Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: The Husband Maker by Karey White

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The Husband Maker by Karey White

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 become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.

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?

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Charlotte is at her ex-boyfriend's wedding reception when she overhears two women talking about her and one reveals to the other that Charlotte's college nickname was "the husband maker" since every guy she breaks up with goes on to marry the next girl they date. She's hurt and has a food therapy session with her best friend, Angus, and talks to him about it (see excerpt below). 

Soon after, her boss, Jayne, sets her up with Kyle, a guy who is nine years older than her. Charlotte's been resisting this because she feels like they'll have nothing in common. Then she meets Kyle and he's nothing like she expected. Their relationship starts to take off but becomes complicated when Kyle fills her in on his future plans.

So, I was expecting a fun romance and this book was delivering! I felt for Charlotte and could relate to her somewhat. Being single can be rough. I thought she had a great attitude about it, though, and was impressed that she didn't hold grudges against any of the guys who dumped her only to marry someone else a short time later. I liked reading her different experiences and what had happened with each of them. We didn't get them all at once, either--they were sprinkled throughout the book. 

I also liked her twin brother, Will, and their best friend, Angus. Will is married but Angus is also single so they hang out when they need to commiserate on their failed relationships. Angus is like a brother to her. He is preparing to start his five-year residency and trying to decide if he should stay close by or move to New York.

I absolutely fell in love with Kyle!! He's handsome and charming and they're perfect for each other. He took her on great dates, cooked for her and was also content to stay in and eat take out. Once he fills her in on his future plans, though, she has a very difficult decision to make. Being a private person myself, I understood her dilemma and why that life wouldn't be appealing. I thought I had it figured out, though, and then the story took a sharp twist and ended in a cliffhanger! I am ready to read the next book right now!

I had two people ask me if I'd finished reading it so I figured this book went outside the usual formula. Knowing that, I still couldn't believe the ending. I can guess the direction the story will go from here, but I'm hoping for some more twists and an incredibly happy ending!! If you like a clean romance with a cliffhanger ending, you will want to read this book right now! And, if you need to discuss this book when you're done, feel free to contact me! ;)

My Rating=5 Stars

*I received a copy from the tour host for review. My opinion is 100% my own.*

Here's an excerpt where she's talking to her friend Angus after learning that she's referred to as "the husband maker."

Mrs. Shelton’s words bounced around in my head. They call her the husband maker.
“That’s quite a frown you’ve got going there.”
Angus dipped his head, forcing me to make eye contact with him.
“Don’t be sorry. Just talk to me.”
“Have you heard anyone call me the husband maker?”
Angus leaned back in the booth and shook his head. His dark, worried eyes watched me. “Who told you about that?”
“So you have?” When he didn’t immediately speak, I knew the answer. I sighed and leaned back against my seat as well.
There we sat, both of us slouching against our seats, looking at each other.
“Why didn’t you tell me?” I whispered.
“Now why would I do that? Why would I purposely tell you something that would hurt your feelings?”
I should have appreciated his desire to spare me, but at the moment, I wasn’t sure what to think. “Wouldn’t a real friend be honest with me?”
“I was honest. If you’d ever asked me, I’d have told you. I wouldn’t have lied to you. But I don’t think a real friend would jump at the chance to share something hurtful. Wouldn’t a real friend be protective?”
I shrugged.
“Who told you?”
“No one.”
“Then how—?”
“I overheard Hannah Shelton’s mom in the restroom. She was telling some other woman that everyone calls me the husband maker.”
“Not everyone, Chuck.”
“You know what I mean. And why shouldn’t they? There I was at Harrison’s wedding. I guess I just made him a husband. I guess I made Skyler a husband. And CJ and Jerry and . . . I can keep going if you want me to.” I would have kept going to illustrate my point, but my voice was starting to quiver, and in a minute, I’d only have two options—cry or yell at Angus. As upset as I was that he’d never told me, I knew he didn’t deserve to be yelled at. He was here for therapy, after all.
His voice was full of concern, and he used my given name, so I knew he wasn’t kidding around.
“What?” My voice cracked.
He shook his head. “Don’t worry about what people say. You’ve had bad luck. That’s all. It isn’t your fault.”
The waitress brought out our food. “Can I get you anything else?”
“This is great, thanks.” Angus wasted no time piling food on his plate. “I hope you’re hungry,” he said after she left.
“I can’t believe we’re eating this much food at almost ten.”
“If the food doesn’t take your mind off all this junk, the heartburn will.”
I laughed.
Angus’s voice turned serious again. “If you wish I’d have told you, I’m sorry I didn’t.”
I nodded. I wasn’t sure I wanted the answer, but I had to ask. “Have you ever called me that?”
“Of course not.”

Author Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

Coming Fall 2014 – Charlotte’s Story continues in The Match Maker

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Katie W said...

Fantastic review! I love the way you pull in things from the book and mix them with your opinion, without giving anything away.

Unknown said...

FABULOUS review! I cannot wait to read this!

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