my husbands fiancee

My Husband's Fiancee

by Kaira Denee
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Reviewed by: Michelle Bishop
March 2010


A surprisingly entertaining novel, My Husband’s Fiancée by Kaira Denee, starts with high drama that doesn’t let up from beginning to end. When TV Producer Kimberly Rose stumbles upon Tangie confronting her fiancé, Eric, and his wife, Mikelah, in the local mall, she envisions the biggest reality show project of her career. Kimberly eventually convinces the three of them to participate in a Flavor of Love style reality show complete with challenges, surprise guests, and secrets revealed.

The events on the show are juxtaposed against the events in Kimberly’s own life as she accepts a marriage proposal from a budding basketball star ten-years her junior and as she struggles with the decision of whether or not to reveal her own dirty laundry to her future husband. The story is cleverly told with chapters alternating between the TV show drama and Kimberly’s real life drama until both come to damaging conclusions for all parties involved. In the end, Kimberly must confront her past as do the participants on her reality show.

There is a great deal to enjoy in My Husband’s Fiancée including a clever and timely concept and a well executed tale with good pacing and a tight timeline. Despite the occasional twists and turns in the plot, the reader does not get dizzy trying to keep up with the details. Denee has thought through her story and knows her characters well. Neither the villains nor the heroes are mere cardboard cut outs and all parties surprise the reader at one point or another with a depth and complexity sometimes lacking in short novels such as this one.

If there is one disappointing aspect of the novel it is the extremely poor editing and occasional word choice issues that slipped through to publication. Poor grammar and improper word usage can be terribly distracting and can take the reader out of the story. Fortunately for Denee, the story is engaging enough to get the average reader’s attention back; however, grammatical errors can cause the picky reader to put the book down without a second thought.

Nevertheless, My Husband’s Fiancée is a rollicking good time. It’s a quick beach or airport read that will bring hours of enjoyment to many readers. If you savored the antics on Flavor of Love and the like, My Husband’s Fiancée is for you. Relax, put your feet up, and be entertained.

What did you like about the book? 
Denee tells her characters’ stories well and works hard to make each of her characters more complex than one might expect in a relatively short novel.

What did you dislike about the book? 
Poor grammar and word usage at several points in the novel may cause distraction, possibly even irritation, to particular readers.

What could the author do to improve the book? 
Edit! Edit! Edit!


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