Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wedding Date for Hire (Anyone but You) by Jennifer Shirk {Review and Giveaway}

 

Wedding Date for Hire (Anyone But You)
by Jennifer Shirk
ebook
Publication: October 12th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
GENRE: clean romance
Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26124110-wedding-date-for-hire?ac=1 

Description:
Maddie McCarthy is single, between jobs, and (oh, the shame) lives with her mother. To make matters worse, she's the maid of honor for her sister's wedding, and desperately needs a date. Then she sees her salvation—Match Made Easy, a service for women in Maddie’s exact position. If she can't find a boyfriend, she'll do the next best thing...

Hire one.

Trent Montgomery isn't actually part of Match Made Easy. He's just doing a favor for his cousin, but one look at the blonde who hired him, and he's totally hooked. Now Maddie thinks that the attraction sizzling between them is just “part of the package.” And Trent is running out of time to prove to her that her date-for-hire might just be her happily-ever-after...
 


My Review:
I love chick lit and this one totally delivered! Maddie needs a date for her sister's wedding and fast! Without any prospects on the horizon, she turns to Match Made Easy, a paid service, to find the perfect date to show her family she is not affected by "the curse." What she gets, or rather...who...is not quite what she is expecting: Trent. Maddie is a little uptight, but so adorable.
Trent isn't perfect, but he sure comes across that way. I love the way he was able to handle Maddie and the situations that arose throughout this wedding weekend.

I was laughing out loud in so many places! I was feeling embarrassed for Maddie, cracking up over sizzling exchanges and reactions between the two, finding humor in her eccentric family, and swooning over interactions between them.

I've read similar themed books before, but never with this much chemistry and laughter. I loved every minute of it and enjoyed the wide range of emotions felt. The characters are well developed and practically jumped off of the pages.

This book definitely stands alone, but we do see Jack and Sabrina from Fiance by Fate make a few appearances. This is definitely one to read and read again and is going on my favorites list!

Content: some mild innuendo and some steamy clean kissing; mild swearing; no violence or religious elements. Clean!

Excerpt:

Maddie ignored his question, planting both fists on her hips. "What do you think you're doing?"

"Helping you."

"You mean helping yourself," she spat.

"No, I mean helping you. Maddie, listen. You don't seem like the kind of woman who would call
Match Made Easy on some whim. There must have been a pretty darn good reason. Or maybe even more than one. Start being honest with yourself, and don't let your pride about what happened in our past get in the way. I can help you with whatever that reason is in the present. If you let me."

Maddie looked down at her hands, wrung together in one giant knot of tension. He was right.

This woman didn't just want simple company at this wedding. There was definitely more to it. But he had to remind himself that whatever the reason was, it wasn't his concern.

After several long moments, she finally conceded. "Okay," she breathed. "Fine. I really don't have a choice at this point. You're hired."

Yes! He couldn't wait to tell his cousin. Luckily for his self-respect, he had seen the end zone before and was able to school his expression into a perfect mask of impassiveness.

"Great," he said. "Let's go talk to Kennedy then." He started in that direction but after several steps, realized Maddie wasn't following.

When he glanced back, he saw Maddie no longer wore the troubled expression of a defeated woman desperate for a date. Instead, she'd taken on a warrior stance with those glossed lips of hers settled into a fine tight line. "Look, hot shot, Sabrina may think that we're a couple, but my family can spot bad acting faster than Roger Ebert at a B-movie festival, so you better be convincing."

He advanced another step and had the satisfaction of seeing her lose a little of that tough-act bravado. "I can be very convincing," he assured her in a voice several octaves deeper than he intended.

"Well…all right then." She bit her lip. "I'm paying a lot for you so I don't want there to be any mistakes.

Trent managed to drag his eyes away from that shiny mouth of hers and grinned. "Don't worry,
sweetheart. I guarantee I'll be worth every penny."
Buy Links:
http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Date-Hire-Anyone-But-ebook/dp/B014CS5P3M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441137066&sr=8-1&keywords=wedding+date+for+hire http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wedding-date-for-hire-jennifer-shirk/1122566787?ean=9781633754560
 
About the Author: 
 
Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her. 


Feel free to follow her on Twitter or become a friend on Facebook.

GIVEAWAY:

Jennifer Shirk will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Feel free to enter! The more you comment and participate, the better your chances of winning!


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68 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, Katie!!! Your review made me so happy!

