cake, seriously reassessing my life choices, when suddenly I hear it. The voice
that launched a thousand teenage boy-band dreams. My #1 crush, Drew Delaney
million teenage fantasies – and the guy next door. He was so far out of my
league, I couldn’t see him for stars, but now I’m back in town for our
high-school reunion, guess who I run into but Mr. Right-Now himself…
the glittery white frosting currently smeared across my chest.
down memory lane has taken a detour to ‘oh my god, don’t stop!’. Population:
crazed fans, vicious yoga moms, and three dozen c#ck-sicles (don’t ask) doom
our romance to the ‘Where are they now?’ section of MTV’s greatest hits?
Mr. Right Now by Lila Monroe is the perfect balance of elements. Ms. Monroe blends the best of contemporary, rock star and comedic romance to tell her tale. I loved that the story wasn’t solely focused on a wild rock star with the stereotypical “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” theme. There are very few cliché characters and scenes.
Maggie Hayes, the one time awkward teen, has returned home as a failed entrepreneur. She had hoped to be able to boast of her independence and success as a baker in NYC when she attended her high school reunion. How do you spin losing your business and being forced to move back in with your parents? Although Maggie is filled with self-doubt and sadness over the state of her life, she is no “Debbie Downer”. I loved her belief that she would some how regroup and start over. I can always get behind characters with positive, can-do outlooks.
Maggie’s best friend’s brother, Drew Delaney, has been her crush since long before his rise to stardom as the lead singer and songwriter of Category 5, an NSYNC-style boy band. Not only is Drew talented and totally dreamy, he is an up and coming music producer. Best of all, he is truly a nice guy. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got some naughty thoughts—especially about grown-up Maggie—but he has a heart of gold and deeply cares about the people in his life.
Ms. Monroe’s depiction of two people who grew up together, becoming friends and then lovers is fantastic. Maggie and Drew’s easy-going relationship seemed organic. The well-paced plot offers Maggie plenty of opportunity to concoct some crazy, creative cakes. Who knew a thank you cake would be alcohol-laced cupcakes and n apology cake would be molten chocolate cake? From naughty cakes to missing delivery vans, Maggie’s baking endeavors provide a lot of laughs. Overall, I loved the chemistry between the characters and the fun-filled plot. My only points of contention were: (1) how easily Maggie forgave her high school best friend for abandoning their friendship, and (2) how frequently Drew’s wealth bailed Maggie out. I don’t think women forgive significant slights all that easily, and I’m tired of wealth being the easy out to difficulties that, in reality, would require quite a bit of work or trade-offs. Aside from those two small gripes, Mr. Right Now is an engaging, light-hearted romantic comedy that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.