Friday, October 25, 2013

Cephalopod Coffeehouse, October Book Club!

This month, I joined the Cephalopod Coffeehouse Book Club, hosted by The Armchair Squid. (Yes, yes, perfect for the mermaid author, right?) The website explains:

"The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same.  In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers."
Well, I generally read a lot - lots of ARC by new authors, beta reads, as well as any YA or MG that grabs my attention or is thrust into my hands by one of my kids. I also read, you know, adult fiction that tends toward romantic suspense, women's fiction, fantasy and "chic lit." Okay, so eclectic tastes, just warning you.

Unfortunately, I've read an awful lot of bad books this month, and several mediocre ones to boot... so this is harder than I thought it was going to be.

One of the better ARCs I read this month doesn't release until November 5th, and I promised to hold my review until then. (Hint: Check out DROWNING by Rachel Firasek on Goodreads.)

And my favorite book I read this month was the middle grade time travel WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead, which I already reviewed HERE.

Which leaves me with... a Contemporary Romance titled WAKING UP MARRIED by Mira Lyn Kelly.

Published December 2012 by Harlequin KISS
About the Book: (from Goodreads)

Her first thought: "Who are you?"
It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well - a funny, arrogant, sexy...husband!
Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible - been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!
 Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?
 "I don't want a divorce."
My Take:

This is a romance, a classic romantic comedy situation, and an easy read, but the dialogue crackles, the writing sparkles, and the whole book made me smile.

I wasn't expecting much from it, as it was a Free ebook from Amazon, offered on BookBub, and I've been burned several times this month with books I couldn't even make myself finish. Life is too short.

Some readers may find this story... well... let's quote a few (negative) reviews... "cheesy," "corny," "overly predictable," "sterotyped"...  But I agree more with the reviewer who wrote "there are times when a girl needs to be reminded that it's okay to dream and have fantasies, no matter how far-fetched they are. This is probably the mother of all cheesy and corny lines ever, but whatever."

Megan is not looking for a husband, or even for love. She has a job, a life, and her own money. She doesn't need a man to save her or complete her. On a trip to Vegas for her cousin's wedding she gets a little too drunk, ends up being pushed into a date by her so-called friends and wakes up married, as the title implies, to the perfect man - hunky, adorable, rich and thoughtful. He's totally a nice guy, and she's a nice girl, and how did a Vegas wedding happen to two logical, respectably normal people?

Connor is not perfect, or the story would not have any zing to it. And the situation starts to get complicated pretty quickly, because Megan doesn't remember most of the night or the flawed logic he used to convinced her to marry him in the first place. 

It's a fun, fast read if you like contemporary romance with a touch of sarcasm and comedy. And as I sit here typing this (on Thursday), I see it's still available for free on Amazon HERE.

Before you leave, take a minute to check out my HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT BLOG HOP coming up October 30-31. The "rules" and sign up LinkyLink are HERE, and everyone is welcome, authors and readers alike! Sign up today, and don't forget to grab the badge up in the left corner of this page!

Now I'm off to see what other books have been read and recommended for October in this bloghop! Thanks to the Armchair Squid for not only organizing this hop, but for stopping by earlier this month to invite me to join! It was so much fun, I'll have to sign up for November, too!


  1. So glad you're joining us. Sorry to hear it was a month of duds. Waking Up Married sounds like fun, though.

    1. I've seriously never punted so many books as I did in the month of October. My lifetime number of DNF books more than doubled - oh well! Gotta keep reading!

    2. I don't give up on them very often but sometimes, you just know. I recently picked up a self-published book about Roger Federer that was just disastrous.

  2. 'This is probably the mother of all cheesy and corny lines ever, but whatever.'

    That made me smile. It's funny how people feel the need to be apologetic for reading something optimistic and light. I say screw 'em. Read what feels good. Life is too short! :D

    1. That review made me smile as well, so I had to quote it. Sometimes you need some book candy, right?

  3. This book makes me think of that film that came out a few years back with Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz -- "What Happens in Vegas." I think I'd probably find it corny as well, but I really liked your review and the fact that you enjoyed it. It's always nice to read a no-brainer, whimsical-type book every now and then. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I haven't seen the movie - yet - but I'll look for it when it comes around my cable box. I think I could use a no-brainer movie night as well ;-)

  4. It's a great month for book candy. Why not? It can't make you fat, right? I enjoyed your review!

    1. Thanks, Kerry, and you're right - what's a month of Trick-or-Treat without "book candy" too! Happy Halloween!

  5. Wow, I haven't read these kinds of books in so many years I didn't even know they'd changed the look of their covers (that's a cute one). I don't have a lot of patience for books that are too predictable anymore (that bothers me more than the cheesiness) but this seems like a fast read so I'll keep it in mind for when I want something light and fun. :)


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