Man Flu by Shari J. Ryan

 Title: Man Flu

Author: Shari J. Ryan

Publication Date: January 17, 2018


I was trying to live every woman’s dream, except my reality has been nothing but a nightmare job and a divorce at the age of thirty-two. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, my ex-husband, Rick, moved in next door with his life-size Barbie doll. So, that’s been fun.

Then, life pitched me a curve-ball in the form of a retired major-league baseball player, Logan Grier. With his panty-dropping smile, he’s like an expertly photoshopped version of David Beckham, and he’s single. Could life be perfect after all? Of course not. As always, there had to be a catch. Logan had a secret, and I couldn’t help feeling like the truth was dangling right in front of my face.

With Rick’s daily agenda of torturing me, Logan has been an enticing distraction, despite the little fact that he’s my temporary employee. Plus, I didn’t exactly care that his flirty behavior may have been a plan to get in good with the boss. In any case, I was willing to toss a few balls with him, seeing as my playing field hadn’t had any action in over a year.

That’s when it happened…my two worlds collided. Hot temp met the ex, and a full-on bromance was born, but that’s only the beginning. The “man flu” has come out of nowhere and hit both Logan and Rick with a virus they’re claiming to be worse than childbirth. In fact, they’re pretty sure their end is near.

Will the “man flu” be the kiss of death, or will it be my window for an opportunistic change?


 Christina’s 5 Star Review

It seems like the set up to a bad joke. What do you get when you take an ex-husband, his new Barbiesque girlfriend, a new former baseball playing boyfriend, an office full of misogynists, a precocious five year old, and a popular phone app? Why, you get Man Flu, that’s what! If you wanted a book to start your year off right, this is a great place to start!

Told from Hannah’s POV, we feel every bit of anger and aggravation she harbors toward her ex-husband (that lives next door!) and his new girlfriend, the pride of being a mother, to the excitement of a new relationship. The sparks fly from the beginning between Hannah and Logan, the new guy at work, aforementioned baseball player, and her soon to be steady beau. (Which is a good thing she’s off the market, considering her last few dates have been…underwhelming.) From the very first page I was hooked and could tell from that first chapter that it was going to be a late night spent reading.

The story moves quickly, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s not attempting to be an over-the-top slapstick kind of funny, but more a series of relatable moments. The ending did seem a little bit rushed to me and I wish the Words With Friends arc of the story hadn’t fizzled out in the middle like it did, but there were many legitimate laugh out loud moments throughout the book. Cora, Hannah’s daughter, is a scene-stealer on more than one occasion. And Cora’s interactions with Logan? *sigh*

This is the second book I’ve read by Ryan and the second hit in a row. If this is the type of books that we should be expecting in the new year, 2018 is shaping up to be a very good year, indeed.

  About the Author

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Shari J. Ryan is an International Bestselling Author of heartbreakers and mind-benders. Shari was once told she tends to exaggerate often and sometimes talks too much, which would make a great foundation for fictional books. Four years later, Shari has written eleven novels that often leave readers either in tears from laughing, or crying.

With her loud Boston girl attitude, Shari isn’t shy about her love for writing or the publishing industry. Along with writing several International bestsellers, Shari has split her time between writing and her longstanding passion for graphic design. In 2014, she started an indie-publishing resource company, MadHat Books, to help fellow authors with their book cover designs, as well as assistance in the self-publishing process.

While Shari may not find many hours to sleep, she still manages to make time for her family. She is a devoted wife to a great guy, and a mother to two little boys who remind her daily why she was put on this earth.

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