Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Cougar Club

As I was reading The Cougar Club, my son happened by. He stopped, backed up, and asked, “What in the world are you reading?” Clearly, he knew what a “cougar club” is. For anyone out there who doesn’t, here’s my definition of a “cougar”: an older woman who prefers younger men.

Susan McBride, author of The Cougar Club, introduces the reader to three women, friends from childhood who have drifted apart but are brought back together when one loses her job and moves back to her hometown.

Kat, the one who loses her high-powered job also discovers her younger live-in lover with someone else - on the computer. She decides it’s time to go back to her roots and re-group. She reconnects with her friends.

Carla is a sexy TV news anchor who’s having to fight off younger competition vying for her job. She knows the competition’s tricks because she used them to get the job in the first place. She’s not about to disappear without a fight, though.

Elise is the only friend in the group who’s married. She knows the flames in her marriage have lowered and she’s worried her husband is interested in someone else. She has no idea she’s about to be blind-sided, though.

The Cougar Club is a light-hearted, sometimes funny look at three women, their friendship, their hearts, and how having friends you can trust can save you even in the hardest of life’s trials. It’s listed as a Romance, but I thought of it as more of a book about lasting friendships, and would recommend it if it sounds like your cup of tea.
FTC Disclaimer: I won this book over on Mason Canyon’s blog, Thoughts in Progress. A Marketing Associate with Harper Paperback/Avon sent it to me on behalf of the author, Susan McBride. Neither asked for a review. I won’t be passing it on to my sister, who I discovered reads this blog, but never comments, and has a porous memory, because the author signed the book. So, I will keep it on my shelf. I may take it down and re-read it, holding the cover so my DH will see it and wonder why I’m reading about a cougar club. I’ll tell him it’s a how-to manual.
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  1. Let's see, if the tables were turned and the Cougar's Club was a clug of older men preying on younger women, they'd be called the Creepy Old Guys Club.

    Not that I'm complaining. Nor are the young guys who are in the sites of these cougars.

    Stephen Tremp

  2. I agree with the previous commenter Stephen T. The rules are very different for older men and older women. The same is the case with sex toys; women using sex toys are modern and independent and liberated, men using sex toys are dirty old pigs.

    I thought the term cougar, like MILF and BBW and ..., was only used by the porn indutry (have only heard about it, never seen it myself, of course). I haven't seen it in the title of a straight book before.

    And what I enjoyed the most in your post, Helen, was the disclaimer ... hihihi >:)

  3. What a brilliant title! If there's a Cougar Club somewhere, I'm in. (Oh yeah, I'm married. OK, scratch that.)

    Seriously, though, it sounds like my kind of read.

  4. Hehe. Love your last comment there, Helen - gotta keep your husband on his toes!

    Stephen - old men score young women all the time. It's co-incidental that the men are millionaires. I speak for regular guys everywhere when I say we all look on and tut. But we're secretly jealous.

  5. Me I'm a member of the men's Tiger Club who goes for younger women. Thank God my 60 year old wife could easily pass for in her early 40's. Keeps me hot. (wink)

    Could I get you to write disclaimers for my posts? You have some real talent with that, Hel's baby. (another wink)

    The Old Silly

  6. I thought along the lines of Stephen. Althought I'm wondering more about why men can go after young things without earning a name like "Cougar?" Then I remembered, there is the term "Mid Life Crisis."

  7. I read this one recently and thought it was pretty good.

  8. Another stellar disclaimer!

  9. Older men with younger women has been around for years. It's called The Rich Men's Club, aka, The ... okay, coffee kicked in and I realized I better not go there.

    I believe books like The Cougar Club are not unique. There seems to be a whole slew of books centered around this theme. The category of Romance has a lot of sub-categories, just as Mystery has niches.

  10. Cougar is such a popular term these days!

  11. Sounds like an interesting book! I'm thinking I could use something fun and optimistic right about now. Thanks for posting about it!

    Hehe- love the idea about telling your husband it's a "how to" manuel. :)

  12. As long as the cougar was hot, I wouldn't object to the attention!

  13. Alex, in books, the cougars are all hot.

  14. Thanks so much for the mention. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. It sounds like such a fun book. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it's on my list.

  15. Mason, thank you for hosting a book giveaway on your blog. I'd like to find out about doing that. I'm never sure if it's kosher to give away a book a publisher sent.

  16. Ha! You can have fun with that book just by the reactions you'll get reading it! :)

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  17. Purrr, sounds good. Will add it to my, MUST be read list. Thanks Helen.


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