Review: Mister Marriage (Self-Made #2) by Amelia Simone

Posted May 21, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 2 Comments

Review:  Mister Marriage (Self-Made #2) by Amelia Simone

I received this book for free from Wildfire Marketing PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review:  Mister Marriage (Self-Made #2) by Amelia SimoneMister Marriage by Amelia Simone
Series: Self-Made #2
on May 21, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 238
Source: Wildfire Marketing PR
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-stars


Jimmy’s first kiss with Melena tanked hard and ended where they least expected. One expensive diagnosis later, a marriage of convenience doesn’t sound so bad. Melena gets his insurance. Jimmy gets someone to come home to. The pledge: one year, drama-free. Fated to fail or fated to fall?

Jimmy Torres
My life as a firefighter revolves around serving and protecting. The last thing I wanted was to be the kiss of death. When Melena collapsed at my feet, I knew I’d do everything in my power to help the woman who’d already stolen a piece of my heart. Our marriage was a match made for mutual convenience, but my feelings were anything but. Did Melena share my malady? Or was I the only one suffering from a different kind of heart ailment?

Melena Nemitz
Jimmy was amazing when I needed him most. His insurance was life-saving in more ways than one. My faulty heart may recover medically, but something tells me Jimmy’s impact is long-term. He’s been so kind, but does it mask something more, or am I alone in thinking this marriage deserves a real shot?

Humor and all the feels abound in this modern marriage of convenience romance. Mister Marriage is book 2 of the Self-Made Series and can be read as a stand-alone or after Mister Romance.

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My Review:

This was a very sweet, and a little bit different, marriage of convenience romance. You find out the convenience is one that is what you’d think was a small type of thing, but really is big when you think about it. It has to do with health insurance. Such a crazy thing, but something that is so needed, especially when you have an unexpected health issue and are self-insured. Melena had gone into business for herself, even moving a little ways from her family so she didn’t feel guilty if they decided to just help her out and give her the money when she needed things. And I get that. I have a wonderful family who is there to help me out whenever I need it. But I wonder if some of the reason I get into financial trouble at times is because I have that help. But not complaining, I’m very grateful and wouldn’t give my family up for anything.

Jimmy, oh Jimmy made me swoon. He was the perfect guy I think. I mean, firefighter, so hot guy, check. And then sweet, offering to take care of Melena in that way? Plus he was a good cook. Pretty please can I have my own Jimmy? True, there was the spark between them, and that’s why he was so ready to settle down with her, but he wanted a house, and that was what he was getting out of the marriage with Melena. It was interesting reading about how they had to write a letter to win the bid on the house they wanted, because I had to do that to get my house. I’d never heard of people doing that until about 2 years ago when I was trying to get my current house in the early stages of this crazy housing market we have right now. I also have to mention that in my head, I pictured Jimmy as a guy I know who is a firefighter, so it might have made this a little bit personal for me.

The steaminess was a lot of waiting and once in awhile a bit of temptation and thoughts of what they were wanting, because Melena’s heart condition, among other things, meant they had to take it slow. The story had a few dramatic points, but overall just seemed like a really, really realistic real life story, without drama for drama’s sake. Misunderstandings due to lack of communication was also realistic in my opinion. Both of them gave little hints, but never came out and said the specifics, worrying about putting themselves out there if the other didn’t feel the same. But I feel the little hints and all that they gave were ones people might do in real life, and it wasn’t completely just blowing off the other person and making them think they weren’t interested in more than the year they’d originally agreed on.

Again, a very sweet story, and I hope to read more by this author in the future!

About the Author:

Amelia Simone is a reader turned writer based in the Pacific Northwest. Along with caring for her young family and enjoying food and wine adventures with her husband, she spends a lot of time in the backyard gardening and reading during her free time.  (If you plant enough stuff, no one notices if you accidentally kill off half.) 

When the weather cooperates, you can find her on her deck sipping coffee and writing her next book.  Amelia believes that everyone has a little frog in ‘em, and a little royalty too.  

She enjoys writing light, hopeful romance about everyday people with the banter and teasing that make life fun.  When the real world gets to be too much, she moves on to the sci-fi world she created for a little paranormal relief.

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2 responses to “Review: Mister Marriage (Self-Made #2) by Amelia Simone

  1. Danielle Hammelef

    Writing a letter to bid on a house is new to me. I think Jimmy sounds amazing! I know the health care issue is real and have had relatives marry for this reason, but at least they were already seriously dating. I enjoyed your review, especially how you found connections to your life.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I guess it’s done more and more these days to try to get the sellers to pick you! That’s how I got my house. It was between me and one other person. Thanks for stopping by!

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