Friday, July 13, 2012

Mr. Right and Other Mongrels by Monique McDonell

Title:  Mr Right and Other Mongrels
Author: Monique McDonell
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Ally and Teddy
Release Date:  May 2012
Publisher: Redfish Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:

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.

My Review:

I think I'm developing a new obsession...Australian Contemporary Romance. This is another that I literally just fell in love with. 

The heroine in this book, Ally, owns a bookstore, is terrified of dogs, and is pretty satisfied staying at home and drinking wine on a Saturday night while reading. She's a normal girl who falls into a relationship with an extraordinary hero and has no idea how exactly that happened. The other thing about Ally is that she just happens to be pretty darn wealthy, but she's never pretentious. She's a regular girl that I personally would love to hang out with.

Teddy is an Australian hottie. He has an extremely popular home and garden show which has put him at the top of Who's Who in Australia. But Ally doesn't even own a TV so she has no clue who he is when he rescues her from a dog...a fact that he really likes about her.

This entire book is told from Ally's POV. She's an interesting character. She grew up in a variety of communes with her hippy and self-absorbed mother, until her mother dumped her at the age of 16. At that time, her grandmother installed her in her own flat above the bookstore. To say that Ally has a unique view on the world is putting it mildly. She's seen a lot of really bizarre things in her life, including her mother having sex with her last boyfriend. On the surface it seems like she has a pretty laidback approach to life, but as you dig deeper, you realize she's truly just trying to keep her distance from most people so she doesn't get hurt...again. She's taken some truly hard knocks by those she's trusted with her heart.

Like i said, I really loved this book. It was super-fun and all the scenery in it (hello, did you read the part about she owns and works above a bookstore) created great ambience to the story line. I liked all the details and characters that wove in and out of the plot and just truly loved every minute that I was reading this book!

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