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Julius Roebuck is the creative director of a successful ad agency. He is also husband to the beautiful Anne, father of three lively children, and attentive lover to a poet named Lily.When his wife’s friend, Yasmin, announces her intention to get pregnant and describes Roebuck as the perfect sperm donor, Julius is startled at first. But Yasmin is drop-dead gorgeous, and befJulius Roebuck is the creative director of a successful ad agency. He is also husband to the beautiful Anne, father of three lively children, and attentive lover to a poet named Lily.When his wife’s friend, Yasmin, announces her intention to get pregnant and describes Roebuck as the perfect sperm donor, Julius is startled at first. But Yasmin is drop-dead gorgeous, and before long he is meeting her at her apartment in the middle of the afternoon. What he neglects to mention is the fact that he recently had a vasectomy. When Yasmin, Anne, and Lily all announce that they are pregnant, no one is more surprised than Julius himself. Fire in the Firefly is a wickedly funny satire about love, relationships, and the war between the sexes....

Title : Fire in the Firefly
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ISBN : 9781459733312
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Fire in the Firefly Reviews

  • Michelle Only Wants to Read
    2019-04-19 07:34

    There may be some kind of spoilers here. Read at your own risk. Meet Julius Roebuck. He's an advertising man. A successful and creative one, as well. A bit like a modern Don Draper. His philosophy in life is that "Only women count." He keeps a track of his personal enlightenments in The Collected Sayings of Julius Roebuck. There are some gems in that book. He has devoted his life to the study of women's psyche. He understands that men are just morons and women have the final word when it comes to purchasing. Whether it's fishing gear, condoms, or shoes, he knows the audience is female. He loves to alienate his future account executives, because he knows he's right. He'll get their business. Julius has a good, independent wife, Anne. He has three kids he loves and mean the world to him. He rarely misses supper, he cooks and prepares their school lunches, and has a sweet spot for story time with Zach, his youngest one. He also has Lily, his intelligent mistress who stimulates his intellectual needs, and--apparently--has an amazing kitchen. He is good and kind to both his wife and mistress. Somehow there's an unspoken arrangement, and there's not guilt here. It's all good. Life is going swell for Julius, Anne, and Lily. At work, Julius has a new creative man called Daniel. He is everything Julius expected of him and more. They are working on a new account that will bring good cash and prestige to the agency. It's all good in the universe. Then, out of nowhere, a crisis shows up. Yasmin wants a baby. Yasmin is Anne's smoking hot best friend and business partner. They're both interior designers and faithful to yoga. Yasmin realizes her biological clock is ticking and she must get pregnant before it's too late. After some consideration (and a lot of sangria) over dinner, the obvious choice for sperm donor is Julius. This is a problem, since Julius is not interested in having any more children, and's kind of weird, anyway. But Yasmin is hot. Crazy hot. What to do? This sticky situation sparks an idea for Julius who wants to get his cake and eat it too, and he's quick to take care of business, as painful as this may be. For a period of about four months, life as he knows it will be gone. Keeping up with three women at a time is too much for him. He's afraid he's getting too old for this. His health is not what it used to be. His personal life is taking too much time from work. But he knows things are in the good, capable hands of Daniel Greenwood. He's good, this kid. Julius is not very concerned about the agency. Together, whiz kid Daniel-not-Dan and him will discover the new level of advertising. He trusts this guy. He's a younger version of himself, even when he likes "digital" things. Julius is old fashioned and still is not bought in the whole digital, social media thingy. Eventually life catches up with Julius and things spin out of control in a disastrous way. He's gone too far and there are natural consequences he must face. But, how? How could this have happened? Most importantly, how does he go from here?This book is a hoot. I laughed so hard at all the misadventures of Julius Roebuck. I loved his collection of sayings, and I highlighted many passages were his wit and life philosophy aligned with mine. The story is clever and entertaining. Even when the reader begins to realize what is truly happening, it's still funny. This is a comical, battle of the sexes tale. In Roebuck's words: "Fiction for men is getting the girl; for women it's getting the fiction."I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

