Contemporary Fiction, Review

The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

As y’all may or may not know, I have occasionally had the opportunity to review books professionally. Unfortunately, when that happens I’m unable to share those reviews with my reader friends here. However, one of the publications I previously submitted work to has closed its doors allowing me to now share reviews like this one of The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips on Faithfully Bookish! 

about the book

The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around faster than snow in a blizzard, and despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation.

William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that ill-fated interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. But while he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him—and pretend to be engaged with him. Simple, right?

When the media erupts with even worse accusations, teaming up and pretending to be engaged seems to be the only way to salvage their reputations.  Despite the media frenzy that swirls around them, an attraction neither of them can fight off begins to surface. Could this love run deeper than a scandal, or will old wounds tear them apart once and for all?  When all seems lost, it’s only with help from above that Hanna and Will may find their happily-ever-after.

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4 stars

Warmth and witty humor prevail as sweet romance blossoms from the ashes of a reality tv/tabloid fiasco. Despite Hanna’s frustrating tendency to run away from her problems, readers will relate to her very human struggle with thoughts that are brutally honest and often hilarious yet knowingly less than kind. Her good-girl image and country-bred spunk are an engaging complement to William’s perceived bad boy city vibe. William’s antics as he playfully teases and patiently woos Hanna’s heart evoke out-loud laughter and satisfied dreamy sighs. Strong secondary characters and backstory add to the appeal of this book that both entertains and encourages with themes of forgiveness and second chances.

The only thing Hanna regrets more than participating in that reality dating show is the damage done to her reputation and her heart. When William unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep months after the show airs, Hanna battles visions of gouging his eyes out. Appearing on a reality tv show was supposed to give his company a much needed financial boost but when William blunders at the finish line, his board of directors concocts a plan to patch things up. While William is eager to apologize for his part in the negative media frenzy, Hanna’s chilly reception is just the tip of the iceberg.

I was paid to write this review, originally featured by RT Reviews. It is my honest opinion and brief summary of the story.


about the author

Krista Phillips

Krista Phillips writes contemporary romance sprinkled with two of her favorite things, laughter and Jesus.

And sometimes chocolate for kicks and giggles.

She lives in Middle Tennessee with her husband and their four beautiful daughters, and is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness. Visit her online!

Visit her website or connect with Krista on facebook or twitter!


We visited with Krista and she shared some of her five favorites when The Engagement Plot released! Let me know if you’ve read The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips or are adding to your tbr.   

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