Review: Girl Least Likely To Marry by Amy Andrews (The Wedding Season #2)
July 23 2013
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher via NetGalley
Yummy Man – Samuel (Tuck) Tucker
Kick Ass Chick – Cassiopeia Barclay
From Goodreads –
Samuel Tucker is absolutely the last person scientist Cassie Barclay would ever date. Yes, he’s gorgeous, but he’s also far too cocky for his own good and thinks that Pi is a tasty afternoon treat. So when he asks her to dance at her friend Reese’s non-wedding she’s wondering why on earth she says yes!
Tuck is used to people assuming he’s all brawn and no brain, and amuses himself by winding Cassie up. But when he finally takes her to bed, suddenly it’s Tuck who can show Cassie a thing or two! Can he convince her that love and sex have nothing to do with logic and everything to do with chemistry?
Girl Least Likely To Marry by Amy Andrews was haunting me, I swear. I looked at my reading schedule and noticed an error: I had an opening for today that I wasn’t supposed to have! I had forgotten to fill this space in my planner and I sort of panicked. You don’t understand. I am a planner to the anal degree and here I was, less than a week away and I had a blank space in my blog planner! Unacceptable. As I was thinking and thinking about what I could fill the spot with, this book started ‘following me around’. I would load NetGalley and there it was. I would load the storefront on my Kobo and it was recommending it to me. I think I even saw it on Facebook! Okay, maybe not, but I swear it was everywhere. I took it as a sign and requested it. And when I was instantly approved for it I took it as another sign and read it right away. It was a short book and a contemporary romance so I knew I could read it quickly.
I have not read many Harlequin Romance books but the few that I have read like a slightly extended novella…and this one was no different. You get basic character development, enough to draw you into the character but not quite enough to feel as though you are their lifelong bestest friend. There were glimpses into their pasts and you get an idea of their future but it’s not spelled out for you like in a longer more detailed book. I enjoyed Tuck quite a bit even if he made me scratch my head sometimes (he’s a retired football star and I enjoyed how he handled his celebrity) and I enjoyed the idea of Cassie. What I mean by that is I enjoy reading a character that is characterized at a geek but Cassie was dangerously close to being too much of one for my taste.
Cassie is so focused on her goal of achieving her PhD and someday receiving a Nobel Prize that she is completely clueless about emotions or anything of the sort around her. When she meets Tuck, her libido goes into overdrive. This is shocking to her seeing it’s never really even been in drive before. Her friends suggest she go for it to appease her need but, as you can imagine – and you will once you meet Tuck, it only makes things worst. Everything must come from a logical place for Cassie (which makes sense seeing her character) but I found sometimes it was too much and it made her hard to relate to. And boy did I feel for Tuck. I honestly don’t know how he fell for her so quickly. I get some of the reasons but I think that most men would not stick it out. Near the end of the book, there is quick mention of the times Cassie and Tuck talked during meals and the Sundays they spent together with the papers and that is what comes to mind for both of them when they realize they are in love. These are things that we don’t get to see and since we don’t see them, we don’t witness the whole story of them falling for each other. What we see is sex. Lots and lots of sex. If we were witnesses to more moments like casual conversations and just hanging out their falling for each other would probably make more sense.
One thing that I found sort of odd was the mention on pheromones and how often Cassie’s nostrils flared. Okay, a couple of times is not too odd but I swear it was mentioned so many times I lost count. I can see how she would notice things like that because that was proof for her that she was aroused and attracted sexually to Tuck (she is, after all, looking at it through a logical mind) but c’mon… It was just weird after a while.
This book is part of a series and it’s following a new trend: a series where each installment is written by a different author. Sometimes that works but I find that it’s hard to get attached to the other characters in the book, those who will eventually get their own stories, because the authors don’t know them that well. They know the one they write and that’s about it. So I didn’t find myself interested in picking up the first book or the next books because I didn’t feel anything really for the other women in the story. I’m sure the others are good books but I am not inclined to automatically put them on my wish list after reading this book.
The story read well and the pacing was good. Girl Least Likely to Marry was, overall, a cute story about discovering ones feelings after having ignored them for most of your life but perhaps not told at its full potential.
Books in The Marrying Season series –
The Wedding Dress Diaries by Aimee Carson
The Unexpected Wedding Guest by Aimee Carson
Girl Least Likely To Marry by Amy Andrews
Maid of Dishonor by Heidi Rice (August 20th 2013)
Last Groom Standing by Kimberly Lang (September 17th 2013)