Thursday 16 August 2012

Not the Marrying Kind Review

Who said marriage had to be convenient?

LA party planner Poppy Collins has kept her secret side business – planning divorce parties as the Divorce Diva – a close secret, but keeping her business afloat is proving tougher by the day. When her sister’s divorce party gives Poppy the opportunity to save the day and boost her business, Poppy approaches Vegas golden boy Beck Blackwood for help. But this time, she’s about to get way more than she bargained for…

Beck knows Poppy’s secret, and he’s not afraid to use it to get exactly what he wants – a wife. With his reputation and business expansion plans on the line, the only way he can repair the damage is by getting hitched, and fast. And if blackmail is the only way to get Poppy to the altar, then so be it…

But they’re in the city of high stakes, and Poppy has a few aces up her sleeve. Now it’s time to find out if they’re playing to win… or if they’re playing for keeps.

As you may know, I’ve started intermingling reading YA with adult books and this is of course one of the latter.  Mostly, Not the Marrying Kind by Nicola Marsh is pure, unadulterated entertainment and a fun and easy read.  I really enjoyed the story and the writing was good, the dialogue was superb and there were no cheesy lines, thank goodness which is something I ALWAYS look out for in an adult novel.  My only slight bugbear as a wannabe copy editor  is that the word “bloody” was used as a curse word in a couple of sentences which is obviously a Briticism.  The term “Sort it out” was also  used and again I think this something a Brit would say, rather than an American.  This leads me to question whether the author or the editor was British as this novel is set in and around Las Vegas! Those are just little nitpicks though and they most certainly did not detract from the story.

I want to start by talking about Beck.  Ahhh, Beck.  I LOVE the name Beck and I blame Dawn Rae Miller (author of Larkstorm) for that). The Beck in THIS story was a man who came from the humblest of beginnings and clawed his way out of poverty to become a successful businessman.  His past has spurred him on and he’s worked hard to get where he is only there’s one problem - other businesses/companies won’t take him seriously because he isn’t married.  This storyline reminds me a little of the film Picture Perfect only this time, the guy is the lead character.

Poppy is the sassy, self assured and confident-without-being-arrogant woman in the story who is trying to save her grieving sister’s business by planning divorce parties.  When her world collides with Beck’s, there’s a deal to be done but is it purely business?  Beck and Poppy have finally met their match and will challenge each other’s wants and beliefs before the end of the book.  Yes, you can sorta guess the ending but it’s the journey that’s the enjoyable part ;)

I thought Not the Marrying Kind was a fabulous book and I read it in one sitting.  If you’re looking for an entertaining read, this comes highly recommended.

Not the Marrying Kind was published on 14th July, 2012 by Entangled publishing and is available as an e book.  To find out more about Nicola Marsh and her books, please click here to visit her website.

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