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Title: Love, Reality Style
Author: Judith Natelli McLaughlin
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers, Blue Moon Voices, Lightning Source UK Ltd
Date of Publication: June 7th, 2016
This is a quick and easy read romance involving lots of cake, three best friends and a mixed bag of male characters.
I loved the relationship between the three ladies – everyone needs friends like these but not so many are lucky enough to have them. They were always there for each other, through everything – great sounding boards when one was in a dilemma, supportive in times of trouble and protective in times of need. The males in the story were a completely different matter – a germaphobic proposer, a charismatic, handsome, rich but dislikable television show host and a cheat!
So this story starts out with awkward situations, interfering friends and mothers, lies and cheating before moving on to other possibilities, opportunities, romance and lots of cakes. The characters are well developed though not necessarily appealing. I disliked how Mary Grace couldn’t make her mind up about accepting Ralph’s proposal. Come on, she’s a teacher, used to having to make decisions and surely not someone to be bullied into them by her Mum or really needing to talk it all through to weigh up the pros and cons with her friends? She really irritated me, initially, because of this. However, as the story progressed I could relate to her more. To begin with Ralph also comes across as a somewhat damp squib but again, especially after his first talk with Jayde, he becomes more rounded and believable – a genuine, very caring individual with lots more to him than being ‘CEO of Antiseptic Hands’. In contrast, Nick Charmin initially seems like the perfect partner for Mary Grace – handsome, attractive, charismatic and so obviously attracted to her. He’s more domineering, used to having his own way and determined to win her for himself. So who will she choose? Well, you’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!
Whether you’re a fan of reality television or not, this book is fun to escape into when you want something light and simple to read. However, it should, perhaps, also come with a warning – you’ll be in serious danger of needing some cake to eat with all the references, baking and eating that goes on throughout to story!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
‘When cake-loving third-grade teacher Mary Grace Falcone receives a proposition of marriage from her germ-phobic boyfriend Ralph Ichy, her comfortable life is thrown into a tailspin. Should she marry Ralph? The man dubbed “the CEO of Antiseptic Hands”? Reluctantly, and despite the differing opinions of her best friends Jayde and Annie, Mary Grace accepts. Her decision gets her meddling mother off her back, but also lands her on a reality wedding show where handsome host, Nick Charmin, unexpectedly falls for her.
Will Mary Grace choose hot Nick or faithful Ralph? Is the decision really hers to make? And, is a slice of cake actually the answer to all of life’s problems?
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