, he’s a disillusioned school teacher, on suspension, after an unfortunate incident with a heavy piece of computer equipment. And somebody’s foot. And Paige? Despite being his girlfriend for the past eighteen months, she still seems to have one foot out of the door and hasn’t quite committed to leaving a toothbrush in the bathroom.
Of course, it doesn’t help that she’s working with her ex-boyfriend, Sebastian. A man who in almost every way imaginable is better, taller, wealthier, hairier, and infinitely more successful than Ade.
Is Paige still in love with Sebastian? Why then did she suggest they get away for a few days? Some place romantic…
But when Adrian finds himself in Slovenia – with Sebastian in the room down the hall – he realises there’s serious possibility that he’s in danger of losing his job, his mind, and the woman he loves…
From best-selling author Peter Jones comes this hilarious romp about love, and the things people do to keep it from getting away.
Publication Day 10th October 2017
My Girlfriend’s Perfect Ex-Boyfriend is a romantic comedy written by a man, from a male perspective, which is quite a rarity. It is usually women who are shrouded in self-doubt, eaten away by reckless jealousy and constantly paranoid when it comes to romance. This book demonstrates perfectly that men suffer huge insecurities too,
Adrian Turner is his own worst enemy, he spends every waking hour wondering why his girlfriend Paige is with him and not her dashing ex-boyfriend Sebastian. The fact that Sebastian is tall, hairy, built his own house and keeps alpacas sends Adrian into a whirlwind of self-doubt and paranoia, especially as Adrian himself struggles to assemble an Ikea bedside table!
The story takes us to a wedding in Slovenia where Adrian meets his demon head on. How will he cope? Does Adrian rise to the occasion or remain defeated by the notorious ex-boyfriend?
I liked Adrian and wanted things to turn out right for him. I imagined him as a John Cleese type character, fumbling and awkward but hilariously funny too.
An unlikely friendship develops between Adrian and one of his pupils called Gary who appears to be seeking a father figure. The boy is extremely bright, unashamedly nosey but undoubtedly lonely. The relationship which evolves is truly endearing.
A great read for women who should be aware that it is not only the female species who suffer from crippling self-doubt. Peter Jones portrayal of Adrian Turner is not only extremely amusing but insightful, compassionate and thought-provoking.
I was sent the book to read in exchange for an honest review.
About Peter Jones
Peter Jones started professional life as a particularly rubbish graphic designer, followed by a stint as a mediocre petrol pump attendant. After that he got embroiled in the murky world of credit card banking. Fun times. Nowadays, Peter spends his days writing, or talking about writing. He’s written three novels; a Rom-Com (Romantic Comedy), A Crim-Com (Crime Comedy), and a Rom-Com-Ding-Dong (a sort-of Romantic-ish Comedy, with attitude). He’s currently working on his fourth novel, which – if it’s a musical – he’ll no doubt describe as a Rom-Com-Sing-Song. (Spoiler: It isn’t).
He is also the author of three and a half popular self-help books on the subjects of happiness, staying slim and dating. If you’re overweight, lonely, or unhappy – he’s your guy.
Peter doesn’t own a large departmental store and probably isn’t the same guy you’ve seen on the TV show Dragons’ Den.
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