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  1. 4 out of 5

    Pearls

    A poignant retelling of finding life after divorce. This honest and witty narrative chronicles Aoife's life after her husband leaves her for another woman. Left with running a household, raising two teenage sons, worrying over aging parents, and fighting for her job, Aoife finds the courage to step into the dating pool again, often with hilarious results. Divorce is a process, her father tells her; The Cougar Diaries is that process of rebuilding your identity despite the pull of family and soci A poignant retelling of finding life after divorce. This honest and witty narrative chronicles Aoife's life after her husband leaves her for another woman. Left with running a household, raising two teenage sons, worrying over aging parents, and fighting for her job, Aoife finds the courage to step into the dating pool again, often with hilarious results. Divorce is a process, her father tells her; The Cougar Diaries is that process of rebuilding your identity despite the pull of family and society. I read this in one night, and closed the book with a smile on my face and hope in my heart.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ele Wilson

    The Cougar Diaries, Part 1, is a true-to-life story of one womans' fight against the world. Struggling to cope with the breakdown of her marriage, running the family home, holding down a job and bringing up two teenage boys, Aoife, with the help of her best friend Trish, decides it time to get back out there and see what else life has to offer. A new haircut, wardrobe, underwear and a surprise gift from Trish are just the beginning for Aoife and she quickly notices the amount of attention she's r The Cougar Diaries, Part 1, is a true-to-life story of one womans' fight against the world. Struggling to cope with the breakdown of her marriage, running the family home, holding down a job and bringing up two teenage boys, Aoife, with the help of her best friend Trish, decides it time to get back out there and see what else life has to offer. A new haircut, wardrobe, underwear and a surprise gift from Trish are just the beginning for Aoife and she quickly notices the amount of attention she's receiving .....particularly from younger men! Since her marriage breakdown, many of their 'joint' friends seemed to take sides and her social circle slowly began to diminish. It wasn't long though before Trish dragged her to a party and introduced her to a few single men ....including Sex-God Chris!! This was the beginning of a whole new life for Aoife complete with exploring dating sites, trying rampant rabbits, a delve into the world of BDSM and the most hilarious strawberry incident i've ever read!! I'll quite frankly never look at one the same again!! lol Compared to Fifty Shades, this book is so much easier to connect with as it gives a realistic outlook on life and the many ups and downs that come with it. Not only is Aoife trying to reveal a newer, sexier her, but she's also dealing with an impossible ex hubby who seems to want nothing more than to make things as difficult as possible for her ....even removing items of property from her home while she wasn't there! The fact that her job also hangs in the balance just adds to the anxieties she has to deal with. It's thanks to her brother George and best friend Trish that she manages to cope and finally sees a light at the end of the tunnel, although it's a long way off yet. You're gonna have to read it if you want to find out more, but I highly recommend it! There's not as much sex as Fifty Shades but don't let that put you off as the parts that are there, are well written and described in enough detail to create those familiar little 'stirrings'. Better still, you can buy it for your Kindle and nobody need ever know what you're reading .....although they will get curious when you burst into giggles throughout!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer G.

    ***HOT***HOT***HOT*** I was asked to read this book for an honest review. And I must say that it was more than I expected. I mean WOW!!!! Not sure why this book doesn't have alot of reviews, but it sure should. What a great author, great imagination. This woman went through hell and back, and still stood tall and proud. She did what she had to do for her kids, and finally started living her life in the wild stage, which I think is "good for you", cudo's to her!!! And the ending was grea ***HOT***HOT***HOT*** I was asked to read this book for an honest review. And I must say that it was more than I expected. I mean WOW!!!! Not sure why this book doesn't have alot of reviews, but it sure should. What a great author, great imagination. This woman went through hell and back, and still stood tall and proud. She did what she had to do for her kids, and finally started living her life in the wild stage, which I think is "good for you", cudo's to her!!! And the ending was great, it was exactly what I was hoping for through the whole book, lol, Chris--- ahhh, I was swoon by him myself. Looking forward to # 2--BRING IT ON!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    My Book Addiction and More MBA

