Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on 3/24/19
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.
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.
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.
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