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Husband Material

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I appreciate most all authors who have the initiative to write and complete a book. This one was not one I would typically read and so it's difficult to review. Thank you Net Galley for offering it as a read to try.
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What a fun book. Snarky dialogue, secrets uncovered and a love story. Such a cute story of second chance love after loss.
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I really enjoyed this sweet novel. I was looking for a light read after a heavy novel and this was perfect. Even though I would classify it as a romance there was no steamy scenes, which I think is hard to come by in this genre. I would recommend!
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This story is filled with loss, sadness, confrontation, confusion, forgiveness, growing, and strength. The characters were very well written, and the story was just so good. The things Charlotte have gone through are hard to imagine going through and it was so good to read how she overcame and how she attempted to navigate the not-so-great relationships she had with others. A great story and I gave it 4 stars!
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When I requested this novel I was into the idea of reading this novel but I discovered that I was unable to provide feedback on this book due to the series being archived prior to download and file/download issues. Again, I am sorry for the inconvenience of not being to review and thank you for taking the time to provide me an ARC of this novel.
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Netgalley provided the ARC for an honest review. I was really disappointed in this. It had a compelling plot and really could’ve taken off. I didn’t much care for Charlotte, whose motives I could understand, but I really disliked her personality and how she treated people. There were few characters in the book, and I can’t believe she forgave Brian for his actions so easily. The MIL did a complete 180, which didn’t fit her character at all. Pretty confusing.
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I completely loved this book!

I absolutely loved the character of Charlotte, and how we get to see her grow throughout the course of the story. We see Charlotte go through some very difficult and tough times, which is really hard for her to deal with past memories and hurt which she has tried to bury.

The story deals with some tough topics, namely grief, which I feel has been tackled very sensitively and delicately. Having recently lost my Dad, I can understand the grief process and I very much sympathised with Charlotte.

Husband Material is a lovely, light-hearted read full of love, healing and emotions. I absolutely loved Husband Material and the way Emily Belden has created and written the characters is incredible. I would completely recommend this book to anyone.
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Husband Material is the first book that I've read by Emily Belden. Overall, it was just okay for me - I didn't love it or hate it.
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This book was just okay for me, nothing special.  I've read some great rom-coms lately and this just couldn't hold a candle to those.  The main character is so whiney.  It was hard to read through her problems and feel any kind of sympathy or love for her.  I'm sure others will love this book.  It just wasn't high up there for me.

I will eventually feature this on my IG and blog.  I've been on a break from posting because of the racial tension in the US.  I feel at this point it's more important for POC and BIPOC authors to have the spotlight than it is for my own content.
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Based on the cover I was expecting this is to a quick rom com read.  Instead its a story about a woman who receives her husbands ashes in the mail 5 years after he dies and she carries them around with her.  this is a slow read that never really grabs the attention to me it was kind of boring.  I felt like the story was all over the place.
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Known as the “Numbers Girl” at her flashy tech startup, 29-year-old Charlotte Rosen has an unusual reason for being so attracted to the promise and potential of facts and figures: she is a secret widow --- and is desperate to reclassify her marital status. Part rom-com and part powerful redemption story, Emily Belden’s HUSBAND MATERIAL is a pop culture-filled romance about accepting one’s past and racing towards the future, algorithm-approved or not.

For five years, Charlotte has hidden her deepest secret from the world: she was widowed unexpectedly shortly into her marriage with the love of her life. Though she has worked hard to move forward, she has become increasingly inward-facing: she dives deep into her own spreadsheets and algorithms in hopes of finding Husband #2, but struggles to maintain any other real relationships or hobbies. Even her own roommate, Casey, does not know about her past. But when her husband’s ashes show up on her doorstep after a fire comes dangerously near the fancy mausoleum where her even fancier mother-in-law demanded her husband be laid to rest, Charlotte has to ask what this sudden twist of fate might mean.

Though readers have already gotten a glimpse into present-day Charlotte’s life --- full of Bumble dates, Instagram hashtags and sparkling influencer parties --- it becomes devastatingly clear just how far Charlotte has veered from her original plan. She has maintained close to no friends from “before,” cut off her mean mother-in-law and even avoided her late husband’s best friend, the man who introduced them. It seems as though Charlotte is sorely in need of a new start, but is so obsessed with facts and statistics that she has stunted herself at every turn, always choosing the most mathematically safe bet, even though her own introduction to her husband was a matter of fate. As she grapples with the return of her husband --- both the urn and her unwelcome memories of him --- a devastating secret comes to light, forcing Charlotte to reconsider her marriage, the last five years and how she must continue to live her life.

As much as I loved the premise and delightful cover, I struggled quite a bit to relate to Charlotte initially. As a character who lives on social media and tracks influencers for a living, Charlotte is decidedly hip --- occasionally a little too much so. Her constant references to viral posts and popular hashtags were light, but distracting. Though it soon becomes clear how and why she is hurting, she is, as a main character, unusually self-involved. Even when she is set to move forward in her career, she frequently blocks herself, creating unnecessary and unwarranted roadblocks that made her downright unlikable at times. The situations Charlotte found herself in were often laugh-out-loud funny, but I just felt so disconnected to her and her character arc. However, propelled by the more tender moments Charlotte spent at home with her quirky roommate and urn, I continued reading --- and I am glad I did.

