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Posted August 16, 2014
I wish the story was longer. There was a really great story here but it was too short. There was not enough time spent on how the two characters became so in love with each other. They are two different people from two different lifestyles. There is an attraction but I just did not see how they fell in love. But I would definitely suggest reading it for the fluffy story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2013
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!
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.
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.
Posted July 30, 2013
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.
**Please note I reviewed this book at the beginning of May 2013, something might have changed.**
Posted July 29, 2013
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.
Posted July 20, 2013
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly
3 out of 5 Licks
This is one of those books that I didn't dislike but it didn't really grab me and suck me in either. Jake is a rock star that comes across mostly as a jaded jerk. We find out right away that Skyla is his secret sister and she has no clue. He hired her to help with the bands fan mail so he could keep an eye on and take care of her from afar. He takes the time to insane amounts of research on Beth, Skyla's soon to be husband's ex-wife-are you still with me?-so he can show up on her doorstep with a ploy to keep her away from Skyla's future husband. Apparently he doesn't research enough to find out that Beth's mother has passed away after being sick for quite sometime. He forces himself upon her and then media chaos ensues. Beth is likable enough with her quirky dress and quick wit. I was not a fan of how quickly she falls into bed (couch) with Jake. She literally knew nothing about him, including the fact that he was famous less than 24 hours ago. While they do build the relationship over time they never really drew me in. I think it would have worked better if it were shorter. There were several times where the plot dragged enough for me to put it down and focus on something else for a while. There were several funny moments and the banter between them at times was quite amusing. Overall this book is worth taking a look at, especially if you prefer your heroes as rock stars.
Posted July 18, 2013
No one likes a spoiled rock star, and Jake’s horribly bratty behavior and “do you know who I am” attitude was wearing through the entire story. I appreciated his desire to protect his sister, and he did show a more human and vulnerable side as the story progressed, even with his pulling the rock star card.
Beth was different, divorced and truly no longer in love with her ex (who happens to be Jake’s sister’s fiancé) is more than a bit naïve. I understand the closeness and the ability to be friends with an ex, but the whole premise of her being the wedding planner and everyone skipping down the rainbow road was just a bit much.
Add that bit of complication into Jake’s plan of removing Beth’s ex-husband and his sister’s fiancé from her life: the story just gets too tangled and further delves into improbable land. It was hard to drum up a great deal of empathy for the characters with all of the silliness surrounding their story, and their complete say one thing do another behaviors that went from confusing to annoying. Both plots took a while to both develop and find some sort of common ground where the flow was more cohesive, the jumping about in the early part of the book made it difficult to get a grasp of where the story would ultimately go, and those missing threads left holes in the story that suspended belief in the story and characters for far too long.
There was a serious lack of backbone from Beth for most of the story: a little conflict and push back from her was desperately needed to give even the smallest spark to the chemistry. There was great thought and energy expended to tell us there was an attraction, and there were moments of brilliant dialogue and clever plotting, but it all fell short for me.
I received an ARC copy from Entangled for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted July 15, 2013
I give Robyn Thomas’ Famously Engaged 3 stars. Rock god, Jake Olsen railroads his way into Beth Carlisle’s life by creating a fake engagement, announced to the world, in order to keep her ex-husband away. Why the interest in this adventure? The ex, Brad, is about to marry Jake’s sister and he thinks Brad is still hung up on Beth. He couldn’t let his sister get hurt. Little does Jake know, he has set himself on a path that could surely only lead to his heart’s (and Beth’s) destruction.
I really loved the concept of this story, but I didn’t give it higher than 3 because there were just too many gaps, storylines jumped and confusion in the first several chapters. As the story progressed, there were less gaps and the story flowed together nicely. I truly enjoyed the book from the halfway point to the end. My other issue was the cover. The picture of the cover is clearly NOT of Jake because he is blonde with longer hair. This is a point of interest and Beth doesn’t particularly care for his hair and made into kind of a big deal, so I’m confused as to why the guy on the cover is not blonde.
Overall, I enjoyed Robyn’s writing and the interesting tale told of Jake and Beth. I would be intrigued for there to be a second book continuing their love story.
*I received an ARC for my honest review and this is my honest to goodness, straight from the heart review!*
Posted July 10, 2013
Okay so I looked at the reviews on Goodreads for this book before I started reading it and they are honestly a mixed bag. But I challenge you, if you enjoy a good rock star love story then this is just the book for you. I really enjoyed reading Famously Engaged and after reading it I realize that we all have different opinions of books we read. So now I'll talk about what worked for me.
This is a short book, so I knew going in it, it would not have the character development of a 300+ page book. The author just can't do that and move the story along in 180 pages. However I found that I was able to get to know Jake and Beth easily during this story. Their quirks, their history all were presented through the book so the reader is able to get to know them. Yes they get together kind of quick, again this is a limitation of a shorter novel and I didn't have a problem with it. I understood the characters and their motivation. I actually really enjoyed watching Jake and Beth fall for each other and begin to change themselves, not for the other person but as a modification to fit another person into their lives. It was a great story to watch unfold, fireworks and all.
The plot revolves around the characters falling for each other and the problems Jake being a rock star presents. The engagement from the beginning was a great plot device to me and as I mentioned I really enjoyed watching the story unfold. It was fast paced and I finished the book during the evening while my son was at Boy Scouts with his Dad.
I found Famously Engaged to be a heartwarming and fun book. It has interesting characters in Jake and Beth (and those surrounding Jake as well). It has a fast moving plot that made the book an easy read. I was into the book from the first page and enjoyed it to the end. It had conflict, it had sarcasm and joking between characters, it had the spark between the characters and it had some steamy sex. What more do you need?
My Rating: 4.5/5.0
Posted May 13, 2013
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.