I read Marrying Up by Wendy Holden on my vacation in Hilton Head for a Sourcebooks blog tour.
Beautiful but broke student Polly and scheming social climber Alexa may have grown up in the same place, but they couldn't be more different. Polly's just fallen for Max, a handsome country vet. But Alexa can't be bothered with love—any guy with a pedigree will do, mind you, as long as he comes with a title, a mansion, and a family tiara.
Alexa wiggles her way into friendship with Florrie, a clueless aristocrat who could support entire countries with her spare change. Suddenly the grandest doors swing open for Alexa, and a new life is so close she can taste it. Polly could care less about Max's money, but his mysterious habit of disappearing scares her. What's he hiding?
The idea of this book sounded like a light, fun read, which is just what I needed. Unfortunately, it veered too far to the light side for me. I found it to be silly to the point that it got annoying.
I liked Polly and Max. And that's about it. Everyone else was just too over the top for me.
You know, maybe this book was supposed to be making fun of royalty and the socialites who try to get there. That idea would make the book make more sense but it doesn't make me enjoy it any more.
I was hoping for some kind of rags-to-riches story but instead, all I got was a bunch of annoying characters and scenarios that I rolled my eyes at. Not my favorite.
I gave this book a rating of 2.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 55
Completely Contemp Challenge 2012: 2012-13
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for
free from Sourcebooks Landmark for an honest review.