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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review: Mr Right and Other Mongrels by Monique McDonell

Book Format: e-book (provided by author)
Release Date: May 26, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon l Smashwords

Blissfully happy in her own universe Allegra (Ally) Johnson is the sweet best friend everyone wants to have. Quietly and independently wealthy she runs a charming second-hand bookshop in beachside Manly. Heck, sometimes she even goes downstairs from her flat to run the shop in her Chinese silk pyjamas. It sounds like bliss. But is it enough? 

When dog-phobic Allegra is rescued from an exuberant canine by the chivalrous Teddy Green, Australia’s hottest TV celebrity and garden make-over guru, her life begins to change. Dramatically! 
Unaware of Teddy’s fame Allegra finds herself falling for him, despite her best attempts to resist his charm. Supported by her eccentric family and her fabulous gay friend Justin, Allegra embarks on an on-again off-again romance with Teddy, complicated by his jealous ex-girlfriend, fashionista Louisa and her own narcissistic hippy mother Moonbeam.
Will Ally be able to overcome her insecurities and find happiness with this possible Mr Right or will Teddy’s celebrity lifestyle prove to be too much? Mr Right and Other Mongrels is a light-hearted story about how one chance encounter can change your life.

This story made me laugh with its silliness, and crazy characters. Real laughs that later turned into smiles and it started on the very first page:

First of all there is something you need to know about me. Dogs and I do not get along. It’s not that I don’t like them, exactly. In theory, I love them. In reality I have a full-blown hysterical dog phobia. Ok now. Wait. Don’t just decide you dislike me based on that. I know how dog people are. They simply don’t like people who don’t like dogs, but honestly it just isn’t simple. That is like saying you hate all Mormons when that’s not possible and really how many do you actually know?

This is so totally true! I'm a dog person and I find myself being EXACTLY as Allegra says. It's like she's calling me out personally! And while I don't have a dog phobia, I can understand her when she says that these situations seem to target her specifically. I've been there, done that but had to rescue myself.

Mr. Right and Other Mongrels is a fun story, it's not a romance novel and there are really ridiculous moments in it that can have you rolling your eyes in annoyance, particularly at the nosiness of Allegra's friends and family. It's fluffy and uncomplicated and never pretends to be anything other than that which is appreciated because if there's one thing I hate is a misleading book blurb!

There are so many clich├ęs  in this story you lose count after a while and that could become tiresome at times. The names of some of the characters took some getting used to as well but with some of them being "hippies" or children of "hippies" it's more believable than it should be.

The characters are relatable, if a bit exaggerated and dramatic at times. They're amusing, annoying, and funny all at once.

Since the story takes place in Australia, I did have to look up a few terms that I wasn't familiar with but really, it doesn't deter from the overall story, I'm just nosy that way. I have to know what the characters are referring to, what their home town looks like, etc.

Mr. Right and Other Mongrels is not for everyone. It's a tongue in cheek story that can be over exaggerated at times with over the top characters and scenes but at the heart of it is a sweet story about how love can happen at anytime to anyone no matter what their social class is. This is a story that can be shared amongst girlfriends who are just looking to read a good, clean, fun book.


Thanks goes out to Monique Mcdonell for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

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