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Title: Trophy Husband [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Release Date: May 21, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: Not as fun and interesting as I was hoping, but still short and sweet.
About the Book: Sometimes you can’t help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite…Successful fashion blogger McKenna Bell has spent far too long protecting herself after the way her ex-fiancé left her at the altar for a college chick he met the night of his bachelor party. Loving again, trusting again, well, that’s just not in the cards. Especially now that her ex is back in town with his new woman, demanding custody of McKenna’s favorite creature in the whole world–her dog. No effing way. McKenna’s had enough of him, and she decides to even the score by finding her own hot young thing — a Trophy Husband. Sure, she’s only twenty-seven, but doesn’t that make it even more fun — and infuriating to her ex — to pursue a younger man? When she declares her intentions on her daily blog, her quest quickly skyrockets in popularity, and that’s when Chris enters the picture, and he’s got all the assets. He’s handsome, successful, and turns her inside out with a kiss to end all kisses, the kind that makes you feel like a shooting star. But loving again could mean losing again, and it’s so much easier to focus on getting even, isn’t it? Unless, you just can’t help falling in love. Which means McKenna will have to come face to face with what she really wants in life — protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.
This one was another book that I wanted to like more than I actually did. My biggest gripes were two things: the whole “Trophy Husband” game didn’t play out as big or entertaining as I was expecting and I didn’t really care for McKenna at all. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting something more along the lines of “The Bachelorette” except with younger guys, you know? What I got was basically a cute and sweet love story with touch of “the dating game” that fell flat.
I felt like the love story arc of McKenna and Chris took center stage to what I thought was going to be a fun and entertaining story about McKenna dating a string of younger guys, trying to find her “Trophy Husband”. She only goes on like, two dates that we really get a good idea of, and the rest of the “contestants” were so insignificant, I don’t even remember those parts of the story and I didn’t even see the point because by then, actually even before the game officially started, she was already dead set on Chris. Also, I felt like the storyline with McKenna and her ex-fiance (and the dude was a serious jerk, by the way) even had more focus than the actual “Trophy Husband” part.
McKenna was actually pretty annoying at times and just not the kind of character I generally like. Much of the story, probably even close to half of it, was played out in her head, especially her daydreaming about Chris and all the things she wanted him to do to her. What I think was supposed to come off as sexy really felt kind of lame to me because all of it was happening in her head. At one point I was just like, “Okay, I get it, you want to have sex with him and you want him to touch you like this or that. Move on, please!”.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed McKenna and Chris’ relationship. I loved how they met and they clicked very well from the start. Chris was a great character and I loved how he was able to sweep McKenna off her feet, yet also ground her and make her realize what she needed in her life.
Overall, I just felt very blah while reading the whole thing. McKenna and Chris’ story was fun, but if that were going to be the main focus of the book, then it should’ve been made clear so readers don’t expect one thing and then get disappointed that it turns into something else completely. There were parts that felt a bit choppy to me and things were kind of all over the place. The whole time I was waiting for the moment when I would fall head over heels for this sweet romance, but from beginning to end, I was feigning a mild interest that blended in all the other unmemorable romances out there I’ve read about.