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The Drought

The Drought Dan Hilles is a pretty regular kind of guy regular job regular bunch of mates regular male aversion to shopping But following his break up with long term girlfriend Stacey he finds himself single

  • Title: The Drought
  • Author: Steven Scaffardi
  • ISBN: 9781909122314
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dan Hilles is a pretty regular kind of guy regular job, regular bunch of mates, regular male aversion to shopping But following his break up with long term girlfriend, Stacey, he finds himself single again He s been out of the game for a while and is a little out of practice Soon, the very irregular and increasingly worrying issue in Dan s life is the extended droughtDan Hilles is a pretty regular kind of guy regular job, regular bunch of mates, regular male aversion to shopping But following his break up with long term girlfriend, Stacey, he finds himself single again He s been out of the game for a while and is a little out of practice Soon, the very irregular and increasingly worrying issue in Dan s life is the extended drought he finds himself suffering And we re not talking the climate change, scorched earth, God I m parched variety You ve got to hand it to Dan though it certainly isn t from a lack of trying With stalwart mates Ollie, Jack and Rob on hand to lend their collective pearls of male wisdom and arrange the odd road trip, you d think Dan s days of languishing in a sexual wilderness would be numbered Even best friends can t help prevent the kind of surreal holes Dan just can t seem to help digging himself into And with each failed attempt, his self esteem plummets to the point where he wonders if little Dan will ever work again Good job he has Kelly, his reliable and sympathetic colleague, to confide in As a woman, she can perhaps shed some female light on why he s failing so miserably with the opposite sex, balancing out the testosterone fuelled advice from the lads Surely Dan can t go wrong with Kelly teaching him the various intricacies of a woman s mind Steven Scaffardi s first novel will have every guy laughing out loud in recognition and every girl secretly worrying is this how men really think A new talent to watch out for on the lad lit scene.

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    1. "It gives me great pleasure to award the Guinness World Record for the longest period without sex to Mr Daniel Hilles,” the adjudicator proudly announces to the crowd in an annoying nasal monotone accent. Polite applause starts up as he continues. “Mr Hilles has not come into contact with the female genitalia for two months, eclipsing the previous record held by 97-year-old Hubert Grayson.”In case all of you are wondering who is this Daniel Hilles.Readers,he is our hero!!And no,no,don't wo [...]

    2. Where to begin ? I am 49, can't bear football, cry regularly at soppy films and moving books, am very in touch with my feminine side and am quite happily ensconced a little to the left of the neutral line when extreme right is hetero Neanderthal and extreme left is Julian Clary so I would have to say that i am not quite the target audience for this book.The four main characters are horrible. The 'hero' is a whiney, self-obsessed tosser who breaks up with his girlfriend on New Year's Eve/Day and [...]

    3. While it doesn't quite rank up there with Portnoy’s Complaint, 'The Dr♂ught' is one of the more enjoyable books I've read on the subject of Man's never ending quest to get laid.Dan has just ended his relationship with his girlfriend of three years, and boy, is he out of practice in the ways of wooing and winning women. As the dry spell stretches from days to months, he attempts to get back in the saddle again, but always, always, some hilarious something - jealous boyfriends, vicious dogs, n [...]

    4. First let me say this I don’t think I’ve ever smiled as much or laughed as hard as I did reading this book, multiple times a had to cover me face to stop the laugh coming out while on public transport.This book follows Dan and his numerous disasters in the dating world. Although I felt for the guy I couldn’t help but laugh at the events that played out.One of the best things about the book for me was that the author hit dead on with the events, so much so that it reminded me of my own life [...]

    5. I laughed out loud at some of the adventures and situations Dan has throughout his "Drought", some of them were a little implausible, but nonetheless really fun! It was a light read, entertaining, and I haven't heard before the term "lad-lit" before!I'm giving it 3 stars because I wasn't satisfied with the ending and I didn't care too much for any of the characters, I felt Dan and his friends were kind of jerks, fun jerks obviously, lol.

    6. "It was like Take That turning up at a Black Panther Party convention."Absolutely friken loved that.This was my first ever experience reading lad-lit.Sorry, the word lad-lit seems like such a naughty word it makes me giggle! I feel as though it should be used describing a pornoYWAY! Me and my husband made a deal. If I go on 1 fishing trip with him, he would stop hassling me about my purchases from for a month. After much heated negotiations it ended up being 2 and a half months no bitching and [...]

