Melissa has written the kind of book I like to read. Contemporary romance is my favorite (maybe because I write that myself). She has created flawed characters we care about and want the best for.
Each chapter revs up the tension for a fast read. This is a book that I found myself reading into the night. I would look at the clock and say, "I have to go to sleep". But I didn't want to leave the storyworld Melissa had created.
Miranda Woodruff is a mess due to not letting go of things from her past and her life just keeps getting messier. Isn't that so true? Until we allow God to come in and heal those broken places we just keep trying to hold it together on our own and it never works.
Matthew is a hero you will adore. He, too, has hurts from his past that continue to an impact on his present. As soon as he meets Miranda he's saving her. I just kept thinking how can they ever fall in love if he thinks she's married? What will happen to her show when the world finds out she lied? So many good questions that will keep you flipping pages.
This has a great plot with plenty of funny moments and romantic encounters. I highly recommend Made to Last. If you read it I think you will be adding Melissa Tagg to your list of favorite authors.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Can one pull off pretending to be married? Because that's what Miranda "Randi" did in "Made to Last"_and you're going to have to read the novel to see how it worked out for her. *wink*
Sprinkled with LOL moments and serious, come-to-Jesus meetings, "Made to Last" will definitely do just that on my keeper shelf. Can I just make a confession? Blaze was my favorite character. I know, I know, why love the fake husband, right?? Read far enough into the book and I bet you'll agree with me. He made me laugh more times than not and had such a loveable personality about him. There wasn't anything self serving in the guy and I can't wait to find out his story next year!
Randi has got quite the story to tell and the book certainly is not without its share of conflict. Sometimes the lie you've been living just becomes the reality and when the lie threatens to take away everything you've worked so hard for, the house of cards only flutters faster. To watch Randi scramble to keep her faÃ§ade in place was at times, comical, but more often than not a growing experience and chances for new and different choices. She never once became unlikeable to me_an important fact when you have a deceitful main character. But she's changing and growing_and it was so much fun to watch her fall in love.
Thoroughly entertaining. Deeper than "just" a romantic comedy. A tale worthy of the telling!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy to review.
Melissa Tagg certainly delivered with her debut book, Made to Last. The story line is fast paced with good humor mixed in at just the right moments. I found the characters to be well developed. I loved all the side stories with the secondary characters. Melissa has a secondary novel due out this summer. I am hoping it tells Blaze's story, because he is a man with a story begging to be told.
Made to Last is a refreshing book. The main heroine is quite unlike any other I have read in Christian Fiction. She is strong willed and determined, but she is also not adverse to lying in order to accomplish her goals. At times, I struggled to relate to Randi, but most of the time I found myself cheering for her as she worked to find her way in the competitive world of reality television.
I loved how Melissa brought closure at the end of the book.
I truly cannot believe this is a debut novel. Melissa Tagg is incredibly talented, and her book has stayed with me since I read it.
It's not just the characters, who are completely lovable and -- understandably -- flawed. It's not just the dialogue, which is witty and reminiscent of Gilmore Girls, or the setting, which made me want to move to the mountains.
To me, the thing that stood out most is the way Tagg weaves the story together, using descriptions that are fresh and unique. In addition, her message came aross clear as day without being preachy or extremely obvious. I won't spoil it for you, but I will say I related in so many ways to Miranda's fears and the lie she believes.
I would without a doubt recommend *Made to Last* to anyone who enjoys a clean romantic comedy with spunky characters and witty dialogue.
The publisher provided me with a promotional copy in exchange for my honest review.