Book Review: Relight My Fire by Joanna Bolouri

Relight my Fire by Joanna Bolouri
Release Date: 31st May 2018
Publisher: Quercus
Buy: Paperback  Kindle

Phoebe and Oliver are stuck in a rut.

With a five year old daughter and demanding jobs, it's not hard to see why the spark has gone.

Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they've ever wanted in bed - or out of it.

But with distractions aplenty - such as, why do all her past lovers think now is a good time to make a reappearance? And, she may be wrong, but is Oli keeping something from her? - will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?

If (like me!) you are a fan of Joanna Bolouri's books, then you will recognise lead characters Phoebe and Oliver from her debut novel, The List. Things are a bit different for these characters than they were in Joanna's first novel (which detailed their sexual exploits). Phoebe and Oliver now have a five year old daughter, Molly, and things aren't what they used to be between the couple. The spark has gone (aka they haven't had sex in forever) and Phoebe has had enough.
They attend couples counselling which opens up revelations of all kinds and sets them on a journey of passion and rediscovery. Que many adventures for the couple and not just of the sexual kind...

I love, love, LOVE Joanna Bolouri. Her books are wild, funny, fairlyyyy explicit but UTTERLY FABULOUS. She has such a natural charm to her writing, which is warm and witty. She creates realistic characters, the type who you would happily have as your BFF and puts them in both realistic and sometimes outlandish situations. Relight my Fire is no different.
Needless to say, if you have read and enjoyed The List, the this is a must-read. I will freely admit to wondering what the characters in Joanna's debut got up to after I turned the last page, so it was hugely satisfying to be reunited with these characters.
Phoebe and Oliver find themselves in a situation that countless couples will be able to relate to. They've got a young child, demanding jobs etc etc. The last thing on either of their minds is getting up to anything raunchy, and I love how this novel explores the connection that they share and the emphasis they each put on certain areas of their relationship.

As our sole narrator, you cannot help but quickly warm to Phoebe. I loved her...Her quirks, her sense of humour - just everything. She was a wonderful character and even if you haven't met her before it won't take you long to wish she was your real life BFF. She comes out with some complete GEMS in her diary entires (she would save world peace for ‘gravity-defying tits, world peace and turning more water into wine’ and describes the pasta she makes as being like wrestling with Tom Hardy ‘messy and I wanted it in me’) and that’s just the tip of the iceberg...You cannot help but love this woman.

I love Joanna's writing. As an author she reminds me of Sophie Kinsella and there really is no higher compliment I can give other than that. Based on a fantastic premise, it was also intriguing to have a few other storylines running alongside the main one involving Phoebe and Oliver's attempt at rejuvenating their relationship. This all contributes to keeping you hooked on the storyline and I can assure you that once you begin reading this novel, you won't be putting it down any time soon. But do bear in mind that you will constantly have the Take That song going round your head whilst reading...However this is not necessarily a bad thing.

If you haven't read The List then fear not - Relight My Fire can easily be read and enjoyed as a standalone too. Prepare to laugh, blush, smile, nod in recognition and most importantly of all - fall in love with Joanna Bolouri...

A huge thank you to Quercus for having me on the blog tour for Relight My Fire.

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