The Cougar Club, by Susan McBride with Giveaway

The Cougar Club by Susan McBride: Book CoverFinished 2-14-10, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2010

Kat Maguire’s Facts of Life for Women over Forty: The older you get, the harder it is to find a single man your age who isn’t either: (a) married or gay; (b) divorced with insurmountable baggage; or (c) looking for a girl half his age.

preface to Chapter 7

Three best friends since high school are all in the same town again and in need of some tender loving care from each other and, quite possibly, the younger men surrounding  them.  Kit, Carla, and Elise are 45 year olds living in St. Louis.  Kit has just returned home after being fired from her Manhattan job in favor of younger employees.  When she goes back to her highrise to lick her wounds she finds her 20 something boyfriend engaging in a little online sex and she hightails it back to Missouri.  Cat, wears her cougar title like a badge of honor and as a beloved local newscaster she has many opportunities to take her pick of younger men.  She is currently in a relationship with the hot, young sportscaster at her station.  Elise, the most settled of the three is an empty nester who fears that her husband is cheating on her. 

This books is a fast and fun read.  The women are all successful and they make 45 look pretty glamorous.  They don’t need men, but they do enjoy them.  I don’t know how realistic the stories of these three women are, but it was fun to be a part of their lives for a few hours.

I loved the sharp writing and I was especially drawn to the idea that you can always go home. I loved Kat’s journey back home to her family and friends after 20+ years.  It’s a heartwarming thought.  Also, this should be where I confess that I’m a baby cougar.  My husband is 4 1/2 years younger than me.  He was 19 and I was 24 when we went on our first date and here we are, 14 years later, still in love 🙂  What about you?  Any cougars out there?

Susan McBride gave away a copy and now it’s my turn.  I have one more to share.

Leave a comment with your email address to be entered to win.  And tell me, how much older does the woman have to be than the man to be considered a cougar?  Open internationally and I’ll draw for a winner on March 6.  Good luck!

Other TLC Tour Stops – Cindy’s Love of Books, The Winey Mommy, The Book Zombie, This That & the Other

I received  the book from the publisher to review for this tour.

And the first Cougar Club winner is…

The Cougar Club By Susan McBrideJulie H.!!!!!!!!

Congratulations, Julie.  I will be forwarding your shipping info on to Susan McBride.

My review of The Cougar Club by Susan McBride will be up shortly.  Leave a comment on that post and be entered to win a copy.  That’s right.  I’m giving away 2!