Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Twitterpated by Melanie Jacobson: Book Review + Giveaway Info

Title: Twitterpated
Author: Melanie Jacobson
Date Released: March 2012
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Genre: LDS/Clean Romance
Received from the author for review.
Jessie Taylor is furious when her roommate secretly posts her picture on the dating website LDS Lookup — furious, that is, until she spends all night instant messaging Ben Bratton, a man whose wit and warmth just might make Jessie forget the train wreck of her last romantic relationship. Their first date is a smashing success (literally), but Ben’s overall awesomeness can’t save Jessie from having to deal with Craig, her competitive coworker whose baiting behavior sets new standards for obnoxiousness. Determined to beat Craig at his own game, Jessie spends long office hours finishing projects and putting out fires, but while her performance wows her boss, it only makes Ben skittish— after a failed engagement to an up-and-coming lawyer, he’s not about to pair up with someone who’s married to her job. Will Jessie figure out how to be true to herself and take her big chance at love before it’s gone with a click of the mouse?

Check out the first chapter here.

OK, I have to confess . . . I am a HUGE fan of romantic comedies! Unfortunately, most of the rom-com books are trashy and full of risque scenes. That is why I am so devoted to my LDS fiction. And Melanie Jacobson is the queen of LDS rom-coms!

There is only one word to describe this book--HILARIOUS! I found myself laughing out loud in multiple places (good thing my newborn daughter is a sound sleeper!) It was delightfully funny right from the start. These are just a few of my favorite lines:
"Turns out you still have a split personality," I said.

"That's okay. All my personalities are nice and we get along with each other pretty well." [p. 134]
I tolerated Sunday only because I threw myself into my Primary and taught it with so much energy and enthusiasm that one of my kids offered to share his ADD meds with me. [p. 185]
Her phone blared "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne, the ringtone she used for her mom. I used to think it was mean until I met her mom and realized it was merely accurate. [p. 18]
"You're a plant-killing committment phobe. That makes you a Lifetime movie waiting to happen . . . " [p. 29]
If you aren't laughing now, there is something seriously wrong with your funny bone. (My college roommates would have loved that last line; we watched way too many Lifetime movies!) And the whole book is packed with snappy dialogue and hilarious details. Melanie has an amazing ability to turn simple details into hilariously witty antecdotes. For example, I felt like my laughs were the equivalent of verbal golf claps [p. 177]. Seriously, how does she come up with this stuff?!

Along with the hilarious situations and snappy dialogue, there are also plenty of sweet and tender moments between Jessie and Ben. Can I just say, I'm totally in love with Ben (sorry husband!) He is a doll! I love his self-deprecating, confident, witty, and totally laid-back demeanor. The sweet gestures he makes, such as spontaneously dropping off a movie and burger just because Jessie mentions it, turn him into an irresistibly-delicious, (slightly geeky) and endearing hero!

If I were casting the movie of Twitterpated, this is who I would get to play the role of Ben:

James Marsden, 27 Dresses era (his character even reminds me of him a little!)

I loved this book and if you are looking for a cute, light, and laugh-out loud romantic comedy, then you should definitely be reading a Melanie Jacobson novel!

Want to win a free copy of the book? Check out the giveaway for Twitterpated going on right now at My Life Herding Cats.

Also, if you enjoy Twitterpated, you need to read Melanie's first two books:

They are just as fun and were both nominated for the 2011 Whitney Awards!

About the Author

Melanie Jacobson is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she grew up in a rich tradition of storytellers. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she enjoyed a career in fashion retail before pursuing her true passion: teaching literature and writing. Realizing she was still missing something, Melanie tried Internet dating for a few years. She now considers herself a retired Internet dating expert after searching the World Wide Web to find her husband, who only lived forty-five minutes away. They live with their three children in Orange County, California. Twitterpated is Melanie's third novel.

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