Thursday, January 3, 2013

Waking Up Married - Review

Waking Up Married

By: Mira Lyn Kelly

Published: December 1st 2012 by Harlequin KISS

224 pages

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!) Currently free on Amazon.

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Goodreads description--Her first thought: "Who are you?"

It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy...husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?

"I don't want a divorce."

So apparently I completely missed the fact that this was labeled in the romance genre. Contemporary romance to be exact. So while the cute cover comes off as playful and almost teen-ish (IMO), I was surprised to find it as....descriptive and to the point as it was.

Waking Up Married is far from the most descriptive book I've ever read (and by know what I mean), but I don't read this genre often. And so yeah, I was a bit surprised with it's content. Now I'm not saying I want steamy, half-naked people on the cover, but the cover is way to teen in my opinion for the actual content.

Now, on to the story.

I was actually impressed with Waking Up Married. I expected it to be a cute, quick read with not much weight or depth to it, and while it's no psychological thriller, I was impressed with the psychology behind the story and the characters. It ended up playing on the idea that sometimes no matter how hard we try to avoid becoming one way or another, we very much end up the exact thing we're trying to avoid. And also, no matter how much we try to the contrary, sometimes we end up seeking out repetitive, destructive patterns in our personal relationships that we're not even consciously aware of. I liked that. It made the characters deeper and more real to me.

Now I'm not suggesting that this book is at all realistic, but that's not always the point. Sometimes I criticize a book for not being more realistic and sometimes it's just nice to read for the sake of reading without analyzing every single aspect.

I did end up reading Waking Up Married in one day. I started it probably about 8:00 pm while visiting with my in-laws (isn't that awful of me? I wasn't bored, just multi-tasking) and finished around 2:00 am the next morning. I was interested in continuing to read, but I probably could have put it down. My husband was wide awake, so I wasn't rushing him to go to bed since we didn't have to work the next day, and it just sort of worked out well.

As I said, overall I was impressed with Waking Up Married. It ended up being much more than I expected it to be and since I wasn't expecting the descriptions I got, it was just a surprise all around.

I'm giving Waking Up Married 4 stars. Have you read Waking Up Married? What did you think? Let me know!


  1. Hahaha..i think this is actually new adult, it is in my tbr pile and agree it looks innocent enough..but i knew from others it was not.

  2. Sounds like a romcom I'd see if it were in the theaters so I guess I should add this to my TBR list! Thanks for putting this on my radar!

  3. I got this one as a Kindle freebie! It looks sooo good and yours is the second review of it I've seen today. Great review by the way :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  4. I have found New Adult to pretty much be the same as Adult with exception to the age of the characters. New Adult are books written with 20's age characters, from what I've read about that genre, which is fairly new.

    OOh it's free, so I'm not technically breaking any of my rules...which honestly have already been broken.

    Great review!

    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

  5. I've seen this one around lately and it looks good. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing that it was free on Amazon, I went and grabbed it.

  6. I would not actually thing teen, they look adult. I more thought aww a cuter Harlequin book. And perhaps nicer then their steamier ones

  7. I though Waking Up Married was a cute read. Reading it on my phone, I didn't even realize how short it was haha.
    I agree with the teen-ish feel to it, expect for of course the slightly more mature bits ;) I assumed New Adult was pretty similar to Adult haha.
    Great review.

  8. On my TBR but I might move it up based on this review -- thank you!!