Josie continues to entertain as she travels overseas to ghost-write an autobiography, but she foolishly wastes most of her allotted time. I wanted to strangle her for her stupidity! Lol. Usually second books in a series aren’t that good, but this one was a winner! It wasn’t at all what I had expected, but was charming in its own way. I was quite surprised by the seemingly quick change of heart one of the characters experiences at the end - that was the only part that felt a little contrived. But overall another great read!
Gamble is the continuation of Josie's story post bridesmaid lotto. She heads off to London to start ghost writing a biography for someone famous, and naturally she gets herself into some tricky situations. While in London, her separation from Jake starts to put doubts in her mind about their relationship, and the constant mess with paparazzi just complicates things further.
This story was cute and funny, just like the first. I love Josie and love being inside her head because she has thoughts that are just like mine. She is dorky and awkward and clumsy, and I love it. I do wish there had been more Jake in the story because I like him, but I understand that the point of this book was to challenge the relationship.
I wish the book had been longer, but I enjoyed it for what it was. If you are looking for a light chick lit read, then this is a good choice.
I read the first and second book in one sitting so I am basically reviewing both. It was funny and a nice light read which is what I was wanting at the moment. The series starts out with the main character Josie winning "the bridesmaid lotto" where one of the groomsmen is a famous actor named Jake. The two begin dating and Josie gets a reality check of what it is like in the spotlight not all being good. One not so good thing is getting fired which causes her to look for a job overseas. The first book left you hanging at the end with no resolution so the second book was just a continuation of the first even with the new characters and different setting. In this second book Josie is hired to write a famous person's autobiography because this person feels she understands about being in the public eye and has experience in the writing industry. I wanted to smack Josie a little bit in the second book because it felt like she was out to sabotage herself for no apparent reason...except maybe to give the reader a few laughs? It gets a little silly and sappy and maybe a little hard to believe but still a good story. I love a cinderella story especially one where you sometimes have to laugh at and sometimes have to cringe for the heroine. There were some minor errors but nothing too distracting. I would give the first book 4 stars and the second closer to 3 stars. I will definitely look for the third book in series.
I of course just had to get this book based on the first book The Wedding Wager. I had to read the entire book to reserve judgement on this one because I found Gamble on Engagement to be not quite as humorous as The Wedding Wager. I felt like the ending just became a rush because the author had to get this in on a deadline or something. Naturally I wouldn't want the series to keep going or necessarily have more books, but the ending could have been better.
As far as the plot goes, I think the whole prince and personal assistant story has been way overdone. That's what I liked about the original story: it was different in a Cinderella modern way.
I think it's safe to say I did not enjoy this book as much as I loved the first one. I felt like they were disconnected in some way. Not all one person between the first book and the second book.
I have be looking for new chick lit. I pick this. So far, Im pleased with the main, and the principles in her life. I Loved the first one. I just really liked this one. I think that she was a little whiney in this one which is why I think its icheesy. I really liked it just the same. I WAS in love with the stephanie plum books, and when i read the first few line I felt like a tingle of excitement of finding a new love. I just hope THESE books move forward, andddd never loose site of the audience that loves it. Overall, i read two quick reads a night while Im at work and while Im commuting. Im so happy I found this girl....you will be happy too.
This book picks up right before Josie makes her big move to England! I love the relationship between Jake and Josie. After Josie's mishap with her Disaster Diary being outed, he's made it a point to tell Josie that he didn't care that it was released. Her move to England and person she is ghost writing for makes for a hilarious book. This is a great follow up to the first book and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! Great book!