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Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition - ISBN: 9781500656577Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thonLibrarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition - ISBN: 9781500656577Divorced thirty-something Claire doesn’t know who’s in her dating pool—but she’s doing her best to avoid shark infested waters. Leaving her clueless and insensitive husband behind was a smart move after losing her fertility, but now she’s riding the wave of flying toupees, strange men in leather thongs and drunken nights in painfully impractical shoes. Claire desperately wanted to be a mother, but now she’ll settle for one middle aged man worthy of a second date. After a long drought, men are flooding her shores and she’s drowning in choices. There’s Justin, the 25-year-old IT boy-genius with the GQ looks and cougar fetish, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A woman would have to be a blind, lesbian nun not to fall for him, but he reminds Claire of her wasted youth. And then the charming but mysterious Dr. Nathan appears, but he’s cheating on her with his medical mistress—a demanding cardiology practice. To further rock her boat, Claire’s ‘stable’ career in publishing has been tossed about by her floundering company’s launch of a new line of trendy, salacious books. Cookbooks aren’t selling these days, but erotica is flying off the shelves—and challenging Claire’s attitude about sex, work . . . and her tempestuous new life. When her best friend convinces her to buddy up to the aspiring writer who just moved in across the street, Claire rejects the idea—he has already caught her in more than one embarrassing and scantily clad situation. Giving in to her friend’s nudging, she tries to ignore the details she discovers about him, including his hard rock night gig and his mesmerizing blue eyes, in the hopes his literary talents can pull her publishing house up from the bottom of the ocean. Claire’s dilemma begs the question: Are there NO men or TOO MANY?...

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There Are No Men Reviews

  • Alexandra
    2019-06-11 14:09

    Would be negative if possible.Awful. Unrealistic. Horrible. Couldn't finish. Whiny. Repetitive. Bad character development. Bad supportive character development. Annoying main character. I love you's said even though the two had never dated. Will never recommend.

  • Amanda Alexandre
    2019-06-02 05:41

    Can you be a feminist and still enjoy chick-lit?My answer is... maybe.Chick lit surely has some elements that will make empowered girls cringe, but for fully understanding we have to remember: chick-lits are not prescriptive. They are not a recipe of how women (or romance) should be. On the contrary, they are a mixture of scapism and descriptiveness, and there must be a little "wrongdoing" so characters can screw up, we can laugh of them and in the end lessons can be learned.Here are some things that illustrate it:Women are trained since birth to please others. So, of course, the protagonist of a chick-lit novel will be neurotic regarding other people's opinion.The protagonist in this book does it all the time. And, worse, let others' opinions govern her life.In "There are no men", we see the story of a late-30s divorcée who did a histerectomy (extraction of her uterus), so she can't have kids. Even though she really wants to be a mother, she...a) won't addopt because men usually only want that if they are the infertile ones;b) won't marry someone with kids because "everyone hates stepmothers";The only acceptable reason for me is her resistance to open adoption because that's a discomfort that is her own. Still doesn't fully explain why she's not into "closed adoption".Redeeming fact #1. That's because she was raised by a slightly neurotic mother, and we feminists know how sexist neurotic education have the power to make us condition our goals to men's goals.Women are trained to judge others (especially other women) using the most petty, ridiculous, irrelevant criteria. So does the protagonist in this book.She specifically says that about women who don't wear high heels: "I don't know where these women come from." Like women who don't wear heels are some sort of incomprehensible aliens.Redeeming fact #2. She falls on her lawn holding a letter mail box (I swear, this author is creative in coming up with embarrassing situations). In front of a super cute guy.So take that.Redeeming fact #3. She gets called about her narrow-mindedness in a few occasions during the book. So take that again.Redeeming fact #4: Like anyone with a half functioning brain, she hates 50 shades of grey. (BY THE WAY, LET ME SAY if you are writing a romance and say shit about 50 shades, it means YOU GOT BALLS.)So, do I like the protagonist of this book? Depends. It takes some time to understand where she comes from. Until then, I found her a little judgmental. (Even if the judgement was witty, funny and made me laugh.) This could be helped with a little extra structuring.For example, we start with Claire (the protagonist) in a dinner with a internet date. The guy turns up to be old, tacky and hairless. But, as Claire kept on judging this old guy in her mind, I only felt sorry for him. If we had a prologue when we see Claire being abandoned by her ex-husband without a uterus in her belly, I would sympathize with her to the point that it doesn't matter if she was mocking of a sweet 5 year old with Down Syndrom, I'd be with her for whatever what's worth.Also, Claire is a little too passive. In order to make a hero likable, we have to make her DO something. That's why we love Bridget Jones so much. She is silly, and she had her depressive moments, but she takes her destiny in her hands. She changed her job, she told the groper old guy to go screw himself (yeah, maybe i'm confusing book with movie), but the point is: she doesn't just fluctuates through life letting other people govern her life. I missed some of this in Claire.I could see this book turned into a romantic comedy, but as said I think it would take some adjustment.Now, did I liked the book? Sure!I read the first half in one day. It is riveting, and even if loses some steam by the end (it gets a little predictable), you sure are able to have a lot of fun with the quirkiness and the ability to capture the humor of day-by-day situations. (And this is another redeeming trait that belongs not only to the book... but to the entire genre.)

