(Epub) Ö Love, Reality Style ´ eBook or E-pub free
3.5 starsRalph Ichy doesn't take the cake when it comes to being anyone's ideal love interest Though he goes to the gym, he only uses a treadmill so has no physique to catch admiring eyes At thirty two his hair is thinning with the beginning of a bald spot and he sweats prodigiously when hot or nervous Ralph still lives with his aging mother even though he has a good job, and he is a germaphobe with a Purell habit which means he is constantly sanitizing his hands with the antibacterial sanitizer neither of which have helped to make him a Chick Magnet But he has managed to cross paths with the cute third grade teacher Mary Grace Falcone and woo her shyly and gradually, until he is confident to ask her to marry him Mary Grace herself hasn't had a full or long dating history, even though she is a smart and very attractive woman It seems that she will have to experience Love, Reality Style before she is truly prepared to consider accepting Ralph's proposal The mother of Mary Grace is Angela, a character who is meddlesome, irritating and humorous at the same time; she is so determined to alter her daughter's single state that she cons the couple into appearing on a TV show that will pay all their wedding expenses, I DO Meanwhile Annie and Jayde, longtime besties, are being called upon by Mary Grace to sort out her decisions as they deal with their own very unexpected life issues Alternately, Mary Grace's own eccentricities of finding comfort in finding, baking and eating frosted cake has become not just quirk, but her personal recipe to calm her rattled nerves.McLaughlin has written a very endearing novel, whose central ideas portray genuine serious issues about giving and maintaining trust that individuals and couples face today In a world where a stable marriage is not always assured, Love, Reality Style is a portrait of how these characters attempt to cope and find happiness in continually shifting conditions This story is well written and has depth which surprised and pleased me Fans of Mary Kay Andrews will enjoy the close sisterhood of friendship and journeys to selfdiscovery Recommended women's fiction.Thank you to Blue Moon Publishing and NetGalley. Publication date: June 7, 2016A copy of this book has been provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
This is a quick and easy read romance involving lots of cake, three best friends and a mixed bag of male characters I loved the relationship between the three ladies everyone needs friends like these but not so many are lucky enough to have them They were always there for each other, through everything great sounding boards when one was in a dilemma, supportive in times of trouble and protective in times of need The males in the story were a completely different matter a germaphobic proposer, a charismatic, handsome, rich but dislikable television show host and a cheat! So this story starts out with awkward situations, interfering friends and mothers, lies and cheating before moving on to other possibilities, opportunities, romance and lots of cakes The characters are well developed though not necessarily appealing I disliked how Mary Grace couldn’t make her mind up about accepting Ralph’s proposal Come on, she’s a teacher, used to having to make decisions and surely not someone to be bullied into them by her Mum or really needing to talk it all through to weigh up the pros and cons with her friends? She really irritated me, initially, because of this However, as the story progressed I could relate to herTo begin with Ralph also comes across as a somewhat damp squib but again, especially after his first talk with Jayde, he becomesrounded and believable a genuine, very caring individual with lotsto him than being ‘CEO of Antiseptic Hands’ In contrast, Nick Charmin initially seems like the perfect partner for Mary Grace handsome, attractive, charismatic and so obviously attracted to her He’sdomineering, used to having his own way and determined to win her for himself So who will she choose? Well, you’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!Whether you’re a fan of reality television or not, this book is fun to escape into when you want something light and simple to read However, it should, perhaps, also come with a warning you’ll be in serious danger of needing some cake to eat with all the references, baking and eating that goes on throughout to story! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review. Love Triangles, CakeThis was a fun read, lighthearted and entertaining I was a little frustrated with the main character for not making up her mind about which man she wanted, but then found that I flipflopped back and forth about which man I wanted her to choosefrequently than she did I think we were both happy with her choice by the end I loved the friendship between the three girls, I wish I had friends like them I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***ARC Provided via the Publisher and NetGalley***I enjoyed this, overall However, I thought the beginning was a littlepromising than the execution of the actual story The idea of choosing between Ralph and Nick was fun, and amusing, but I was never able to see Ralph as someone that she would ever choose, as he came across as so scattered I think this, for me, made it a little difficult to engage with Mary Grace, as Nick seemed the obvious choice to me, because Ralph would drive me insane.It's a quick read, the writing style is engaging and accessible The characters were mostly believable, even if they were a bit annoying at times. My Rating: 2.5/5 starsDisclaimer: My sincere thanks to Blue Moon Publishing for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.My Review: Cake Good female friends An engagement Reality TV Did I mention cake? These are the ingredients for a light, easygoing romantic read but the central relationship in this book may surprise you It isn't romantic; instead its the bond between three friends Mary Grace, Annie and Jayde These women have stood by each other through thick and thin and have a very odd addiction to cake when the going gets tough Their camaraderie feels authentic and quite similar to what I have with some of my girlfriends These three have different romantic relationships going on to varying degrees of success but it's their friendship that is the strongest bond in the book Unfortunately, other than the girlfriend bonding, this book fell flat for me I get that it's a light read but I still want to care about the