Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely

Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely

 

synopsis

 

Sometimes you can’t help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite…Successful fashion blogger McKenna Bell has spent far too long protecting herself after the way her ex-fiancé left her at the altar for a college chick he met the night of his bachelor party. Loving again, trusting again, well, that’s just not in the cards. Especially now that her ex is back in town with his new woman, demanding custody of McKenna’s favorite creature in the whole world–her dog. No effing way. McKenna’s had enough of him, and she decides to even the score by finding her own hot young thing — a Trophy Husband. Sure, she’s only twenty-seven, but doesn’t that make it even more fun — and infuriating to her ex — to pursue a younger man? When she declares her intentions on her daily blog, her quest quickly skyrockets in popularity, and that’s when Chris enters the picture, and he’s got all the assets. He’s handsome, successful, and turns her inside out with a kiss to end all kisses, the kind that makes you feel like a shooting star. But loving again could mean losing again, and it’s so much easier to focus on getting even, isn’t it? Unless, you just can’t help falling in love. Which means McKenna will have to come face to face with what she really wants in life — protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.

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McKenna thinks she has the man of her dreams until the night before their wedding, he saying he is leaving her some young chick he met in Las Vegas. I couldn’t help but call him an a**hole and that’s putting it nicely. Devastated and distraught, she spends the next year focusing mainly on her fashion blog which becomes highly successful. Then one day she decides she wants to flip the script and have herself a ‘trophy husband’ and the fun and comedy begin.

“As long as men have traded women in for younger models, trophy wives have multiplied, grown their numbers. But what about the women left behind? The first wives, or almost first wives in my case? Do we scoop up younger guys? No. We don’t. We cuddle up with the dog, we get to know the Chardonnay, we watch too much bad reality TV, and that is not ever going to help us move on. So I say it’s time to turn this around and show that two can play at this game.”

This is McKenna explaining to her girlfriends what she intends to do and I caught myself saying, “Yes, I’m with you girl!” and I didn’t realize I said it aloud until my husband asked me who I was talking to. So, I read him this passage and he just shook his head! But, back to the book, from here, McKenna and her girlfriends come up with a list of qualities that are preferred in the boy toy aka Trophy Husband!

Once McKenna starts to goes on dates with potential husbands the laughs are nonstop. Blakely writes in such a manner that I could totally see the dates going down as written. But, then by chance, she meets Chris. And, to see how they move from friends to business partners to something more is absolutely beautiful and sweet.

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I would recommend Trophy Husband for anyone that is looking for a fun, sweet, summer read. McKenna is a relatable character that I believe most women could feel her pain and are cheering on for her happiness. Oh, and that a**hole fiance makes an appearance later on in the book which convinced me that he was a complete a**! Yes, pick this book up! You will not be disappointed!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Trophy Husband in exchange for an honest review.

myrating

four

meettheauthor

Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in CAUGHT UP IN US, she thinks life should be filled with movie kisses and coffee drinks. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.

1. What message do you hope to convey through Trophy Husband?

Great question! I don’t usually write with a message in mind because I believe it’s truly up to the individual reader to take away what they want and need from a book. But I suppose TROPHY HUSBAND is ultimately about following your heart and letting love in.

2. What was the inspiration for Trophy Husband?

This story was inspired by the playfulness of the title. There’s something a bit comical, and, at least, unusual in the notion of a Trophy Husband because they truly are rare. Plus, it’s such a fun concept to noodle on — trophy husband, pool boy, stable boy, arm candy, boy toy, eye candy, hot young thing, and so on. When I started playing around with the turn-the-tables notion of a Trophy Husband, I had to find a story to go with the title and the pursuit of such a “breed of man” seemed the natural plot line.

3. If Trophy Husband were made into a movie, who would you have as your dream cast?

I’m quite fond of Emma Stone. She has the right mix of girl next door with clever wit. But I also have always pictured McKenna as Blake Lively because of her style – Blake has the BEST clothes! – and because she can pull off tough yet vulnerable. I’ve pictured Chris as the model David Genat, but I also really like Jess Pavelka because he has that California charm mixed with perfect chiseled body!

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4. Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…

Nothing more than a computer. I’ve written on airplanes, in coffee shops, on the park bench while the kids play, in the parked car while waiting to pick up the kids, and even on my phone if an idea strikes me while out walking my dogs. There’s a great Jack London saying about inspiration – “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” If you want to write, you can’t always light candles and play mood music. Sometimes you have to bring your laptop with you and seize the minutes wherever they come. Ideally though, I need caffeine. Without caffeine, I am nothing. Well, without it I’m sleeping, and that’s the one place where I can’t quite figure out how to write!

5. What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?

The most surprising part is that no matter how many times you read your manuscript there will always be a typo in it. Dang typos!

6. When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

You can’t go wrong with a Stephanie Perkins novel. She writes the most wonderful contemporary YA romance. I also enjoy Tawna Fenske, Kristen Proby, Samanthe Beck, Karen Erickson and many others. I’m currently reading Off Limits by Sawyer Bennett, Insatiable by Cari Quinn and Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase.

7. If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?

Professionally it would be I Eat Deadlines for Breakfast because I’m very focused and driven in my work, as well as pretty efficient. Personally, it would be No Regrets. I love my husband, my family, my dogs, my work, my life. I’m a happy person, and I’ve “gone for it” when it comes to trying new things and pursuing my passions.

8. What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?

1. I ghost write various types of business-related non-fiction for my day job.

2. I enjoy videos of talking animals.

3. I love clothes, fashion and accessories. Wait, that’s not a surprise if you’ve read my books 🙂

A third thing – I often give my characters abilities I wish I had. I wish I were fluent in French like Kat in Caught Up in Us, and I wish I had a wardrobe like that of McKenna in Trophy Husband.

9. What can your fans look forward to next?

I’m currently working on Playing With My Heart, slated for a late summer release. The main character in that story is Jill McCormick, who is both the best friend in Caught Up In Us and the sister of the hero in Trophy Husband. Playing with My Heart tells Jill’s story when she’s cast in her first Broadway musical and encounters a complicated relationship with her co-star and her director. I also have a hot firefighter series in the works. In addition, my novel The Break-Up Album releases in October with Entangled, and that’s my rock-star-in-love story!

10. Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Tiffany Talks Books. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?

I love hearing from readers! Feel free to reach out anytime. Reader notes/email/posts are writer fuel, and absolutely my favorite part of writing romance. Well, besides the racy scenes 🙂

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Comments

  1. Allison Lane-Motherway says:

    I love what has been written about this book. I can’t wait to read this.

  2. Danielle says:

    I’ve heard great things about this book!

  3. Sharlene Wegner says:

    Great review & interview! I am looking forward to reading this!

  4. Amanda L says:

    I would like to read this book because it sounds interesting.

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