Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Quite the Story to Tell! ~Made to Last by Melissa Tagg ~ Review

Can one pull off pretending to be married? Because that’s what Miranda “Randi” did in “Made to Last”…and you’re going to have to read the novel to see how it worked out for her. *wink*
  Sprinkled with LOL moments and serious, come-to-Jesus meetings, “Made to Last” will definitely do just that on my keeper shelf. Can I just make a confession? Blaze was my favorite character. I know, I know, why love the fake husband, right?? Read far enough into the book and I bet you’ll agree with me. He made me laugh more times than not and had such a loveable personality about him. There wasn’t anything self serving in the guy and I can’t wait to find out his story next year!
Randi has got quite the story to tell and the book certainly is not without its share of conflict. Sometimes the lie you’ve been living just becomes the reality and when the lie threatens to take away everything you’ve worked so hard for, the house of cards only flutters faster. To watch Randi scramble to keep her façade in place was at times, comical, but more often than not a growing experience and chances for new and different choices. She never once became unlikeable to me…an important fact when you have a deceitful main character. But she’s changing and growing…and it was so much fun to watch her fall in love.
Thoroughly entertaining. Deeper than “just” a romantic comedy. A tale worthy of the telling!

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy to review.

More about the novel... 

Spunky Contemporary Romance from a Sparkling New Talent 

Miranda Woodruff, star of the homebuilding show "From the Ground Up," will do anything to keep the job she loves. Due to a painful broken engagement and a faith she's mostly forgotten, she's let her entire identity become wrapped up in the Miranda everyone sees onscreen. So when she receives news that the network might cancel her program, she must do the very thing she fears most: let the spotlight shine on her closely guarded personal life. The only problem? She's been living a lie--letting viewers believe she's married--and now she's called upon to play wife to a sweet, if a bit goofy, pretend husband to boost ratings. 

Desperate to help his family and prove he's not a total failure, reporter Matthew Knox is looking for a breakout story. When he's offered the opportunity to do an online serial feature on Miranda Woodruff, he jumps at the chance, even if celebrity reporting isn't really his thing. But as soon as he meets Miranda, he knows she's keeping secrets. 

When Miranda's former fiance suddenly appears on the scene again, she doubts her life could get more complicated. Juggling three guys, an on-the-rocks television show, and the potential exposure of her deception is way more than she bargained for. Can the woman who makes things look so good onscreen admit it's time to tell the truth about who she is? And if she does, will the life Miranda's built come crashing down just as she's finally found a love to last?


  1. Yay! Delighted you enjoyed this novel, Casey; all of these rave reviews for 'Made to Last' are well deserved. I'm definitely enjoying the book also and CANNOT wait to finish it. :)

    1. Yes, the are! And can't you just wait for Blaze's story next?!

  2. Great review! Makes me want to read it.

  3. Really want to read this book - have heard nothing but wonderful reviews, & comments about it, & it's author. Love Melissa's sweet personality, & cute smile, & the fact that she loves her day job - working to help the disadvantaged!

    Thanks for the nice review, Casey!

    1. Between the author herself and the novel, you can't get a more fun book. Melissa definitely puts much of who she is as a person into her characters. Love the book and you're sure to love the author! :)


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