Chicklit / Contemporary Romance
by Rachel Astor
Josephine McMaster is pretty and smart, but very much a klutzy mess. Finally, at 26, she may have actually lost the dreaded ‘McMaster the Disaster’ nickname that has followed her around her whole life.
Josie’s quite content to be single, much to her mother’s disappointment. So when a bizarre contest is announced where a socialite is holding a lottery to pick her bridesmaids (and rake in a little extra cash), she can’t roll her eyes fast enough, even if it does mean meeting Jake Hall, her one and only movie star crush. Obviously, Josie doesn’t enter the bridesmaid lottery, so you can imagine her surprise when her picture pops up among the winners, thanks to Mom. With a little prodding -- okay bribing -- Josie agrees to participate.
The wedding turns into the event of the year, and Josie finds herself in the middle of a paparazzi feeding frenzy, which gets even crazier after Jake Hall takes a special interest in her.
Can Josie handle the pressure in the spotlight? Is it possible she might really have a chance with Jake Hall? And if she’s busy worrying about all that, how in the heck is she going to keep ‘McMaster the Disaster’ from showing up in front of the entire world?
Society goes nuts when a well-known socialite announces she'll be choosing bridesmaids from a lotto that the public can purchase a ticket for & cross their fingers to win. Her brother-in-law to be, Jack Hall, is one of Hollywood's most sought after bachelors AND a groomsman.
Josie, the MC, is unknowingly entered into the drawing by her mother. She wins.
Yummies: The MC is totally believable & likeable, flawed to a T. I really enjoyed joining her on this unwanted but exciting trip. The flamboyant side-kick is a riot. I had fun as he drug her from place to place picking out clothing & accressories for each event she had to attend.
I liked too that it was an easy read, not needing too many brain cells or emotions. The pacing and tiny bits of tension evolved in perfect timing.
Yuckies: I'm a sucker for description. I don't need info dumps, but cleverly entwined bits here & there go a long way. Well description really lacked in this book. From setting to how people looked just a smidge more would have helped with that star rating.
There was also a lack of emotional responses which hindered my empathy from becoming engaged. Take for example the *SPOILER ALERT* first kiss between Josie & Jack. There is no emotional reponse from the MC. None. The scene fell flat & I was disappointed.
Recommend: As long as you're not looking for an in depth read, one to stir the senses, then this book is for you. I certainly wasn't jumping out of my skin and screaming, 'OMG this freakin' rocked!' It was good, though.
Kick back - especially if your brain isn't functioning all that well and prepare yourself to be entertained.
Whatcha think? Read it? Gunna read it?