REVIEW – Miss Congeniality by Marie Garner

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Title: Miss Congeniality
Author: Marie Garner
Series: The Misses Trilogy #1
Release Date: October 27, 2014

Miss Congeniality


Miss Congeniality doesn’t curse. Miss Congeniality doesn’t have tattoos. Miss Congeniality doesn’t drink shots. Miss Congeniality doesn’t ride motorcycles….Or does she?

When America’s sweetheart…
Brea Richards is America’s sweetheart. Dubbed Miss Congeniality by the media, Brea has spent years honing her current reputation. And being one of the leading stars of a prime time television show…priceless. It’s a long way from her humble beginnings, but that’s her secret to keep. Or at least that’s what she believes until she gets the phone call.

Meets America’s bad boy…
Lance Holder is America’s bad boy, the guy they love to hate. He lives life the way he wants, and makes no apologies, regardless of what anyone thinks. All everyone sees is the tattooed, motorcycle riding, reckless movie star, preventing anyone from looking beneath the surface. And that’s just fine with Lance. Until his new gig puts him right in the path of Brea.

Will either one escape unscathed?
Lance is the newbie on Brea’s show, and everyone is watching to see if America’s bad boy will influence Miss Congeniality. They don’t know Brea’s worst influences happened long before Lance entered the picture. And Lance seems to be one of the only ones to see beyond her current façade. Maybe America’s bad boy is just what America’s sweetheart needs…

This book is intended for mature readers 18+.


If you’re looking for a sweet story with just the right amount of angst and a steamy vibe, then Miss Congeniality should definitely be on your list! This was my first book by Marie Garner and I went in only knowing that the synopsis made this sound like a fun read. I quickly fell under Lance’s spell and was addicted to his sweet-talking, sexy, alpha ways. Brea is America’s sweetheart, a prominent actress on a hit TV series, but Marie Garner made sure this woman was so much more. I loved getting to know her and seeing her evolve alongside Lance. Marie is able to bring out a wide range of emotions in this story, and I really felt Brea’s journey. Miss Congeniality is a fresh take on young Hollywood and I’m already eager for the next book in the series.

 “But how do you explain that even though you’ve never met someone, you instinctively know they are going to come in and upend your life?”

I absolutely adored “the Misses”, a trio of starlets who happen to be best friends. Their conceived public personalities have come to define them, but Marie Garner is quick to let us know that these characters have depth. The friendship Marie has created between them is unquestionably genuine. Their bond pulled me in and made me wish I was part of their exclusive group. Lance is an alpha, protective and possessive and it was hot! I loved watching him fall for Brea, unexpectedly losing his calm and control. Brea was surprisingly naïve and insecure with a past that was best kept out of the Hollywood spotlight. Watching this seemingly perfect actress struggle and fall just like everyone else gave her a sense of humility that had me connecting to her in a way I couldn’t have guessed. Marie Garner writes characters you can’t help but relate to and in doing so; she effortlessly drags me into the world she has crafted.

 “We do what we need to survive. You ended up exactly where you needed to be when you needed to be there.”

The beginning of the story moved a little slow. It took me some time to really get into the story, but once I did, the perfect balance of racy moments and major plot points pleasantly surprised me. Lance and Brea are scorching. The electricity between them practically sparks off the page. Marie has generated some serious heat here and the moments of combustion do not disappoint. More than that, this couple had a fun and unique dynamic that kept me grinning from start to finish. They could be sweet, sassy, and sarcastic, constantly keeping me on my toes. The writing is great as is the pacing and character development. Marie Garner managed to peak my interest in the other characters more than enough to ensure I’d be back for her next book. Miss Congeniality is entertaining, sarcastic, emotional, and endearing. I’m definitely glad I gave this one a shot!


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Miss Man-Eater (Misses Trilogy #2)


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