[Review] Reluctantly Married by Victorine E. Lieske

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From the NYT’s best selling author of Not What She Seems.

Megan Holloway can’t stand her local morning show co-host, Adam Warner, even though he’s a total hunk. He goads her on-air until she says things she regrets. But since ratings increase each time they have an on-air fight, the producer encourages his behavior.

When a relationship specialist comes onto the show purporting that Adam has hidden feelings for her, she reluctantly agrees to go out with him–on camera. What starts out as one date turns into a viral dating show with Megan and Adam alternating between locking lips and knocking heads.

As Megan fights her growing attraction to Adam, their popularity increases and ABC takes notice, offering them their own program. Not a morning show like Megan is hoping, but a dating show in which she and Adam must marry at the end. With the promise of a hundred thousand dollars and the possibility of scoring what she really wants, her own national program, she signs on.

What she doesn’t know is that Adam has fallen in love with her, and his objective is to get her to do the same.

This is a sweet romance, appropriate for any age.

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1star

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ARC kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 27%

I saw a lot of potential in the first couple of pages. Megan and her co-host in the show were fighting and it was interesting. A few pages later, Megan fell in love with Adam just like that. That was the first reason I DNFed this book.
Insta-love is the absolutely worst mistake an author can make that ruins a story. If she is in love already what am I going to read about later? I needed an intro of their interaction, a bit more fight and then I was expecting them to realise their feelings while they were forced to date. That’s the interesting stuff and that is how it was supposed to go. Yet, Megan just fell in love in the first chapter, misunderstood Adam and planned her revenge for no reason.

Adam is introduced as a player and a mean jerk. In no time he turns out to be a caring gentleman who loves animals and makes Megan melt just watching him with a racoon. Yeah, what a great reason to fall in insta-love with someone. The mystery was gone and I was bored. I would prefer if that side of Adam was a secret for most of the book and Megan found out after a couple of dates.

And say I could ignore all this; what I couldn’t ignore was the fact that there was a third person POV and we were kept away from their thoughts and feelings. Someone who write in third person POV, knows that feelings and thoughts are still important to be able to understand what’s in their head. It wasn’t completely bad but most of the chapters were like this: date plans description>>date description>>date plans description again>>date description again>>some revenge plotting and a couple of thoughts and then>>date description again. This is really tiring and I don’t want to know just about their dates. I want to get to know more about their characters through their interactions in their daily lifes.

Anyway it’s sad that I had to drop it but seriously, I tried it to read the whole thing but I just couldn’t make it to 30%.
Poorly written,tiring writting style and bad character description. I do not have to mention insta-love and stupid misunderstandings with unnecessary drama. Plus, it was not funny or fluffy or anything like what people were saying it was. I am completely disappointed and the book practically represents everything I hate.

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[Victorine E. Lieske]

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