|Not My Type by Melanie Jacobson
Twenty-three-year-old Pepper Spicer is not living the dream. She ended her engagement at the last minute because her fiancé -- a musician and soon-to-be reality TV star -- wanted her to sacrifice her own career ambitions for his.
Now she's stuck at home sharing a room with her little sister, trying to pay off massive debt for a wedding that didn't happen, and spending Friday nights Facebook-stalking everyone who has a better life. Her therapist father urges her to choose her career dreams and count her blessings by writing weekly thank you notes, but gratitude is a tall order when she botches an important job interview and has to settle for writing an undercover dating web-zine column -- the last thing in the world she wants to do. Still, as Pepper (byline: Indie Girl) chronicles her bizarre and hilarious blind dates, she gives her father's challenge a try and slowly finds herself leaving self-pity behind. Life takes a major upswing as Pepper's column hits the big time and she tastes the exhilarating thrill of success. But there's one tiny problem: the intensely hot man she's falling for is having issues with her job (again). Will Pepper trade her personal ambition for another chance at love?
~Paperback, 257 pages Published September 2011 by Covenant Communications
Food to Eat While Reading: Rosemary and Cracked Pepper Bread
Read my interview with Melanie Jacobson here.
Pepper Spicer is like her name--saucy and independent. She is reeling from a bad break. Her personality is so fun, and I had a great time experiencing her story.
The dynamic between Pepper, who is freelancing an online dating column, and Tanner, who is a seasoned reporter, is original and enticing. I so wanted the two of them to get together, and that's always a good thing in a romantic comedy.
Usually when the protagonist starts acting stupid and mistreats her guy, I get upset. But Pepper had some serious issues to work through, and even though I knew she should treat Tanner better, I was interested in how she would get through it.
My favorite part of the book is when Pepper realized she may be guilty of mistreating Tanner in the same way that she was mistreated.
I love how all of the threads of the book come together in the end.
Not My Type is a fun romp through the modern online dating scene.