  • Mary
    2019-05-21 12:01

    Hated the leadI suffered through this book hoping the entire time that the lead would change for a good reason. Instead she is just every horrible stereotype of women ever. First time I have ever given a one star but I hated her and the story.

  • Holly
    2019-06-04 09:00

    Originally reviewed for Bookaholic Confessions Divorcee Claire is following in the footsteps of many single women and giving online dating a go, with frightening, shocking and sometimes hilarious consequences. After a string of men who are too old/wear cowboy hats/lose their hair onto Claire’s feet (no, that’s not a typo)/have a thing for wearing leather thongs, Claire is ready to despair. Will she ever find a decent man or is she destined to spend the rest of her life with the one person she truly does love (her Dachshund, Dixie)? However, Claire doesn’t anticipate the interest that one of her colleagues, Justin, starts to show in her. Although he’s extremely good looking, Claire has always found him…well…a bit of an ‘idiot’ (The word Claire uses is slightly stronger). Then there’s the extremely sexy neighbour, Brandon, who has moved in across the road. Forgoing formal introductions Claire has already flashed Brandon when putting Dixie out in the garden (accidentally, I must add.) Claire discovers that Brandon is a writer and as she works in for a publishing company she offers to take a look at his book, but it soon becomes clear that Brandon has other ideas and wants to get to know Claire on a more than professional basis. Justin and Brandon’s interest might appear like a good thing, but that’s not the case for thirty- something Claire. Not only does she assume they must have cougar fetishes as they are both younger than her but she also assumes that they will both want families in the future. Something which Claire, after undergoing a hysterectomy after several miscarriages, is unable to offer. Then we add the charming Dr Nathan into the mix – nearer to Claire’s age and with no desire for children he sounds like the perfect match. But is he too good to be true? And where have all these men suddenly come from? It seems as though men really are like buses…I loved the sound of There Are No Men. I was slightly weary about how the story would pan out as I feel as though I’ve read quite a few books which tackle the subject of internet dating and its pitfalls (there really seem to be some weirdo’s out there…It does make for funny reading, though.) However there was so much more to this story than a few funny date-scenarios and I adored it. I really liked Claire right from the off. She likes wearing impractical shoes and loves sausage dogs. Enough said. In all seriousness I really felt for Claire and all of the jerks she has to deal with throughout this story. Why can’t the poor girl just find someone normal!? I did feel that she was a little hard on herself at times and I wanted her to throw caution to the wind a little more. Date younger guys! Wear ridiculously high shoes! Do what YOU want and don’t conform to other people’s expectations. Ok, I’m finished. I really loved Claire and was desperately hoping she found someone to be happy with as she deserved it. She was funny, warm, kind and perfect BFF material. She is also one of those characters who will stay with me long after reading There Are No Men. She was brilliant and I also really liked the way that she stood up for what she believed in at work when the publishing house were intent on publishing erotica which she wasn’t a fan of. Despite being constantly called a ‘prude’ etc she still made her views known and I really admired her for that. Carol Maloney Scott’s down-to-earth, conversational style of writing helps bring Claire and indeed all of the other characters, to life. Some of the situations Claire finds herself in are properly hilarious and will make you hoot with laughter. There are some particular scenes especially worth a mention involving sending texts, falling onto a band and chasing a man wearing a leather throng out of her house (in front of the gorgeous Brandon, naturally.) I feel as though I’m underselling this story by saying that it was very, very, funny – but that’s exactly what it was. Carol Maloney Scott appears to have a knack for writing humour mixed with warmth and romance, with a very addictive plot line thrown in on top for good measure. There Are No Men had everything you need for a good chick-lit novel; romance, farcical dates, friendships, an array of potential suitors, and my personal must-have…DACHSHUNDS. It does a brilliant job at showing that we can find happiness in ways that we wouldn’t necessarily think. Without revealing too much, There Are No Men turned out exactly the way I wanted it to and I was left feeling one very content, laughed-out, reader who is desperately hoping for a sequel…?

