Monday, February 16, 2015

**Review ** Touching Ed ~ The Silver Years Romance Series ~ Allyson R. Abbott ~

A story of true life romance. A romantic but realistic love story.

Have you ever read a romance story where ‘the throbbing rod of steel’ is replaced with ‘limp celery’? 

Or where the ‘dripping love juices’ is exchanged for ’pass me the lubricant, I am a little dry’.

Read on.

When 50 year old Abby meets 62 year old Ed though a twist of fate, it takes a few meetings for her to realise that being older does not necessarily mean acting old. 

With the spirit of a twenty year old, Ed’s busy life includes: surfing, kayaking, skateboarding, swimming and Salsa dancing for charity. With his loud laugh, loud shirts and eccentric habits, his personality grows on Abby and they fall in love; and into bed fairly early on into their relationship. 

Abby, after spending years on her own reading romance and erotic books, was now looking forward to trying new sex positions and having ‘hot sweaty sex’. Ed had ignited Abby’s dormant fantasies and desires making her feel like a hot blooded young woman again.

This is where their journey of love actually becomes a challenge.

“I really liked Ed and his quirky little ways and knew that our relationship was not all about sex, we did have a great connection with each other and talked for ages and shared things easily, but I had been waiting a long time to find ‘Mr Right’ and if Ed was it, he needed to up the ante in the sex department. After all, I’ve not waited this long in the queue for limp celery.”

Abby and Ed embark on a journey of discovery as they deal with Erectile Dysfunction and the impact it has on their growing love for each other.

Touching Ed is the first standalone short story the Silver Years Romance Series, which follows Abby and Ed on their new venture that continues in the next book in the series ‘Managing Ed’ available in May 2015.

Touching Ed is the story of Abby and Ed as they discover love at a "mature" age. Abby is 50 years old, divorced, and has one daughter, Louise. Ed is 62 years old, divorced, and has two sons.

Louise asks Abby if she would be interested in going to a Springsteen concert with a friend's dad, Ed. While Springsteen is her favorite singer, Abby has plans for that night. At her request, Louise gives Ed Abby's email address so they can talk about the concert. This leads to them meeting and falling in love.

At a "mature" age sexual difficulties are not uncommon. Ed suffers from Erectile Dysfunction(ED). Abby has a problem with vaginal dryness. Instead of letting these problems ruin their sex lives, they work together to overcome these hurdles. They try new things, get doctors' advice, and, most importantly, they talk about the situation. 

I enjoyed this book. I like romances with mature characters. Middle aged people typically look at life differently than younger people. They have a lot of life lessons that only come with age. 

The way Abby and Ed dealt with ED was realistic. Abby thought about ending the relationship because she didn't know if she wanted to invest in a relationship with a lackluster sex life. However, she realized how much she really enjoyed his company and how important he was becoming to her. Ed had doubts about how long the relationship would last since he wasn't able to perform on demand. Communication saved the couple from drifting apart. Through honest communication they were able to work together and save their sex life. If only all couples would really communicate with each other many relationships could be salvaged.

5 Stars
With a grown up family and time on her hands after deciding to take early retirement, Allyson has now turned her hand to writing. Born in Northamptonshire in England, she now enjoys travelling and meeting new people, but especially looks forward to warmer climates and learning about other cultures. With a very special man by her side, Allyson lives most of her life on the road and writes while on the move. She believes making the most of her life and carefully avoids answering questions about settling in one place or establishing a routine.

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