Just Do It (without your Nikes)

Crown Publishing was nice enough to offer to send me some free books earlier this summer.  One of the ones I picked was Just Do It by Douglas Brown.  It is the true story of …”how one couple turned off the TV and turned on their sex lives for 101 days (no excuses!)”

How One Couple Turned Off the TV and Turned On Their Sex Lives for 101 Days (No Excuses!)

When I received it in the mail, my husband read the inside cover and asked me what kind of book this was, pornography?  I got a little self-conscious about it then and put it aside.  But, I picked it up a couple of days ago and delved in.  What a book!

The book is written by Doug, a Denver Post columnist who specializes in “sex” stories.  When he was telling his wife about a group of men who bonded over not having sex for 100 straight days, his wife came up with an idea.  She wanted to reverse that and have 100 days of sex.  Of course, Doug agreed.  They planned out their sexathon during the “training period.”  They visited their doctor, asking for advice.  They bought some supplies, planned some trips, etc.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  Doug was so honest about things.  I found myself blushing sometimes while giggling.  My favorite part was Doug’s descriptions of his family, his wife and his two daughters (age 7 and age 3) and how he and his wife worked with those contraints for the sake of the sexathon.  I could totally relate to their struggling, at times, with exhaustion after working and being with the kids all day and then facing the prospect of sex.  It really made the book better.

I enjoyed the descriptions of the different ideas that the couple came up with to “spice things up.”  It was fun to get some ideas!  I also liked seeing how this sexathon affected the couple outside of the bedroom.  It was great to see their growth and learn from their experience.  Their relationship evolved and they learned some important things about being a couple.  It helped to remind me of some of these things.

Now, for the criticism — the book could have been tightened up a little, maybe cut out some pages.  Some of the chapters were a little redundant (I guess it showed how 100 nights of sex could get a little redundant).  But, I think we got the point and could have used a little less.  Second, Doug told everyone, I mean EVERYONE, about the sexathon before he started, including his parents.  That kind of creeped me out.  His mother would call to find out how it was going.  A little too weird for me. 

Otherwise, I would recommend this for a married couple with kids.  It could just give you some inspiration!

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5 responses to “Just Do It (without your Nikes)

  1. Thanks for being brave and reviewing this! I totally agree with letting everyone know before hand. Um, ewwww! Especially having his mom check up on him.

  2. Yeah, that’s a little icky, with the husband telling his mother and anyone else who would listen. But this is a good review and I just might check it out!

  3. I would absolutely die if my husband talked about that kind of stuff with him mom.

    I heard about this book awhile ago on some news site, and it sounded like an interesting idea. I don’t think I could sit around reading that book, either, without my husband making some porn comment.

  4. Wow! What an interesting book.

  5. I read the book, too! I thought it was absolutely hysterical and also really touching. I didn’t mind that he told his parents — it was really kinda endearing and not at all icky. This book has made me think a lot about marriage and intimacy…it’s a fab read.

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