  • Jo-Anne
    2019-06-10 09:57

    I received a complementary copy of There Are No Men in exchange for my honest review.There Are No Men is about Claire trying to find a man worthy of a relationship. She has been divorced for 2 years and has had an hysterectomy so can't have children which makes her feel she is lacking since she has always wanted to be a mother. Her friends have set her up on many dates but none of the men are worth a second date. She tries Internet dating. While these dates are hysterical none of the men are right for her. She is 36 so when two men in their mid to late twenties show they are interested in her, she brushes them off for various reasons. Mainly because of their ages and because she can't have children which she expects them to want.I couldn't connect with the heroine in this book and found her irritating often. She was constantly wearing shoes with heels that were too high and hurt her feet. I mean, really, how good can you look if you can't walk straight in your shoes? I didn't like that the author had two such similar men interested in Claire I would have found it more believable if there had been just one man or two very different men. I also had issues with the main character's over drinking so often. I thought she cried too much too. I would have liked to see Claire do some other dumb thing - even though we are told she is smart, I didn't see it.I liked the way the secondary characters helped the story along whether you liked them or not. And her dog, Dixie, was a nice addition. Dixie filled the spot of not having children in Claire's life.This is such a humorous story, especially the description of her terrible dates near the beginning of the book. I was chuckling often throughout it.Please note that these are just my opinion of this book and you may not share my thoughts so give it a try if you like humorous chic-lit.

  • Domonique
    2019-06-02 07:11

    This was a cute little story, but it was a bit cliche at times. Actually the whole story was kind of a cliche and Claire got on my nerves a lot. She cried way too much, was looking for all the wrong things in a man and couldn't get over the age difference, at least at first. I knew Nathan was a douche, I just couldn't figure out why she couldn't see it. I mean, he was such an upright old fart and it was obvious he was hiding something, but Claire was so blinded by her desire to be with someone her own age that didn't want kids that she couldn't see what was right in front of her.There were so many instances where I just wanted to slap her because she was being so dumb. But even with the cliches, the constant crying and drinking, there was something there that made me want to keep reading. I really wanted Claire to give this one particular guy a real chance before writing him off completely just because he might want kids someday. I'm glad she finally wised up and realized there's more to life than just being a mom, there's happiness as well. And just because you don't give birth to a child doesn't make he/she any less yours.

  • Tonya
    2019-06-15 12:47

    I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. There are no men is the story of Claire, a recently divorced 30 something year old who is testing the waters of internet dating. She's also recently undergone a hysterectomy so she has her mind set in the particular type of Man she must find. Claire is sweet, a bit misguided and finds herself in utterly hilarious situations. She's a proud "mom" to Daisy, her little wiener dog, and Isn't quite sure how she feels about the erotic novels the Book publishing company she works for are starting to promote. The supporting characters are equally funny or horrifying and I both laughed and cried while reading this. This is a great read, easy to get caught up in the story. I would recommend this to any woman that has ever attempted dating.

  • Lizzy
    2019-06-04 06:07

    What a great book!!!! It made me stay up late because I didn't want to stop reading, meaning that this book is a winner for me. It is extremely well written and very funny. It is about Claire who is divorced and cant get children. She is trying to find the right guy and goes on a lot of (internet) dates. Carol describes the dates in great detail and they often end badly. Claire ends up in a lot of awkward situation that are hilarious to read. I won’t tell you if she ends up with someone or who it might be. I would recommend this book to everyone who is addicted to romance! I can't wait for your next book Carol!!!!

