Review: Marry The Doctor – By Beverly Farr

 

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Title: Marry the Doctor (Love and Chocolate, #2)

Author: Beverly Farr

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Sweet Romance /143

Summary: Since the death of his wife, Frank Brannigan has focused on raising his two daughters and furthering his medical practice, but he’s lonely. Maybe it’s time to get married again, but how?

Marry the Doctor is book two in the Love and Chocolate Series. Each book is a stand-alone sweet romance without cliff hangers.

Cover Review: Okay, this cover may be kinda cute, but it’s super misleading. The characters portrayed on the cover actually like 40ish. Not 18. So the pic is just kinda awkward, tbh.

My Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Every time I read a Beverly Farr book, it hits me how much I love her writing. I always forget just how beautiful it is. Every time I open one of her books, I get re-immersed not just in her worlds and her characters, but her masterful writing. It pulls me in immediately.

I thought the premise of this one was very intriguing and refreshingly different. The characters were middle-aged, quirky, and realistic. Frank was dealing with the passing of his wife, being the single parent of two daughters, and when he finally ventures back into the dating world, he deals with countless people who are just after his fortune, and don’t actually care about him.

As I read the book, I became quickly invested in the characters and their lives. In addition to the stars of this book, there were some cameo appearances from the main characters of the first book, and the main character of the third book was introduced. It adds to the realism of the world, and Beverly weaves all of these storylines together effortlessly.

I highly recommend this book! I read it in one sitting — it was impossible to put down. I loved Marry The Doctor! It was the perfect way to spend a relaxing summer day.

Content Advisory: It’s a sweet romance novel. The author puts it this way:

“Very little swearing. There may be an occasional hell or damn, maybe even a b*tch, but there will be no Lord’s name in vain and no f-bombs. No explicit sex scenes. Characters might discuss sex, but any love scenes are off screen (Think AFRICAN QUEEN).”

To Sum It Up: Another fantastic novel from Beverly Farr! Looking for a light, fun, sweet romance? The best part is, though this is technically part of a series, it IS a standalone novel in it’s own right. I highly recommend the first book, but you don’t have to read it first! You’ll love this one, too. :)

I would recommend this book to anyone over 16+.

Top Ten Character Driven Novels

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this meme is all about making book-ish lists of your "Top Ten"s!
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this meme is all about making book-ish lists of your “Top Ten”s!

Top Ten Character Driven Novels

(Not Necessarily in the Following Order)

1. Appaloosa Summer — By Tudor Robins. YA Equestrian Sweet Romance. I’ve read a lot of horse books in my day. THIS one stood out as a phenomenal read. The characters were not only real, they were amazing. You loved them, and all of the major discoveries in the book existed in them. The plot was great, but BECAUSE the characters were great. This is basically my happy book. I LOVE THIS BOOK. READ IT. RIGHT NOW.

2. Her Ex Next Door & Corporate Husband — By  Beverly Farr. New Adult Sweet Romance (books aren’t related, but they are both amazing). The plot is fairly predictable, but you fall in love with the characters, and love watching their personal stories slowly unravel.

Okay, so at this point, I realize that I have no idea what qualifies as Character Driven. Maybe I just ONLY read plot driven novels. I dunno… this is a very confusing and conflicting week for me. Does it mean it doesn’t have a good plot? Or just that the characters are SUPER amazing?

3. A Just Determination — by Jack Campbell.  Military Science Fiction. This tells the story of the day to day life on a military spaceship. Sounds boring, right? But it actually isn’t. It is very character driven, and it gives a refreshing look into the everyday. It was totally unpredictable because of that, and 100% realistic.

4. Adventurers Wanted — By M.L. Forman  MG/YA High Adventure

5.  Nobody’s Princess — By Esther Friesner  Historic Mythological Fiction. Retelling of Helen of Troy’s early life.

6. SECOND STAR — By Alyssa B. Sheinmel. YA Fairytale Retelling. Peter Pan. I still haven’t reviewed this just because it’s so amazing, but at the same time — UGH! I can’t even give it a star review! I can’t even tell if it’s a 1 star or a 6 star! This book did strange things to my head. But you will love it.

7. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight — By Jennifer E. Smith — YA/NA Sweet Romance. The plot itself has every trope you could ever imagine in a sweet romance, but the character’s are so wonderful, that you just love it, regardless. This would make a GREAT movie.

8.  Every Jack Weyland book ever — Inspirational fiction. His stories center around one character, and their journey after a crisis of some sort.

9.  The Captive Maiden — by Melanie Dickerson — Fairytale Retelling, Cinderella. Everyone knows the fairytale. So Ms. Dickerson changes it up. The plot itself is MUCH different than your typical fairytale, but the characters are really what stands out about it. Not your typical Cinderella and Prince.

10. HONORARY —  Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad,, #1) — By David Eddings I haven’t read this book, but everyone I know who has says it is THE MOST character driven book you will ever read. I’m looking forward to it!

What’s your Top Ten for this week?

Review: Corporate Husband – by Beverly Farr

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to Goodreads book page.

Title: Corporate Husband

Author: Beverly Farr

Summary: To inherit her grandfather’s chocolate company, Louisa Brannigan needs a loyal employee to marry her and keep his mouth shut. Justin Reilly seems like the ideal candidate, until he starts changing the rules. Corporate Husband is book one in the Love and Chocolate Series. Each book is a stand-alone sweet romance without cliff-hangers.

Genre/Pages: Sweet Romance/238

Rating: ★★ (5 of 5)

My Review:  

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Hero/Heroine: Obviously, this is fiction. Sweet romance, to be exact. So I wasn’t really expecting a hero/heroine. HowEVER, the two main characters (and love interests — Go figure!) were absolutely amazing characters. They were very detailed, and REAL. Their struggles and dialogue felt so real. It was wonderful. They were real, complex, people with their own problems and fears. It made for a wonderful romance.

Louisa Brannigan: In the beginning, you think you’ve got Louisa Brannigan all figured out. For whatever reasons she has, she is getting married so that she can keep her multi-billionaire company alive. Wow. Seriously? The author does a fantastic job of helping you to jump to conclusions about the characters about a million different times, only  to slowly unravel their story and background. As you came to understand Louisa and where she’s coming from, you come to love her. She was a fantastic character. She was very independent, but she was able to let her guard down, too.

Justin Reilly: Where to start? I wasn’t sold on him from the start. But I did end up loving him. It was the same as with Louisa. You learn not to judge people from first impressions, and you learn to love them from their experiences and actions. He was gentle, understanding, and yet always liked to push the limits, just a little bit. He was wonderful. He was brave. He was flawed. 

Plot: This is the second romance novel I have ever read. I read it during finals week, and it was a welcome stress reliever. It wasn’t a high intensity plot, nor did it require constant focus and thought (i.e. it wasn’t a mystery or crime novel), it was just a wonderful world to go into. To be able to focus on someone else’s life, and not think about finals. So, no, action-wise there isn’t a LOT that happens… but what did happen was perfect. There was just a touch of action, danger, and drama that slowly unraveled until it reached the breaking point. The romance was completely clean, and yet highly enjoyable. It was complex, it was real. There was no insta-love. There was no forbidden love. There was no love triangle. It was a REAL RELATIONSHIP, one that was grown over time. One that slowly progressed. It was beautiful and realistic.

And the plot twist and ending?!?!??! Just when you think it’s just another romance novel… Well, you’ll never see it coming, but you’ll love every second of it. It wasn’t unrealistic, but it was fantastic.

Content Advisory: As the author herself says: “What you will find in my stories:
1. Sweet quirky romance.
2. Very little swearing. There may be an occasional hell or damn, maybe even a b***h, but there will be no Lord’s name in vain and no f-bombs.
3. No explicit sex scenes. Characters might discuss sex, but any love scenes are off screen (Think AFRICAN QUEEN).
4. No vampires. At least, not yet.”

To Sum it Up: This book was GREAT fun. I enjoyed every second of it, and it’s a book that I could definitely see myself re-reading later — probably during finals week again. The characters and dialogue are just so engaging that you can’t put it down. It makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you smile, and is quite near impossible to put down. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can’t WAIT to read the next in the series! I love happy endings! Real life fairytales! THIS BOOK.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone over 16+.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it?