Title: Insert Groom Here
Author: K.M. Jackson
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Potential Triggers: n/a
My Rating. ★★★
Successful PR executive Chelsea Grant is one assignment away from making partner at her firm and nothing will stand in her way. Her big break? Turn a reclusive computer genius into a media darling in time for his new product launch. He may have been dubbed the “sexiest geek alive” but he has no patience for the press—and it shows. Piece of cake, right? Only problem is… his company doesn’t want him to know they hired her.
After a disastrous product launch two years ago, tech CEO Adam Bennett knows the success of his new device depends on the media’s support. When a twist of fate brings the beautiful PR specialist to his door, Adam hires Chelsea to help turn his image around. Their attraction is undeniable and the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep things professional.
But when Adam discovers Chelsea’s deception, will she risk everything for her career or is love the real thing on her mind?
“There she was, photoshopped and looking perky as all get out in an overly sainted and tulled white, princess-style wedding dress with a cutout blank figure in the spot where the groom should be. The hashtag was above in bold letters: #InsertGroomHere”
I have been eagerly awaiting Insert Groom Here. I love reality TV, so why wouldn’t I love a romance novel with the main character as the star of a reality show? Unfortunately, I didn’t end up loving Insert Groom Here, and in hindsight I probably shouldn’t have hyped it up so much. While Insert Groom Here was just enough plot wise to get it over the hump to a 3 star rating, there were several things I didn’t like about it.
Insert Groom Here lacked character conviction. I moderately enjoy the ice queen (or princess as Aidan calls Eva only about 700 times) trope. Since Eva’s character was based off of it, she was somewhat enjoyable. Other than that, there wasn’t much to her. Aidan, the love interest, was just poorly crafted. We are told multiple times how he is with a different girl every night, and how he is famous for being hot and the future heir to his dad’s company, but we never really see that. Saying over and over again what someone “is” without showing it means nothing (I’m looking at you “great assassin” Celaena Sardothien). He was the garden variety romance novel hero, and was the driving factor in me not liking Eva and Aidan as a couple.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when heroes call the heroine “princess” or “kitten”. There have only been two occasions where I have tolerated “kitten”, and it was in Second Position and Night Huntress. In both, there were actual reasons behind the nickname. It wasn’t just because they were women. I still didn’t like it, but it was somewhat understandable in those situations. Princess was more tolerable because of the ice queen/princess trope thing, but I really hate the nickname because it is so condescending. In Insert Groom Here, the nicknames were overused too, so it was hard to ignore.
The saving grace was the plot. I love when romances are updated for modern times. Anything with technology, reality shows, or social media related plots, are a shoo-in with me, so I enjoyed those aspects of Insert Groom Here. I really liked seeing how Eva’s television meltdown impacted her everyday life. One of her friends even saved a meme of her as her phone background, which I thought was funny. Also, I loved that the book’s title came from one of the trending hashtags in the aftermath Eva’s post-break up speech on camera. It was one of my favorite bits from the book.
Overall, Insert Groom Here was enjoyable enough for me to go along with the motions. If you are looking for a casual romance read, enjoy reality tv, and like the hook-up to something more trope, then I would recommend Insert Groom Here.
I do plan on reading the next book(s) in the Unconventional Brides series. I thought that Aidan’s friends were a lot more interesting than he was, so hopefully I like the future installments better than this one.