  • Debbie
    2019-03-28 23:35

    Wow, I'm not really sure what to write about this book. I found parts of it pretty funny - the vasectomy issue - the whole thing was pretty funny.However, there were times that the main character, Julius would go off on a tangent about something and . . . I was lost. Not only lost, but not even interested. He reminded me of one of those people who talked because he liked to hear himself talk. The rest of the characters provided nothing good to the story. His wife was mechanical and cold, her friend was a bossy idiot and his mistress, well she seemed to be the only human in his life.I think without the whole vasectomy issue - having it done, the recovery, the issues afterward, the other issues afterward, and then the three backfires - this book would have lacked any appeal at all. Frankly without all of that, I doubt I would have been able to give this book more than one star.

  • Meyers Cooper Debbie
    2019-04-04 05:19

    Source: Netgalley in exchange for a reviewNot going to even sugar coat this - I couldn't stand this book. Spoiler alert: After a SUCCESSFUL vasectomy, Julius Roebuck will "father" children to three different women in the span of a couple of months. They will pretty much announce their pregnancies within the span of 48 hours. That's a rough estimation because I would lose interest in the plot and would start to skim for a couple of pages until the action started to pick up again. In the beginning, there was too much dialogue about women and zero action to advance the plot. At times Julius would go off on a tangent. Pretty much so he could give the readers great insight into advertising, women, or sex. I couldn't - I wouldn't - I didn't even bother to care what it was about. I never felt connected to the characters, especially at the end when Julius gives Yasmin money to help her take care of the child he supposedly fathered after having proved to Yasmin's lawyer he couldn't have been the father! Another spoiler alert: Daniel will father all the babies in this book, but if you are a female reader this should come as no surprise either.

  • Sharon May
    2019-03-30 23:24

    I wasn't real sure about this book at first - within the first few pages there is a list of 182 names for the male sex organ! But this was a fun read. The main character of the book is Julius Roebuck - the owner of an out-of-the-box advertising agency. Julius majored in women's studies at college and has very interesting thoughts on the male/female relationship, especially as it applies to advertising. Although Julius might not be an admirable guy with regard to his own relationships, reading about his exploits is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. The ending of the book was well worth the read! Plus, he did have some interesting ideas and facts about advertising and mainly the battle between the sexes.

  • Bryce O'Connor
    2019-04-12 06:16

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.This book reminded me of one of this meandering indie movies that you find on Netflix a lot. They kind of try to be different and quirky, but they never have anything actually interesting to say and you forget what they were about 20 minutes after you're done.Fire in the Firefly is yet another book that isn't bad per say, just really uninteresting. I don't care about the main character's musings on random shit, or about allll the women who just can't get enough of his old sperm (spoiler?). Nothing made me care. Two stars because I wasn't actively repulsed by it.

  • Margaret Bryant
    2019-03-26 03:05

    Wild satire about the battle of the sexes and the life of a high-flying advertising exec who's gotten himself into a particularly sticky situation.

  • Ann
    2019-04-10 23:07

    Julius is in advertising and thinks he is quite the ladies man. When he discovers his wife, and 2 "friends" are pregnant his world starts crumbling. His agency is disrupted when his partner, Daniel, runs away to Australia with their big client and he discovers Daniel has also been friends with all three of the pregnant ladies. Lots of satire and craziness.

  • Noelle Walsh
    2019-03-27 04:25

    This was a decent book. I didn't always catch the satire but I did enjoy what I did catch. This proved to be a good satirical look at the battle of the sexes and enjoyable to read.*won on GoodReads*

  • Jessica
    2019-04-15 03:23

    Satire of Mad Men meets 21st century.

  • Kathleen Gray
    2019-04-14 01:12

    Just could not find the humor in this one, although I suspect others will really appreciate the satire. THansk to Edelweiss for the ARC. I did not finish.