  • Debbie Hughes
    2019-06-03 06:41

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought I would have to jump in the pages and shake Claire to make her see what all of us reading knew! But all in all, I really enjoyed the story line. I love Rebecca, every girl needs a friend like her, she is what all single women should strive to be. Being a formally divorced woman I understand the dating dilemma but Claire takes it to a new level. I laughed and cried and wanted to shake the sh%@ out of Claire to get her act together. It is well worth the read!

  • Mary Ellen
    2019-06-07 10:47

    Loved it! Ms Scott's captured the Richmond area and our quest to find the right man without being hurt.This book was funny while accurately portraying how fertility affects a woman's quest for happiness.

  • Dianne
    2019-06-09 08:46

    There Are No men is a wickedly skewed, heartbreakingly sad and hysterically funny tale of a woman in her mid-thirties who has been dumped back into the shallow end of the dating pool after living through life-altering events in her life. Divorcee Claire has turned to an online dating service when her matchmaking friends had run out of someones ”who were perfect for her.” Is there no man for her, someone her age or older who won’t want children? Feeling damaged, Claire clings to her ideal man as being mature and settled, too bad some of them were as mature as Methuselah. When a new neighbor moves in across the street, much to her disappointment, he was far too young, oh, and she accidently flashed him when her little wiener dog ran amok in the yard. At work, a hot young exec has been chasing her and is closing in for the kill, but is there more to him than the obvious under his hot and flirty façade? Determined not to be a cougar, Claire rebuffs the advances of these two amazing YOUNG men, and then her Prince charming enters. Forty, not looking for children, settled, and a doctor, no less, Claire hears birds, bells and...the tones of a rock band?? From famine to feast, the once lonely and lost divorcee is now a hot commodity, but only one is right for her, too bad she can’t figure out who it is.Carol Maloney Scott has taken chicklit to an entirely too relatable level, then went beyond by dumping in almost every possible twist and dating disaster that could possibly happen! Face it, how many of us have repeatedly put on those cute little shoes that absolutely kill our feet? Perhaps a time or two we have had too much to drink and for sure in a search for that special dream prince, we have picked up a few toads, without a doubt. Claire has repeatedly done it all, and has even made an art form of putting her foot in her mouth.Through it all, Claire was often whiny, insecure, pigheaded and yearning for fun in her life, even while she thinks she should be looking toward maturity and security. maybe its time for her to listen to her heart and not her head. I have never laughed so much at someone else’s pain, mistakes and predicaments as Claire searches for love in all the wrong places. Clever writing with attitude, heart and humor, this is a book to look at without being too serious.I received this copy from Carol Maloney Scott in exchange for my honest review.Publication Date: July 30, 2014Publisher: Carol Maloney ScottGenre: ChicklitPrint Length: 340 pagesAvailable from: AmazonReviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Emma
    2019-05-24 08:54

    Thank you to Carol for sending a copy of this book to me for review.I adored this book! I wasn’t really sure what to expect before I started reading it but t captured my attention from the very beginning and it was so addictive! I read this book in a few days because it was so hard to put down.I have read a few books lately about internet dating but they have all been so different, I think it is such a good topic to write about as there are so many people doing it now, so it is kind of a part of most people’s lives. It has you laughing out loud, wanting to cry for Claire and wanting to scream at her to get her to see sense.It is one of those books that you don’t know what is going to happen next, what I wanted to happen did actually happen in the end but you don’t know this will actually happen until the very last page.I loved Claire, she was the perfect lead character for this type of novel, she was fun, crazy and clumsy but so real, although she was a 30-something, divorced woman I could relate to her so well and I think anybody could. She is such a likeable character to the point where with every bone in your body you are rooting for her to find Mr Right! Claire’s sausage dog Dixie was such a good addition to the story and made Claire the character she was, Dixie caused lots of laughs (at Claire’s expense) and allowed Claire to show her motherly side even though she didn’t and couldn’t have children herself. The characters of Mike, Rebecca where all so different but made the story so much better, hearing what they all had to say about Claire’s love life and dating disasters kept the story flowing. While Brandon and Justin were such lovely men and you just wanted Claire to see how they felt about her and choose one of them. One character that I didn’t like at all was Nathan, at first he came across as a lovely, caring gentlemen, but he eventually started to make my skin crawl. He was so demanding, bossy and controlling towards Claire and the constant calling her ‘Sweetie’ bleh!! I’m not going to say much more about this book because it is definitely worth a read, it will cheer you up and have you laughing out loud. If your looking for a light hearted, funny story then this is the book for you! Although there are some sad issues like infertility it is not full of it and it makes the story what it is, so if this issue affects you maybe be a bit careful with this book, but there is a good outcome even besides this so you may still enjoy it. I am not a particularly quick reader but I felt like I flew through this because I was addicted to Claire and her story. I started to feel like I was living her life with her.I am keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel to this book! Pleaseeeee Carol!

