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.

22 thoughts on “The Cougar Club, by Susan McBride with Giveaway

  1. Linda Henderson says:

    I don’t know, maybe 15 years older. My mother is about 12 years older than my stepfather. But they married when I was 16 and I’m considerably older now so I never thought anything about it.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  2. Margot says:

    This book sounds like a fun story. I’m one year older than my husband but I don’t think that counts. I actually don’t like the fact that there is a name for it. Age really shouldn’t matter.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Age doesn’t matter. And I’m not even sure I used it correctly, since I just looked up the definition (maybe I should have done that first!) Accordring to Wikepedia

      a woman over 40 who sexually pursues younger men, typically more than eight years her junior.

      Oh, well I don’t qualify as a baby cougar at all! Oops 🙂

  3. DarcyO says:

    Well, my husband is 6-1/2 years younger than I am. I don’t think age matters that much. I’d say dating a man 12 years younger than yourself would make you a cougar.

  4. Meg says:

    A “baby cougar” — LOL! That’s so funny and cute. Glad you enjoyed this one! No need to enter me in the contest… I’m going to be reading it this weekend for the book tour, too. Can’t wait to start; sounds fun!

  5. trish says:

    LOL. You’re so cute being a baby cougar. I’m not a cougar…I married a man 11 years older than me. 🙂

    I think it’s great that this book focuses on women in their 40s. Most women I’ve talked to think their 40s were the best decade of their life, yet as a society we focus on ditzy 20 year olds.

    Anyway, enough of my high horse. 🙂 Thanks for being on the tour, Stacy! I’m glad you liked the book!

  6. Nicole says:

    Well it has a great title and it seems to be about what can be a a great time in a woman’s life. No need to enter me. I’ve been purging books at the moment.

  7. RobynL says:

    I would say 10 yrs. difference.

    Please enter me for the book as it sounds like one can gain great insight from this.

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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