Review – Diary of a Contemporary Woman


Diary of a Contemporary Woman



Lucy Pussett




Having reached 34, Angelique Santoro finds herself feeling trapped and deeply unhappy within the constraints of traditional relationships.
Uneasy to perform the role of life partner or girlfriend in the way society has designed for all women.
Finally, she takes the courage to break free and becomes single for the first time in 15 years. Breaking away from the ties that bind us. Breaking away from the fear of being alone and lonely to become what she was always meant to be.


3stars rating

From the get-go, we were thrown into Angelique’s world and I have to admit, it took some getting used to. That said, the details and descriptions the author brought into the book were good (if sometimes a bit too detailed). The thing I struggled most with, was that there was no clear storyline 🙁 This was the life of Angelique with some good and some bad days, nothing more but also nothing less.

Character development:

The characters were rough, honest and felt real. Angelique was a great character with enough depth, flair and backstory to stand on her own (and some really dry humor). She also had a kick-ass taste in music!!! 😀 I was punching the air so often, remembering this or that track she was listening to. Ahhh, those good old times 😀
Gareth is someone I feel we need to know more about, we know his past, but it’s his present self that needs opening up 🙂

Pacing & Flow:

On one hand, the book felt fast-paced and somewhat hectic 🙂 Aaaand on the other hand parts felt too slow from all the details we were given. I think if the author cut back on the details and smoothened it out a bit more it would have felt a lot better.

The book itself:

The book was 223 pages long, spread over 15 chapters and told from Angelique’s point of view.
I really liked how the book was written, where the main character was talking to the readers. It wasn’t something you come across very often!
The book and the language were through and through English, so there was a lot of slang. While you could gleam the context from the rest of the sentence/page, if you are somewhat unfamiliar with English slang, I suggest having an urban dictionary close by 🙂

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book (courtesy of the author) and while this might not have been my cup of tea I do think that, with some extra editorial work, it has potential 🙂
It is labelled as Erotic Fiction, but I would rather put it under steamy Chick-lit with a warning for explicit content and some trigger warnings.