  • K.J. Farnham
    2019-05-28 09:09

    Claire is a thirty-something divorcee who has ventured back into the dating world. Complications arise due to the fact that she is unable to have children, which she feels eliminates the prospect of finding love with a younger man or anyone who wants children. The first couple of dates she goes on are a result of online dating - these dates offer many laughs and end horribly! On top of meeting men via the Internet, Claire is encouraged by her friend/co-worker to attend Meetup events (which don't pan out much better than the online dating). Throughout the story, she is torn about her feelings for a younger co-worker as well as a new (also younger) neighbor - both she finds attractive and both are interested in her.The first half of the story is quite funny. I love Scott's snappy humor. She also includes a lot great visual language. For example: "He looks like a cross between a little boy who is afraid of the headmistress at the orphanage and a puppy who wants a belly rub."A few funny quotes:"Claire, you're going out partying when Jesus was nailed to the cross?" - Claire's mother on going out before Easter."Barbie actually looks like a hooker in her hot pink mini dress and stiletto glitter boots..." - Claire's thoughts on a neighbor girl's Fashionista BarbieWhile I enjoyed all of the humor and getting to know Claire during the first half of the book (although she cries way too much), I felt like the story moved slowly at times. There were several occasions when I skimmed unnecessary details, such as the description of the furniture and bedding in her sister's apartment and the fact that she picks up a glass of wine and slowly moves to the kitchen to sit down at a table. There was quite a lot of extraneous information like this in the first half. However, as soon as Nathan the "perfect" doctor (yikes!) showed up, I couldn't stop reading because I really wanted to find out how things would pan out with him. He was so unlikeable that I loved reading about him. Claire blindly focused on his outward appearance while ignoring his MANY controlling and snobbish behaviors, which had me wanting to shake some sense into her. This kept me reading as well - she had to wise up sooner or later! The introduction of Nathan and Brandon's character development made me really enjoy the second half.

  • Julie
    2019-06-13 09:44

    Claire is in her mid 30s and divorced following learning that she will not be able to have children. The book starts off great with a couple of hilarious bad dates. Then we get to know Claire and learn that she's naive and judgemental. She's decided she can't be happy without being married again so she's trying to find her next husband. She's also decided she has to date older men who already have grown children lest they be disappointed that she can't give them a family. She's only had sex with one man (that's ok), gets freaked out that her publishing company is publishing a new line of books (a la 50 Shades of Gray) and is appalled that as the HR person she has to hire an editor to edit Saud books. She can barely utter the word sex let alone discuss the books. Yet, she drinks like a fish and ends up drunk off her ass so many times she's just lucky she has all these hot younger men that want to date her yet are perfect gentlemen who keep her from falling into trouble. And when we finally discover what's wrong with Mr Wrong it couldn't possibly be with yet more knee-jerk judgement that led to the discovery. The only character I could actually like was the friend, Rebecca. I couldn't figure out why these guys were chasing Claire as there was really nothing likable about her.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-23 12:10

    I received this book via Goodreads First Reads. Thanks Carol for sending me a copy of the book!Overall I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. Claire was such a funny and real character. She felt like a close friend throughout the book. I was rooting for her and was hoping she would end up with the right guy at the end. I was worried the book might go a certain direction with who she might end up with and I'm so glad it didn't. Many of Claire's suitors were psycho, and the humor in those situations really came through. A fun read.

