Sunday, July 21, 2013

ARC Review: Famously Engaged by Robyn Thomas

Title:  Famously Engaged 
Author: Robyn Thomas
Publisher/Publication Date: Entangled Publishing, Indulgence, July 8, 2013
Source/Format:  Publisher, e-book
Genre: Contemporary Romance


A chef and a rock star. They couldn’t be from more different worlds…

Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancé.

Before Jake can convince Beth of his plan, he's forced to move in with her to avoid the paparazzi. Their instant attraction makes for a sizzling "first date", but soon Jake’s fame gets in the way and Beth wants out. Too bad Jake's figured out just why her ex is so obsessed with her, and he's afraid he's not going to be able to give her up either.

Now it's up to Jake to convince this chef together they make the perfect recipe.

My Thoughts

I liked the overall storyline of Famously Engaged by Robyn Thomas, but the progression of the plot from Jake’s ploy to cease Beth’s relationship with Brad to Jake and Beth developing feelings for each other happened rather fast.  Portraying Beth as being so willing to invite Jake into her home after he divulged a sketchy story about why he was there seemed a bit unrealistic. Although Beth was supposed to be a private person, it seemed that her common sense went out the window when “Famous Man” appeared.  I understand that it was possible for them to have an instant physical attraction, but their dialogue and interactions didn’t lead me to believe that they had an emotional connection after such a short period of time.  I also had a problem with Skyla being sent away on business while Jake was trying to convince Brad to forget about his ex-wife.  It seemed to only give Brad more time to focus on Beth.  At times Beth seemed a little desperate, especially when she discussed how once her fake engagement was over, she wanted her friends to help her find the perfect man.  Um, what happened to letting things happen naturally? Brad’s and Skyla’s roles seemed insignificant, and I was disappointed that they weren’t an integral part of the story.

Rating 3/5

I received a copy of Famously Engaged from the publisher for an unbiased review, thank you.

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