Series: The Husband Maker #1
Published by Orange Door Press on July 15, 2014
Genres: Clean Romance
Source: eARC obtained through Inspired Kathy Blog Tour, Owned
Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she's dated since high school has gone on to marry the next girl they date. Not two or three girls down the road. The very next one.
Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?
When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?
*I was sent a copy of the book through the tour, but I ended up buying my own Kindle version when it came time to read.
~ In the past when I read romance, it was only historical romance, and it was mainly Johanna Lindsey. Then I stopped buying romance all together because I was embarrassed and thought I had to read books that were more literary (yeah, I know, lots of wasted years worrying about what other people thought about my reading material). But slowly, since I’ve been blogging, I’ve rediscovered the genre. And I’m not limiting myself! Contemporary romance, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and clean romance, which Karey White first introduced me to when I read her book My Own Mr. Darcy.
~ As fitting the title, the book opens up with Charlotte at a wedding for her most recent ex, Harrison. She is a far better person to go to all these weddings than I would be. Personally, I’d have been at home eating gelatto and crying as All By Myself played on repeat, but hey, that’s just me. 😉
~ There are a lot of characters introduced right away, and because I take notes when I review books officially, I was reaching for my pen and notebook constantly. It also helps keep all the characters straight in my head, which I need when dealing with a large cast.
~ I call dibs on Angus as my book boyfriend.
~ At the wedding, Charlotte overhears two women mentioning the fact that all of Charlotte’s exes have married immediately after dating here. This is the first of several conversations that Charlotte will either accidentally or purposely eavesdrop on. Like in most cases, we often hear things we wish we hadn’t, but it can be good to hear what people really think of you. Or it can be soul crushing.
~ Although Charlotte turns down Angus and his offer to set her up with his friend Charlie (whom, honestly, I’m just assuming is Angus), she reluctantly agrees to have her co-worker Jayne set her up with Kyle, who is older and the son of a senator.
~ Kyle gives good date. Well, until the hot air balloon date.
~ Which brings me to the point that I would have dumped Kyle the second he tried to get me on one of those DEATH TRAPS. Just saying. Of course, I have some anxiety issues surrounding heights, fire, and all the things that could kill me.
~ Which proves prophetic, because an accident during Kyle’s “Up, up and away, My beautiful, my beautiful ballooon” date thrusts Charlotte into the media’s spotlight. Dating the handsome son of a handsome senator turns out to be news to a lot of people. It was painful to see Charlotte try to navigate through this new world, because she is so open and honest, it’s like watching a little white mouses get fed to a big old snake.
~ My only problem with the book, and it’s pretty minor, is just how far the one journalist goes in her article to speak out against Charlotte. It was beyond yellow journalism, and I honestly couldn’t see a newspaper printing it. Not even Us Weekly.
~ I really liked Kyle’s mom, Roberta. I love how Charlotte, when confronted with the dilemma of buying a dress for a charity event, feels that she can call and ask her for help, and I love even more that Roberta comes to the rescue.
~ There’s signs early on that while Kyle is great, the whole rich political family might be more than sweet Charlotte can handle (like Kyle’s dad being worried over being sued and image and damage control).
~ Peppered throughout the book is stories of Charlotte’s exes. While I enjoyed them all, Taz, the ex who dumped her because her sunny disposition was making it impossible for him to write songs, was my favorite ex story. I’m sorry, Charlie, but that made me chuckle.
~ Angus, my book boyfriend, also had to deal with a lot in this book. He was trying to decide where to do his medical residency (basically New York or California), dating a beautiful woman who he just wasn’t that into, and then a family crisis. Even with all that, he was there for Charlotte, and vice versa, the entire time. I’m sorry, but he’s perfect. (And mine, because as you can see, I laid claim to him already).
~ The ending leaves you on a cliffhanger (but I think I know who the bride is!), which would normally frustrate the heck out of me, but I’m super anxious for the next book, so Ms. White- well played!
Charlotte- our mc, unlucky in love since all of her exes have gone on to marry the very next woman they date after her.
Kyle- the handsome senator’s son- is he Mr. Right or the next ex-boyfriend?
Will- Charlotte’s twin brother. Will is not short for Wilbur, thankfully. 😉 Married to Gina.
McKayla- Charlotte’s happily married little sister. Married to Connor.
Angus- Will and Charlotte’s good friend- calls her Chuck. I have a theory about Angus.
Mia- Charlotte’s friend and roommate, dealing with her own relationship drama. I still have mixed feelings about Graham.
Aleena- Charlotte’s friend and old Chinese proverb spouting friend.
Jayne- Charlotte’s boss and matchmaker.
Polly- is awesome. Puts out fires for Kyle’s family.
Toss up, but pretty much any scene with Angus- I especially like cookie bringing Angus, although therapy scene Angus is pretty awesome too. And this quote by Charlotte’s dad:
Stop the Clock:
This book kind of crept up on me. I just assumed I wouldn’t like it as much as My Own Mr. Darcy (because Karey White understands my intense feelings for Matthew Macfayden’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy), but I was surprised by how invested I got into Charlotte’s story. I can’t imagine always being the next to last girlfriend. How awful it must feel, even if the guy wasn’t the right one, to watch him marry someone else, especially if you were so sure he’d be the one you would walk down the aisle with (looking at you, CJ- and the name Charger and Poppins are stupid, just fyi). Although I’m pretty sure how things will end, or should end, I’m enjoying the journey!
The Husband Maker gets a Midnight Book rating of: