When Jilly Cooper says, “So funny. And the sex is amazing… makes me feel like a nun,” you know it’s going to be a romp of a read. Sophia Money-Coutts’ debut novel, The Plus One, is the hysterical story of Polly Spencer. She’s single, nearly 30 and has only managed to have sex twice in a year… both times with a Swedish banker called Fred. But she’s fine. And it’s New Year’s Eve. Surely this year can only be better? Saucy, sexy and seriously funny. Harper Collins, R300.
We also loved Never Greener by Ruth Jones. The story of Kate and Cullum, who had an intense and passionate affair when Cullum was a married dad and Kate was young and single. Now, 17 years later, she’s a married mom and successful actress, and he’s happily married. Then they meet again… do they walk away from each other or grab this second chance and give their past relationship another try? Penguin, R290.