Not the Marrying Kind

Nicola Marsh
Not the Marrying Kind
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Entangled Publishing
Release Date
July 2012
Contemporary Romance

Who said marriage had to be convenient?

LA party planner Poppy Collins has kept her side business—planning divorce parties as the Divorce Diva—under wraps, but keeping her sister's company afloat is proving tougher by the day. When a new divorce party prospect gives Poppy the opportunity to save the day and boost her bottom line, she can't pass it up. But this time, she's about to get way more than she bargained for…

Vegas golden boy Beck Blackwood knows Poppy's secret, and he's not afraid to use it to get exactly what he wants—a wife. With his reputation and corporate expansion plans on the line, the only way he can repair the damage is by getting hitched, and fast. And if blackmail is the only way to get Poppy to the altar, then so be it…

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 10, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
73 people found the following review helpful
NOT THE MARRYING KIND is wickedly entertaining.

Poppy Collins launched Divorce Diva Daily to help her sister's flagging business, while her sister is admitted into a clinic while she tries to come to terms with a separation from her husband. Hence, she was determined to do all it took to make good on the first contract that came her way.

Beck Blackwood needed a wife to satisfy his old-fashioned investors, who decided they couldn't continue to do business with a company that has been hit by scandal. So, while Beck was interviewing Poppy for a divorce party for his friend and CFO, he couldn't help but note that the attraction was mutual and the idea popped into his head: Poppy would make him a lovely wife, and he wasn't above blackmailing her to get what he wants.

The book started off showing each of the main characters' quandary and though it was necessary, I feel it slowed down the story. For me, the story really took off from the moment Poppy and Beck met at the airport. A light read, the book was non-stop fun and excitement from that point onward. I really enjoyed their witty banter and snark, as well as some of the more heartfelt scenes, as they navigated their way through their fake marriage until the truth was out and everything exploded in their face.

However, I do think that the situations how Poppy and Beck came to meet and be together were rather far-fetched and contrived. Blackwood Enterprises seem to be a big company with the resources to secure a nationwide deal, and big investors are usually only after the profits from their investments. No one would care about the owner's marital status as long as he has the ability to deliver a great return. As for Poppy, I can't understand why she has to launch a new business planning divorce parties to make money. Why can't she continue running Party Hard (her sister's business) and make it better? The reason given was because she didn't have experience planning parties, which was why she launched the divorce party business. But...isn't she going to be planning divorce parties for the new business?

If you can get past that (in first few chapters), then you're in for a wildly entertaining ride with delightful characters that will worm their way into your heart.
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