Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen

From the publisher:
It takes a reality TV show for Wynne to realize love isn't just a game.
Wynne Hardy never thought she'd get engaged on a reality TV show, but when she met Andy on The Rejection Connection, the two of them hit it off. Now he's asked her to marry him, much to the public's delight and fascination. They're all set to wed on live TV in a seaside ceremony at the height of the wedding season.
But just as Wynne thinks all her dreams are coming true, her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life at the worst possible time. Steve broke her heart years ago, and she's still sorting through her feelings for him. Her heart isn't as clear as her head that it's past time to move on-even though she's engaged to Andy.
At a local TV talk show appearance, Wynne meets Meredith, who won another reality TV show-Marathon Mom-proving herself nothing short of a superhero. As Wynne's beach wedding plans spin out of control, Meredith offers to help, unknowingly stepping on Wynne's secret feelings . . . and exposing some secrets Meredith has been keeping to herself. Can these two reality stars get real about their feelings? Will Wynne go through with her televised wedding and be the perfect June bride the network is looking for?
This was a very short novella, only about 60 pages.  That being said, it made it harder for the characters to be more developed.  
The intro was catchy to me.  After all, who hasn't seen a part of a reality TV show or seen the faces of "normal" people splashed across tabliods.  Marybeth Whalen had a catchy idea of writing a love story from a reality show.  I thought it was also interesting to bring in Meredith as a secondary character.  Meredith's story helped to show Wynne what was important.  
Even though Callum only shows up a few time in the story I still think that his and Wynne's relationship was believable based on what the story tells us about them as a couple previously.  I liked that better than these "whirlwind" novellas.  To me, this was more realistic than some of the other novellas and I appreciated that.
I also liked that it wasn't a cliche, picture-perfect ending.  No engagement ring necessary to begin building happiness and a content life.
I received this ebook from BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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