    7. Okay, so I am a little bias seeing as this is my book! But for that reason alone it had to go on my bookshelf! It has been called chick-lit for me (or lad-lit) and already it has received positive feedback (including TV presenters Ortis Deley from Channel 5's The Gadget Show and Choice FM, and Angellica Bell from BBC1's The One Show.You can find more info about the book at my website stevenscaffardi/. Please feel free to drop me a line too.

    8. I decided that little Dan had been punished enough, and he had a long overdue date with Palmala Handerson The art of masturbation is a skill that does not get the press it deserves. With no visual or audio aid to assist, a true pro-stoker will take a dip into the resource pool that is the wank bank; in this particular case the hot red-head who sat opposite me on the bus Thursday evening. - Dan's inner thought Wow this story was just piss your pants funny. I received a message from the author ask [...]

    9. This was a welcome light-hearted read after having read some pretty sinister ones lately. British down to earth humour when it comes to understanding the opposite sex (this applies to both men and women)!When I was just checking out the cover again while pasting it in here, I immediately had to think of the following video clip. If you think this is even remotely funny, you're going to love this book. If not, oh well, tough luck, you should still try this book.youtube/watch?v=FbtI8So we're basic [...]

    10. This book is imbecelic, which in itself is not a problem as the topic is men in their 20s trying to persuade women to sleep with them, which in my personal experience led me to do a toe curlingly stupid things. Also in the interest of full disclosure I had to look up how to spell imbecelic so perhaps not best placed to fling around judgements. The problem with this book is that both the topic and the depiction is imbecelic. I spent most of this book trying to figure out how drunk i would have to [...]

    11. Prior to this novel, I haven’t heard about the existence of lad-lit. I have read stories which were written by men, but not the counterpart of chic lit. It made me curious as to how something can be classified as such, so after I finished the book I was reading, I didn’t waste time and start checking what the fuss was about.The story started at the end – well, that’s what the chapter said anyway. This was refreshing as most of the novels I have read recently didn’t use this technique. [...]

    12. Dan Hilles is just a normal guy with a job, a small group of friends and a long-term girlfriend, but not for long. Things start to change for Dan when he breaks-up with his girlfriend Stacey and he finds himself single again for the first time in three years. Unfortunately for him things don't change in his favour and he enters a period of drought.With some near death experiences, more than a couple of awkward dates and some really embarrassing situations, things are getting real complicated. Bu [...]

    13. OMG this book is just to funny! I seriously couldn't stop laughing even my kids asked me what I kept laughing at I was actually crying with laughter at one point I don't know how I didn't pee my pants!! LOL. The Drought is the first lad lit that I have read and I'm so glad it was recommended to me by BCB and more.What is Lad Lit I hear you all saying, well its the male version of chick lit. But I have to say The Drought can be read by both especially if you have a dry cheeky sense of humour. Thi [...]

    14. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.A very enjoyable read about a young man who has broken up with his steady girlfriend and now is on the search for a new conquest. It seems the harder he tries the longer his "drought" becomes and the more frustration builds up. All of his buddies know the trials he is going through and they are always there with advice and things for him to try. His mother even gets into the act trying to understand what is going on in his life.The book is the [...]

    15. The Drought has been patiently waiting on my kindle for a whole year!! I know!! My apologies, Steven, but better late than never. I'm working my way through my review list slowly, but surely. Anyway, if you haven't already read this book you really should as it is hilarious! Reading it in bed, next to a sleeping husband, trying not to laugh out loud has been quite a challenge!The main character, Dan Hilles, is struggling to get his leg over since splitting up with his long term girlfriend and Th [...]

    16. Loved it100% the best and funniest book I have reads this year. It's funny and romantic. Not a chick flick and not a guy's book, it's so well written and gives a insite to men's mind

    17. Occasionally I receive emails from authors asking if I would be interested in reading their debut novels. Steven was no different and to be honest when I checked out the bio of him I was a little shocked. Yes I had heard of `Lad Lit' but to be honest had never really delved into the world of the Mike Gayle's and the Nick Hornby's. I figured that as I was being offered a chance to read it free, then why not. What I didn't realise was that Lad Lit is the perfect combination of humour and reading f [...]

    18. This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass BooksI really wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, I’m not the target market, a ‘lad’, and I don’t tend to read ‘funny’ books. But I was game and gave it a go.Dan has just split with his girlfriend and is experiencing a sexual drought…his friends are offering lots of advice which is getting Dan into some awkward scrapes…Steven Scaffardi can’t be faulted on his skills as an author, he writes well and as someone who doesn’ [...]

