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Bouquet Toss (Love of My Life Series Book 1) by [Brown, Melissa]
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"Right from the start, I was mesmerized by the story line and the characters. Not wanting to put this book down because I so desperately needed to know what was going to happen next. This story is anything but predictable as just when I thought I had it figured out, I was completely taken by surprise. Bouquet Toss is beautifully written and, the characters are so amazing that I felt as though I knew them. The story is, at times, funny and romantic and at other times the most raw, gut wrenchingly beautiful love story I have ever read. I cannot remember the last time I read a novel that moved me to the point of sobbing. If you are looking for a truly amazing book that you will never forget, you must read Bouquet Toss. My new number one favorite read!!"--Nicola Farrell of The Flirty and Dirty Book Blog 

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  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491204419
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00961NE20
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By L. Hansen on September 6, 2012
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This story is told from Daphne's point of view. Daphne is an independent young woman, surrounded by a good network of friends that have started their professional careers and taking the next step in their lives. Even though Daphne hasn't found the one, she isn't desperate to do so as she is still hunted by the shadow of her first love, Mayson.
Just as life continues a chance encounter promises to answer Daphne's ever so present question: What if? Having little to lose, Daphne decides to take a leap of faith, which turns out for the best, the love of her life is back and this time he's determined to do things right. Daphne's life is finally moving forward in the right direction...

Then it doesn't and my soul was crushed as Daphne finds out that the dream can't never be more than just that.

Melissa Brown's debut novel is captivating, heart crushing and just plain REAL. Don't let the cover fool you to believe this is a Cinderella story. Pain, pain and anguish, pain and uncertainty is more like it. I've so rarely seen a debutante author take the risk that Mrs. Brown took with her novel that I was completely intrigued, and while the turn of events made me want to throw my book reader across the room, I hung onto the little hope I had left and was surprisingly rewarded.

This book has a little bit for all tastes, even if you don't love the story or the characters as much as I did, you will not regret reading it.
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Melissa Brown's debut novel Bouquet Toss is a wonderfully entertaining and captivating story-I read it in just over a 24 hour period. The novel chronicles a young woman, Daphne, as she struggles through the dating world in her young twenties, trying to forget about "the one that got away" and finally find the man of her dreams. However, the tale is not that simple, as that "one" surprisingly returns into her life. Will he become her happy ever after? I thoroughly enjoyed following Daphne through her ups and downs, and couldn't wait to see what would become of this young woman as she grows and learns through life and love. Brown writes with humor and compassion, and Bouquet Toss is filled with twists and turns and lots of laughs. A definite must read!
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The premise of this story is sort of a "always a bridesmaid, never a bride" mixed in with a "one that got away" story. Of course she is not a bridesmaid in every wedding she attends and catches the bouquet, but it's similar enough.

Seemingly it's her "one that got away" college boyfriend who broke her heart by breaking up with her. In five years, she hadn't really let herself be open enough to meet someone new, comparing everyone to Mayson. Her best friend Elise and her cousin and friend Morgan both think it's time for her to move and constantly try to set her up or get her out there with online dating.

Just as she's starting to move on and go on some dates (although not stellar dates), Mayson reappears in her life and she's back to square one. But is Mayson still the same guy he's always been, the guy that broke her heart (and according to her friends probably will again) or was it meant to be this time?

I really liked the idea of this story. I thought the dates she was set up on were great, and realistic. I had a strange desire to watch the muppets when I was done with this book.

I thought at times the story was, sometimes serious...but what I had trouble with was connecting to the characters. I liked Daphne, Elise and Morgan. I even liked Morgan's boyfriend Matt and their friend Evan (I wondered if Evan was the "one" for a while), but I didn't feel as connected to them as I have some other characters in some of my favorite books.

I never really truly understand the draw to Mayson because I just didn't feel connected to him.

I liked this story, I just didn't fall head over heels for it. I had to give it three stars because compared to my four and five star books, I just didn't think it was as good. I'm still glad I read it.

I would give her five stars for the cover though. I absolutely love it.
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I nearly tossed this before I'd read the first third of it. It starts slow and picks up speed a bit in the last third of the book. It might have done better with some hefty editing--like a third of the book. The 'heroine' isn't. She is full of 'issues' and has been 'victimized' by a cad of a boyfriend. How does she react? By being a cad of a girlfriend. Even when the love of her life is definitively out of the picture, she won't give him up. And her relationship with his mother is just creepy. She is too stupid to care for. She comes off as a watering pot everyone has to take care of.

This is a first offering. I do understand that. But to make us care about characters, it could use more descriptions of the characters. The main character is a caricature of a needy female. Her supporting characters are barely sketched out, as they come to her rescue time and time and time and time again. Knowing what it takes to bring a book to life, I admire this writer's effort. But I do hope she can do better, and will do better in future.
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I don't usually write reviews, but I was so disappointed with this book that I felt I had to warn other readers. What's up with al the good reviews? 5 stars?! Really?! And I listened to you?! I'm also disappointed in some reviewers whose opinions I usually check out when choosing a new read (I was a follower).
Let me get back to the book. I didn't pull me in, the angst felt somehow forced here and there, the dialogue was stilted, the characters seemed made of plastic and not flesh (with the exception of the 2 best friends). It got boring for me after the dismissal of a certain character -and that was the ONLY plot twist. 75% of the read felt like a waste of time: blah, blah, blah, "I'm so confused", blah, blah, blah.
It was a VERY light read, nothing to make an impression on me. Plot, characters, romance, angst, sex -they were all light. The only thing I will remember about this book is being fooled by its good reviews.
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