Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: The Reluctant WAG by Mary Costello

The Reluctant Wag
When model Merise Merrick is asked to star in a campaign for the Yarraside Football Club, she couldn't be less interested. As far as she's concerned, football players are all overpaid jocks with zero intelligence.

AFL captain Cal McCoy is completely dedicated to the game. With a premiership firmly in his sights, he has no time for romantic distractions.The last thing he needs is an inconvenient attraction to the new 'face' of the club.

But Cal soon discovers that staying focused is easier said than done, while Merise finds herself falling for the excitement and power of footy – and its biggest star.
Glamour, sport and fame combine in this irresistible contemporary romance.
Publisher:  Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date: April 10, 2013
Kat's Review
I saw the title of the book and knew it had to do with sports, which drew me in immediately.  For those who don't know, WAG is the term used to refer to the Wives And Girlfriends of athletes.   In this case, the woman is a college student hired to model in a campaign for an Australian Rules football club.  When Merise is paired up with the club Captain, sparks fly.  The two clash from the start in a series of misunderstandings, but must find a way to work together for the good of the campaign. 
Let's get a few things out of the way from the start.  I thought this book would be extremely cheesy, but it was actually quite sweet.  I love books with a sports theme, so that probably helped!  Also, being set in Australia was also a nice change from most of the  books I read.   There's always a bit of reality stretching in any romance novel, and as long as the coincidences don't get out of hand, I don't mind.  For the most part, this book stayed within reasonable bounds. 
Merise is a fresh-faced college student and isn't an idiot.  She wasn't blinded by the money and potential fame that came with the modeling job.  She also wasn't out to land a footballer, which made me like her from the start.  Actually, Cal pursued her, trying to get to know her and being nicer to her than she was to him for most of the novel. 
I liked the book.  It was a lighthearted, quick read with a happily ever after.  The romance was also pretty PG.  No graphic sex scenes or crazy fantasies, just a sweet romance that focused more on the chase than on the catch.  A refreshing change from a lot of the romances on the market right now. 
Rating: Worth a Look
If you're looking for a lighthearted romance that's perfect as a quick read, this is your book.  I didn't love the main character at the beginning, but she grew on me by the end.  A cute story with a great love interest.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & Penguin Books Australia in return for an honest review.

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