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Experienced

A Novel

Author Kate Young
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On sale Jun 04, 2024 | 10 Hours and 15 Minutes | 9780593907757
“A fizzing, lip-chewing, collar-bone biting, palm-sweating roller-coaster of a rom-com that is both the sexiest book you'll read all year and the most heartening.” —Caroline O'Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of The Rachel Incident

“A joyful, exhilarating romp of a romance!” —Ashley Herring Blake, bestselling author of Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date

Bette is in love for the first time in her life. Finally, everything makes sense. Until it doesn’t.


As Bette approached thirty, she realized something big: she’s into women. And then she fell for Mei, who’s entirely perfect. Until, out of the blue, Mei suggests they take a break. She wants Bette to have the opportunity she missed out on in her twenties: to explore the queer dating scene, and then return certain about their future, her desires, and herself.

Reluctantly, Bette sets out on a mission: date hot women and have hot casual sex, before returning to her loving girlfriend. Maybe, put that way, it doesn’t sound so bad…

Often heady and thrilling, occasionally cringe, Bette’s odyssey will take her to some unexpected places. But with her new friend, the gorgeous and self-assured Ruth, as her queer dating guide, Bette can’t possibly fail. Right?
Praise for Experienced:

“A fizzing, lip-chewing, collar-bone biting, palm-sweating roller-coaster of a rom-com that is both the sexiest book you'll read all year and the most heartening. A big, kind, horny love-in that will embolden readers to get some more experience of their own.”
—Caroline O'Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of The Rachel Incident

“A joyful, exhilarating romp of a romance! Experienced reminds us all that sometimes, the best of life—and love—is found where you least expect it. A beautiful celebration of love and identity.”
—Ashley Herring Blake, bestselling author of Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date

“Clever, sexy and joyful, Experienced is filled with characters who quickly feel like old friends. A stunner of a debut novel—I loved it.”
—Beth O'Leary, international bestselling author of The Wake-Up Call

Experienced is fun, sexy and smart. Kate Young's take on dating, relationships and learning about your own queerness is wonderfully astute, her characters are warm and recognisable and importantly, deeply fanciable. I loved it.”
—Laura Kay, author of Wild Things

“Simultaneously steamy, swoon-worthy, and sweet, Experienced is also very relatable in many ways...In addition to an ensemble of witty, lovable side characters and hilariously British banter, the novel definitely excels in drawing a laugh. A hilariously chaotic insight into modern dating culture, Experienced is an ode to the beauty of queer love stories.”
—The Chicago Review of Books

“This is the sexy, slow-burn queer love story we’ve been waiting for....Delightful through and through...Experienced beings together a winning cast and a series of romcom-worthy setups for a love story as heartfelt as it is fun. It's a no-holds-barred celebration that shows following your heart, despite the risks, offers great reward.”
Booklist starred review

“Young's exuberant debut novel follows the bumbling erotic adventures of a newly out lesbian.... Hilarity, secondhand embarrassment, and some sensual love scenes follow.”
Publishers Weekly

“Extremely hot....Sexy, hilarious, and rife with romantic tension, Experienced is a ton of fun.”
—Bustle

“A whole­hearted, fun exploration of dating and love in the 21st century....Young’s charming British English pairs with a young mil­lennial’s quirky, anxious interiority for a fun, surprisingly profound read. Romantics, if you’re lonely or even if you’re happily in love, this novel will be a treat.”
—Bookpage
© Tom Jacob Headshots
Kate Young is a writer and cook, whose award-winning Little Library Cookbooks feature food inspired by beloved works of literature. After a sunny Australian childhood (spent indoors reading books) she moved to London, which suited her much better. She now lives in a converted mill in a Gloucestershire town. Experienced is her first novel. View titles by Kate Young

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“A fizzing, lip-chewing, collar-bone biting, palm-sweating roller-coaster of a rom-com that is both the sexiest book you'll read all year and the most heartening.” —Caroline O'Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of The Rachel Incident

“A joyful, exhilarating romp of a romance!” —Ashley Herring Blake, bestselling author of Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date

Bette is in love for the first time in her life. Finally, everything makes sense. Until it doesn’t.


As Bette approached thirty, she realized something big: she’s into women. And then she fell for Mei, who’s entirely perfect. Until, out of the blue, Mei suggests they take a break. She wants Bette to have the opportunity she missed out on in her twenties: to explore the queer dating scene, and then return certain about their future, her desires, and herself.

Reluctantly, Bette sets out on a mission: date hot women and have hot casual sex, before returning to her loving girlfriend. Maybe, put that way, it doesn’t sound so bad…

Often heady and thrilling, occasionally cringe, Bette’s odyssey will take her to some unexpected places. But with her new friend, the gorgeous and self-assured Ruth, as her queer dating guide, Bette can’t possibly fail. Right?

Reviews

Praise for Experienced:

“A fizzing, lip-chewing, collar-bone biting, palm-sweating roller-coaster of a rom-com that is both the sexiest book you'll read all year and the most heartening. A big, kind, horny love-in that will embolden readers to get some more experience of their own.”
—Caroline O'Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of The Rachel Incident

“A joyful, exhilarating romp of a romance! Experienced reminds us all that sometimes, the best of life—and love—is found where you least expect it. A beautiful celebration of love and identity.”
—Ashley Herring Blake, bestselling author of Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date

“Clever, sexy and joyful, Experienced is filled with characters who quickly feel like old friends. A stunner of a debut novel—I loved it.”
—Beth O'Leary, international bestselling author of The Wake-Up Call

Experienced is fun, sexy and smart. Kate Young's take on dating, relationships and learning about your own queerness is wonderfully astute, her characters are warm and recognisable and importantly, deeply fanciable. I loved it.”
—Laura Kay, author of Wild Things

“Simultaneously steamy, swoon-worthy, and sweet, Experienced is also very relatable in many ways...In addition to an ensemble of witty, lovable side characters and hilariously British banter, the novel definitely excels in drawing a laugh. A hilariously chaotic insight into modern dating culture, Experienced is an ode to the beauty of queer love stories.”
—The Chicago Review of Books

“This is the sexy, slow-burn queer love story we’ve been waiting for....Delightful through and through...Experienced beings together a winning cast and a series of romcom-worthy setups for a love story as heartfelt as it is fun. It's a no-holds-barred celebration that shows following your heart, despite the risks, offers great reward.”
Booklist starred review

“Young's exuberant debut novel follows the bumbling erotic adventures of a newly out lesbian.... Hilarity, secondhand embarrassment, and some sensual love scenes follow.”
Publishers Weekly

“Extremely hot....Sexy, hilarious, and rife with romantic tension, Experienced is a ton of fun.”
—Bustle

“A whole­hearted, fun exploration of dating and love in the 21st century....Young’s charming British English pairs with a young mil­lennial’s quirky, anxious interiority for a fun, surprisingly profound read. Romantics, if you’re lonely or even if you’re happily in love, this novel will be a treat.”
—Bookpage

Author

© Tom Jacob Headshots
Kate Young is a writer and cook, whose award-winning Little Library Cookbooks feature food inspired by beloved works of literature. After a sunny Australian childhood (spent indoors reading books) she moved to London, which suited her much better. She now lives in a converted mill in a Gloucestershire town. Experienced is her first novel. View titles by Kate Young