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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Book one in the USA Today best-selling McMaster the Disaster series.

Josephine McMaster is pretty and smart, but very much a klutzy mess. Finally, at 26, she may have actually lost the dreaded 'McMaster the Disaster' nickname that has followed her around her whole life.

Josie's quite content to be single, much to her mother's disappointment. So when a bizarre contest is announced where a socialite is holding a lottery to pick her bridesmaids (and rake in a little extra cash), she can't roll her eyes fast enough, even if it does mean meeting Jake Hall, her one and only movie star crush. Obviously, Josie doesn't enter the bridesmaid lottery, so you can imagine her surprise when her picture pops up among the winners, thanks to Mom. With a little prodding - okay bribing - Josie agrees to participate.

The wedding turns into the event of the year, and Josie finds herself in the middle of a paparazzi feeding frenzy, which gets even crazier after Jake Hall takes a special interest in her. Can Josie handle the pressure in the spotlight? Is it possible she might really have a chance with Jake Hall? And if she's busy worrying about all that, how in the heck is she going to keep 'McMaster the Disaster' from showing up in front of the entire world?

©2011 Rachel Astor (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Fun light romance but . . . .

This is a fun, light romance, good for a summer read. However, there are 2 more books one must read to finish the storyline.

My biggest complaint is that this author consistently uses "I" and "Me" incorrectly. What? Was there no proofreading? Are there no longer editors in the publishing world? It wasn't just once or twice but MANY, MANY TIMES throughout the book. It was so bad that I almost didn't finish and am seriously thinking about writing the author a letter to suggest she repeat some high school english classes. Or she may be young enough that she went through our current public schools that are more concerned with political indoctrination than teaching the basic "Three Rs".

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A cliche and a stereotype walked into a bar. . .

. . . after too many shots of tequila, this story walked out.

The story had a decent premise, but poor execution. Too many of the characters were cliches on steroids: The self-centered, over-bearing mother; the gay best friend; the back-stabbing pseudo-best friend; the country bumpkin out of her element; the bitchy, narcissistic model; the world-famous but oddly humble and down-to-earth movie star. . . It was like a clown car of cliches - they just kept pouring out.
There was so much glossed-over in the book: The socialite does a bridesmaid lotto for a publicity stunt. . . that's all there is to that story. There is no relationship or communication between the bride and her bridesmaids - no connection formed, one conversation between Josie and the bride about the bachelorette party, but they don't even talk during that weekend. An alleged rivalry between Josie and Rebecca is implied, but nothing comes of it. Jake falls for Josie with no explanation, no conversation. They share a laugh at the engagement dinner, but that's it.
Anyway, there's just no substance to this story, and nothing happens that makes it remotely believable. The most convincing relationship in the whole story is between Josie and Jennifer.
Then, the story ends with the cliffhanger of Josie flying off to London. If I had known this was not a complete story, I would not have wasted my time on it.

As far as the narration goes, I have listened to 100's of audio books as I drive all day every day. With the exception of author-narrated stories (the ones where there are long periods of dead air and you can hear them taking drinks of water) this is one of the worst I've heard. While I prefer dual narration, there are a few female narrators out there who do an excellent job at male voices: Andi Arndt and Xe Sands leap to mind. Angele Masters' male voices were atrocious. They either sounded like big dumb jocks, total creepers, or straight-guys mockingly imitating a gay man speaking. Honestly, her male voices were borderline offensive. I would go out of my way to avoid listening to another story narrated by her.

Save your money, credits and time. This one is not worth it.

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Unfinished ending ticked me off. - *Spoiler*

Yet another author who robs their readers of an actual ending in a lame attempt to get them to seek out the next book in the series for an answer to something they should have finished in the first book. I HATE when writers do this. If you're characters are not strong enough to keep people engaged in the story and wanting to read more then this type of ending isn't going to do anything but tick them off and make sure they never buy another book written by you in the future as well as spreading the word that you do this. It's a cheat.

I listened to this book and enjoyed it for the most part. The main heroine is handed a envelope containing a name of someone she's going to be working for in her new job and told not to open it until she's on the plane to her new destination. The story kept making broad hints at who her new boss is with everyone asking her who it is and her replying she didn't know because it was "top secret". Then she's at the airport with envelope in hand, still sealed, boarding the plane looking forward to opening it. THE END.

YUP, that was the end of the book. Now here is where you can imagine the writer/creator of this story as she finishes typing this ending with a smug smile thinking to herself "this will get them to buy the next book." WRONG. This will just make your readers angry enough to boycott any future books you may write. If you like being strung along with empty promises then left hanging...go ahead and give this story a read. Otherwise, avoid this writer who just handed her readers the equivelant of a peanut can with spring snakes sealed inside waiting to pop out when you open it. Trust me, it's JUST as annoying.

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so much fun

very fun, good book to listen to .looking forward to the next one. loved it

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What a prize!

This book was the prize. Fun, funny and thoroughly entertaining this crazy romp was a delightful escape!
With witty banter, imaginative frolic and excellent narration.

Essentially clean, totally humorous, I truly enjoyed it.

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Pretty Entertaining!

I don't normally read this genre of books but I saw it pop up on my suggested list and thought, why not? I was hooked from the very beginning. It is lighthearted and funny with her constant disaster journal entries. I really really loved the book and have downloaded the next two excitedly looking forward to them.

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  • jkulczyk
  • BATAVIA, NY United States
  • 03-03-18

Entertaining fluff

Nice pleasant way to spend a few hours listening. Will continue to listen to more books in the series.

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Sweet story, laughable moments

I liked the narrator, he man voice was interesting, but I still enjoyed all the characters. This was a enjoyable, sweet book. I will be reading the next in the series.

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Quite funny

Í just finished the book and it was exactly what Í needed, á Sweet and funny Chick lit.

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great book

Love the story, love the characters. cute book with a cute story. I'm a fan of these types of stories.