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Bridesmaid Lotto (McMaster the Disaster Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Astor
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Book Description

Book 1 in the USA Today Bestselling McMaster the Disaster series.

Josephine McMaster is pretty and smart, but very much a klutzy mess. Finally, at 26, she may have actually lost the dreaded ‘McMaster the Disaster’ nickname that has followed her around her whole life.

Josie’s quite content to be single, much to her mother’s disappointment. So when a bizarre contest is announced where a socialite is holding a lottery to pick her bridesmaids (and rake in a little extra cash), she can’t roll her eyes fast enough, even if it does mean meeting Jake Hall, her one and only movie star crush. Obviously, Josie doesn’t enter the bridesmaid lottery, so you can imagine her surprise when her picture pops up among the winners, thanks to Mom. With a little prodding -- okay bribing -- Josie agrees to participate.

The wedding turns into the event of the year, and Josie finds herself in the middle of a paparazzi feeding frenzy, which gets even crazier after Jake Hall takes a special interest in her.

Can Josie handle the pressure in the spotlight? Is it possible she might really have a chance with Jake Hall? And if she’s busy worrying about all that, how in the heck is she going to keep ‘McMaster the Disaster’ from showing up in front of the entire world?

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  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V49BLU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hire a proofreader!!! August 5, 2012
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(Why can't I give zero stars?) Why are there so many fictional characters who are supposedly employed as copy editors, but whose grammar is atrocious? I can deal with the occasional slip or even the heavy use of colloquial English or slang, but the so-called editor in this story would never be able to get a job in a publishing house. (Hint: It's not "He gave a present to Jake and I." It's ME. Jake and ME. The author got it wrong nearly 100% of the time.) The grammar was so bad and distracting that it ruined any possible flow or story line for me.

I kept waiting for the story to develop but it was altogether lame. Don't waste your time.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
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I thought the idea of the plot was fun - and it was!
However, it's the lightest of light reads, and you will like it only if you're really into girly stories.
Here, the gay best friend acts as fashion advisor all throughout. Just as much of the story is devoted to trying on clothes and designing outfits for Josie (in the greatest details) as it is to the bridesmaid lotto itself and dating the awesome/handsome Jake. I didn't mind so much, it's just best to know it upfront!
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Romantic! April 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh how I loved this book! There are very few books that I have read cover to cover in one sitting, and this was one of them (others being all books from Sarah Addison Allen and maybe a Harry Potter or two or three). The book hooks you right away!

Thanks to a meddling mother, the main character ends up in a situation she swears she doesn't want to be in, but is secretly excited about the prospect of meeting her long time crush, movie star Jake Hall! The main character's image of herself is not matched by anyone who knows her, as they see her as beautiful, smart, and kind. She sees herself as a disaster and uses her "disasters" (laugh out loud funny stories about her most embarrassing moments) to keep her grounded during an experience that could give her a "big head". Josie (the main character) struggles to see herself as anything other than Josie McMaster the Disaster, but eventually finds that her "disasters" just make more likable.

The dialog between the characters is wonderful. In order for me to really enjoy a book, it must have great dialog and wonderful characters. This book has both. Josie's comments and inner thoughts are hysterical!

This book is laugh out loud funny - I'm still laughing - and it has the sweetest love story. I won't ruin it by telling you more. This book is like reading all the favorite parts of your favorite chic flicks combined in a wonderfully original story! I will warn you though, that the end leaves you hanging and wanting for more! I will wait patiently for the sequel!!
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not good June 25, 2012
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My first review, ever! I've read many books but this one made me so angry I had to review it! Extremely lazy writing.

With the lack of punctuation, grammar and all the typos, this was a painful read right from the start. It looks as if it was written and published without any revising. I expect more from both published and self-published work. This one was free. I would never have paid for this work. It looks like a cheap start, it costs nothing and you won't lose anything reading it (perhaps a few brain cells), a way to get you to read the next book, and pay for it.


As for the storyline, it sounded like a fun read, as I'm all for a light read for the summer, but it crashed and burned before reaching second chapter. The protagonist is beautiful, but she hates herself, is oblivious to her beauty, annoying, and seems like she hates everything and everyone. I felt nothing for this boring person. What is up with people giving the protagonists a self-loathing image? I would much rather have them kind-hearted and positive when the book makes it out that they have a good life. It is okay to be happy. If they are a bit angst driven, give us a reason for why they are so. Don't make them appear perfect--it kind of clashes.

It seems like she took inspiration from Sophie Kinsella's books, but did it much worse. She even uses a "gay friend" who does not do anything except make her prettier. In addition, he isn't even funny! In Kinsella's book, the gay friend is more of a corky sidekick. I think this is so out-worn now in 2011/12, and this author didn't even try to turn it into something new.

I have no idea what happens in this story, but I couldn't get past, what, the third chapter?
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Was this even edited? July 22, 2012
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I had to stop reading this about 8% in because the punctuation and grammar were distractingly bad. I certainly wasn't expecting Pulitzer quality or anything, but the errors were constant and truly, inexcusably bad. If the author paid an editor, she should demand a refund; if she didn't, then she has no business being an author.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the editor? September 14, 2011
By Pamby
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I'll probably get this flagged, but I couldn't get through it. Where is the editor who is supposed to review this for proper grammar? I had to give up because the writing was subpar.

I'm sorry, but if I'm going to pay for something, no matter how cheap, I want the writing to be above 5th grade level. There is no excuse for errors in a publication.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 2 hours ago by Elaine DeAngelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book. Enjoyable reading and hard to put down. Great Author would recommend to everyone.
Published 8 hours ago by priscilla
4.0 out of 5 stars light chic lit
A romantic, entertaining and funny story. Looking forward to reading Book Two in the McMasters the Disaster series. Rachel Astor is see less storyteller.
Published 1 day ago by Syndee B. Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Better writing as it progressed
Kept me interested enough to keep reading. Better writing as it progressed.
Published 5 days ago by Lowanne Brokaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
It was a great light read. Perfect for times when you want some time off from your routine life. Definitely a one time read.
Published 5 days ago by Manaswi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I thought this was a really great story. the characters were fun to get to know and I could see myself as the main character. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Tanyshia Forehand
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp
Cute story which gave me a good feeling. Enjoyed the action packed excitement of the wealthy. The characters all felt real defined as people. The ending was a. Bit of a shock.
Published 16 days ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Love the disaster diary stories. And the fact that the common girl gets a movie star along with a new, awesome career too.
Published 16 days ago by Tiffany
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Good, easy read. I like books like this that let you live someone else's life for a little while. Fun.
Published 22 days ago by rk
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. shows that one day can change things for the good, no matter who we are in this world.
Published 23 days ago by L Koop
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More About the Author

I grew up with three sisters; an older, a younger, and a twin, in a house with only one bathroom. I now live with my husband and two stepsons (and thankfully, two bathrooms), and have constant girl stuff withdrawal, which you'll find my books often reflect.

I write light, fun books, that I hope put smiles on peoples faces.


P.S. A little tidbit about the McMaster the Disaster trilogy: at least one of the embarassing moments of each book in the trilogy are my own personal embarassing story come to life on the pages of Josie's journal. I will go to my grave before admitting which ones. :o)

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