HUSBAND MATERIAL ultimately proves to be less rom-com and more women’s fiction as the story continues. Charlotte deals with grief, depression and acceptance in truly satisfying ways; her character arc is fully fleshed out and beautifully realized. It is clear that Belden has a knack for witty, sparkling prose, but I would have liked to see these tender moments more clearly realized earlier in the book, at least to anchor me to Charlotte sooner. Where Belden makes up for Charlotte’s unlikability is in her supporting characters, most notably Casey, Charlotte’s goth roommate who helps draw her out of her self-imposed emotional prison. Even as I was rolling my eyes at Charlotte, I loved reading about her interactions with Casey and seeing their casual friendship evolve into something real.

Of course, we can’t discuss a romance book without a romance, so I will tell you now that Charlotte does indeed find a reason to move on from her late husband. Belden provides a likable love interest for Charlotte and some seriously swoon-worthy moments, but there was a bit too much “insta-love” for my taste. I cannot say that I found her new relationship believable at every turn, but, having come to understand her later on in the book, I was definitely rooting for her. This is another area where I wish Belden had applied some of the sensitivity that she infused into Charlotte’s relationship with her roommate and used it to more thoroughly flesh out Charlotte’s new life.

Though “widow” often implies a certain age bracket, I feel I must stress that this is definitely a very 20-something book --- which is not a bad thing at all. I think 20- and 30-somethings will find a lot of Charlotte’s life relatable and interesting, especially as it pertains to dating and balancing a career in social media. Some of the references will fly over your head, but the tone behind them is always just playful and biting enough to keep the humor going. Funny yet sensitive, HUSBAND MATERIAL is a delightful palate cleanser for those used to reading darker books but are not quite ready to commit to a full genre switch into romance.
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#4 In my Naughty & Nice Book review weekend with author #Emily Belden. Just by the cover you can tell she is funny but she is hiding secrets.Charlotte Rosen is a widow of five years.And has a hot social media job.The perfect roommate,adorable dog,and until a knock on the door is giving love a chance again.Whats at the front door?Buy the book and have a good laugh.Read about her difficult ex-mother-las and her dead husbands best friend who will not leave her side.
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#netgalley,#Harlequin,and#Emily Belden
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*I received a copy of this ebook through NetGalley in return for an honest review*

Short Synopsis:
Charlotte Rosen has kept her widow status a secret as she tried to start a new life, one that doesn’t leave her crippled with grief. The walls she’s built to protect herself comes crumbling down with the arrival of her husband’s urn showing up on her doorstep. As she is trying to process this sudden bomb, as well as turmoil at work, Charlotte is surprised by her husband’s best friend, Brian Jackson, frat boy turned children’s doctor. Charlotte relies on numbers to find her way through life, but this is one problem her algorithm can’t solve.

My Thoughts:
I went into this book with the preconcieved idea that as Charlotte was navigating her grief and dealing with relocating her husband’s ashes Brian was just going to swoop in and suddenly she would be head over heels in love with him and they would live happily-ever-after. Well, I was wrong, and I couldn’t have been more off. Yes, this is still a romance. However, the real magic was the depth of Charlotte and Brian’s characters, especially Charlotte and the turmoil and grief that she went through as she dealt with the ghosts of her past and having to “let go” of her husband all over again. The author brought out this anxiety in me (in a good way) as I was reading this. Though Brian was there through her journey and he was a solid presence, Charlotte was a strong woman and was able to come to the conclusion of her emotions on her own without needing some big strong man to save her. She saved herself.

I would say that the cover for this book does not do a good job of representing the novel. To me, that cover gives off the impression that the girl is very high class and likes to shop and he just carries the bags. I don’t know how to explain it, but I do not that that cover does not go with this book. I read this book in less than 24 hours, and from front to back I was enamoured with this book. At the crescendo I was in literal tears from the amount of emotion that was in this. Simply a beautiful, one-of-a-kind romance that I would most definitely recommend to readers.
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I dnf this one around 60 percent. I lost interest in the story and didn't really care what was happening. it was kind of slow and I kept putting it down to read other things.
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Thank you so much for the copy. I tried to pick this one up but it did not work for me. Thank you for the opportunity to be an early reader.
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I really liked this book! I loved the characters. I loved the romance, and I liked that it wasn’t insta love at all. The plot was great. It actually had twists that I didn’t see coming. I also thought that it showcased grief really well, and in a real and honest way. If you’re looking for a cute contemporary, that will also hit you in the feels at points, then I highly recommend you check it out.
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Thank you so much to Netgalley and HarperCollins for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Charlotte Rosen is almost 30-years old and she’s in search of the perfect husband.  Sound familiar?  Yeah, it probably is, except in Charlotte’s case, she already had a perfect husband, one who passed away suddenly almost 5 years ago.  Now Charlotte is trying to move on with her life and career, living with her roommate Casey and her French bulldog, Leno.  But when the mausoleum where her husband’s urn is housed gets in the way of the California wildfires, she has to find a new “home” for her husband, and work through all of the memories that come back as well.  I thought this book would be a little more humorous (yeah, I know—dead spouse funny, in what world?) and on the chick-lit side, mostly based on the cover and title, but I found the characters to be well-written and loved the level of description the author provided.  I’ve had this in my queue for a couple of months now, and I’m really glad I finally got around to reading it.

Note:  A special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Really enjoyable, fast read that was exactly what I was in the mood to read but the book lacks character depth. I kept hoping the characters would learn and grow but instead they stayed stagnant. The plot was predictable but true to the genre. I did really love the ending.
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Special thanks to Harlequin for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

I've heard such great things about Emily Belden. I had really high hopes for this one, but I just couldn't get into it. I did put it aside & don't really feel the desire to pick it back up. 

Thank you for the opportunity to be an early reader.
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This one didn’t really work for me, I don’t love women’s fiction but I think those that do could love it. I just couldn’t get into the plot or characters. DNF at 18%
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