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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review/Giveaway - The Marriage List by Jean Joachim



Title: The Marriage List
Author: Jean Joachim
Published: November 2011
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook provided by author for review


Can happily ever after start with a list? Grey Andrews thinks so. After ten years of working, saving and investing, Grey finally achieved a level of wealth that allows him to do what he wants with his life. He needs a woman to share it with, but not any woman, the perfect woman. A woman who has the three essential qualities on his marriage list. But after three years of searching he isn’t any closer to finding her than he was when he started out. 


Carrie Tucker, an aspiring mystery writer and divorcée struggling to make it in the world of advertising, turned her focus from men to her career after dating too many creeps and losers. She’s finally earned her big break, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the first female creative director in a hot New York ad agency. So what if it means working nights and weekends? It’s not like she has a social life anyway.Is the marriage list a failure or will a chance meeting at a fiction-writing conference prove the list to be the key to Grey’s happiness after all?


Disheartened by the complaints of his friends concerning their marriages, Grey sets out to find the perfect wife.  Ever since he was young he has wanted to be married and have a family, and has worked his entire adult life toward that goal.  He has lived and dated frugally in order to save the money for marriage.  I found this a bit atypical of most men, but the author made it believable and made it work for Grey.  I had no doubts this is what he wanted and that he was sincere about it.

Then we meet Carrie, who works at an advertising agency as a copywriter.  Her career is moving upward, and it is about to move very fast.  She takes on a much larger project which happens to put her into contact with Grey.  I liked Carrie in general.  She’s a young career oriented woman.  She is the type of woman who doesn’t mind unbuttoning a couple buttons before a business meeting.  To me, this kind of seemed opposite to the type of woman I thought of her as.  She seems like an intelligent and independent woman who wouldn’t need to resort to such things.  There were some other comments that kind of ruffled the feminist in my feathers, but after a quick reminder to my feminist side that women want to be empowered to choose their future, not have it chosen for them, and her choices were valid and her own.

Sparks and chemistry, fire between them ignites.  A business dinner date and then a couple of real dates later, and there is no doubt, they are both in it for the long haul – even if they don’t know that themselves. There are kisses that are deep and sensual, flirting that increases your heart rate.  I definitely enjoyed watching the progression of their infatuation into romance and love.  The sexual scenes were steamy and sensual. 

All in all, I really enjoyed this story.  I think Carrie and Grey are perfectly matched for each other.  When something happens and they are apart they are miserable without each other.  This is going to sound bad, but I really liked that.  I liked that there was something that tore this couple apart so that they could realize exactly how they felt about the other person.  I liked seeing them miserable because it showed me that they are perfect for each other.  I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance but doesn’t want something too graphic.  The storyline has a nice arc to it and I found the characters enjoyable. 


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The Renovated Heart
Can a broken heart be renovated like an old house? Kit’s life came to a halt when her husband slapped her with a divorce. Finding herself without a job or a place to live, she’s forced to take Tunney Nichols up on his offer of cheap rent for his parent’s house.The catch: she must allow him to renovate while she’s living there. Out of fear, Kit tells a lie she soon regrets as she is drawn to the sexy man plastering and painting his way into her heart.
Can Sarah forget the abuse from her late husband? Can she fix her heart and the hearts of her children?  With her two children in tow, Sarah relocates to be near her sister, she meets Jim, a neighbor and English professor. A mutual interest in writing, paves the way for a friendship that blossoms into romance. But is Jim the right man for Sarah or does her old college sweetheart still light her fire?

43 comments:

  1. Liz this sounds so good. I love that they separated only to realize how miserable they were!

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    1. It was really good, I liked it. Tomorrow I have another review and giveaway of another Jean Joachim book, The Book of Danny, which was also excellent! :)

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  2. Sounds like a good romance story which I'll enjoy. Now I'm wondering what happened that pulled them apart.

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    1. It really was a twist! Good luck with the giveaway :)

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  3. New author to me. Excerpt sounds interesting. Leaves me wanting more. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. I've read a couple of her books now, and I really like them. Thanks for coming by!

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  4. i really like the blurbs, both hero and heroine get to me.

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    1. So glad to hear that, Sienny. Thank you for your comment.

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  5. Thank you for your awesome review, Liz. I'm excited to see who wins the giveaway!

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  6. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great book. I am veyr excited.

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  7. Great review. I have read Jean Joachim before and liked her books and I am looking forward to this one.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Crystal. Glad my books pleased you.

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  8. Amazing book. I love the cover. The review is amazing. I haven't had a chance to read this author before, but thank to you I will give her a look.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  9. looks like a fun read...thanks for sharing!

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  10. I have a weakness for books like this. Thank you for the giveaway, and the opportunity to discover an author I knew nothing about.

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    1. Glad to hear the book appeals to you. Thank you for your comment and it's nice to meet you!

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  11. Thanks for giveaway.

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  12. I really want to read this book, thank you for the opportunity

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Good luck!

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  13. Thanks for the great review and giveaway! This is a new to me author and I'm definitely going to go check out her other books :)

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    1. Thank you for entering. So nice to meet you all!

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  14. Will have to check this out sounds like a good read :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Katherine.

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  15. Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the info.

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  16. Great review and thanks for the giveaway! I really think I will enjoy this story! Thanks for the intro on a new author and another book to add to my wishlist:)

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  17. Good review! I don't like it when business women get ahead by highlighting their beauty instead of their brains but lets face it ....it happens. This does sound like a book I would enjoy reading.

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    1. I agree with you completely and Carrie would never do that. Too smart and too stubborn! Thanks for your comment.

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  18. I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author. Thanks for the introduction.

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  19. Sounds like a great book! Thank you for sharing and for teh chance to read! Definitely looking forward to getting a copy!

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  20. Sounds like a great book! Can't wait to check it out. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! <3 Tobi

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  21. Looks like a good read - like checking out new authors!!

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  22. The synopsis is intriguing. Very interesting concept.

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  23. I love the premise of this book - a man planning for his wife - I only recall reading or seeing it from a woman's view point. Can't wait to read this.

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