Author: Jack Lauriger
Title: Clarissa Awakening
Genre(s): Contemporary; Women's fiction; Sensual erotica
A quick beach read with a relatable plot
When Jack first reached out to me for a review I was really excited to dig into Clarissa Awakening because I've never read a novel from the perspective of a female lead that was written by a man. I think it is quite a difficult task to write from any perspective that is vastly different from one's own and Jack was able to accomplish this in a way that felt effortless. As I was reading, there was no indication that Clarissa's character was written by a man and her womanly qualities never felt diminished or out of touch.
Clarissa is a strong female lead as a mother, wife, and hard working employee. She is in the process of navigating motherhood, a dwindling intimacy between her and her husband, and a difficult work force with big changes. A majority of the novel follows Clarissa as she makes her way through the journey related to each area of her life. Jack paints a truly domestic picture of Clarissa's life, which made her feel relatable and that I wanted to root for her progress. There were several scenes that made me laugh out loud, specifically when she is caring for her children. The overall vibe of this book felt very light, which makes it a great weekend or beach read. I found Clarissa's sexual exploration of herself to be genuine and Jack's scene descriptions of those situations felt easy and authentic. I would definitely classify them as sensual eroticism, as they were not "hardcore," but still descriptive enough to cross the line from sweet romance to erotica.
What I did not like about this book...There were several supporting characters that could have added so much more quality to the novel and plot. However, those characters were more talked about instead of having their own dialogue. This made it hard to connect with not only them, but with Clarissa and her life. If these characters had participated more through dialogue and their own points of view, the novel would have been more enriched and felt more alive. Additionally, there were several times when Clarissa had flashbacks or descriptions of her past occurred. There was not a smooth transition between the present and past; therefore, I often felt confused about the timeline and which part of her life I was reading about. More clear distinctions of the scene would have been helpful to follow her journey more easily.
Women’s romance – summer read vacation companion. A storyline which threads a perfect blend of provocative humour mixed with just the ocassional erotica. The launch of a six series of books.
Clarissa, the central character, a supporting wife, mother of two growing up children and successful career person, wakes one day to the reality that her life was once different; a time before a life dominated by responsibilities and social correctness. The pivotal moment is as she recalls her train journey shared with an incidental elderly woman.
Just as Clarissa calls her present life into question, things take a sudden and unexpected turn when she’s asked by her bosses to spend six months abroad. From that moment Clarissa’s life changes dramatically. The introduction to new friends has her embarking on a journey of intimate rediscovery; a journey which, by the end of the series, will ultimately introduce her to an entirely new and lasting understanding of personal happiness and fulfilment. A private life is a happy life.
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