  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    2019-06-03 05:49

    Actual Rating 3.5 Stars The review was first post on For The Love of Fictional Worlds :)I was provided with a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Honestly, one of the main reasons I responded to Ms. Scott's review request on GoodReads is because it has been quite a while since I read some good Chick Lit. Plus, the blurb actually sounds quite hilarious doesn't it?"I need to summon my Internet Dating Girl Superhero Strength to get through this."Claire is a 32 year old recent divorcee and is only now getting to enjoy the blissful adventurous life (note: the heavy sarcasm!) of a single woman. Having married her high school sweetheart, she has never dated any other man except her ex.Now that she has been thrust into the single life, she wades into this world using online dating. Now those of you who have tried online dating (I have - for a friend's research:D), know how easy to camouflage one's faults in it. Knowing this, I was expecting a hilarious ride through the "blissful adventures life of a single woman."Now, Claire had some very specific requirements - An older gentlemen, settled in life with preferably no children and/or no interest in having children. The last requirement is specifically because she herself can't have children and she has no intention of having her heart broken again for this exact reason. (Yes, her husband left her when he found she couldn't have kids. Jury is still out on that!)"I hate when I go in looking all maniac and stressed out, and there are old ladies drying their hands or groups of little girls staring at me, clutching each other. I know I look crazy - I don't need validation of strangers in the ladies' room."Claire is someone that I could empathize with, despite our age difference. She is sarcastic, emotionally scarred yet willing to put herself out there to meet new people (yet never in the right direction!). I understood her reticence in trying to find love, yet I never understood the way she went to find it.There are three men in her life (throughout the book) notwithstanding the hair flying or the tantric sex disasters (yup, actual hair flying!) in order of appearance - Brandon, Justin and Nathan.Now, Brandon is the new neighbour and every single they have met, Claire has embarrassed herself (well, Brandon saw every part of Claire the first time). Brandon is younger, and is an author whom Claire tries to get published through her publishing work, because she hates the new risque line of books that are going to be published. He also is in a rock band, and tends to be the one who helps Claire from every fix she gets in to. And trust me, there are a lot.Justin, is the IT Head at Claire's work and though had been irritating her from start, suddenly shows interest in her as woman. They go on few dates, but since he is younger to her, he must want kids in future and Claire decides that they will not work out (a decision comes by herself!) despite the attraction between them.Nathan, is a cardiologist that she meets through her gynecologist's nurse of all people (I actually scoffed at this!). Now honestly, I was actually skeptical of him. But after a few times, I actively hated him. He was a self professed bigwig narcissistic who was more interested in his own image than the well being of people around him, Claire included even though he professed to love her.Now, coming back to the book, when I actually adored Claire and her quirks and awkwardness. Being a weird, awkward girl (I am sure most bookworms and fangirls would know the feeling!), I could certainly empathise with her, because let's face it, in my 23 years on earth I have actually embarrassed myself enough times for it not to even effect me anymore :DBut when Claire kept making the same awkward mistakes over and over again, it stopped being funny and cute and started being irritating. And while I understood her reasons, I will never understand her not being able to communicate her thoughts and opinions to the guys in her life.And she had spine at the start of the book, and by almost the time she met Nathan, she was more interested in being the perfect girlfriend than actually listening to her instincts.But the writing itself was quite good. The fact that it was a book that was lengthier than it should have been, the blame is placed right at the editor's feet.

  • Julie Harthill Clayton
    2019-06-16 06:46

    Reading "There Are No Men" was a little like listening to Roberta Flack’s "Killing Me Softly." It’s as though Maloney Scott was “strumming my pain with [her] fingers . . . telling my whole life with [her] words.” I was alternately laughing hysterically and wiping away tears through this top-notch debut novel from a local Richmond, Virginia author providing “Rom Com on the Edge.”I mean, I’ve gone on hundreds (feels like it anyway) of dates with men I met online. I can relate to Claire’s dismay at the big-nosed, strange hat wearing man. I’ve been in restaurants seeking out the bathroom to plot my escape. And I’ve dated the over-bearing doctor type overly concerned with my manners and appearance. I’ve slept with the really cute IT guy in the office. And I’ve fallen for the way younger adorable next door neighbor. Ms. Maloney Scott, please stop reading my diaries. Stop “killing me softly” with your witticisms. And give me some warning that I’m going to need tissue for the tear-jerker zingers that pierce my heart."There Are No Men" is the story of 30-something Claire. She’s divorced, she’s uterless (please, I know you read my journal now, Maloney Scott. I mean I had a hysterectomy right about the time you must have been writing this book), and her life is either feast or famine in the men department. One hysterectomy and one ex-husband later, Claire longs to find a meaningful, lasting relationship. But she wonders, “Are there NO men . . . or too many?” Dixie, her beloved Dachshund, helps her get through lonely nights, and humiliating days. Because Claire does seem to get in a pickle or too. And she’s really clumsy yet still insists on wearing very high heels. But I couldn’t help but laugh at (I mean with) her, and feel her very authentic pain at facing a future childless and without a soul mate.I won’t tell you if she ends up with someone or who it might be. But I had a definite favorite I cheered for all along. I have to admit that romantic comedy or chick lit is not always my favorite genre. Often I find it full of clichés, a little fluffy with no substance, and not altogether believable. But Maloney Scott delivers a laugh-out-loud, touching, substantive story of a woman searching for her knight in shining armor and finding herself in the process. Thanks for the laughter, and the tears, Maloney Scott. I’m eagerly awaiting a second novel.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-08 09:01