    19. From the very beginning of reading it, I felt a warm feeling in me because I could positively see that the book was a relaxing one. It set the right mood from the moment it began. I love the way the author gave attention to little details throughout the book. He has definitely thought the whole plot through very very well!. There were certain moments I just laughed out LOUD. He plays around with words in a very hearty manner. You gotta love Steven for not messing with the actual harsh reality of [...]

    20. Really enjoyed this one. 5 stars without question. The humour in this book is just so good it got me laughing all the way through - every moment in the book i would have burst out laughing or put a hand over my face hoping the character does not do what i think he is about to do absolutely hilarious and embarrassing. My only disappointment with this was wanting more towards the end and seeing the book come to an end. But i hear there is going to be a sequel so really cant wait for that !A simple [...]

    21. This is Lad-Lit at its finest and I loved it from start to finish and you can’t say that about many books. I enjoyed it so much that I recommended it to the hubby, who informed me that it was bound to be wittier than chick-lit because men are naturally funnier than women and that’s why there are no decent, British female stand-up comedians. Hence the debate that followed about him challenging me to name any famous ones, apart from Jo Brand, which was on the tip of my tongue. So I expressed a [...]

    22. Gah! ate my review!I had previously posted this brilliant review that took me bloomin' ages to write because I'd really thought it out, and it had references to Jazz and 3D Stereoscopic Pictures that I'd Googled Google especially to find and when I came to look at it today, it'd gone - vanished into the blue, which is how I feel right now; having to write another one!.d there was me feeling all antsy because the author had been putting 'Like' next to all the other reviews, but had not liked my [...]

    23. The first thing I can say is that The Drought made me laugh, not your normal laugh but a side splitting laugh that still make you laugh even now. The second thing is that everyone should read itw!The story follows Dan Hilles who after breaking up with his girlfriend is having a bit of a sex drought, no matter what he tries seems to end with him getting beaten up or a laughing stock from his friends. The story is told through entries from different days that are before and after his break up from [...]

    24. WARNING – This book will make you cry… with laughter!I’m a big fan of lad-lit (I read a hell of a lot more of it than I do chick-lit, and I’m a chick!), and Scaffardi has packed everything you could possibly want into this voyage of self- and sexual discovery. Dan is a tragically comic character – let’s face it, we all know a guy who isn’t so successful with the ladies and tries just a little too hard with hilarious outcomes – and his mates are just as daft. All are present and c [...]

    25. This book is frickin hilarious!I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive when I first had the request to read/ review this book. It just didn't seem like it was my kind of reading. A book based on a man and his four buddies trying to get him laid just wasn't my kind of book. Boy am I glad I was wrong. So With uncertainty I began the book. And I was instantly hooked.Dan, Ollie, Jack & Rob were just a perfect fit together. Each adding their own personality spice to the mix that made you look fo [...]

    26. The Drought by Steven Sca­fardi is a novel which fol­lows an unfor­tu­nate man try­ing to get laid. The title refers to the period the pro­tag­o­nist goes through between hav­ing sex. The book is being mar­keted as a genre called "lad lit" which, to me, seems appropriate.Dan Hilles broke up with Stacey, his long time girl­friend. Dan has been out of the dat­ing game for so long he has no idea on how to pro­ceed, talk to girls or even behave as a sin­gle man.But Dan has his friends, [...]

    27. Got the book free on Smashwords with an offer code from the author.I do like contemporary fiction written by male authors, giving an insight into the male psyche- though sometimes its best not to know! This book is the nitty gritty end of this genre (lad- lit, if thats a word?)This book did make me laugh a number of times, though the 4 guys frightened me in that I have a son who may become one and a daughter who may meet them!British lads with their beer goggles on, what more do I need to say - [...]

    28. When the book starts, it's September 13 and Dan has just gotten tossed out of a bar, where he was drowning his sorrows, by a female bartender.Then Dan takes us back nine months earlier, to January 1, to fill us in on how he ended up in this predicament. He and his girlfriend of three years, Stacey, had just broken up. They had grown apart since they graduated from university last year she'd gotten nasty and clingy. It's been a while since he's been single and his friends, Rob (the funny one), J [...]

    29. I had read „The drought” because the author send me a link from I downloaded ebook. I had never before read this kind of book but I enjoyed it despite a few things that annoyed me. The story begins unfortunately with a big spoiler so if you want a surprising story you will be disappointed and almost whole “The drought” is pretty predictable. In entry to the story, main character Dan is depressed and very horny because of his inability to get laid. Desperation is pushing him to a disaster [...]

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