Review | Not the Marrying Kind by Nicola Marsh


Not the Marrying Kind by Nicola Marsh


Who said marriage had to be convenient?

LA party planner Poppy Collins has kept her secret side business – planning divorce parties as the Divorce Diva – a close secret, but keeping her business afloat is proving tougher by the day. When her sister’s divorce party gives Poppy the opportunity to save the day and boost her business, Poppy approaches Vegas golden boy Beck Blackwood for help. But this time, she’s about to get way more than she bargained for…

Beck knows Poppy’s secret, and he’s not afraid to use it to get exactly what he wants – a wife. With his reputation and business expansion plans on the line, the only way he can repair the damage is by getting hitched, and fast. And if blackmail is the only way to get Poppy to the altar, then so be it…

But they’re in the city of high stakes, and Poppy has a few aces up her sleeve. Now it’s time to find out if they’re playing to win… or if they’re playing for keeps.

Edition Info:

Published July 14th 2012 by Entangled Publishing


Review copy given by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

In a nut shell: 

Funny as Shit | Sexy as Hell | Sweet like the best fudge you’ve ever had |
References Gerard Butler, need I say more?

My Rating:

4.5 stars


Ok – first off I just have to say I love the names of these characters!!  Beck & Poppy – so fantastic!  I absolutely loved this book!!  It is seriously funny as shit and sexy as hell!  Don’t believe me… well take a look at these quotes!

Funny as Shit

‘Bet The Hottie favors silk lingerie.’  Ashlee tapped her bottom lip, pondering.  ‘Maybe lace?’
Annoyed by the thought of wearing anything remotely sexy near Beck Blackwood, Poppy waved Ashlee away.  ‘Haven’t you go work to do?’
‘Yeah, but bet it’s not half as fun as your work tonight.’  Ashlee blew her a kiss as she headed for the door.  ‘And here’s another tip.  When in Vegas, always bet on black.’
‘I’m not gambling –‘
‘Black silk, satin, lace, whatever.  LBD, push-up bra, stockings, you’ll have him throwing the big bucks at you.’
‘Dressed like that, it won’t be for my partly planning skills,’ Poppy muttered, earning a grin from Ashlee.
(sorry that one is really long, but you needed it all to get the humor there with the girl talk)

Sexy as Hell

“She surged upward, plastering her mouth to his, her hands desperate as they plucked at his dress shirt.  Unable to find purchase, she slid her fingers between the cotton and ripped, the buttons pinging onto the wooden floorboards.”

Sweet like the best fudge EVER

“…his eyes misted over and he blinked.  ‘You made me feel …’ ”
(Ok that one isn’t a full quote, but I can’t put anything else there b/c it will give away too much)

Ok now that I’ve wet your whistle… Bwahahahahahaha… back to my review!

The back and forth between the two MCs is amazing.  I love seeing inside each character through the changing POVs – that’s my favorite part about Nicola’s writing style in this book! 
Now for some reason I can only see Gerard Butler as Beck and I keep seeing Poppy Montgomery as Poppy…  not really sure why other than her name, but you know, it is what it is… this is the picture I have in my head, only Poppy’s hair is Chestnut colored:
GB photo is from 
PM photo is from

Sooooo… where was I?  Sorry I am distracted by GB there looking all sexy and shit **picking up jaw of desk and wiping drool away** nope not helping… I’m going to have to take the photos out and put them back in after I’m done with the review – one sec while I do that!

**2 minutes later** 
Ok I’m back now… woo, I could look at him all day long!

So I read this book in like 5 or 6 hours – It was super-fast and super easy to read.   The flow of this is great – I was never lost and never confused.  Most of that I think is accomplished through the switching POV, which really impressed me b/c this is really hard to do and to do it well is doubly hard!  Nice job Nicola!  **round of applause** 

Shit I’m just super goober today aren’t I – LOL!  Anyway – I don’t really know what else to say about this book other than GO GET IT AND READ IT!  I have a hard time talking about the story within books because I don’t want to spoil anything for you all before you read it.  Buuuuuut since I can’t shut my damn mouth, let’s keep going, just a little!  No spoils, I don’t think… I loved the ending, as usual =) But for this book I loved the middle part the best!  I know right, that’s so weird for me!!  I usually hate the back and forth and angst that the middle part brings – this one, I really loved the back and forth and the ups and downs of this story!   I loved loved loved the connection that is there from the beginning between Beck and Poppy – it is perfect!  I love the reason Beck chooses Poppy.  I love his development through the story and the stuff we see him go through!

Ok – that’s it… I just loved it!  Seriously – go get it and come back and dish with me!!

yep, that's what I have for you today, laters!


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