Rating: C    Romance: 3/5   Raunch: 3/5

Redonk Nutshell: Condom heiress gets an education on her sexuality & ends up falling in love

Alice Beasley’s grandmother leaves her a condom company in her will with a stipulation – if she sticks it out for a couple of months she’ll get some serious mula. If she bails, she gets much less. So of course, Alice wants to give this whole “let’s make a profit on condoms” thing a go. Her super prudish boyfriend high tails it outta there while Alice jumps in head first. She wastes no time getting intimate with factory manager James, and before long the board is forced to test, in-house, the super brand new condom that has yet to hit the market. James and Alice take it upon themselves to be the guinea pigs, and before long the testing starts to get pretty personal.

I picked up this book because I thought the blurb sounded like it had potential. The first few pages set the tone for me, though, and I found myself disappointed. Fancy Free is fluffy in terms of emotional development and character complexity. There is little room for a meaningful connection between the content and reader. I was interested enough to find out how Alice resolves her situation, but by the end I was rolling my eyes a few times, skimming through to wrap up the final threads.

Alice is incredibly naive. Physically she’ s not a virgin, but she might as well be. She goes to a bar and keeps drinking with no thought to the fact she might…you know…get DRUNK. She jumps into bed with James without really thinking about the repercussions. When things start to get *weird* at work (completely unrelated to her relationship with James) she brushes it off and fails to see any resemblance of coincidences to the craziness going on around town. She’s just so…dumb? Is that the word I’m looking for?

This book was meh for me. It’s a quick, detached read that was fun but completely unbelievable. It was downright bizarre at times, and while I enjoy a good bizarrefest from time to time, this one didn’t really work for me at all.

Fancy Free by Shelley Munro


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