The Cougar Club Review and TLC Tour

TITLE: The Cougar Club
AUTHOR: Susan McBride
PUB DATE: January 26, 2010
PAGES: 320 Pages

Meet three women who aren’t about to run and hide just because the world says they should be on the shelf and out of circulation.

Her life seems perfect until she loses her high-powered advertising job and catches her live-in lover in a compromising position……with his computer!

This sexy TV news anchor is in danger of being replaced by a twenty-something blond bimbo. Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was the up-and-coming star?

A married dermatologist, Elise thinks her plastic surgeon husband is playing doctor with someone else.

Kat firmly believes that aging gracefully isn’t about giving up; it’s about living life with your engine on overdrive. So this unofficial “Cougar Club” quickly learns three things about survival of the fittest in today’s youth-obsessed society: True friendship never dies, the only way to live is real, and you’re never too old to follow your heart.


My first introduction to Susan McBride was through her YA books The Debs and The Debs: Love, Lies and Texas Dip. Which I have to say that I really enjoyed reading. Book three, The Debs: Gloves Off is set to be released in March 2010. Which I am really excited about and I am dying to read this book.

I have to admit that I haven’t read any of her other books but I will definetly be looking for them now as I really enjoyed reading The Cougar Club.

Its nice to read a book that is within your age group as this will be the year I turn 40. Kat, Elise and Carla are all believable characters and ones that I could relate too.

The book opens up with Kat losing her job in advertising which she has devoted her life too and then she comes home to discover her younger boyfriend has been cheating on her with internet porn. Kat is devasted with the fact of loosing her job and boyfriend that she flees New York City without even really thinking about it and heads home to her parents place in St. Louis.

While in St. Louis Kat reconnects with her two best friends from school, Elise and Carla. Carla is the hottest news anchor lady in St Louis and dating a younger guy, Randy who is the sportscaster. Carla knows she is the IT lady for the station but soon realizes that a younger replacement might be stepping in in the form of her ex husbands new girlfriend. Elise is the town’s dermatogolist, married to a plastic surgeon, has a son in college. Since her son has been in college she has become a workaholic and has no idea what is about it hit her.

This is a great book about friendship and you realize who your true friends really are and that no matter if its been years since you were in contact true frienship never dies and that it will always be there. Love will always be there for you no matter your age. You will find it and perhaps in unexpected ways and places.


Susan McBride is the author of The Cougar Club (January 2010, from HarperCollins/Avon) about three 45-year-old friends who happen to date younger men. She has also written three books in The Debs young adult series (Random House/Delacorte) set in Houston, including The Debs; Love, Lies, and Texas Dips; and the forthcoming Gloves Off. In addition, she’s penned five Debutante Dropout Mysteries (HarperCollins/Avon) set in Dallas: Blue Blood, The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night of the Living Deb, and Too Pretty to Die (HarperCollins/Avon).

Once called “The Lou’s Whodunit Queen” by Sauce magazine in St. Louis, Susan was named one of the city’s “top singles” in 2005 by St. Louis Magazine, but is single no more. She tied the knot in February of 2008. Susan was the cover girl for the February 2009 issue of St. Louis Woman magazine, where she was featured in the article “Paperback Princess.”

Susan has won a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, a Romantic Times magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth Mystery, and was twice nominated for Anthony Awards for Best Paperback Original, and was one of three finalists for the William Rockhill Nelson Award for Literary Excellence (for Kansas and Missouri Authors). She lives in Brentwood, Missouri, with her husband.

This ARC was provided for review by Avon books a division of Harper Collins USA and was part of the TLC Tours.

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