    I received a copy of this to read and give an honest opinion...Claire is a 30-something divorcee trying to move on and find new love, but is hesitant and does not want to be hurt again. In this digital age, she had looked to online dating, which tend to end miserably. Between her bad luck with men and other medical problems, she has some serious issues to hash out for herself. Thinking love is lost, she finds not 1, not 2, but 3 potential suitors who truly care for her. Then, the fun begins.I absolutely loved this book. It was an easy read. The way the story and characters developed, you wanted to know what happened next. At points, I had a hard time putting it down. I can completely see this happening in this day and age to someone back in the dating pool after being married. Dating is nothing like what Claire dealt with when she was younger. I could relate to Claire in the sense of Murphy's Law always prevailing. No matter what she does to try to make things work out, something happens to make it turn out for the worse. Her troubles were definitely laugh out loud funny in some cases. I felt for her and the troubles (not just in love) that she faced. At the same time, I rooted for her to find true love in the end. Each of her 3 suitors had completely different personalities and completely different traits which not only helped to develop the story further, but also confused Claire all the more. Claire tried to be set in her ways so she did not get hurt, but unfortunately the men caused more confusion for her. You really feel for Justin and Brandon. They do have Claire's best interests at heart and try to show her this. As for Dr. Nathan, at first, he appears to be similar to the others. As the story unfolds, you begin to see the true doctor and love to hate him. You hope Claire sees this too. You root for the underdogs. You want to see Claire truly happy. The only thing I did not like about the book...I wanted more! I wanted to know what happened to each of the characters after the last time you see them in the story. I wanted to know why they were the way they were. Based on the ending, I hope there will be a sequel as well. I am happy to see Rebecca will be in the new book. I think there are a lot of other stories that could be told about the characters, both individually and with their significant others. I cannot wait to read more by Carol Maloney Scott! Thank you for the opportunity to preview this.

  • Tracie Banister
    2019-06-09 09:00

    There Are No Men is one of those books that grabs your attention on the very first page. When we're introduced to the protagonist, beautiful thirtysomething Claire, she's out on a really awful first date. We've all been there, right? So, it's easy to empathize with the character. I won't spoil how the date ends, but I still snort laugh every time I think about it. Unfortunately for Claire, this disastrous evening is just the beginning in a series of trials and tribulations she must face as she searches for a life companion. There's a lot of depth and poignancy in the journey taken by Claire. Life has dealt her a rough hand and because of her bad first marriage and the reasons for it ending, she doesn't feel worthy. She thinks she knows what kind of man she needs and she's very resistant to any guy who doesn't meet her criteria, like her hot, young co-worker, Justin, and her new neighbor, writer/musician Brandon. Meanwhile, she concentrates all her efforts on making a relationship with a guy who's perfect on paper work.In addition to the romantic plotline, two things I really enjoyed about this book were Claire's job (She works at a publishing house.) and all the intrigue there (Can the company save itself by taking on spicier authors/books? Who's accessing employees' private e-mails?), and Claire's relationship with her feisty dachshund, Dixie. As a dog lover, I'm always delighted when a canine character makes its presence known in a book, and Dixie certainly did. She had tons of personality, and her shenanigans (She manages to bring Claire closer to one of the men in her life while doing her best to drive another away.) were one of the highlights of the book.I'm so glad to have found a new voice in Women's Fiction that's as entertaining as Carol Maloney Scott's and I look forward to reading more of her work. If you're in the mood for a read that has both humor and heart, give There Are No Men a try.

