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Blog tour: How to Marry Your Husband by Jacqueline Rohen

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Did you do a double take when you read this book’s title? I know I did. How to Marry Your Husband sounded very promising when the publicist first reached out to me. Read on to find out if my expectations were met.

Goodreads synopsis:

How to Marry Your Husband

Rachel has just seen her husband David kissing another woman and she knows her marriage is over.

To make matters worse, she has just discovered that her romantic destination wedding wasn’t exactly legal.

No marriage means no divorce. Heartbroken and angry, she and her friend hatch a foolproof plan:

Step one – Make David fall back in love with her.
Step two – Marry him
Step three – Divorce him and break his heart.

Simple enough.

Rachel just has to be careful that she doesn’t get swept up in the romance and end up falling in love with him…

Review:

How to Marry Your Husband is the story of Rachel and David, a couple who have been married for 15 years. On the day of their anniversary, Rachel spots David making out with a much younger woman. Clearly heartbroken, she consults with a divorce attorney, only to find out that her destination wedding wasn’t even legal. No husband, no divorce, right? That’s when she hatches a plan to woo him again to renew vows so she can actually divorce him. How she manages to do this and what David’s side of the story is forms the rest of this tale.

This book, with its refreshing premise, promises an equally entertaining story. And it does manage to deliver it with Rachel’s pettiness in getting back at her husband. But it doesn’t take itself too lightly, because Rachel mourns the end of her marriage just as much.

She’s the one who carries the story forward despite it being a dual POV book. We also get David’s POV but what was supposed to be redeeming of his character was only further infuriating. He comes across as spiritless, an almost boring character compared to Rachel’s joie de vivre. In fact, all the women in the book are so full of life while David appears pretty spineless.

…or maybe I think so because of how much I absolutely abhor philandering husbands.

Much like other similar romance novels, How to Marry Your Husband has a story that depends on the main characters not communicating well. Why on Earth do Rachel and David not talk to each other? Not everyone immediately confronts their possibly cheating husband, but a little bit of communication could have made their relationship so much less dramatic. And that doesn’t happen.

Also, they both want to move past this and keep reassuring the readers they actually still love each other but it was more telling than showing. And I’m not saying this just because I hate David’s guts.

In all, How to Marry Your Husband is a promising debut that’s funny and has a spirited leading lady. While the story doesn’t reach the potential the synopsis promises, it’s an entertaining read nonetheless.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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~ Shruti

11 thoughts on “Blog tour: How to Marry Your Husband by Jacqueline Rohen

  1. No no no Shruti, you’re absolutely right. David is spineless just for making out with another person and cheating. He doesn’t deserve the joy that is Rachel; she deserves better. But boo I’m sorry this wasn’t as good as you hoped it would be because I would’ve definitely picked this book up just based on the title… 😂

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  2. It sounds like this book could have been good fun but focused too much on the miscommunication as the glue (or lack of) between the main characters and that’s a dangerous route to follow. Great review, Shruti!

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