When her life is irrevocably altered by a post-Rave tryst on her mother’s floral patio recliner, Erin Roberts’ long-standing relationship with Humiliation takes her down a path that’s not so much ‘less well trodden’, more ‘perilous descent down sheer cliffs’. Armed with a fierce devotion to her best friend and the unrequited love for the boy she might have accidentally married at age seven, when Erin falls pregnant at sixteen, life veers off at a most unexpected tangent. Her journey to adulthood is far from ordinary as Erin learns that protecting the hearts of those most precious to you isn’t balm enough when your Love Punked heart is as sore as your freshly tattooed arse. Whilst raising football prodigies and trying not to get stuck in lifts with Social Work clients who hate her, Erin discovers that sometimes you have to circumnavigate the globe to find the very thing that was there all along.
This book is not what I was expecting at all! While it is a romance it is also so much more! It takes place through 20 years of Erin Roberts life as she discovers how hard, unfair and wonderful life can be all at once. I initially opened this book just to read the first few pages to see if I would like it and I was gripped by Erins feisty attitude. Beware feisty redheads ( as a parent of a feisty redhead I can say this with absolute certainty). Once I started I could not put it down. It is hilarious in places and full of wonderful one liners but when it gets emotional it hits you hard.
This is such a realistic account of how life can take you on so many unexpected journeys. Erin may be one of my favourite characters I’ve ever read! She is feisty, brave and loyal. She isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes and she puts everybody before herself, even when it hurts her. At no point though does she become a martyr and never tries to make people feel bad for what shes done.
While you hope it’s going to end a certain way and usually with a romance you think you know, with this one you really do hope! It is at no point obvious if Erin is going to get what you want her to and right up until the end you can never tell whats going to happen. I recommend this to everyone who loves a romance and even if you don’t read this and be gripped by a feisty redhead!