Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review ~ Miss Congeniality By Marie Garner with a giveaway too


Miss Congeniality doesn’t curse. Miss Congeniality doesn’t have tattoos. Miss Congeniality doesn’t drink shots. Miss Congeniality doesn’t ride motorcycles….Or does she?

When America’s sweetheart…
Brea Richards is America’s sweetheart. Dubbed Miss Congeniality by the media, Brea has spent years honing her current reputation. And being one of the leading stars of a prime time television show…priceless. It’s a long way from her humble beginnings, but that’s her secret to keep. Or at least that’s what she believes until she gets the phone call.

Meets America’s bad boy…
Lance Holder is America’s bad boy, the guy they love to hate. He lives life the way he wants, and makes no apologies, regardless of what anyone thinks. All everyone sees is the tattooed, motorcycle riding, reckless movie star, preventing anyone from looking beneath the surface. And that’s just fine with Lance. Until his new gig puts him right in the path of Brea.

Will either one escape unscathed?
Lance is the newbie on Brea’s show, and everyone is watching to see if America’s bad boy will influence Miss Congeniality. They don’t know Brea’s worst influences happened long before Lance entered the picture. And Lance seems to be one of the only ones to see beyond her current façade. Maybe America’s bad boy is just what America’s sweetheart needs…
Title: Miss Congeniality (The Misses Trilogy #1

Author: Marie Garner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 28, 2014 

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That wasn’t so bad,” Lance said as they walked in the green room following the conference. The others had scattered soon after, but Brea had followed him to express her displeasure. She simply stared at him; he had clearly been hit in the head if he thought that press conference went well.

Brea tried for calm but failed miserably. Her temper didn’t flair up often, but when it did she tended to lay waste to everything in her path. “Easy for you to say grabby hands,” she hissed. “And what the hell were you doing insinuating that we had a relationship?!”

“First of all, I wouldn’t have had to say shit if you didn’t try to eye fuck me on the way in.”

Brea narrowed her eyes, gritting her teeth so she didn’t rise to his bait. “I didn’t try to eye fuck you. And who says shit like that?”

He leaned in so close she could feel his breath, causing a tingle in the base of her spine. “The guy who you were about ten seconds away from pulling into a back room.” She pulled away, needing the distance, before glaring at him.

“And don’t touch me again without permission.”

He chewed on his bottom lip, looking her up and down like he knew exactly where he wanted to touch her. “What pisses you off more? The fact that I had to squeeze your leg to prevent you from spouting off at the mouth…or that you wanted me to squeeze much more than your leg?”

Her nostrils flared, from desire or anger she didn’t know. They say there’s a thin line between love and hate, and she never felt it more acutely than she did today, as though ever nerve ending was on fire. She didn’t know why this man did it for her, but he did.

“You are obnoxious as hell.” It was pretty weak as far as comebacks went, but she couldn’t think straight. All she wanted to do was feel, but she wasn’t about to give in to shit when it came to Lance.

“That all you got? You really are…nice.” When he said it like that it made it seem like she had the plague.

“One of us has to have manners,” she replied in a way that would have made Emily Post proud.

“Yeah, and one of us had to preserve your reputation in the media. Will they speculate about us? Yes. Did I play it off so they think there’s nothing serious about us? Yes. Just wait and see what they write about you, I guarantee you will be the victim of my evil clutches.” She shifted from side to side, knowing he was probably right. They would be much more forgiving of her, but if she said anything they would have circled like vultures around new prey. She should probably thank him for his foresight, but he had been such an ass about everything.

“And as far as the other stuff- the shit between you and me? You look at me like that again, and I guarantee we’ll be doing a lot more than playing grabby hands under the table.” And just like that, he walked away, slamming the door on the way out. She plopped down on the couch, trying to pretend like she didn’t want to call him back for more.

Marie Garner hails from North Carolina, and has had her nose in a book for as long as she can remember.  Story ideas have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember when she finally decided to write them down.  She is an avid football fan, often found rooting on her Washington Redskins or her alma mater NC State.  She has taught for the past 7 years, with a short break to earn her Masters degree.  She loves London, having lived there for a year, and loves taking all those crazy ideas to make stories you enjoy!

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My Thoughts:

Miss Congeniality was entertaining. I liked it but I am more excited for Raquel's book to tell you the truth.

Raquel and Clare along with our leading lady, Brea are known as the misses. Brea is Miss Congeniality because she seems to be America's sweet heart, always making good decisions and doing the right thing.

Brea had a hard life. Her mom was a prostitute and drug abuser. It wasn't good. Her brother Alex shielded her from much of it or things could and probably would have been worse.

Despising her beginnings, she tries desperately to make it nothing but a bad memory and a secret that she guards fervently. This is the main reason for caring sooo much what people think and say about her and making sure that she keeps her reputation sparkling white.

I didn't really care for her. She seemed a little whiny and overly spoiled to me. That being said, I still enjoyed the story. Especially when Lance enterd the scene. ;-)

I really liked Lance. He put up with a lot and he deserved better. He was a Hollywood bad boy. Tattooed and motorcycle riding, you know the type. He was actually a pretty nice guy.

These two have instantanious chemistry even when they try not to act on it.  

I have to admit that the misses together, Raquel in particular were my favorite part of the book.

I will be looking forward to reading the next one. I hope that it is fleshed out just a little more and I am guessing and hoping that it is Raquel's.

This one was in third person and I would have loved to know what the characters themselves were thinking. Maybe I've been reading too many 1st person POVs?

In this book you'll find some drama, criticism, romance, sexy scenes and Hollywood antics.

It flowed pretty smoothly but to me the ending seemed a little rushed or something. It was just like okay?

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Great first attempt at writing. If I'd have liked the heroine more, I would have said the book was really good. Instead I can only say that I thought it was pretty good. Regardless, I'll be waiting to read the next one!

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  1. i'm not sure i will be liking Brea either if all she think is appearance and what other think, yes she had a difficult childhood and did not succumb to those that's a great point but she would be proud of that more than of teh rest^^

    still you liked it so it's oki and i hope you ger Raquel story soon

  2. Thanks for the post and giveaway

  3. Yea just from the blurb I was thinking that I may not like Brea as much. Maybe in the future I'll check this one out.

    1. poor girl she gets no vote of confidence from any of us^^;; it could make her selfesteem drops^^