Sunday, June 9, 2013

Trophy Husband Review & Highlight

Book Review May 24

Trophy Husband

by: Lauren Blakely

★★★★ 4 Stars

Blurb: Sometimes you can't help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite...Successful fashion blogger McKenna Bell has spent far too long protecting herself after the way her ex-fiancé left her at the altar for a college chick he met the night of his bachelor party. Loving again, trusting again, well, that's just not in the cards. Especially now that her ex is back in town with his new woman, demanding custody of McKenna's favorite creature in the whole world--her dog. No effing way. McKenna's had enough of him, and she decides to even the score by finding her own hot young thing -- a Trophy Husband. Sure, she's only twenty-seven, but doesn't that make it even more fun -- and infuriating to her ex -- to pursue a younger man? When she declares her intentions on her daily blog, her quest quickly skyrockets in popularity, and that's when Chris enters the picture, and he’s got all the assets. He's handsome, successful, and turns her inside out with a kiss to end all kisses, the kind that makes you feel like a shooting star. But loving again could mean losing again, and it's so much easier to focus on getting even, isn't it? Unless, you just can't help falling in love. Which means McKenna will have to come face to face with what she really wants in life -- protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.


Trophy Husband was a cute, quirky fun time every female will enjoy. I mean who wouldn’t like a Trophy Husband.  The concept is genius but like McKenna after reading this you’ll realize that love can trump any contest. If the synopsis doesn’t make you curious than the sarcastic, witty and daring plotline surely will.
After being dumped the night before her wedding (for a younger woman no less) McKenna decides to take a stand for women everywhere. At twenty-seven she feels her chances of love are slipping away. Hell her fiancé who she was dating for years eloped to some chick he met at his bachelor party so McKenna’s confidence is a little slighted.  Especially when she learns that her ex is now a father and he stole the baby name they were planning on using. OUCH….
McKenna decides if men can have their younger trophy wives than surely women should have the same right. After a pow-wow with her girlfriends the Trophy Husband search begins. Luckily McKenna’s job as an online fashion guru gives her a way to spread the word. Her friends even make up business cards. It really is outrageously funny at times.  This is their slogan: “Have you ever dreamed of doing nothing all day but looking good and servicing your woman? Then sign up for the Trophy Husband Sweepstakes. Your chance to be a kept man. Every boy’s dream.”
“Oooh, giving me orders already. I like that. Makes me feel like a boy toy.” 

“Better watch out, Chris. Soon, I may be asking you to arrive at my house and pretend to be the pool boy.” 

“I could totally do a cabana boy look for you.”  - Chris and McKenna

While at the video store McKenna runs into Chris who is all kinds of geeky, hot and funny. Alas he is too old for her search and McKenna is bummed. But because of his own online personality and incorrectly listed age, the two hatch a plan for him to join the Trophy Husband pool in order to gain followers for both sites. The chemistry between these two is strong but Chris is not as accepting of being in the contest as he first let on. At times it was like The Bachelor with McKenna going on numerous dates and rating each one to see who would fit her the most. But at the end of the day it becomes obvious that though the concept was strong and females were empowered everywhere what McKenna really wanted was love not a false paid for marriage. 

What I Liked

Chris – There was so much to love about him it’s hard to list. But he surely gives geeks everywhere a new look and there is no pocket protectors or thick bifocals on him. He has killer abs, a smartass personality and helps feed McKenna’s video game addiction. Any guy who can turn guitar hero into a seductive act of foreplay is clearly a keeper. And I loved that he wasn’t over confident, he was just himself and you really got that from every scene he was in. Even the way he speaks is adorable. 

McKenna’s Dog-Sometimes for the single woman their pet is the closest relationship they have. McKenna’s dog was an awesome addition and her name Ms. Pac-Man made me laugh every time I saw it.  

I really loved McKenna. I felt Lauren Blakely did a superb job giving us insight into McKenna and her life. It was really easy to relate to her and get a good grasp of who she is. She is extremely lovable and she’s the type of person many of us would like to have as a friend especially with her keen fashion sense…

I loved the scene with her and her friends planning the Trophy Husband contest. They are a bunch of evil geniuses and together they were just a crazy bunch of out of control ladies. McKenna even hides in the bathroom from them just to text Chris so she doesn’t have to hear how she abandoned the rules of girls’ night out.  

She’s a video game first person shooter addict, need I say more. That beats normal methods of stress relief.
Sex on an arcade game-Yowza

The end was by far one of the best and most adorable book endings I’ve read in awhile. Chris managed to pull a John Cusack moment but still make it all his own.
What I Didn’t Like

McKenna is a daydreamer. And she daydreams a lot. More so in the first half of the book. Each time we have to read about it and it became overwhelming. If the situations were reality it would be ok, but for me the long overdone fantasies were boring and unnecessary.
It ended. This is me pouting after I finished…
I loved, loved, loved Trophy Husband. It was everything a contemporary romance should be. It was fun, romantic, daring and outright ridiculous at times. I definitely recommend this. It was a little quick for my taste but only because I didn’t want it to end.

About the Author
Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in CAUGHT UP IN US, she thinks life should be filled with movie kisses and coffee drinks. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.

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