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The best sex toy for your illicit affair? A mobile phone.

After 25 Years by Natasha Jordache

Texting has totally revolutionised extramarital affairs. It's silent, sexy, naughty – and fun!

So says Natasha Jordache, author of AFTER 25 YEARS, a controversial debut novel written using 'almost' genuine texts between the married writer and a man who came back to find her a quarter of a century after they broke up in the 80s.

“Until recently, conducting an illicit affair was a risky business," she points out. "How could you write love letters or contact a married lover without fear of discovery? Texting has totally revolutionised extramarital affairs. It's silent, sexy, naughty – and fun! And now, thanks to personal phones and the handy silent setting, you can discreetly contact the object of your desire 24 hours a day without anyone else knowing. It’s a licence to thrill that’s changed the face of illicit relationships forever.”

AFTER 25 YEARS is a unique contemporary love story since it's the first to draw on real-life on-screen communications. Readers follow the intimate journey – text by text, meeting by meeting – of a couple who dated in their twenties, met again in their forties, and realised they were still in love.

Jordache has taken passionate messages exchanged with her ex-lover and adroitly transformed reality – where lines were apparently drawn as part of an art project – into a minute-by-minute 'factional' diary of her protagonists’ burgeoning, highly charged and scorchingly sexy affair. There’s a surprise honesty element, too. You see, she told her husband everything. Well, almost.

Tom and Charlotte’s intelligent, witty and intense on-screen communications are interspersed with descriptive, emotional and often heartbreaking narrative passages to offer an organic, funny, sad, reflective and increasingly erotic account of an emerging love triangle.

This moving story will resonate with anyone who’s been tempted by forbidden fruit. For anyone who has contemplated an affair or polyamory but loves their partner. For anyone undergoing a midlife crisis. For anyone who remembers a former love and has wondered ‘what if?’. For anyone who’s appalled by adultery and believes it’s always morally reprehensible. And for anyone who’ll enjoy following the complexities and challenges of a 21st century romance where a text message replaces a scented billet-doux.

It'll also appeal to anyone who likes their sex vanilla-flavoured but euphemism-free – and, in places, uncompromisingly graphic.

When asked where fact ends and fiction starts, the author says ‘lines are blurred’, so whether or not her union with ‘Tom’ was consummated in real life is unclear. But, as Jordache acknowledges, the main thing readers will want to know is: did they or didn’t they do it? Perhaps we’ll never find out.

But one thing's certain. Reading AFTER 25 YEARS is probably the closest you'll ever get to being in someone else's relationship.

As its strapline says, it’ll make a voyeur of you.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S):

North Londoner Natasha Jordache lives in the south west of England with her husband and two children. A Theology and Philosophy graduate, in her first profession she was an actor (a career she admits was marked only by its mediocrity); in her second, an advertising copywriter; and in the third, a magazine editor and feature-writer. Now, to her surprise, she finds herself the author of AFTER 25 YEARS, the controversial first book of a planned trilogy. Tom Forresta, for the record, works in marketing for an international blue chip company and lives in central England.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

'After 25 Years' is published by TAS Books and is available in print (GBP9.99/USD15.99) and electronic formats from Amazon UK or Amazon US and other online retailers and at natashajordache.co.uk


EXTRA INFO - READER REVIEWS:

“After 25 Years is full of raw emotion and like nothing I have read before. There is something satisfyingly naughty in reading private text messages... nuggets of adultery, lust and betrayal that force you to keep turning the page. This book will challenge your views on monogamy. In a strange way, it almost could be you. To have such an insight into an affair so private, so complicated and ultimately so painful is entirely voyeuristic but utterly compelling.”

“It's sweet, humorous and seductive. I had a lump in my throat at the bloody beginning! At times hard to read, especially knowing Charlotte has a husband she loves very much. Just shows that love and lust are two different things. Heartfelt drama, romantic.... those moments between Charlotte and Tom were sizzling hot!!”

“As readers we are voyeurs into the struggle between these two ex lovers re-awakening desire and self doubt and guilt. The story left me haunted by their bitter sweet journey. I await the next part with my tea and a hankie handy.”

“A stunning absence connect story, told through the eyes of a couple once so in love that it seemed nothing would separate them. But life had other plans, and they parted. In this poignant story we follow them on their new journey by way of their messages. Moving, funny, real, relevant. I loved it.”

“We get a unique perspective. This well-written, emotional and poignantly intimate story is a must read for those who have experienced the temptation to resurrect a former love, while wondering what could have been.”

“This book is riveting and a reminder that life is messy and sometimes good people can find themselves in situations where they should know better.”

CONTACT:

For a review copy, interview or feature-writing request please call TAS Books at 01225 447474 or email media@natashajordache.co.uk