Monday, October 14, 2013

Made to Last by Melissa Tagg

Made to Last


Don’t you love when you pick up a debut novel and find it fun, entertaining, and meaty? This new title is exactly that! I’m part of Melissa Tagg’s launch team and happy to help promote her debut novel. Read on for some insider news and a pic.

Let’s begin with the summary:

Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that's how it looks when she’s starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she'll do anything to boost ratings and save her show—even if it means pretending to be married to a man who's definitely not the fiancé who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda’s every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth—and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she’s built come crashing down just as she’s found a love to last?


And now, my review:

Oh, these characters were fun to watch! They were flawed, relatable. The heroine is stuck holding on to old priorities which still dictate her ill-advised actions.

Our hero, Matthew, isn’t living up to everything he is because he believes some lies about himself (relatable!). He can’t see his own nobility. He’s a mess. But he’s really good to his niece, Cee! She’s had hearing loss so the author brings ASL (American Sign Language) into the story. Loved that element.

Blaze (Blake) is a hoot! (Insider heads-up, he’s the hero of Book Two in this series!) He’s distinctive and mysterious.

The plot includes an intricate dance as the main three characters balance the lies with the truth—a challenge while still keeping them noble. Well done.

As a writer, I could see the elements from the awesome MBT (My Book Therapy) materials. She did a great job including them and giving us a satisfying story.

This is a great debut novel! I can’t wait to read Book Two, which releases in May, 2014.

Insider bonus, #2—take a look at the cover to Here to Stay, book two:


Here to Stay

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