Publisher: Harlequin KISS
Publication Date: Dec 1, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Her first thought: “Who are you?”
It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!
Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!
Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?
“I don’t want a divorce.”
I swore to myself after my last HQN fiasco, that I’d never pick one off Netgalley again. And then I saw that HQN is coming out with this new line, and then I read the synopsis of this book, and my self control crumbled to dust. Have you ever seen the movie What Happens in Vegas with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher? Waking Up Married is a little like that. Except in the book, there’s no lottery, and no judge mandating they stay married in order to keep the money. And Megan and Connor don’t hate each other. So, really, the only similarity is that both of the couples got married on a whim in Vegas. For some reason that particular plot point calls to me, because I enjoyed both the movie and the book.
Waking Up Married is a great example of a relationship in reverse. Or more specific, a successful plot where the relationship begins with marriage, followed by dating, then the HEA. While I had to stretch my imagination a bit to accommodate Megan’s willingness to go along with this, I could ultimately see how she’d be blinded by Connor’s good looks and fancy words. Seriously, the man can negotiate a sandwich from a homeless man. In the end Megan agrees to a three month trial, and moves out of her Colorado apartment and into his large, California home. Once there, Connor uses every tool in his arsenal to convince Megan to stay for good. And boy howdy, does he bring out the big guns.
Burned by an ever revolving door of step-fathers as a child, Megan is wary of all relationships. Despite the business like arrangement of their marriage, Megan is terrified that Connor will decide this won’t work just as she’s getting comfortable and attached. Like all of the men in her life have done. While Connor uses romance and friendship to win her over, Megan tries to scare him away by letting him get to know the “real her.” It’s actually quite hilarious what she comes up with: smelly face masks, spending all day in her pj’s, cooking him horrible meals… sounds familiar, I hope? Or am I the only one that spends all day in their pj’s?
I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I will definitely be checking her out in the future. The writing was clever and witty, and I really enjoyed Kelly’s voice. I laughed at Connor and Megan’s conversations, I melted at Connor’s wooing, and my heart weeped when Megan fell in love, and Connor rejected her feelings. After all that romance and seduction, his ability to switch all that off and return to the cold businessman was truly awful. This book is definitely a character driven story, and Connor’s progression from a man running away from love as fast as he could, to realizing he can’t live without it, or Megan, was wonderful to read. Megan may have been blinded by him in the beginning of the book, but she found her back bone real quick when she figured out that a relationship with him, without love, was completely unacceptable. I respected her for standing up for herself, for finding that inner strength that enabled her to leave when it probably would have been easier to stay.
I really, really enjoyed Waking Up Married. It’s a quick read, and definitely worth the few hours it takes to finish it. Highly recommend!
My Rating: A