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  • Posted August 19, 2013

    As always, the lovely women at Entangled Publishing provide me w

    As always, the lovely women at Entangled Publishing provide me with some of the best ever reading material! I really love getting the opportunity to review books for Entangled, because they are, without fail, well written and entertaining.

    Famously Engaged, by Robyn Thomas, is a fun read.

    Super famous rock god, Jake Olsen is just looking out for his baby sister’s best interests when he decides to very publically engage himself to Beth Carlisle. What could go wrong? Only lots, of course!

    The Good:

    I liked the premise of the book. It was unique and a lot of fun. I liked the fact that Jake was doing his best to look out for his family, even though his sister didn’t know they were related. It was touching that he went to such ridiculous lengths to try and head off a problem that really wasn’t even there. Sure, there were probably easier ways to do it, but then there wouldn’t have been much of a story there!

    I loved that Beth was such a sweetheart. She really deserved the happily ever after that Jake gave her and she wasn’t so sickeningly sweet and perfect that you ended up not liking her. She was a real trooper through all the media nonsense and it was easy to admire her pluck. Nothing beats a sassy heroine! I also got a kick out of the fact that all of Jake’s band and entourage immediately adopted Beth as one of their own.

    The interaction between Jake and his friends was great. It’s exactly how guys who have been friends for a long time treat each other.

    The dialogue was snappy and the descriptions didn’t drag.

    The Bad:

    I know that they’re secondary characters and all that, but Brad and Skyla kind of irked me. I get that Beth is a great person and all that. Like I said, almost too great.

    Skyla being friends with Beth is cool. I like that she’s able to be friends with her fiance’s ex. But Brad? He’s obssessed. Like way more so than any normal person should be. They got divorced for crying out loud. Yes, it’s possible to still be friends with your ex, but it was really beyond what I’d tolerate in my fiance. So I wanted to kick Brad in the ding ding because he was stalkery in the extreme.

    So, while Jake’s approach was a little heavy handed and ridiculous, it was totally understandable given the epic creepiness of his future brother-in-law. Honestly, in Skyla’s shoes, I’d have been looking for a new fiance long before the time he suggested moving in with his ex.


    It isn’t an instant classic or the next Harry Potter, but Famously Engaged was a good read. It was quick and entertaining with a sweet outcome for two people who deserved to be happy.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

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    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim

    Famously Engaged is possibly a really good book. However, for me I couldn’t get past Jake’s arrogance in the beginning. From there, I started nitpicking other little things like the cover and the description of Jake. Jake has long blonde hair, the guy on the cover doesn’t. Okay, enough about my little issues.

    Famously Engaged is the story of Jake Olsen trying to protect his younger half-sister and Beth Carlisle trying to survive the death of her mother and carry on with her life. The two end up losing their hearts in the process.

    Jake is a member of the successful British rock band, The Five Awesome Emperors. His half-sister, Skyla works for the group, but doesn’t know that she is related to Jake. Jake created the job just for her so that he could have some contact with at least one member of his family.

    Beth is the ex-wife of Skyla’s fiancee, Brad. Beth and Brad are still extremely close; too close for Jake’s liking. In order to put some distance between Brad and Beth, Jake decides to show up on Beth’s doorstep (unannounced), telling her that they are going to be playing the part of an engaged couple, and live together until after Brad and Skyla’s wedding. This is Jake’s way of making sure that Brad stays away from Beth. In Jake's mind, there has to be something going on between Beth and Brad for Brad to ALWAYS talk about Beth and spend so much time with her. In reality, there really isn't anything going on between the two. Their families have been close since they were kids and they married because they thought it was what was expected of them. They are best friends and truly do love each other, as a brother and sister would. However, there is so much more to Jake then you see initially. He ends up being a really likeable guy.

    For her part, Beth is really a nice and sweet person. She’s caring, loving, and giving. Jake can’t help but to fall for her himself. Unfortunately, Jake has an unfounded reputation with women and a media storm erupts with the announcement that Jake is engaged to Beth. Just when these two are actually finding the love they’ve each been looking for, Jake’s celebrity life tears them apart.

    As I said earlier, I could have really liked the book but the Prologue put me off.

    Source: Publisher
    **Please note I reviewed this book at the beginning of May 2013, something might have changed.**

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    I had a little trouble with the set up of this book in the begin

    I had a little trouble with the set up of this book in the beginning.  But I got over it and really enjoyed the book.

    This story is a mix of humor (which I love), emotions, and chemistry.  The witty dialogue between characters is great.  The characters' actions and thoughts are written very well.  You know how they are feeling, and not because the narrative comes out and says they are hurt, angry, etc.  There are some very sweet/caring moments that are expressed by the narrative.  And there's heat.  In the kitchen, on the couch, etc.

    I enjoyed this book and will look for others by the author.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

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    A chef and a rock star. The rock stars sister is marrying the ch

    A chef and a rock star. The rock stars sister is marrying the chef’s ex-husband.  He thinks the chef and her ex are too close and he doesn’t want his sister hurt.  He devises this outrageous plan to keep the ex away from the chef by claiming to be engaged to her. (ego much?)  He pushes his way into her life just as she has buried her mother (leaving her vulnerable).  What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love.  For her part she falls just as hard but will his lifestyle kill any chance for love to last?
    This is a really sweet and fun story once you check your brain at the door and go with the flow.  A modern fairy tale.  Well worth the read.  

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