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    1. You're very welcome! I'm so glad to hear that. Your books leave a smile on my face. :)

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  2. Great review, I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks, Rita!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  3. I only like to read clean romance books. How do you draw the line as far as language and sexual content? What does "clean" mean to you? Thank you for letting us ask questions and for the giveaway. This sounds really good and I'd love to read it.

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    1. Great questions, Danielle! It's hard because everyone has their own opinions of what's clean. This one isn't squeaky clean, but I still consider it clean. I definitely draw the line at open sexual scenes and even descriptive scenes leading up to that. If it's kissing and talking more about feelings, instead of body parts, I consider it clean. As for language, cowboy swearing doesn't bother me too much, unless it's excessive, but again, everyone has their own opinion. I hope you have a chance to read it and enjoy it as much as I did!

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  4. Great review, sounds like really good book.

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  5. This seems like it'd be a good book to curl up with!

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    1. If you like romantic comedies, you're sure to love this one!

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  7. Great review..... book looks like a great read!

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    1. Thank you, Liz! It's a really fun book!

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  8. I love books with this kind of set-up, it makes for some entertaining reading :)

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    1. It's definitely entertaining! The set-up is so much fun.

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  9. What a wonderful review! I love books with romance and laughter so this definitely makes me want to read it. Thank you.

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

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  10. Great excerpt and fantastic review!

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    1. Thank you so much, Betty! And thank you for stopping by.

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  11. Thanks for the response to my first question. Here's another--how important is humor in your writing? What style/kind of humor do you use most?

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    1. As for me, I don't write, aside from blogging and review. This is probably a great question for the author! I do love humor though. :)

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  12. Thanks for the review! this book sounds intriguing

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have a chance to read it.

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  13. I love books that are so good I know I'll want to re-read them! Great recommendation :)

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  14. Sounds like a great read! Thanks!

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  15. Thanks for your blog--I trust that the books you post will be good matches for me.

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    1. Thank you, Danielle! That's so kind!

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  16. Have you read or recommend any other books by this author?

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    1. I've read Sunny Days for Same, Fiance by Fate, and Georgie on His Mind and really enjoyed them all!

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  17. I can't wait to "meet" Maddie. She seems quirky and in need of figuring out who she is.

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    1. You're going to love her, Danielle! She's a great character!

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  18. I'm looking forward to reading this book after reading your review!

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  19. I reread the excerpt and I love the way the author used body language and thoughts to show true feelings.

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    1. She's really good at doing that. Such a fun, cute story!

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  20. I promise not to hold it against her.

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  21. For the author- what inspired you to write a story with this well-loved theme?

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  22. My favorite books are the ones that bring out my emotions while reading. This book sounds like it will deliver that and more.

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    1. You're welcome!! Thanks for stopping by so often. :)

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    2. I hope I'm not annoying! The daily entry for the giveaway is to comment :)

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    3. Haha--I'm NOT annoyed at all! I love it!

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  24. Have you read any other books written by Jennifer? And if so,do you recommend any of them?

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    1. I have--I've read Sunny Days for Same, Fiance by Fate, and Georgie on His Mind and really enjoyed them all!

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  25. That's a lot of schooling to become a pharmacist. Good job. It's also a lot of work to write a great book that people want to read. You've done both. I am so excited to read this book. Keep up the exercising.

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    1. Jennifer is amazing! She really seems to excel at all she does. :)

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  26. Thanks for telling us about Jennifer's other books too. I enjoy finding authors that I know will write exciting books.

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    1. I LOVE finding new authors! I'm always happy to share them with others. :)

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  27. Sounds like a great clean book. Love that you can find clean reading

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    1. It's a lot of fun! I hope you have a chance to read it sometime.

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  28. I love books that surprise me, especially with a believable twist ending. Does this book surprise the reader?

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    1. There are a few surprises, but it's mostly good, clean fun!

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  29. Sometimes with humorous books the "eccentric family" can be too over the top. Are the funny moments realistic?

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    1. I thought they were realistic, although I don't like to be in the spotlight and I'd probably die of embarrassment if some of them happened to me. :)

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  30. I checked out Sunny Days for Sam from my library. I haven't started it yet, but I will this weekend. Thanks for responding to all our comments!

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    1. YAY! You're welcome! I hope you like it!

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  31. Ditto to what Danielle said- I'm super impressed by all your responses! You obviously care about your followers :)

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