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Amy Matayo’s The Wedding Game

About

Cannon James has a plan: Sign on as a contestant for his father’s new reality show, marry a blonde hand-picked by the producers, and walk away two million dollars richer. It’s all been arranged. Easy. Clean. No regrets. Until Ellie McAllister ruins everything by winning the viewer’s vote. Now he has to convince America that he’s head over heels in love with her. Not easy to do since she’s a walking disaster.

Ellie McAllister has her own problems. She needs money, and she needs it now. Despite her parent’s objections and her belief that marriage is sacred, she signs on to The Wedding Game…and wins. Now she’s married to a guy she can’t stand, and if she wants her hands on the money, she has six months to make voters believe she loves him. Not easy to do since he’s the most arrogant man in America.

It doesn’t take long for Ellie and Cannon to realize they’ve made a mess of things…even less time for their feelings for one another to change. But is it too late for them? More importantly, can the worst decision they’ve ever made actually become one of the best?

Review

What I liked about this book: The concept. It was different, fresh, funny, clever and I could see the potential romance right off the bat. The first page pulled me right in and I was thoroughly engrossed. Sometimes you need some light chick lit to read and this one completely fit that bill. Though Cannon and Ellie had issues to deal with, at the heart of this novel is romance. I also really liked that this was not a love at first sight kind of novel. Cannon and Ellie had some real problems with each other and I liked that it took them time to learn to like and eventually fall in love with each other.

What I didn’t like: the deception. Cannon and Ellie each had a secret that they kept from each other, which in my opinion was totally understandable in the beginning. However, there is a certain point in the novel where circumstances changed. And once that happened, I failed to understand why they were keeping secrets from each other. It kind of felt like the novel was being made longer and so I got kind of irritated with Cannon and Ellie.

Spiritually….well…let me just begin by saying that when writing Christian novels you are, to a degree, limited to certain types of circumstances because there are just some situations you ought not find yourself in. This is one of them. That said, Ellie fully recognizes that she had stopped trusting God to handle her problems and that she must learn to let Him be in control. Cannon, on the other hand, though he prays, there’s never really a moment where you can believe that he has a relationship with God. Yet, again, I totally understand what the author was doing. I felt like the novel was going for pure entertainment and fun and that’s what I got.

Romantic Scale: 8.9

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