You know what I love about Lauren Blakely's books? At the core of each novel is a strong, smart and fun woman for whom achieving professional success is not a hindrance but rather adds to her fabulousness. And yet, despite her drive and strength, the leads are not immune to the universal truths of disappointments in love. These disappointments never paralyze the lead, and she does't define herself by the disappointments. And yes, in the end of course, she overcomes and finds new love, or as in the case of Caught Up In Us, finds an old love renewed again.
Trophy Husband builds on the same path of Caught Up In Him and Pretending He's Mine, but this story builds more slowly. With each chapter the story of our heroine got stronger and a concept that first threw me a bit (hunting for a trophy husband) completely won me over as being true to the lead character and Blakely's track record of writing strong women. And yes, there is a small, but significant tie-in of characters with Caught Up In Him for those of you who are hardcore fans of Blakely.
In Trophy Husband, the story definitely lives up to the eye catching cover. I prefer not to give too much away in a review, so briefly: McKenna has a run in with her ex-fiance who left her for a much younger and um...more physically flexible...woman. Things have been going great in McKenna's career and it seems like she's almost over the ex, but then he throws a huge curve ball that reignites her pain. Enter her plan to get back, get even, get over...she'll prove that women too can have a trophy spouse...and she sets out to find one.
Yes, there are willing candidates but then one guy, who is a few years too old to be a trophy material enters the picture. Will she stick to her plan? Or will the potential for a real new love throw her off track?
The other thing I will note about Blakely's books is they all have hot scenes - but each book has a different level of heat. In Pretending, the sex was fast to arrive and hot and heavy. In Caught it was playful, teasing, and filled with emotion, the way it can be between former lovers. What I love about Trophy Husband is the heat builds slowly just like true love should. McKenna may be man shopping but she's not giving her goods easily.
Note: This review is based on an advanced copy I received from the author.