Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Review: The Husband Maker by Karey White

Title: The Husband Maker
Author: Karey White
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Source: Audible
Content Alert: A squeaky clean romance

Charlotte seems to have so much going for her-- she has a great job, a great family, and a great life in San Francisco. She has just one problem-- she's cursed when it comes to dating. Whenever she dates a guy, the inevitably break up, and, to make matters worse, he goes on to marry the next girl he dates. Every single time. She's been to more wedding receptions for ex-boyfriends than most women in their mid-twenties have any right to claim. Thankfully, Angus, her best friend since childhood, is always willing to go out for ribs and pie and help her eat her way through her sorrows.

Then, Charlotte falls hard for Kyle Aldsworth, the son of a senator (Republican, apparently, and living in San Francisco, for which I will suspend disbelief). She's transported into a world she hasn't had access to in her previous life, and it's up to her to decide if she wants this to be her future.

The Husband Maker is the first book in a trilogy, and I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed Charlotte, as well as the supporting characters who will be sticking around until the next installment of the series. It's a squeaky clean romance-- although the characters are not Mormon, the author is, which gives the book an interesting vibe for a Mormon reader, because these people feel Mormon, for sure. In other words, no swearing, no sex (even for characters who are close to marrying), and a preoccupation with marriage on the part of Charlotte and her family that seems a little out of place for a twenty-something living in a big city. I'm not sure if I understand the conventions of the romance novel well enough, but I'm already predicting the ultimate finale of book three, and I'd bet someone twenty bucks I know how the cliffhanger at the end of the book resolves itself in book two. All in all, a fun read, and I would enjoy following this story through to its conclusion in the third book.

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