By Mira Lyn Kelly
Date Published: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin KISS
My Ratings: 7.2 / 10
“Life isn’t about getting everything you want the instant you want it.
Some things are worth waiting for.”
From USA TODAY bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly comes WAKING UP MARRIED, a free book in Harlequin’s brand-new contemporary romance collection—Harlequin KISS.
The free e-book can be found:
URL (only goes live December 1-indefinite): http://www.tryharlequinkiss.com
“This guy had one of those slanted smiles going on. The kind so lazy that only half of it bothered to go to work.”
Connor Reed stands apart from the typical cult-romance hero – he is temperamental, aloof and recently-heartbroken, yet is the only willing party in their accidental marriage.
“A person couldn’t make something last if it wasn’t meant to, like a person couldn’t be someone they weren’t. And trying only prolonged the inevitable.”
Megan Scott doesn’t do forevers, because no one in her life is a living proof of happy ever afters. Sporting a “GOT-SPERM?” tee-shirt and a can’t-do-love attitude, she picks up Connor at her cousin’s Vegas bachelorette party just to get the hen-party off her back about getting a sperm donor.
“You’re telling me this marriage between us is going to work because we aren’t bringing any fairy tale expectations into it. But here you are, down on one knee, fitting a glass slipper on my foot. Everything you do or say is like some fantasy come to life…which makes it hard to know what reality is actually going to feel like.”
It’s tough to hold on to a fleeting promise, and even tougher to resist the charms of a very determined accidental husband.
“Because—truth?—on the scale of significance, that stuff doesn’t even register.”
Then again, how do you convince somebody that true love does exist and is here to stay, if they’ve spent their entire lives disbelieving?
“And then he gave her a kiss that was meant to be the first of its kind, but tasted so familiar there was no denying those undercurrents of love had been there all that time… just waiting to be recognized.”
Or can Connor Reed really deliver what he set out to achieve?
“He’d been vowing to give her everything he had, but…nothing would be enough.”
Because truly, waking up married is Megan Scott’s worst nightmare.
The book can me sitting on the edge of my seat, giggling at the best parts of Megan giving in to Connor’s charms, and then sighing when she recedes into her safe world where she cannot be deceived.
Dialogue in this book is convincingly close to home, because reading it seems to put 2 voices in my head: Megan and Connor’s, constantly debating the push and pull of having someone else in your life to share your ups and downs while maintaining the goals and dreams you’ve always had.
Like a devil and angel plot, there’s always a bad guy, or guys, and Megan’s demons come in the form of many many stepfathers who had various fleeting appearances in her life. Hence the insecurities she lays bare, especially after her stepfathers makes a cameo in the storyline.
All in all, it was a predictable story, with Mira Lyn Kelly’s brilliant voice to narrate, and 2 fantastically crafted characters to project the gist of a Vegas aftermath.
Her first thought: “Who are you?”
It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well – a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!
Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible – been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!
Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?
“I don’t want a divorce.“