    THE COUGAR DIARIES, Part 1 introduced us to Aoife Brennan, a single mother of two teenage boys who had been separated for 5 years. She was struggling financially and really had no social life. Her best friend Trish decided it was time to get her out and that was truly where the fun began. This was a great book. It had some pretty steamy areas along with BDSM. I found myself laughing one minute and mad the next. It was definitely a page turner for me. I was cheering for Aoife. Having her describe THE COUGAR DIARIES, Part 1 introduced us to Aoife Brennan, a single mother of two teenage boys who had been separated for 5 years. She was struggling financially and really had no social life. Her best friend Trish decided it was time to get her out and that was truly where the fun began. This was a great book. It had some pretty steamy areas along with BDSM. I found myself laughing one minute and mad the next. It was definitely a page turner for me. I was cheering for Aoife. Having her describe the online dating experience was hilarious but so true. The way Ms. Brennan ends it, is perfect. It leaves you hanging and wanting more. Good thing this was only Part 1 because I would have been very disappointed. I am looking forward to reading Part II. Rating: 4.5 Heating Rating: Extremely Scorching Reviewed by: KellyR Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Darcy

    Watch out straight men, there is a cougar on the lose! This book is funny, sexy and not what you expect. Well work a read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    C.D. Foxwell

    I loved this book from start to finish - professionally written, compelling throughout and a lot of fun. The author, a well-known face in Ireland, has taken the interesting decision to use a pseudonym and give her main character the same name. It lends the story an enticing scent of realism - not surprising, really, because the author told me that the story is based on her life, only 'squeezed through a fiction mill'.cougar This is a funny, yet often gritty novel with a strong, realistic, likeabl I loved this book from start to finish - professionally written, compelling throughout and a lot of fun. The author, a well-known face in Ireland, has taken the interesting decision to use a pseudonym and give her main character the same name. It lends the story an enticing scent of realism - not surprising, really, because the author told me that the story is based on her life, only 'squeezed through a fiction mill'.cougar This is a funny, yet often gritty novel with a strong, realistic, likeable central character - with, naturally, some hot, messy sex chucked in. Perhaps it's something we could collectively opt to call 'authentic erotica'; there are no billionaires, no dreamy Adonises, no vampires and no 20-page sex scenes where everyone screams to a gushing orgasm 14 times each. Not that there's anything wrong with any of that, but it's refreshing to read something with genuine wit, that has a character you genuinely care about - even identify with - and sex that we can all recognise. Aoife's life is really pretty ordinary. In the face of the economic disaster in Ireland, she's a working mother bringing up two sons without much in the way of help from her husband, from whom she has separated. Encouraged by best friend Trisha, she begins to think about dating again. It's a big decision - she has enough on her plate without adding a complicated love life, but it's clear she has been alone too long and deserves something better than Paul, her good-for-nothing spouse. However, the first sex scene (featuring a lustful, handsome young DJ) does not occur until well into the book and thereafter the sex, while not sparse, is certainly less regular than in most erotica. In fact, I'd even describe this as a novel with some erotic parts in it rather than an erotic novel. This isn't a criticism, mind. While I think most of us who read erotica do it because we like reading good, hot writing - and we demand a lot of sex in our erotic reading - Aoife also understands that many of us also care about things like plot and, perhaps more importantly, character. Some erotica eschews character to concentrate on the sex - and there's certainly a place for that kind of hard, direct style. But there's also a place for this kind of prose, where we feel we really get to know the protagonist - her wants, her needs, her complexities - and in fact the sex scenes are all the more gratifying for that, because we become more involved, less detached. Perhaps some erotic stories are like one night stands - hard, fast, filthy, exciting, fantasy-fulfillers, while Aoife's novel is more like a lasting relationship - the sex may not be quite as desperately steamy, but it can mean more and be just as hot, albeit in a different way. By the time Aoife does finally have a fantastic orgasm, for example, you almost want to cheer. Even when she gets a bit of good news at work I did a little fist pump because I had so bought into her story. I found myself constantly willing good things to happen to Aoife - and not just the sexy good things. I worried about her when she meets a slightly unhinged dom; I wanted to warn her off a possible office romance; I was desperate for her to stick it to her ex; and I loved reading about how her reintroduction to the world of dating and fucking heightened her sexuality and caused her to reach for an almost forgotten rabbit in her bedside table drawer. But what I most liked was the authenticity; of feeling that I was reading about a real life and real sex. I wouldn't want all erotica to be like that, of course - we all want escapism now and again, but this book is raw and honest and erotic in equal measures - quite a feat to pull off. Perhaps my only real concern is the title. Maybe we need to think about definitions. I see a 'cougar' as an older woman that prowls about town, that preys on young, unsuspecting men who she takes back to her lair to teach a thing or two and then devour. Aoife isn't really like that - she may very well be a MILF, but she's not really a cougar - more a sexy pussycat. Perhaps that feline, predatory nature will come to the fore in the next part of the story, which apparently is not too far away... This review originally appeared at cdfoxwell.wordpress.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Ok so I am a bloke and I read alsorts and yes I read this wonderful erotic diary by Aoife Brennan a native of Dublin. Aoife proves that just because you are a divorcee and have have a couple of teenagers at home a certain age you are by no means dead. Yes this book is racy but it is fun also, and uses language that we are more acustomed too - especially if a few of us have been round the block once or twice. Usually when you has sex in it you are usually expecting it to win the bad sex of the yea Ok so I am a bloke and I read alsorts and yes I read this wonderful erotic diary by Aoife Brennan a native of Dublin. Aoife proves that just because you are a divorcee and have have a couple of teenagers at home a certain age you are by no means dead. Yes this book is racy but it is fun also, and uses language that we are more acustomed too - especially if a few of us have been round the block once or twice. Usually when you has sex in it you are usually expecting it to win the bad sex of the year award. Not in this book, not written for long distance memory like many others - and I hope Aoife doesnt mind me saying - but some one who is still an active particiapant, and good luck to her. We all have friends like Aiofe's best friend Trish, encouraging and goading her back to life, especially after her boring dates with the butcher, Tescos manager and a charity shop worker. She also finds how some people embelish on the dating profiles onlne. In the book the statement "Men don't change .." how true that is, we all think we are love Gods and an Adonis -pity our mirrors dont work to well. This is a delightful book a real fun book and searingly honest - Aiofe where have you been all my life?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I thought that I saw somewhere that this book was autobiographical...but I'm not quite sure. Not really sure how to classify it. There is some romance and a lot of a sexually repressed 40 something women dipping her toes into A LOT of different ponds. Sometimes the writing feels jumbled and all the Irish-isms, well I have to Google quite a bit, but over all this was an enjoyable read. I thought that I saw somewhere that this book was autobiographical...but I'm not quite sure. Not really sure how to classify it. There is some romance and a lot of a sexually repressed 40 something women dipping her toes into A LOT of different ponds. Sometimes the writing feels jumbled and all the Irish-isms, well I have to Google quite a bit, but over all this was an enjoyable read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Corbett

