Would you call your high school boyfriend, the one you kissed and teased, but left unsatisfied all those years ago, and finally say, “Okay, Buddy, I’m ready to pay my dues now?” A hilarious, scandalous, crazy idea? Probably. But would you do it?
After reading a diary from their graduation year of 1965, three high school BBFs, June, Kiki and Peggy, decide that they owe those patient, long-suffering boyfriends a good ole roll in the hay, make a pact (just like in high school) and set out to accomplish just that in Sandra Nachlinger and Sandra Allen’s funny, sexy, and poignant book, I.O.U. Sex.
The girls have weathered a lot of life since they last saw their sweethearts and have learned some hard lessons. The pact, and a couple more of life’s unexpected curve balls, brings them to a deeper understanding of themselves and each other that allows them to move forward and embrace their lives as they were meant to be.
Though the premise sounds terribly funny, and the humor of the situations run throughout the book, what captured the reader in me was the relationship of the three women. Even though the book is subtitled: A Baby Boomer Romance, the women in the book and their goals and dreams are timeless. Everyone has that one boyfriend in high school, the one who got away, who you’d love to track down and reminisce with, even if no sex was involved. Every reader has dreams that didn’t quite come true, and hopefully friends to share that loss with. The friendship between the three women that shines throughout this book is the friendship I certainly wish I’d had.
The women’s romances, skillfully intertwined with their personal growth stories, also touched me on a deep level. Because there is always that one man you think of and say, “What if…” June, Kiki, and Peggy all get to experience the thrill of what might have been. And the reader is fortunate enough to be taken right along with them.
June, Kiki, and Peggy each contact their former sweethearts. All three have secrets to keep from their men and all of them confront obstacles in keeping their pact. Do they all go through with it? Can each one put paid to her account by the end of the book? Or was this just another one of Kiki’s hair-brained schemes? I.O.U. Sex offers the answers in a funny, sexy and thoroughly entertaining read.
Come on and pay the piper!