My Lurid Past

Author: Lauren Henderson

Publisher: Downtown Press

Release Date: November 1, 2003

Blue Ribbon Rating: 2.5

Format: Print

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Juliet Cooper has always been the epitome of the free spirit. She does what she wants, when she wants, with whomever she wants. She likes men and has never had a problem getting them. For the past several years, she’s done nothing but "serial date", and she likes her life that way just fine, thank you very much. As long as the men she dates don’t show up on her doorstep wanting to hang out or propose, everything is just as it should be.

Juliet works hard and has a handful of good friends, including her best girlfriend Gill, who’s stuck in a loveless, sexless marriage. And as life has a way of doing, Juliet and Gill each wish to have the other’s life. Gill wants to be single and fancy free, wants the ability to meet a good-looking man at a pub and take him home for the night. And Juliet, although she will never admit it, is starting to think seriously about a commitment to one man.


MY LURID PAST is a tale of life in the first person. It centers around Juliet’s life, for sure, but it also focuses on the thoughts and feelings that most single women everywhere have had at least once. Is this job I do what I want to be doing for the rest of my life? Is this man I’m seeing my long-lost soul mate? Do I look fat in this dress?


The story is engaging and surprisingly funny, with dashes of sarcastic humor and English phrases thrown in throughout the book to keep you on your toes. It’s a humorous story of life and love, of friendships that you keep for a lifetime, and how a person can actually change on a daily basis.


One caution to readers is that this book is defined as chick lit, and although it does lean towards a "happily-ever-after" ending, it’s more humorous comedy than mainstream romance. That said, I think you’ll find MY LURID PAST to be a quick, quirky read.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Jennifer Wardrip

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