characters and that never happened Instead we have a main character in Mary Grace who wasthan a little frustrating with her lack of ability to make decisions and stand up to her mother The men, on the other hand, were quite a varied bunch from the odd yet sensitive Ralph with OCD to the cheater and finally the creepy TV host none of them were good husband/romantic material in my book There was an inkling of a love triangle but that never took off and I can't honestly say I was rooting for either man While these girlfriends and their male counterparts had a fair degree of development throughout the book the rest of the characters (of which there were few) fell into the onedimensional category namely Angela, Mary Grace's mother who was annoyingly overthetop as the quintessential overbearing mother.For a book whose title and description feature a reality show theme the show itself was not a focus of the plot but cake lovers will enjoy the plentiful descriptions of the confection that are sprinkled liberally throughout the book In the end, I enjoyed reading about strong bonds between girlfriends but even though I'm an avid baker this book just wasn't to my tastes But, readers with a sweet tooth who enjoy a lighter, quick read may want to pick it up. This book is a slow starterit took a while to get into the story, but it was worth the wait The main character and two of her friends learn from their mistakes and grow as individuals. Note: I was given a copy of this book for free, in exchange for an honest review.This story was as delicious as the cakes constantly baked up by main character Mary Grace Falcone And although this is not the type of book I would normally pick up, it was delightfully sweet and lightmuch like a sponge cake! My one word of caution: you will crave cake, nachos, and margaritas upon completion of Love, Reality Style!The book starts out with the rather awkward Ralph Ichy proposing to his girlfriend, Mary Grace Rather than having the typical giddy reply of yes!, Mary Grace asks for time to think about the proposal She is unsure if she loves Ralph enough (and it seems she questions whether he is exciting enough for her), to tie her life to his Yet, she also acknowledges to herself that she is getting old, and he is the only one who has askedwhich is further reinforced by her mother's fear that her only child will die alone This is not quite the romantic backstory that you would expect to find featured on a wedding reality show, but that is exactly where Mary Grace and Ralph end up Hilarity and tragedy ensue as Mary Grace tries to juggle the shared attraction she feels towards the super hot host of the show, Nick Charmin, with her commitment to the alwaysreliable Ralph.One of the things I liked most about this book was the cast of characters, whom although very different, were each an essential ingredient to it's consumeability My personal favorite was Ralph, because he is a high school teacher like meand I couldn't help but take offense to his nickname of the CEO of Antiseptic Hands, because honestly, what high school teacher doesn't have a passion for Purell and GermX?! Mary Grace on the other hand, was not quite a likeablemaybe because of her indecisiveness, and somewhat whiney disposition However, since she is also a teacher, I gave her the benefit of the doubt! I also appreciated her unwavering support of her best friends (great side plots involving Mexican food and margaritas!), and did root for her to wind up happy in the end As for Nick, the villain of the story, he was the perfect blend of smooth and despicable, as you might expect a man who always gets his way to beone of the best villains I have read in a long time!So do Mary Grace and Ralph make it happily down the aisle, or does Mary Grace ride off into the sunset with Nick, leaving Ralph and his bottle of Purell behind? If you want to know the answer to that question, you'll have to order a copy of Love, Reality Style, and find out for yourself! This is the perfect beach read, and I think most readers will enjoy this light hearted tale of just desserts! (Epub) õ Love, Reality Style å When cakeloving thirdgrade teacher Mary Grace Falcone receives a proposition of marriage from her germphobic boyfriend Ralph Ichy, her comfortable life is thrown into a tailspin Should she marry Ralph? The man dubbed the CEO of Antiseptic Hands? Reluctantly, and despite the differing opinions of her best friends Jayde and Annie, Mary Grace accepts Her decision gets her meddling mother off her back, but also lands her on a reality wedding show where handsome host, Nick Charmin, unexpectedly falls for her Will Mary Grace choose hot Nick or faithful Ralph? Is the decision really hers to make? And, is a slice of cake actually the answer to all of life's problems? Miss McLaughlin's book centers around an odd couple, Ralph and Mary Grace who have become engaged and were duped by Mary Grace's mother to enter a reality show to win a free wedding.Mary Grace has a brief interlude with the show's host and this causes repercussions in her relationship with her fiance.Mary Grace has a couple of friends that act as her sounding board and they are not all in favor of the engagement when informed..Ralph is an impoverished teacher with mother issues and personal hygiene practices that are questionable and almost crazed Throughout the story Mary Grace is undecided and her actions, as well as the mention of infidelity in her friend's marriage,bring everything to a head ,causing Ralph to isolate himself to take a look at his life and make a decision on how to go forward.I initially and still am not sold on her getting engaged to Ralph because I am having a difficult time getting past his idiosyncrasies, and although the author tried to portray him as a nice guy, I thought some of his interactions with Mary Grace were unkind and abrasive.There were some lighter moments in the story, Mary Grace's mother in particular with her melodramatic performances on the telephone Interspersing cake quotes at the beginning of each chapter provided laughs, as well as insight into the direction that chapter of the characters' lives was going.I didn't get the feel that the book was complete and Ralph's capitulation was too easy and neat.I also found the situation with her friend's marriage was unresolved and unsatisfying, the husband appearing to have gotten off with little or no admonition.All in all, this story did not truly reflect life situations, but provided an escape during the reading of it.This book was provided as a free read.