Thursday, July 23, 2015

REVIEW: Finding Mr. Right Now (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Finding Mr. Right Now
Author: Meg Benjamin
Series: Salt Box #1
Pages: 259
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Monica McKellar, associate producer of Finding Mr. Right, is desperate. One of the show’s bachelors has bailed one week before shooting starts. She not only needs a replacement ASAP, he has to get the temperamental bachelorette's stamp of approval.

Fortunately there’s a hot guy right under her nose who’s a perfect fit. Unfortunately, he pushes all her hot buttons. Until the show’s over, her hands—and every other part of her body—are tied. When Paul Dewitt signed on to write for the reality show, “Bachelor #10” wasn’t supposed to be in his job description. He fully expects to be cut early on, which will free him to focus on the real object of his attraction. Monica.

Instead, he’s a finalist, and they’re all packed in an SUV climbing the Continental Divide, headed for Salt Box, Colorado. Where stampeding horses, vindictive tabloid editors, and one capricious bachelorette’s waffling over suitors may conspire to end Paul and Monica’s romance before it even starts.

~My Thoughts~
First, let me put aside my Feminist angst about reality shows A-la the Bachelorette and Bachelor. As I am not a fan of the insane, hair-pulling, back-stabbing escapades that you can find from these shows, I approached Finding Mr. Right with a casual hopefulness that at least reading about a reality show wouldn't be as bad as watching one. 

Luckily, the show isn't really about the reality show...rather it's about producer Monica and how she's falling in love with a reluctant contestant for Mr. Right. Paul was hilarious, especially the scenes where he is coerced into being on the show, despite being only there to be a writer. (Thinking of that...would it be legal to have one of the show's employees competing in the actual contest...I think not...possible plot-hole?) I found myself giggling at the predicament and many laugh-worthy moments well as some pretty steamy ones that made me glad I was reading on a Kindle and didn't have to elaborate to those around me in public! 

The setting was great, as the mountains of Colorado can be a very romantic place, and at least they seemed to suit the reality show well. We were treated to some fantastic scenes involving nature and the backdrop of being in Colorado gave it a woodsy and homey feel to boost that romantic ambiance. There was a quaint feel to Salt Box that helped you get into the romantic mood and enjoy yourself despite the thought of trashy bachelorettes trying to ruin a romance! 

This is a very light, quick, summer romance to make you feel good. It's a classic beach read, or porch read that just begs for some lemonade and a hot summer night with the crickets, pigeons, or cicadas, depending on your locale, to be making their racket while you enjoy a sweet, casual romantic read. 
~Try an Excerpt!~
She had no idea what to say after an experience like that. Was it good for you suddenly seemed like a supremely dumb question.

Paul’s lips whispered across her forehead. “Don’t go all silent on me, Monica. I need to know what you’re thinking here.”

She blew out a quick breath. “Um…whoa?”

He chuckled against her hair. “Okay, that pretty much sums it up I guess.” He leaned back against the side of the couch, shifting his weight, pulling her up against his body again. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to squash you.”

“You didn’t.” She ran her fingertips along his cheek, staring at his face in the shadows, the angles and hollows made stark in the dim light.

“Talk to me,” he said softly.

“I don’t…” She shook her head. “What do you want me to say?”

“How you feel, what you think.”

She narrowed her eyes. “Are you usually this talkative after sex?”

He frowned slightly, his brows drawing together. “Not that I recall, no. I just…I like to hear your voice.” He brought her hand to his mouth, pressing his lips against her fingers. “Particularly now. I can’t really see you here, so I need to hear you.”

Her lips curved into a smile, almost against her will. “I feel lovely, considering that I should be freezing and squashed and I’m not. And I think that was insane.”

His brows came together. “Insane good or insane crazy?”

The smile widened. “Both.”

He laughed softly. “But memorable, right?”

“Very memorable. And very insane.”
~Meet Meg!~ 
Meg Benjamin writes contemporary romance for Samhain Publishing and paranormal romance for Berkley InterMix. Her books have won an EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the New England Romance Writers Beanpot Award, and the Holt Medallion among other honors. Meg lives in Colorado.
You can find her all over the web, including at her Blog, Website,  and many other places! To reach out via email, you may find her at

Meg will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks for being here Meg! What are you doing this lovely Thurs?

  2. Do you have a specific writing style?

  3. Great review! I will definitely be picking this up before the summer is over :)

  4. I liked the review and excerpt.

  5. I enjoyed the excerpt and your thoughts, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing!

  6. Love the review and excerpt! Sounds like a great book~thank you for sharing!

  7. Really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  8. I found your thoughts helpful thank you.

  9. Thank you for introducing me to Meg. I have now found a new author and I will start reading her books. They all look good.

  10. Thanks for the review. I've never been able to sit through any of that type reality show, so I wouldn't know if the show part was depicted accurately or not. :-)

  11. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such a fun read! Looking forward to reading it!

  12. I enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!