    realistic, hot, sexy read. Must read if you're Irish and Separated/Divorced.. completely relatable .. realistic, hot, sexy read. Must read if you're Irish and Separated/Divorced.. completely relatable ..

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tessa Harmse

    Hi, I really liked the ending. It made my day.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Ross

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Ipshita Ranjana

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Tbird London

    Aoife found herself at the age of 40, raising two teenage boys, going through a divorce, helping her mother with her ailing father and desperately trying to hang on to a job that she needed in order to support her children. Did she have time for a social life and dating? No but she tried to slip it in on her free time. This is a story of a middle-aged, newly single woman trying to find Mr. Right, or maybe just Mr. Sex for one night. You travel through her life as if you are actually reading her d Aoife found herself at the age of 40, raising two teenage boys, going through a divorce, helping her mother with her ailing father and desperately trying to hang on to a job that she needed in order to support her children. Did she have time for a social life and dating? No but she tried to slip it in on her free time. This is a story of a middle-aged, newly single woman trying to find Mr. Right, or maybe just Mr. Sex for one night. You travel through her life as if you are actually reading her diary. Raising two teenage boys, one who wants nothing to do with his father, the other tending to try to earn his father’s love. She navigates her way through life one crisis at a time and she shares her emotions with us during the process. What do you expect a healthy woman to do after four years of being alone and not having sex? You expect her to experiment and that she does. Trying to reclaim her life and her sexuality isn’t as easy as she thought. After disastrous dates with men who worked in places she would buy her food and other items in, she discovered the only thing to come out of that is now driving across town to shop. So she turns to dating online. Who knew going to a dating online site would bring such craziness to her, but some of her experiences are just down right funny. She had me laughing as she talked about a first date that involved strawberries and whipped cream and ended with an accident that left the man crying on the floor, to the sex God that took her away for a weekend only to tell her it wasn’t going to work out weeks later, while she was drunk. Then we were allowed to watch her handle the ones who just wouldn’t give up yet she had no desire to meet. How she handled those creepy men who sent her photos of their private parts. Then to top it all off, she goes out with a Dom that seems to take things to far. Between jerks and doms………she just kept looking, never giving up on the search, till right at the end of the book…….did Mr. Right text her? We will have to wait till the next book to find out. This was an interesting read, constantly flowing and pretty much demonstrates the life which is full of chaos. I didn’t find a great deal of intensity but there were some hot scenes just minus the intimacy and love. The author did a good job with developing the character in a way that makes us care about her. We are encouraged to feel her pain and to hope that she will find what she is looking for in life and yes even laugh at or with her while she struggles with insane men and rejection. I will warn you though, it took me a while to get use to the terms and quotes, but it doesn’t take away from the story at all. I will be looking forward to the next book in this series to see if she finally gets to be happy while watching her ex husband and his family move on and her sons growing up and establishing their own lives. I adore how she takes things as they come and meets them head on. Aoife is not a victim of circumstances. I also love how the author made sure that the main character showed love and respect for her children regarding their father and her new changes in her life. I can only imagine how difficult it is to write a story that will attract readers regarding a middle-aged mother who is learning to become a cougar. I think the author did a great job at keeping things interesting, real and letting Aoife maintain her respect and dignity while trying to fill the roles of woman, mother, ex-wife, employee and daughter to two aging parents.