So you all know how I claim to be writing this fun, contemporary LDS romance? I started revisions the other day and wondered about some things. I've read a lot of romance and def my fair share of LDS romance, but none of them seemed quite like what I was writing. I did know of one person who does write like that: Melanie Jacobson. I bought NOT MY TYPE as research. I swear.
From DeseretBook.com: Twenty-three-year-old Pepper Spicer is not living the dream. She ended her engagement at the last minute because fiance—a musician an soon-to-be reality TV star—wanted her to sacrifice her own career ambitions for his. Now she's stuck at home sharing a room with her little sister, trying to pay off massive debt for a wedding that didn't happen, and spending Friday nights Facebook-stalking everyone who has a better life. Her therapist father urges her to choose her career dreams and count her blessings by writing weekly thank-you notes, but gratitude is a tall order when she botches an important job interview and has to settle for writing an undercover dating web-zine column—the last thing in the world she wants to do. Still, as Pepper (byline:Indie Girl) chronicles her bizarre and hilarious blind dates, she gives her father's challenge a try and slowly finds herself leaving self-pity behind. Life takes a major upswing as Pepper's column hits the big time and she tastes the exhilarating thrill of success. But there's one tiny problem: the intensely hot man she's falling for is having issues with her job (again). Will Pepper trade her personal ambition for another chance at love?
Genre: LDS Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Length: 272 pages
Rating: ***** (LOVED it)
The Pros: The wit. The snark. The awesome voice. Considering I follow/stalk Melanie on Twitter, none of that surprised me. I LOVED Pepper as a character. Every character was so great, especially the love interests. Yes. Interests. The romantic arc was fabulous, but what I thought was awesome was that this story really revolved more around Pepper and her journey than it did about Pepper finding love -- although that was important too. And it had great lines. GREAT lines. Melanie spilled a great message without ever, ever coming off as preachy. One important thing I noted so I could remember to share -- I like how Pepper is not "naive" about her attraction to the main love interest. She resists, she doubts, but she admits it instead of floating on along, like a lot of romance heroines I come across, wondering why in the world does this guy keep paying attention to me? Yes. Thumbs up.
He Said/She Said: "From the first taste of butternut squash bisque to the last bite of cherry cheesecake, the food was diving -- as in, I think Courtney's mom stirred everything with angel feathers." (LOVE)
"I guess it's so I can feel like making out with you is sanctioned if we're officially dating."
Okay, and I have to share one more. My *sigh* moment. (You guys know how important it is to me to have the *sigh* moment in a romance book.) "... the gentle brush of his lips drew a sigh from me I didn't know I was holding."
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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.