Mr Good Enough
Author: Jamie Farrell
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Maddie Mason isn’t desperate. She’s simply tired of waiting for the universe to deliver her Mr. Perfect. So she’s turning to the dating website she created, MisterGoodEnough.com, to finally find her future.
Online matchmaking is perfect for Maddie, because:
a) History has proven she’s a poor judge of decent husband material.
b) The dating pool in her crumbling little hometown is all but dried up.
c) She wants babies.
Trent Sawyer is not Mr. Good Enough material, because:
a) Twelve years ago, he stomped the stuffing out of Maddie’s naïve little teenage heart.
b) The man might look good in a tool belt, but she’s sure he’s up to something nefarious.
c) He doesn’t want kids. Ever.
But if Maddie were to fall for a guy like Trent, it would only be because:
a) When he apologizes, he apologizes big.
b) He’s fixing their little farm town, one dilapidated home at a time.
c) Her world is a brighter place with him in it.
So should Maddie:
a) Go for Mr. Second Best and the family she’s always wanted?
b) Take her Mr. Almost Perfect without the babies she craves?
Either way, there’s nothing simple about settling for Mr. Good Enough
Oh where to start…lol! I am going to preface this review with saying that Jamie and I are virtual friends on facebook, through another friend, so I am potentially a tad biased ;) A couple of weeks ago, Jamie (the author) asked me if I would be interested in reading her “super seekrit” project (her words not mine) – and of course, being the sucker for good books/writing, I said yes. It wasn’t long before Mr Good Enough arrived in my email and I eagerly sent it to my kindle. Then I realized I needed to savor it, because who knows when her next book is going to be released and she does enjoy torturing us fans…and I will admit that it wasn’t easy. I was trying to ration myself to only 10% or so a night, to make it last…but that totally didn’t happen…
Mr Good Enough reminds me so much of me at times – while I am still happily single – some days I wonder if I will ever find Mr Perfect/Almost Perfect, or will I end up settling for Mr Good Enough. I really liked the whole online dating scenarios in the book – considering the amount of these that are around nowadays (and some stats say that 1 in 5 relationships start online), it surprises me that there are more aren’t using an online dating trope.
But it wasn’t just the whole storyline that I enjoyed – it was how the characters seemed so real – from Maddie with her paint quirky-ness…(and really, purple icing on a cake…reminds me of a mutual friend that Jamie and I share)…and as for Trent – i’m always a sucker for the bad boy turned good – who struggles with his past, even if its many years later. there is just something that makes you want to reach into the pages of the book and give him a big hug (or take other liberties).
Overall, I gave Mr Good Enough 4 stars for a quirky contemporary read.