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Marry Me, Maddie by Rita Herron

Marry Me, Maddie by Rita Herron

One sassy southern girl looking for the right man…

Two sexy men after her heart:

Bachelor # 1 – the long term boyfriend she just dumped

Bachelor # 2 – her overprotective brothers’ best friend

When the competition heats up, who will win her heart and her hand?

Title:Marry Me, Maddie
Author:Rita Herron
Series:The Bachelor Pact (Book 1)
Pages:363
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Brother’s Best Friend / Best Friend’s Little Sister
Love Triangle
Point of View:
Location:US
HEA:✔️
Release Date:1st August, 2001
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Tiresome, longwinded romance

I was so excited to read this story as I adore the trope where a woman falls in love with her brother’s best friend. It didn’t take me long to realise that my anticipation was misplaced.

Maddie is a young, and supposedly smart, woman yet she is constantly bullied and undermined by her older brothers who like to say they have her best interests at heart. They waited for her when she went on a night out, told her what she could and couldn’t do and decided that she shouldn’t have a career as she wasn’t smart enough. I don’t mind strong men but these guys were unbelievable. Abusive behaviour at worst and misogynist at best.

“The book was … about 350 pages and I felt every single one of them.”

I quite liked, or at least didn’t actively dislike, Chase (our hero) although he was a little bit weak when it came to his reasons for not being with Maddie. If he didn’t like her then that would have been fine but it was all just pointless nonsense added as conflict, in my opinion.

The book was the length of a regular novel at about 350 pages and I felt every single one of them. Each chapter seemed to be each character going over the same emotions, same problems and same dramas but in a different setting each time – I hate to say that I was genuinely bored. To add to that, we kept hearing about the unlikeable brothers and some ‘mystery’ regarding their parents. When it all came to a conclusion the result was farcical and far from funny which I’m assuming was the intention.

The inclusion of secondary characters was obviously to set up their own, future stories. I for one will not be purchasing them and definitely can’t recommend this book, I’m sorry to say. 1 star.

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job!

With over ninety books to her credit, she’s penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and YA stories, but she especially loves writing dark romantic suspense tales set in southern small towns.

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