Review: The Millionaire Tempted Fate: A Novella by Shirley Jump


Title:  The Millionaire Tempted Fate: A Novella

Author:  Shirley Jump


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:


When Angie Wilson realizes her best friend Max is planning on proposing to Miss Wrong on Valentine’s Day, Angie sets out to win his heart in ten days. From showing him her sexy side to a disastrous attempt at cooking dinner, her plan goes awry at every turn. One night, too much rum, and a hot time in Angie’s bed has Max rethinking his logical proposal to a woman who may look good on paper, but isn’t the one who captures his heart like Angie does. But is he willing to risk losing his best friend in order to have the happy ending he secretly craves?
The Sweet and Savory Romances will make you laugh, cry, and rev up your appetite with their hunky heroes. As a special addition, satiate your hunger—for food that is— with tried-and-true recipes written by the characters inside.
Prequel: The Groom Wanted Seconds
Book 1: The Bride Wore Chocolate (USA Today and Amazon Top 20 bestselling title!)
Book 2: The Devil Served Desire
Book 3: The Angel Tasted Temptation
Novella: The Beauty Charmed Santa
Novella: The Millionaire Tempted Fate


I will admit that the only reason that I took a chance on this novella is because it was an Amazon freebie last week.  I even read it right away, because it has one of my favorite romance tropes – friends to lovers.  I just can’t get enough of these stories!  There is something about realizing that the love of your life was right there all along that captures my imagination. 

Angie has been in love with her best friend Max forever.  Ever since they were young children, he has held a special place in her heart.  He just seemed to know how to make her feel special, and he never judged her.  Max didn’t have a happy home life, and when his father kicked him out of the house, Angie’s mom took him in again and again.  All the time they were together, though, except for two disastrous kisses, Max has kept things between them platonic.  He values Angie’s friendship too much to muck it up by sleeping with her, and he’s clueless about her feelings for him.  When he finally meets the woman of his dreams, well, the woman that fits the requirements of his matrimonial checklist, Angie is in a panic.  Will she lose the love of her life because she was too much of a chicken to tell him how she felt?

Let me just say that Max has the perception of a mushroom.  It’s more than obvious that Angie loves him with all her heart, but he just can’t see it.  It’s also just as obvious that he loves her, and that if he goes through with his plans to propose to his girlfriend, he will be in for a lifetime of unhappiness.  It’s Angie he calls when he’s having bad day or just because he has some trivial bit of information to share.  It’s to Angie’s he retreats to when he’s down.  And while he has thought about getting naked with her, he just isn’t willing to jeopardize the only steady relationship he’s ever had.  He doesn’t want to repeat the mistake his parents made.  They were best friends who married, and ended up bitterly unhappy with each other.  Instead, he’s concocted a list of qualities the perfect wife should possess, and since his girlfriend meets every bulleted item, and he’s given himself a deadline to marry by the time he’s 30, he’s going to go for it.  With a woman who is totally wrong for him.

Angie is the complete opposite of Max.  She is a free-spirit, who goes in whatever direction her heart tells her.  She doesn’t keep lists, and she doesn’t even have a steady job – she freelances because she has a hard time with schedules and being to the office on time.  She sees that Max is making a huge mistake, and now that she’s about to lose him, she takes a gamble and tries to let him know how she feels, without coming right out and telling him.  The harder Angie pushes him, the harder he pushes back, determined to save their friendship.

This is a sweet, fast read, well worth the .99 price tag.  It’s a free rental if you have Amazon Prime.

Grade:  B+

Review copy purchased from AMAZON

Interview with Shannon Stoker, Author of The Registry

Please give Shannon Stoker a warm welcome to the virtual offices.  She dropped by this morning to chat about The Registry.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Shannon Stoker] A happy author/researcher who tends to fall in love with something and stick with it. I love writing, reading, the Northern Illinois University Huskies, my family, and my little dog. I’m OBSESSED with the color pink and cupcakes. I also collect Care Bears and their memorabilia. If I ever feel down I put on something pink, hug a Care Bear and eat a cupcake.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Registry?

[Shannon Stoker] The Registry is about a futuristic America where young girls are sold into marriage through an online system. Mia has been picked up by a younger, handsome groom only problem is he is awful. She decides to escape the system with her best friend Whitney and the reluctant Andrew, a farm hand who works for Mia’s father. The three try to make it out of the country without being picked up by federal agents or Mia’s intended. I hope that readers find it an entertaining way to escape into another world for a few hours.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Shannon Stoker] One of my friends refuses to join facebook. She says facebook is evil. I think facebook is far from evil and I really enjoy connecting with my friends and family. In my mind I was kind of like “I’ll show her an evil facebook” and that is how the Registry started.

