Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Wife Maker by Karey White, My Review & Giveaway

I was so excited to take part in this blog tour to read the final installment in Karey White's excellent contemporary romance series. The Wife Maker features the ending of Charlotte and Angus's story and it was a fun read just like the previous books in the series. If you haven't read The Husband Maker or The Match Maker check out my reviews here and here and get started!
The storyline continues with Charlotte's no nonsense attitude but with a dose of self-awareness that she had sort of been lacking before in the dating arena. This story is told from the first person POV of both Charlotte and Angus. I would have preferred Angus to be told from third person because even though each chapter delineates who is thinking, it was hard for me to shift sometimes. I really like the voice of the characters, though and read this book in just a couple of days. It's shorter than the other two I think, so it makes for a quick read,but could have been fleshed out just a bit more at the ending and I would have ate it up.
Karey White is skilled at writing clean, contemporary romances with characters that pull you into their life and make you want to help them solve their problems. I love the supporting cast of Charlotte's family that has been featured in each of the books in the series. Her brother Will is an awesome sounding board. It makes me want to meet all of the Emerson's and that's always a good sign that the author has succeeded in developing their cast of characters.
I highly recommend all of Karey's books, so if you haven't read them, now's your chance. 

You can read a short excerpt below and also enter to win a giveaway for $25!
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Wife MakerThe Wife Maker by Karey White Charlotte has spent years as the husband maker, sending every guy she dates off to enjoy marital bliss with the next girl he dates. But things have now changed, and she's determined to use her husband-maker abilities one last time--on herself. And she finally knows exactly who she wants. Angus has loved Charlotte since they were teenagers, but he's tired of waiting for her to realize how good they could be. She's broken his heart one too many times, and it's time to move on with his life. Maybe a position halfway across the country will be just what he needs to get over her. But when Charlotte won't let him go without a fight, Angus has to decide if he's willing to let her in again or if she's too late.
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Karey WhiteAuthor Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

Excerpt 1

We walked in silence to the elevator. I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. “Only eight days until you leave.” I kept my eyes anchored on the changing numbers above the door, pretending I didn’t know he was leaving sooner than he’d told me.
“Actually, I’m leaving Monday.”
“You are?”
“I had to pay rent for the whole month of August, so I decided I might as well go a little earlier and get settled in before I get so busy.”
“Oh. That makes sense.”
The elevator doors opened and a man with a bundle of perfectly behaved balloons stepped off.
“You haven’t forgotten dinner, I hope.” I pushed the button for the lobby.
“Charlotte, I just—”
“No, Angus.” I hoped my voice didn’t sound as desperate as I felt. “Please don’t say you can’t.” He didn’t say anything. “Please.”
Angus sighed and shoved his hands in his pockets. “Tomorrow night?”
My heart broke a little at his response. He didn’t sound happy at all. He sounded like someone ready to plow through an unpleasant task to get it over with. My pride wanted to tell him to forget the whole thing, but I didn’t. How could I change his mind if I didn’t see him?
“Tomorrow’s great,” I said with enough enthusiasm for both of us.
“Luigi’s?”
“No way. Neither of us need therapy.” That was a lie. “Let’s go somewhere different. Since you’re leaving, let me surprise you. It’ll be fun.”
“I’ll drive. I don’t feel like contorting myself into your car.” Angus smiled. It was so lovely, I felt a clutch in my stomach.
We stepped out into the angled, evening sunshine and hesitated on the sidewalk. “Where’s your car?” Angus asked.
“It’s over there.”
“Do you want me to walk you?”
“That’s okay, it’s still light.” As soon as the words were out of my mouth, I wanted to take them back. I needed to take advantage of every minute I had with him.
“All right. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
“See you.”
Angus didn’t move when I started walking away. I crossed the road and found my car in the visitor parking lot. I glanced back to see which way Angus had gone, but he was still standing there watching me. It wasn’t until I waved that he turned and walked away.

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