#BookReview: There Are No Men by Carol Maloney Scott

Reviewer: Terry

there are no menI received a review copy


Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date.

After a long drought, men are flooding her shores and she’s drowning in choices. There’s Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he’s cheating on her with his medical mistress—a demanding cardiology practice.

To further rock her boat, Claire’s ‘stable’ career in publishing has been tossed about by her floundering company’s launch of a new line of trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren’t selling these days, but erotica is flying off the shelves—and challenging Claire’s attitude about sex, work . . . and her tempestuous new life.

When her best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea—he has already caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation. Giving in to her friend’s nudging, she tries to ignore the details she discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her publishing house up from the bottom of the ocean.

Claire’s dilemma begs the question: Are there NO men or TOO MANY?


Claire is a divorcee trying to navigate through the murky dating would of those in the 35-45 age category. She struggles with her choices as most men her age are still wanting children, something that previous miscarriages have taken her choice away. She refuses to date younger guys because of the children issues, and older men generally are even more difficult to consider dating. The story starts with her dating dilemmas and a long string of bad dates that makes going to the dentist seem like a party compared to her experiences. But even with all this bad stuff she still seems to also find a couple of sweet young guys that truly dig her. Of course then the “perfect” doctor shows up and quickly pulls her into a serious relationship….but as the story continue the right guy fights his way through the mess and Claire soon finds that perfect is non existent, but love is definitely worth it. This was a fun read that depicted the woes of dating in your 30 ‘s and 40’s is really like.

4.5 stars

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