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I have just finished reading ''The Cougar Diaries: The Prequel and Parts I & II' and wish I didn't have to wait so long for 'Part III' to find out what happens next! The books are accounts of real life with Fiction thrown into the mix! I have absolutely loved reading these books ...as I can totally relate! They are witty and hilarious in parts; hot, sexy and informative in others, and then very real, serious and inspiring in the other parts.... but what I have loved the most has been how relatabl I have just finished reading ''The Cougar Diaries: The Prequel and Parts I & II' and wish I didn't have to wait so long for 'Part III' to find out what happens next! The books are accounts of real life with Fiction thrown into the mix! I have absolutely loved reading these books ...as I can totally relate! They are witty and hilarious in parts; hot, sexy and informative in others, and then very real, serious and inspiring in the other parts.... but what I have loved the most has been how relatable, real life and truthful they are! These books tell you about the journey that an Irish woman, called Aoife Brennan, goes through after the breakdown of her marriage! She is in her early forties and has been separated from her husband Paul for 5 years - since he had an affair and moved in with the girlfriend, leaving Aoife to raise their two teenage boys on her own, and he has now decided he wants a divorce so he can re-marry the girlfriend, who is now pregnant! As Aoife struggles to cope with all of this, her father falls ill and she is also trying to hold down a full-time job - with the worry of being made redundant and the possibility of loosing the family home ...due to the hard times Ireland is going through with the recent recession and new laws that have been put in place with the Banks! Within this period in her life she also heads back out into the dating scene and provides the reader with a very honest, entertaining and educational account of her personal experiences along this journey - how after divorce some married friends now look at and treat you differently; the difficulties in dating as a single mom; her account of exploring dating sites (with some hilarious results, "Strawberrygate" is a lol must read); problems faced when trying to use a vibrator at home with your children close by; her adventures in the world of BDSM and Erotica and how she meets and ends up dating a younger man called Chris, (whom she calls 'sex-god'), and the difficulties she faces with falling in love again and the expectations that can go along with that! What stays with me is through these books is that in the face of adversity this incredible woman and mother doesn't give up... she just keeps putting one foot in front of the other, which is truly inspiring! What also stood out to me was the importance of having people there for you in your life ...that no matter what happens, how you need people as sounding boards and ready to help if they can... as it really helps to clear your head and gives you the strength cope! I love this Authors writing style immensely and thoroughly look forward to reading more of her works! And wish her all the best in life!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sandy S

    3.75 stars THE COUGAR DIARIES is the first instalment in Aoife Brennan’s fictionalized account of her life following the demise of her marriage. The storyline is a culmination of real life and fantasy adventure of a forty something, newly single mother of two teenage boys and her foray into the world of dating, sex and divorce. The storyline is a sexual mixture erotica, BDSM and MMF situations. Aoife Brennan pulls the reader into one woman’s struggles as she tries to enter the world of online dat 3.75 stars THE COUGAR DIARIES is the first instalment in Aoife Brennan’s fictionalized account of her life following the demise of her marriage. The storyline is a culmination of real life and fantasy adventure of a forty something, newly single mother of two teenage boys and her foray into the world of dating, sex and divorce. The storyline is a sexual mixture erotica, BDSM and MMF situations. Aoife Brennan pulls the reader into one woman’s struggles as she tries to enter the world of online dating and the reality of the less than honest profiles. She will encounter a long list of men who are more than willing to fulfill every woman and man’s fantasy, and she will be placed in some very precarious situations. And all of this happens as ailing father shows signs of deterioration, her employer seeks to downsize and her ex-husband demands a change in separation agreements. But Aolfie has a plan and hopefully everything will work out in the end. The Cougar Diaries is a story about one woman trying to reclaim what was lost-her identity as a person and not just as someone’s mother and wife. Aoife Brennan takes the reader on a journey that will make you laugh and cry; shutter and sigh; shake your head and wonder why? But in the end, life comes full circle and there will always be a way to find the path you were meant to follow. Copy supplied by the author. www.thereadingcafe.com

