Saturday, August 21, 2010

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Challenge


  Catch of the Day
Author:  Kristan Higgins
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  HQN Books
Publication Date:  October 2007
Series/Standalone:  Standalone
Cover Artist:  N/A
Who/What/Why/Where:  See below for the whys.  Purchased through with my own chump change.

Cover Blurb:
First Date a la Maggie
Take one lovelorn diner owner (me)
A generous helping of nosy local gossips
A dollop of envy at married sister’s perfect life
A splash of divine intervention (my matchmaking priest)

Combine ingredients with on adorable puppy, add a strong but silent lobsterman with a hidden heart of gold…and watch the sparks fly.

Let me fill you in on the back story of why I ended up reading this book.  Jen over at My Book Addiction posted a review about a month back and although I love Jen’s reviews she said something about the main character that kind of irked me.  I believe it was:

“Maggie is quickly becoming a desperate woman. She's in her early thirties and unmarried while her identical twin is married to a kind, handsome doctor and has a daughter.”

I tend to dislike authors who create characters who just turn 30, or are in their early 30’s, and go into hyper drive in search of wedded bliss, a white picket fence and the pitter patter of little feet because of their age.  I made a comment on her post saying something to that effect and she defended the book by saying that there was more to it than that.  So although I didn’t like that aspect of the review I did like several others *cough* mysterious lobsterman *cough* so I decided to give it a try.  I couldn’t find the book in my local library but I did find it on PaperBack Swap so I asked Jen if she thought the book was good enough to buy.  She said, and I quote:

“If you get the book and just hate it I will give you a point.  If I'm going to write reviews I better be able to put my money where my mouth is, right?”

To which I said:

“I’m always up for a friendly challenge. You're on. And if I end up liking it as much as you did then I'll give you the credit.”

Hence the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Challenge post was born.  Okay so now that that’s out of the way let me move on to the actual review because I know Jen’s sitting on pins and needles shaking her fist at me waiting to hear who gets bragging rights.  ;-)

Ladies and gents I’d like to declare Jen the winner of this round.  This book was filled with highs (Maggie standing up for herself, running a successful diner, and finding love) and lows (being the constant butt of many jokes, losing Colonel, and her inappropriate crush).  I thoroughly enjoyed the emotional rollercoaster and ended up loving Maggie.  The poor girl sticks her foot in her mouth probably every chance she gets and the outcome is more often than not friggin’ hilarious.  And what can I say about Malone, the man is the strong, silent, sexy lumberjack (or lobsterman) type and is the perfect ying to Maggie’s yang.  I saw reflections of myself and certain members of my family in Kristin’s characters which endeared me to this book (no names of course lest I want to be tarred and feathered by my relatives).   What more can I say other than I laughed, I cried and I didn’t want it to end.  Jen thanks for laying down the gauntlet.  This was a fun experience I hope to go toe to toe with you again soon.  Only this time I’d like to be the one doing the victory lap.

Favorite Lines:
A brogue!  How Liam Neeson!  How Colin Farrell!  How Bono!  (Pg. 12)

I go over to the stroller, which is one of those complicated Swedish affairs with everything from a wind guard to a cappuccino maker, and twist my head inside.  (Pg. 31)

Any more food, and Roger’s belt will slice him in half.  (Pg. 46)

4/5 stars

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  1. Holy cow! You know what's funny - I actually do shake my fist sometimes like you said (mostly at my husband when he irks me). LOL! I am so happy you liked this book - and not just because I won this round but because I also liked it and other books by Kristan Higgins. Everything you said here is exactly the way I felt and I am glad I defended my review (and a bit relieved) because you may not have read it otherwise and missed out on Maggie and Malone and Father Tim.

    BTW, I love the challenge name - you are hilarious :) We are definitely going to do this again. Oh yeah.

  2. LOL! I'm not sure why that visual came to my head but, I had to go with it. I'm glad you stuck to your guns because I would have never tried Kristan's books. So thank you for that.

    LOL...the name came from our initial chat about the book. It was too funny not to use. I'm totally looking forward to Round Two. I need to redeem myself. ;-)

  3. Glad to hear about bloggers backing up what they say lol. What cute excerpts from the book! I've never heard of this author but I may just have to try it :)

  4. What a fun idea for a challenge!!

  5. @Ladytink: was definitely a fun challenge. I say go for it. It's a really fun story.

    @Vickie: Anytime you've got PaperBack Swap credits on the line it automatically ups the fun factor. ;)

  6. I love the challenge! This post was super fun and entertaining. I've never heard of a challenge like this before and I really hope there is more to come!

  7. Glad you enjoyed it Zee. We're definitely working on some future posts.