Synopsis from Amazon
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.
While the age range of the characters does put the book into adult territory I have to say that the writing style has a New Adult feel to it, so I’m going with that 😉
Told from McKenna’s point of view , she is a lovely quirky character with a thriving fashion blog business. I actual wish she was real so I could follow her blog. Suffering heartbreak in the worst way possible; you actually feel every emotion she does flowing from the pages. I found myself urging her to pursue her own happiness with every decision she made.
The feelings of being unwanted, not good enough and being unlovable are all very relatable to anyone that has been through a painful break-up of a relationship., no matter the circumstances. Lauren Blakely has managed to capture the essence of hurt so poignantly within the narrative you can’t help but feel the tug on your heartstrings as you follow McKenna’s story.
I think McKenna was a bit naive in her relationship with her Ex, as everything about him was completely wrong for her; he even seemed callous and manipulative towards her. Definitely the whole ‘love is blind’ thing going on here for McKenna and although it didn’t seem like it, his betrayal was probably the best thing to happen to her.
Luckily, McKenna has an amazing support system with her group of friends and her sister. They only want McKenna’s happiness and are willing to support her in all her crazy schemes.
The quest for a Trophy Husband is really about equality and showing that societies standards are still biased towards men. I really liked the point McKenna was trying to make regarding the equality of the sexes, even if the quest was humorous in respect of the type of men it attracted 🙂 I think anyone who would consider being a kept man would be the male equivalent of a bimbo – maybe we can call them mimbo’s.
McKenna actually meets Chris *swoon* before her quest really takes off. No where on this planet has a man ever been more perfect for a woman. McKenna is afraid of letting go of the hurt she has suffered and confusion regarding relationships. She is also very stubborn, clinging to the quest to make a point rather than pursuing her own happiness.
Trophy Husband manages to depict heartbreak so powerfully that at times it was painful to read, especially having been through a bad break-up myself (although under different circumstances), but I have to say even through the tears it induced it was also cathartic.
I loved how the story was able to show that there is a perfect person for everyone even if it seems at times we will never find them. It also showed that relationships can be a leap of faith, putting out happiness (hearts) in someone else’s hands.
I also have to mention that while Trophy Husband is a stand-alone book I did love how Lauren was able to tie-in her Caught Up In Us series 🙂