  16. 5 out of 5

    VampireRomanceBooks ThatsErotica

    Aoife is facing midlife, two teen aged boys, a divorce, job uncertainty, and finally trying to put herself out there to date again. The Cougar Diaries Part 1 chronicles her journey into this new stage of her life. In the beginning of the story I felt so bad for Aoife. Her life was in shambles and she seemed to live for everyone but herself. Her first few dates were a total debacle, and would’ve been rather funny if they weren’t so pitiful. Then into her life walks Chris, a DJ ten years her junior Aoife is facing midlife, two teen aged boys, a divorce, job uncertainty, and finally trying to put herself out there to date again. The Cougar Diaries Part 1 chronicles her journey into this new stage of her life. In the beginning of the story I felt so bad for Aoife. Her life was in shambles and she seemed to live for everyone but herself. Her first few dates were a total debacle, and would’ve been rather funny if they weren’t so pitiful. Then into her life walks Chris, a DJ ten years her junior and sex on a stick. After a hot weekend romp Aoife has discovered good sex! I loved the way Brennen wrote the story like a journal. It gives the reader a very intimate peek into the life of Aiofe. There were sad times, stressful times, and definitely some very sexy times. Brennan even gave the reader some comic relief, my favorite was the strawberry fiasco. If you are curious about what could possibly go wrong with a strawberry, you will just have to pick up the book! After reading the ending of the book I am more than ready to read more of Aiofe’s adventures. I found her to be not only fascinating and funny, but she was so real it was a pleasure spending time in her world! **Reviewed by Teresa D. for ThatsErotica.com**

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jo-Anne

    This book tells us the adventures of Aoife and her life after her husband left her for another woman. She is 42 years old and has no idea how to go about dating but decides to get back out there and give it a try. She gets a makeover and joins a dating site. She gets lots of attention and much of it from younger men. Aoife's sexual awakening is quite erotic with some BDSM and MMF situations. She has her hands full trying to look after her sons, dealing with her lawyer who is overcharging her and This book tells us the adventures of Aoife and her life after her husband left her for another woman. She is 42 years old and has no idea how to go about dating but decides to get back out there and give it a try. She gets a makeover and joins a dating site. She gets lots of attention and much of it from younger men. Aoife's sexual awakening is quite erotic with some BDSM and MMF situations. She has her hands full trying to look after her sons, dealing with her lawyer who is overcharging her and all her dates. She does handle everything but is thankful for help from her friend, Trish, and her brother, George. This book is written with an Irish twang. I live in North America so I wasn't familiar with some of the Irish terms or places mentioned in the book. The author was very descriptive in her writing. I did feel some emotions like I wanted to be Aoife at first after her divorce. But as she got more adventuresome in dating I started to feel sorry for her. She seemed to have very low self esteem. This book was well written and I did enjoy it but it was too erotic for my taste and comfort. If you like erotica, you should give The Cougar Diaries: Part 1 a try.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ricky Penley

    This book was good. I enjoyed reading of the adventures of Aoife. This book had some heartache with the husband that left the family. The lawyer that tried to screw her over. So when a woman with two teenage boys tries to get back out in the dating world you have this book. I was interested in reading every encounter that she came across. Some were funny, others were kind of disturbing. But all in all I believe that this book would be a good addition to anyone that is interested in what happens This book was good. I enjoyed reading of the adventures of Aoife. This book had some heartache with the husband that left the family. The lawyer that tried to screw her over. So when a woman with two teenage boys tries to get back out in the dating world you have this book. I was interested in reading every encounter that she came across. Some were funny, others were kind of disturbing. But all in all I believe that this book would be a good addition to anyone that is interested in what happens when a woman hits a certain age. Also this book is written with an Irish twang. Luckily I have a friend that is from the UK and I was able to understand what was written. I am looking forward to the second book that is already out. I can’t really go in depth in this book without giving away to many spoilers. But I will say that it was a very good book. It sucked you in from the beginning and is a good page turner. I give this book an honest 4 star review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sabina

    *** I won this book through Goodreads Giweaways ~ thank you! *** This is a witty and sexy story about a woman's life after divorce. Well written and with characters one can easily relate to. I'm looking forward to Part 2! ;) *** I won this book through Goodreads Giweaways ~ thank you! *** This is a witty and sexy story about a woman's life after divorce. Well written and with characters one can easily relate to. I'm looking forward to Part 2! ;)

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