Posted in Contemporary

Melissa Tagg’s Made to Last


Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that’s how it looks when she’s starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she’ll do anything to boost ratings and save her show–even if it means pretending to be married to a man who’s definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda’s every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth–and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she’s built come crashing down just as she’s found a love to last?


Am I the only here who is not a fan of deception? It never really ends up well. And then I read this novel. It appeared to me that Ms. Tagg read the usual deception novels and flipped them. I can not tell you how pleased I was with the way this novel turned out! So, what I loved about it?

The characters. All of them. Blaze was fascinating (does he get his own book?), Matthew handled everything gracefully, Miranda’s best friends were full of personality. Their reactions in the novel were often hilarious and yet, realistic. Miranda’s struggle for acceptance with God in spite of her past was real.

I liked that Ms. Tagg also didn’t go the way I thought she would with this story. I kept having to ask myself, now how is all this going to work out (sorry, this review will be vague, too many possible spoilers). But the ending was nice and really worked out well.

The romance was light and fluffy and though I usually enjoy more serious romances, it really fit the story.

What I didn’t like:

Matthew beating himself up so much. He messed up once, but it wasn’t the end of the world.

The novel didn’t pull me in right away, and my own frustration with deception had me hesitant to continue (don’t hesitate, it’s all going to work out fine!)

Overall, a great contemporary romance that you will enjoy!

Romantic scale: 7.5

**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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