Light, funny, and just a little bit sexy, After His Banana is everything I look for in one of Penelope Bloom’s books. There’s humor throughout – often over the top and always smile-inducing – characters who are quirky but likable, and a light, easy feel that makes the story fly by. Fans of her Objects of Attraction series will love this one because it brings back some beloved characters while introducing a whole new generation. If you’re looking for a quick and funny read with very little angst, that’s exactly what you’ll find with this.
The story follows Rey, a broke college student in need of a research subject for an assignment. When she meets Miles, a sexy yet slightly eccentric guy, she’s torn between wanting to date him and wanting to write her paper about him. Miles doesn’t have the best track record with women, but he finds himself wanting to spend as much time with Rey as possible, setting up countless “pre-dates” so that he can wow her with the perfect first date. As they spend more time together, the connection builds and both Rey and Miles are surprised with the way things are working out.
This is just the kind of book I like to read from Penelope Bloom. Her brand of humor is incredibly unique and just jumps off the pages. Yes, it’s got that exaggerated, sort of ridiculous feel at times, but it has such personality that it makes for an entertaining read. The only thing that really holds this back from being a 5-star read for me is that it stayed SO light that I didn’t feel the depth of emotion I would like. A few extra scenes where these two get a little more serious together would’ve made this an easy 5-star rating, but I enjoyed it the whole way through and would love more books featuring the children of her former couples. I received a free copy via Booksprout (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review of this romantic comedy.
What comes after His Banana?
Technically, that would be me.
Before you label me as a potassium sucking harlot,
Let me explain a few key points…
I didn’t have time for relationships, especially not with someone like Miles Chamberson. But considering my circumstances, I didn’t really have a choice.
Yes, he was the kind of offspring only generations of exceptionally attractive people could create. Practically dripping with so much perfection you could choke on it.
Then again, I was almost certain he was certifiably insane.
Within a few minutes of meeting him, he was already posing as a nude model for my clay sculpture class in a failed attempt to expose himself to me.
So when he handed me a banana, it was almost normal by comparison.
And after his banana found its way into my mouth, well… I wish I could say that was where the saga of Miles Chamberson and I ended.
I prefer to start every potential relationship with an oddly phallic, edible object.
Why, you ask? It’s simple.
Watch any woman with a suggestive object and prepare to unlock the secrets of the female psyche. Does she favor it with a secretive little smile? Nymphomaniac. Does she flinch back, only to guiltily grab it a moment later? Cautious, but wild once she opens up. Does she throw it back at your head and score a direct hit, concussing you for two weeks? Softball player.
Or, does she pick it up and devour it, inch by inch? Does she slide that bad boy into the hatch and relish every moment of it? If she does, you have yourself a keeper.
The recipient of my latest banana was the latter, but there was one glaring problem.
Commitment and I had a troubled past. To be more accurate, I’d taken commitment out back and shot it until I ran out of bullets years ago.
But my old man, Bruce Chamberson, says there’s only one way I’ll earn my rightful spot in the family business. I’ve got to show him I can stick with something “for once”.
Lucky for me, I’ve got just the girl in mind to prove I can do it.