Friday, July 25, 2014

"The Husband Maker" by Karey White

The Husband Maker
by Karey White

The Husband Maker is currently on tour with I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.
Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?
When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she’s not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle’s wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

Mrs. Shelton’s words bounced around in my head. They call her the husband maker.
“That’s quite a frown you’ve got going there.”
Angus dipped his head, forcing me to make eye contact with him.
“Don’t be sorry. Just talk to me.”
“Have you heard anyone call me the husband maker?”
Angus leaned back in the booth and shook his head. His dark, worried eyes watched me. “Who told you about that?”
“So you have?” When he didn’t immediately speak, I knew the answer. I sighed and leaned back against my seat as well.
There we sat, both of us slouching against our seats, looking at each other.
“Why didn’t you tell me?” I whispered.
“Now why would I do that? Why would I purposely tell you something that would hurt your feelings?”
I should have appreciated his desire to spare me, but at the moment, I wasn’t sure what to think. “Wouldn’t a real friend be honest with me?”
“I was honest. If you’d ever asked me, I’d have told you. I wouldn’t have lied to you. But I don’t think a real friend would jump at the chance to share something hurtful. Wouldn’t a real friend be protective?”
I shrugged.
“Who told you?”
“No one.”
“Then how—?”
“I overheard Hannah Shelton’s mom in the restroom. She was telling some other woman that everyone calls me the husband maker.”
“Not everyone, Chuck.”
“You know what I mean. And why shouldn’t they? There I was at Harrison’s wedding. I guess I just made him a husband. I guess I made Skyler a husband. And CJ and Jerry and . . . I can keep going if you want me to.” I would have kept going to illustrate my point, but my voice was starting to quiver, and in a minute, I’d only have two options—cry or yell at Angus. As upset as I was that he’d never told me, I knew he didn’t deserve to be yelled at. He was here for therapy, after all.
His voice was full of concern, and he used my given name, so I knew he wasn’t kidding around.
“What?” My voice cracked.
He shook his head. “Don’t worry about what people say. You’ve had bad luck. That’s all. It isn’t your fault.”
The waitress brought out our food. “Can I get you anything else?”
“This is great, thanks.” Angus wasted no time piling food on his plate. “I hope you’re hungry,” he said after she left.
“I can’t believe we’re eating this much food at almost ten.”
“If the food doesn’t take your mind off all this junk, the heartburn will.”
I laughed.
Angus’s voice turned serious again. “If you wish I’d have told you, I’m sorry I didn’t.”
I nodded. I wasn’t sure I wanted the answer, but I had to ask. “Have you ever called me that?”
“Of course not.”

Featured Review
I knew from the first chapter that I was in for a great chick lit story ... and I sure wasn't wrong about that! I loved every minute of it, right up until the cliffhanger ending. I'm so glad the next book isn't far from being released because I'm DYING to know what happens next!
Charlotte puts up with a lot from her family and friends--from embarrassing nicknames to hurtful names--yet, she remains a positive, kind, and beautiful person. Her twin brother and their best friend, Angus, love to tease her and call her childhood nicknames, much to her dismay. While attending the wedding reception of the last guy she dated, she overhears a conversation where she's referred to as "The Husband Maker" because every guy she dates marries the very next girl he dates after they break up. While true, that hurts. But things have to change eventually, right?
Enter Kyle. Charlotte's boss sets them up and the future is looking bright. I loved Kyle! Even though he's rich, handsome, a great chef, and sweet, he's very down-to-earth and they really do hit it off. I was completely engrossed in their story and stayed up way too late to finish it - it was that good. Things almost seem too good to be true.
What I loved the most about the story, aside from the romance, is the way Charlotte handles herself. She has every reason to be vengeful and bitter, yet she isn't. She is truly happy for those around her, even her exes; she has a very good, supportive relationship with her family, which includes Angus. When faced with tough decisions, she digs deep down and does what's best for others, not herself. She's so amazing! I cannot wait to see what happens next!
Content: no language or violence; lots of kissing, but it stayed clean!

About the Author
Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.
She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

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