- File Size: 904 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: SYG Productions; 1 edition (February 6, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 6, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GP841JC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Wedding Game (Reality Show Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I usually run as fast as possible from any form of Chic Lit: it has been known to cause hives in guys like me. And it’s not like I haven’t tried to read books like this in the past. My wife has urged me to read dozens over the years. Haven’t made it through one without thinking, “Never again. I value my sanity too much.”
I made an exception for Amy Matayo. I’ve had the pleasure of being her Facebook friend for several months. We also have the same Literary Agent. A few months ago, I met her in person at a writer’s conference. I figured if the book was half as good as her wisecracks and snarky Facebook postings it would be tolerable. Support a fellow author and all that sort of thing.
I am pleased to report that her book, The Wedding Game, is one of the wittiest, funniest, most enjoyable books I’ve read in my life. It’s one of those rare gems that sucks you in on the front end and leaves you begging for a sequel.
The story of Ellie and Cannon isn’t archetypal, it isn’t preachy, it isn’t… well, you’d be hard pressed to apply any negatives to this delightful story of two people who are the winners, if you could call them that, of a reality television show. Both have their reasons for competing, both loathe each other, and both find that their relationship with each other becomes vital to their well being.
Amy uses gentle humor, slapstick, sarcasm, and spot-on depictions of male-female relationships to entice the reader to genuinely care about the characters. If you dig into the book on the surface, a great romp will bring tears to your eyes and laughter to your belly.
On another level, it’s an examination of each of their relationships with God, and how they reconcile their behavior with God’s expectations. Growth, both as a couple and as spiritual beings, is a key to the story.
Hidden twists, inventive descriptions that put you in the room with the characters, and dialogue that had to be overheard between bickering couples (it’s that authentic) leave you in awe of this first novel from an author who’s working hard at her craft. It shows in the quality of this work.
I know Amy’s working on the next book. If Amazon would let me buy it today, I’d shell out the money right now. I’m already telling friends about the book. After 28 years of marriage, I finally have a Chic book to give to my wife. I know she’ll love it as much as I did.
Buy it today. You won’t be sorry. Just don’t blame me if you can’t get Ellie and Cannon out of your head.
Oh, yeah. Guys: there’s no shame in enjoying this book. I promise not to revoke your man card if you laugh.
Cannon James has always reluctantly done his father’s bidding, and he joins the wedding game for that reason. He knows he’s supposed to be paired with the gorgeous blonde, but, when America votes for Ellie McAllister, he knows the fall-out will be overwhelming if they aren't paired together. But can he pretend to like, even love, the cute bumpkin with the slicing wit convincingly enough to win the contest? And what about his father’s pressure and the contract he had Cannon sign with hardly reading?
I loved this book to begin with. It was more charming and delightful than I had imagined. For the first 90%, I found no errors, but toward the end all this began to change. I began to find some mistakes, like “for he and Ellie and “move so slow.” The story did seem to have a lot of emphasis on sex for a Christian novel, and faith was only casually mentioned. The deals that have gone on behind the scenes are revealed slowly. When the whole picture is revealed, I had problems with the plot. If the game was rigged, why didn't the executives lie about who had really won the votes, instead of lying about there being a tie? (I’m not saying enough to be a spoiler.) It didn't make sense that they kept changing the rules of the game all the time, either. Even the ending was weaker than I expected, given the strong writing that came before it. The first part was definitely a five in my books, but, by the end, I couldn't rate it more than four stars.