Blog Tour Review & Excerpt: The Husband Maker by Karey White


Welcome to my tour stop for The Husband Maker by Karey White!

The Husband Maker (The Husband Maker, Book 1)The Husband Maker
(The Husband Maker #1)
by Karey White
Adult Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition226 Pages
June 16th 2014 by Orange Door Press

Summary

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she's dated since high school has gone on to marry the next girl they date. Not two or three girls down the road. The very next one.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

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My Review

I pretty much ate this story up and couldn't put it down! The writing style was smooth, the characters fun and authentic, and the romance sweet while also being bittersweet. Let me tell you why I enjoyed reading The Husband Maker so much...

I immediately connected with the MC, Charlotte or Charles, Chuck, or Chuckers as she is called. I loved how she was one of the boys growing up, but definitely a woman now who was looking to find true love and settle down. I loved the camaraderie between her and her family and friends. I especially loved Angus! Loved him! Such a great friend. (Mild Spoiler, highlight to read.) I have a prediction there and I was hoping to see some of it in this book, but now I know I'll be waiting as this is a series and Charlotte hasn't found her happily-ever-after yet. I also really loved Kyle, although I wanted him to have more of a backbone in some ways.

I loved that Charlotte's life, specifically her love life, had its up's and down's. Even with Kyle there were challenges and things that had to be worked out. I remember feeling that insecurity when dating someone new and getting to know them, become comfortable with them, and figure out if the relationship was meant to last. This story emulated those feelings perfectly in Charolotte. There was also some great sarcasm and humor, which I appreciated. And it was clean.

Overall The Husband Maker was a sweet, fun, heartfelt, and a little bittersweet romance as Charlotte seeks to find the one for her. I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, The Match Maker, which will be coming out later this year.


Content: Clean

Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.


Excerpt

     Mrs. Shelton’s words bounced around in my head. They call her the husband maker.
     “That’s quite a frown you’ve got going there.”
     “Sorry.”
     Angus dipped his head, forcing me to make eye contact with him.
     “Don’t be sorry. Just talk to me.”
     “Have you heard anyone call me the husband maker?”
     Angus leaned back in the booth and shook his head. His dark, worried eyes watched me. “Who told you about that?”
     “So you have?” When he didn’t immediately speak, I knew the answer. I sighed and leaned back against my seat as well.
     There we sat, both of us slouching against our seats, looking at each other.
     “Why didn’t you tell me?” I whispered.
     “Now why would I do that? Why would I purposely tell you something that would hurt your feelings?”
     I should have appreciated his desire to spare me, but at the moment, I wasn’t sure what to think. “Wouldn’t a real friend be honest with me?”
     “I was honest. If you’d ever asked me, I’d have told you. I wouldn’t have lied to you. But I don’t think a real friend would jump at the chance to share something hurtful. Wouldn’t a real friend be protective?”
     I shrugged.
     “Who told you?”
     “No one.”
     “Then how—?”
     “I overheard Hannah Shelton’s mom in the restroom. She was telling some other woman that everyone calls me the husband maker.”
     “Not everyone, Chuck.”
     “You know what I mean. And why shouldn’t they? There I was at Harrison’s wedding. I guess I just made him a husband. I guess I made Skyler a husband. And CJ and Jerry and . . . I can keep going if you want me to.” I would have kept going to illustrate my point, but my voice was starting to quiver, and in a minute, I’d only have two options—cry or yell at Angus. As upset as I was that he’d never told me, I knew he didn’t deserve to be yelled at. He was here for therapy, after all.
     “Charlotte.”
     His voice was full of concern, and he used my given name, so I knew he wasn’t kidding around.
     “What?” My voice cracked.
     He shook his head. “Don’t worry about what people say. You’ve had bad luck. That’s all. It isn’t your fault.”
     The waitress brought out our food. “Can I get you anything else?”
     “This is great, thanks.” Angus wasted no time piling food on his plate. “I hope you’re hungry,” he said after she left.
     “I can’t believe we’re eating this much food at almost ten.”
     “If the food doesn’t take your mind off all this junk, the heartburn will.”
     I laughed.
     Angus’s voice turned serious again. “If you wish I’d have told you, I’m sorry I didn’t.”
     I nodded. I wasn’t sure I wanted the answer, but I had to ask. “Have you ever called me that?”
     “Of course not.”


Karey WhiteAbout the Author

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.




Coming Fall 2014 – Charlotte’s Story continues in The Match Maker
The Matchmaker final ebook cover

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