For the characters I wanted Mia to come off as real. She makes a lot of mistakes and some of them are stupid, but nobody has ever made the right choice every time. Andrew on the other hand is patient and kind with a hard exterior. He is a bit of my “dream boy” so a lot of his qualities are just what make me swoon. Grant is my favorite. I had such a good time writing his scenes. He is pure evil and someone once said true evil is unexplained. I think I tried to weave that in a bit. He’s an enigma, but I hope readers still get a kick out of him. Sometimes I think about doing a novella just on Grant because I like writing him so much!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Mia?

[Shannon Stoker] Impulsive, Intuitive, and Stubborn

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Mia had a theme song, what would it be?

[Shannon Stoker] Around the World by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Mia is never without.

[Shannon Stoker] A mirror. At first it’s so she can look at herself, but by the end it’s in case she needs to start a fire or send a signal.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Mia’s pockets?

[Shannon Stoker] Keys (she’d forget them)

A hair tie

Her hands

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Mia’s greatest regret?

[Shannon Stoker] Not being more patient. Sometimes circumstances forced her into action, but there are moments where if she could have waited a bit longer she would have gotten what she wanted.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Shannon Stoker] My friends, family, and coworkers. I steal a lot of what they say or stories they tell. I have also been known to frequently borrow their names.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Shannon Stoker] Fuzzy socks (I frequently write in my basement and it gets cold!), Tea, and my dog. He always gives his honest opinion and is willing to lend an ear when I get stuck on something.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Shannon Stoker] The Elite by Kiera Cass was fantastic. I always judge a book by how angry I am when it ends. I wanted to keep reading!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Shannon Stoker] I’ve been a huge reader all my life, my parents said I used to throw books at them and scream read before I could even walk. This resulted in bruises on their legs from the corners of little golden books. I make no apologies. The first book I remember reading over and over again was Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz. That led to the Fear Street books which were pretty easy to pick up at any garage sale in the mid 90s. Those were my pleasure reads for sure.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Shannon Stoker] I am a television junkie, I watch pretty much anything. I just finished Hemlock Grove and I loved it! My other favorites are Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Dexter, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Sherlock, Elementary, Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, Suburgatory (and the list goes on and on)

I’ve also been accused of “motherboying” my dog. Nucky is a nine pound terrier mix. He is my little angel and I spend as much time with him as possible. I love dressing him up and he gets so excited when I pull out his little sweaters, so it’s a win-win for both of us.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Shannon Stoker] They can follow me on twitter @ShannonRStoker


Or look me up on Goodreads.

I’d love to hear from everyone!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase The Registry by clicking the links below:

About the book:

The Registry saved the country from collapse. But stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

Cover Reveal: Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnis

Random House has a cover reveal today for their October release Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnis.  How could I not want to share that with all of you?  I love the premise – I know! I am such a sucker for fish out of water stores and, need I say, cowboys.  I think this is a really cute cover, and I wish I could step out in a sundress and boots like the cover model, but I  just can’t pull off the look. I can hardly wait to read this in October!



Loveswept Contemporary Romance

On sale October 8, 2013

In her Loveswept debut, Maggie McGinnis tells the tale of a city girl who’s running on fumes—and the cowboy who shows her all the good things she’s been missing.

After being betrayed by her con man ex-fiancé, Kyla Bennett nurses a broken heart. But Kyla’s friends have other ideas and when they whisk her off to Whisper Creek, a dude ranch staffed by cowboys so hot they dim the Montana sunset, all Kyla wants to do is hide under a quilt. Then in rides Decker Driscoll. He’s hauling about as much emotional baggage as Kyla, but when he stands close by, both of them want to stay close—and begin to succumb to an undeniable attraction.

After experiencing personal tragedy, Decker never thought he’d see Big Sky country again. But now that his family’s Whisper Creek property is in deep with a Vegas gambler, Decker’s back for the summer—and spending all his time running from “cowgirls” who come to the dude ranch to score some dudes. Then he meets Kyla, a kindred spirit who brings on a stampede of protective feelings . . . and a powerful hankering to sear her with a new brand of love.

About the Author

Maggie McGinnis is the author of Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. A former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, she lives in New England with her family.


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