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The Husband Maker by Karey White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book description: 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 become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next. 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?
My thoughts: The "joys" of dating, falling in love, and connecting with a person are prominent themes in The Husband Maker. The irony is that all of them are goals of Charlotte's. She is the girl that all of the good guys let get away. Within month's of breaking up with her, all are engaged to someone else. This gives her the unwanted title of "husband maker." It's a title that she wishes she could not claim.
She is set up with a wonderful man. He seems to be everything that she wants in her life. Kyle is good looking, responsible, kind, a gentleman, and wealthy. I was happy for her in her new found relationship, but I was also very frustrated. (Yes, books sometimes evoke emotions.) I was reminded why I am very glad that I only date my husband. Dating is not easy.
The book brings out several points about happy relationships. It also illustrates love, what you are willing to do to help the person you love live a happy and fulfilling life. It's a book about dreams, grabbing them, and realizing when they are no longer realistic.
This book is an emotional roller coaster ride. It is not a stand alone book. I know what I want to happen in future books, we'll just have to wait and see if Karey White and I are on the same page when I read future books in the Husband Maker series.
It's a clean romance with kissing.
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READ AN 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.”
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?”
“Who told you?”
“I overheard Hannah Shelton’s mom in the restroom. She was telling some other woman that everyone calls me thehusband 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.
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.”
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.”
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