  • Soune
    2019-05-26 09:07

    I loved that book!!!From the beginning I was hooked by Claire and her lifestyle: a thirty something divorced woman enrolled in the dating world again, the online dating to be precise.Without realising it, I thought about her whenever I was not reading. My daily routine was full of Claire.Claire is funny, sensitive, generous. She's the kinda girl you want to be friend with. When I could put the novel down,I sadly understood that Claire was not real. In a way it broke my heart into pieces. I know, a total fiasco!But I've heard that Carol Maloney Scott is writing another rom com!!! I look forward to Ms Scott's next novel because she's obviously now on the top of my favourite funny romantic novelists!You're in the mood to read alight hearted, witty, and funny story?? You're in the right place! Stay with us. Carol Maloney Scott puts people at ease and is an expert to capture your heart.

  • Fiona Wilson
    2019-05-26 10:05

    From the very first few pages I could tell this was going to be a book which made me laugh. The way the author describes the disastrous date Claire finds herself on is extremely well written, and very funny.Claire's forays into the world of Internet dating made for a lot of very funny moments. She finds herself being pursued by more than one man. I, frankly, knew which one I wanted her to end up with. Does that match what actually happens in the story? That's for me to know, and you to make your own mind up about by reading it for yourself.I really didn't like Dr Nathan! He came across as a totally arrogant twit to me! The scenes where he encounters Dixie, and the aftermath, are absolutely hilarious! I can't say more than that for fear of spoiling it. Suffice to say that Dixie obviously recognises Dr Nathan for exactly the type of person he is.A great read.

  • Amber
    2019-06-06 12:06

    *** 3.5 stars *** I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. There Are No Men was a fun romp and a very solid debut from a new author. I wanted to keep reading when the book was done, so that for me was a good sign. It was overall well written, there were a few overused phrases and punctuation but nothing too offensive to a nit-picker like me. The supporting characters were fun and smart and refreshing to the story. I had some issues with Claire, she was like that friend who has such low self-worth and poor decision-making skills that you want to shake them until they snap out of it! Despite that I was still rooting for her to find her own happy ending, however that may come about. All in all an enjoyable book and an author I will definitely read again.

  • Kayla
    2019-06-14 13:01

    Oh, Claire! There are just some main characters which you want to grab their shoulders and shake them to wake them up to see what is right in front of them. I wanted to do that with Claire but she made me chuckle and shake my head in some of her situations. This book has humor and romance mixed into one. I enjoyed reading this book and knocked it out over a weekend. What an enjoyable read!

  • Sara Smith
    2019-06-06 11:02

    I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.This book was hilarious! It's all about internet dating and going on dates with men around the main character. It reminded me a bit of how funny Jen Lancaster's books are. I really enjoyed it and would read more from this author.

  • Isabelle Andover
    2019-06-14 09:51

    This was a fun read. I liked the character of Claire - she was really funny and likeable. Dixie is without doubt the star of this book. So cute! There are lots of funny moments, and I was kept guessing as I really couldn't work out who Claire would end up with. A good summer read.

  • Bekah the Awesome
    2019-06-06 06:51

    3 platypiresI wanted to shake Claire. So hard. So many times. I'm super in love with the idea of the story, and there was definitely some comedy gold in there, but overall, the execution fell a bit flat. There were a few inconsistencies, and the ending felt too rushed.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-21 13:42

    Enjoyable characters. This book made me chuckle and look forward to my train ride to read more.

  • Jaslyn
    2019-05-21 06:03

    PITA main characterThe main character is annoying, vain, cries all the time, and blind to how much of a douchebag one of her suitors is. If she wasn't so flakey and actually had a good head on her shoulders this book would have been more enjoyable.

  • Laura Branton
    2019-05-19 13:55

    Enjoyable reading!I really enjoyed this book! I liked the author's writing style; it was an easy read. It was funny and the main character's backstory made it interesting. I recommend this book. In fact, in going to add another book by this author to my kindle.

  • Genevieve Saunders
    2019-06-10 11:51

    I can laugh and cry at the same time. Carol Maloney-Scott is hysterical!I just love Claire. I felt bad for her, glad she has her act together. I want more of the same.