Review: The Marilyns Box Set by Katie Graykowski

Posted October 4, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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Review: The Marilyns Box Set by Katie Graykowski
The Marilyns Box Set

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Genres: Comedy Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on 3/24/19
Pages: 696
Format: eBook
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The Delight

The met at a high school Halloween party all coming dressed as Marilyn Monroe and then went on to live their lives as best friends who are there for each other through life’s ups and downs.  I liked the idea of tender-hearted, slightly spicy and humorous romances so I picked up this boxed set when it was a freebie to give it a go after enjoying another book by the author.

Place Your Betts

Some books strike just the right chord out of the blue. I saw a book with a blurb that drew in my curiosity and really had no expectations. It wasn’t far into this story that my anticipation grew and continued to grow as things were all laid out. A famous country singer discovers after her grandmother’s death that the son she gave away as a poor, scared sixteen year old when her grandmother and her boyfriend both rejected her has been living for years with his real father back home in Texas. Yeah…that was the set up. And then as I progressed, I could see that both Betts and Gabe who loathed each other for years were both laboring under false impressions as a result of lies carefully cultivated with both of them just as they now had to figure out how best to break the truth to their teenage son. By the time I had laughed, cried, and sighed my way through this heartwarming story, I realized that I had read a true gem of a story and I didn’t want it to end.

Fortunately, I get to stick around in The Marilyns’ world as this was only the first of three stories about three ‘through thick and thin’ best friends. Can’t wait to continue with Lucky’s story.

Getting Lucky

It couldn’t get any worse, right?  Wrong!  After the ultimate humiliation on live Reality TV when her rockstar husband reveals he has three kids with another woman and then that night, dies, when he wraps his car around a tree leaving everything tied up in probate and Lucky living out of her car,  her brother in law, Will, takes her car and makes her face cold, hard facts.  The TV show is suing her if she doesn’t come back and finish out the reality of living with Will and Ricky’s three girls in the house she used to think of as hers.
Will saw Lucky first, but his brother dazzled her and he had to sideline his feelings for seventeen years.  Now, he has a plan and his goal is to have Lucky and his nieces- love and family.  If only he can get Lucky on board with that.  He might just need some of Mama Cheree’s pizzazz.

Shorter than Place Your Betts and lighter, Getting Lucky was fun and cute.  I liked seeing her overcome her fears and get what she always wanted with the girls and Will.  Bett’s Mama was a scene stealer.  And, we have a Marilyns get together for Halloween that led to some mischief.  Time for Charlie to get her story.

Sorry Charlie

Charlie Guidry is the last of the Marilyns to be unattached and after Betts and Lucky help her become a runaway bride on her wedding day, that seems to not be changing.  Charlie is the campaign manager for her father who has been the governor of Louisiana and is making another run.  She’s done everything to get his approval and love and he can only find fault since the challenger for the governor’s race is her ex-fiance.  But, Jerome Breaux has an ax to grind and he sends in a professional fixer, Wagner Scott, to seduce Charlie and get secrets that will help him win.
Wagner has done his job and done it well until he encounters caring and genuine Charlie who is as honest as they come.  If he tells her the truth, she’ll walk away.  Time for a Marilyns and Mama Cherie intervention.

This last of the stories in the series was the shortest and lighter in many ways.  It was enjoyable for the fun plot and the characters, but lacked the depth of the two previous stories.  Still, it was great seeing Charlie toss over her selfish dad and go after her own happiness with the help of her friends.  And, any story involving Mama Cherie has sparkle.

This was an engaging trio of stories.  I loved the three friends, the funny moments, and the slightly spicy romance situations.  All were different set ups, but were stories I could get behind.  Those who enjoy feisty women getting past their struggles and getting their happily ever after with a goodly amount of humor thrown in should give this set a go.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #59
COYER Quarantine #65
Reading Assignment Fall #1 Prof Ann Thology
Books N Tunes #38 Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend



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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

I like box sets. This sounds like a good one.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It was fun, but had a good development as well. I found a gem. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I’m pretty sure I have read this author or have a freebie by her. I’m glad this was enjoyable.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

You probably do. I scored this one and a few others from her that way.

Angie Elle
1 year ago

Oh my gosh. This does sound like a fabulous series. Especially the second one. There’s just something about a man who’s been pining after a woman for YEARS!

I’d never even heard of this. Thanks for putting it on my radar. 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

You bet, Angie! I read one from her football romances and loved it so I was excited to spot this boxed set and give it a try. I agree. He was a sweetie to wait for her to love him back.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Aww the trio sounds good!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I loved these and now I want to grab more of her books. 🙂