2018, 2018 Reviews, Books

Joanne Macgregor’s Truly, Madly, Sweetly Box Set

Truly, Madly, Sweetly Box Set

Joanne MacGregor fans, I have great news. The author is releasing The Law of Tall Girls, Hushed and Scarred into a box set! How cool is that?!? That means you’ll get the opportunity to read the three awesome books in one place. These are the books that I’ve given some mad love for on Goodreads and Amazon.

ScarredScarred is the tale of Sloane Munster, the girl that used to be one of the GGs at her old school (Gorgeous Girls). With a scar running from the edge of her eye to her lip, she’s at a new school and just trying to fit in as close to under the radar as possible. Except she see’s Luke, and she remembers him from her life at her old school, her life before the accident when they were both competitive swimmers. And then they are assigned to be partners in a class.

Once he makes the connection as to whom she is, the two have even less to say to each other. But she can’t help but think more and more about him, and about the life-changing event they are both victims of.

Joanne Macgregor creates compelling characters in a plot that you have to read to believe. The real world problems will drawn the reader into the story, while giving a bit of a morality play without coming off as preachy or dramatic. This is a definite must-read. And, best of all, it’s currently available on Kindle Unlimited. I LOVED reading this book, and cannot wait for other readers to get a taste of this story. Especially considering the characters were so well developed in such a short time. It’s definitely a credit to Macgregor–she gets a family’s reaction to loss so shockingly close to what I experienced with loss in my family, it was scary.

HushedHushed is the story of 18 year old Romy Morgan. Romy surfs one of the most dangerous areas in the world—the African beach she calls home has a lot of shark activity. Romy plans on working at an anti-whaling vessel. She’s got everything planned out, until her application is rejected and hunky actor Logan Rush comes to town.
A chance meeting right out of a fairy tale (the Little Mermaid, because SHE saves him) brings her face to face with the object of her affection. Sworn to silence by his overzealous director, Romy disregards the opportunity to work on the movie……until her Father tries to get her to work at his company, like her sister before her. And her Mother isn’t much better—she thinks Romy needs to follow her footsteps in the academic world, like another one of her sisters.
But listening to her Grandmother, a former grand dame of the theatre, gives Romy a great idea—and she sets herself apart from her family by deciding to take a job working on the set. But there are some issues—she needs to make sure that she doesn’t divulge her massive crush to the object of her affection. But then Logan becomes so sweet and makes it so hard for her not to be honest. She starts to learn more about Logan, and the nature of show business—there is more than meets the eye.
Author Joanne Macgregor continues to impress readers with a great cast of believeable characters who really leap off the page. Better than that is the dazzling setting, this time of Africa. Macgregor, always putting the reader first, also adds a glossary of terms the reader will find helpful.
As much as I loved her Grandmother, I think Romy is a fantastic role model for readers. She is a strong, capable woman that I won’t soon forget.

The Law of Tall GirlsThe Law of Tall Girls introduces Peyton Lane. She’s tall, she’s ALWAYS been tall and she created the Law of Tall Girls to help her better navigate through life. But when her dating life is all but dead, she makes a bet to re-energize her dating life–she needs to get a prom date.

Peyton starts a makeover process, showing the problem with sizes at a ‘normal’ store. Then she starts to make a list of available tall guys. Of course, the one she really wants to be with is dating a short girl. Peyton begins to embark on a journey that will cause her to laugh, and to cry and to admit a few hard truths to herself while keeping so much of herself close to her chest.

I felt like the tall girl problems shopping were real, but I also think that Peyton is not sympathetic to shorter girls–telling a friend they can ‘take up a hem.’ I feel like at the beginning of the novel Peyton is unlikeable. She’s not educated enough about the world–and her naivete comes off as a little judgey. But soon we learn more about her situation, and what makes her personality click into place. I had a hard time starting this (as a short girl who ended up with a tall guy!), but the book is definitely something to keep reading–please do not DNF this–you’ll appreciate the character development (A signature for Macgregor) and the funny situations that these characters seem to get themselves into, set into a believable contemporary setting.

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