No one combines humor and sex in quite the way author Nina Bangs does. Her ability to take outlandish premises and make them work is a true gift!

In the year 2502 most humans have become couch potatoes to the extent that even sex is too much effort, which is why the Super Bowl of the future consists of on-camera sexual exploits. Brian Byrne, a highly paid athlete, is the MVP for the Monday Night Sex Games. After his last winning season he decides he needs a vacation. Time traveling to the past sounds like just the ticket, so he heads back to Ireland and his old family estate back in the year 2002.

Ally O'Neal needs to get away from it all. Having been through a divorce, her livelihood is now affected because she's the author of the "Perfect Wife and Marriage" series. When her great-aunt Katy Gallagher decides to hunt for vampires, ghosts and the like in Ireland, Ally goes along for the ride.

Stumbling across Brian and many of his "future" gadgets, Ally has a hard time believing his tales. However when her publisher suggests she write a book on "getting back into the dating mode," Ally thinks Brian's "skills" might be useful. But as part of his contract, Brian is supposed to avoid extracurricular sex...

(May, 368 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith