by Rachel Astor
Overview (from Goodreads): Josephine McMaster is pretty and smart, but very much a klutzy mess. Finally, at 26, she may have actually lost the dreaded ‘McMaster the Disaster’ nickname that has followed her around her whole life.
Josie’s quite content to be single, much to her mother’s disappointment. So when a bizarre contest is announced where a socialite is holding a lottery to pick her bridesmaids (and rake in a little extra cash), she can’t roll her eyes fast enough, even if it does mean meeting Jake Hall, her one and only movie star crush. Obviously, Josie doesn’t enter the bridesmaid lottery, so you can imagine her surprise when her picture pops up among the winners, thanks to Mom. With a little prodding — okay bribing — Josie agrees to participate.
The wedding turns into the event of the year, and Josie finds herself in the middle of a paparazzi feeding frenzy, which gets even crazier after Jake Hall takes a special interest in her.
Can Josie handle the pressure in the spotlight? Is it possible she might really have a chance with Jake Hall? And if she’s busy worrying about all that, how in the heck is she going to keep ‘McMaster the Disaster’ from showing up in front of the entire world?
My Thoughts: I really don’t like reality shows. It doesn’t matter if it’s a competition show or if it’s about a family or housewives. I don’t really care for any of them (although occasionally I will get sucked into watching multiple Youtube clips from Dancing with the Stars).
The entire premise of Bridesmaid Lotto is a contest to become a socialite’s bridesmaid. Not something I would watch if it were on TV. However, the book was pretty darn funny. It doesn’t really read like a reality show because you’re seeing it all from Josie’s perspective.
Josie was a feisty character. She had a few “woe is me” moments, but nothing overwhelming to the story. Plus those moments were definitely earned. I loved how awkward she thought she was being, but in actuality came across as normal. That was definitely relatable for me. I always think I’m being more awkward than I actually am. Jake was pretty much one or two-dimensional as far as the male lead goes. I liked him enough to care that Josie liked him, but he wouldn’t make a Top 10 list for me.
I can’t finish this review without mentioning the excerpts entitled, McMaster the Disaster Diary. Josie writes out her embarrassing and awkward moments in the diary and it is absolutely hilarious. I had to stop reading during some of the entries because I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe.
Overall, Bridesmaid Lotto was a cute, quick read with some laugh-worthy moments. I would recommend it just for the McMaster the Disaster parts. If you read chick lit then you’ll probably get a kick out of Bridesmaid Lotto. If you don’t you may still want to give it a shot. Even though it’s the first of three books, it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. So you can stop with Bridesmaid Lotto if it isn’t your cup of tea. It’s free; go download a copy.
3.5 out of 5 Bookmarks = It was cute and funny.