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Mr Right and Other Mongrels by [McDonell, Monique]
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From the Author

I hope you enjoy reading Mr Right and Other Mongrels as much as I enjoyed writing it. I set out to write a book that entertained and made people feel happy as they read it, so I hope that's the way the book makes you feel.

If you've never visited Sydney, Australia then I hope this novel takes you on a journey around my beautiful home town.

Thanks for taking the time to read Mr Right and Other Mongrels.

About the Author

I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women's fiction including chick lit and romance. I live on Sydney's Nothern Beaches with my husband and daughter, and despite my dog phobia, with a dog called Skip. Mr Right and Other Mongrels released in May 2012 is my debut novel. www.moniquemcdonell.com.au

Product Details

  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Redfish Publishing; 1 edition (December 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086L8NBS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love the characters in this book - lots of humour ensures that even the very annoying Moonbeam has some likeable qualities about her.

This book is a great escape to Sydney's fabulous northern beaches and if you like a rom com you will like Mr Right and Other Mongrels. Five paws for me.
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This book is a funny and charming romantic comedy.

The plot reminded me a bit of the classic movie `Notting Hill' starring Julia Roberts, only here Allegra runs the bookshop and Teddy Green is a celebrity landscape gardener.

It is set against the stunning backdrop of the harbour and beaches in Sydney, Australia.

The characters are warm and have more depth than those from your average chick lit novel. I formed a strong affection for them by the end (except for Allegra's narcissistic mother - Moonbeam).

If you want to escape your world for a day or two I highly recommend this. Very enjoyable!
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This is a light, quick, read with like-able characters. It would make a great beach novel. My only complaint is that I want more of these characters! I can't wait until Monique McDonell's next novel is released!
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An unconventional free spirit with a serious dog phobia ... an over-excited Old English Sheepdog ... a dashing rescuer who is a national media icon and successful landscape designer ... and a whirlwind romance in a span of one month ... has Ally Johnson found her Mr Right?

Allegra "Ally" Johnson is a twenty-six year old free spirit who owns a second hand bookstore in Manly, one of Sydney, Australia's popular beachside communities. Born into an unconventional hippie family, Ally is content to live her solitary life in an apartment above her bookstore.

Edward "Teddy" Green is a national TV icon with a popular home and garden show and author of landscape design books.

While walking down the street, Ally encounters an over-excited Old English Sheepdog, and because she has a serious dog phobia, she goes into a full blown panic attack and jumps into the bed of a truck to get away from the dog. The owner of the truck and Ally's rescuer is none other than the national celebrity, Teddy Green. Ally doesn't know who Teddy is, she had gotten rid of her television years ago when her life began to revolve around her favorite shows. Teddy likes that Ally is unpretentious and not all into his celebrity status, he finds it refreshing.

A mutual attraction takes place between Ally and Teddy, but Louisa Lane, Teddy's jealous ex-girlfriend is determined to nix this budding romance and get back together with him. What happens next is a whirlwind romance in a span of a month, and Ally questions why Teddy chose her and how she could fit into his world, while he sets out to show her that he is her Mr. Right.

Mr. Right and Other Mongrels is an entertaining, flirty and lighthearted romance story.
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I got this book free on Kindle. I didn't notice any formatting errors or typos at the beginning, but by the end they had become distracting.

I liked this book, but have major reservations. The plot is fairly typical for chick lit, meet cute and fall in love.

The hurdle chick lit has to jump is that it has to have appealing characters, and this book only half makes it. Allegra is great. She's different in that she's nice looking but not gorgeous. She has an interesting background, she's funny and I liked her.

Teddy never became more than a hot TV guy. He was in the process ending a long term relationship and it felt like it might be a rebound thing on his part.

There's a lot in this book that doesn't go anywhere. The blurb for the book on Amazon and the title give the impression there will be dogs in the book, but there aren't. Teddy's ex attacks Allegra to the extent that she has to go to the emergency room or, to casualty as they say, but that doesn't lead anywhere. There's a whole data dump about the grandparents towards the end of the book that I just skipped. I didn't need to know any of the info and by that point in the book the grandparents weren't going to be part of a subplot.

The early scene with the mother was puzzling and unnecessary. We find out about the mother's behavior later in a conversation with Teddy. No need to give us the distasteful Moonbeam in the flesh.

The book needs editing. There are a lot of places where it reads like the author didn't know if she should say this or that and so decided to go with both "Downstairs smelled of grilled meat. It smelled like barbeque."

Other reviewers have said they could really "see" Sydney, but I never got any feel for that city.
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Allegra Johnson is a down-to-earth but wealthy woman who owns many real estate properties and runs a used book store. She also has an extreme phobia about dogs.

Teddy Green is a local celebrity with his own gardening show, soon to be international. He is a down-to-earth nice guy who only wants everyone to be happy.

When the dog bounds towards her, she climbs into the back of his truck to get away from it, not knowing whose truck she was climbing into. When her wallet falls out into his truck, he returns it to her the next day. She didn't even realize it was missing.

And, soon a relationship begins.

Teddy has an ex-girlfriend (Louisa) that just won't go away. She actually owns the shaggy sheepdog that bowled Ally over. Louisa does everything she can think of to win Teddy back. However, Teddy wants nothing to do with her and everything to do with Ally.

As the relationship blossoms, Teddy asks Ally to come to the US with him since his show has now gone global. Ally has reservations about leaving with him. And, really, who wouldn't?

Will Ally decide to push Teddy to the curb, leaving him to go to the US by himself? Or will Teddy decide not to bother going, that he'd rather stay with Ally instead?

This book was totally predictable in a sweet way. I enjoyed the love blooming between Ally and Teddy, but I'm trying to figure out if this book would have been better if there were some sexual tension between them. There was implied sex, some hard kisses, some petting...but that was about it. I would have liked to have seen the author add in a little more in that department.

The love story is sweet (almost sickeningly) and it would have been nice if Louisa could have maybe been a little more bad.
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